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I’ve always been a strong advocate of reading.  The old saying that leaders are readers has always rung true with me, but for many years I have struggled to read as much as I have wanted to or thought that I should.

Then two years ago, my clever wife, Karen,  bought me a Kindle for my 40th birthday.

This has dramatically increased my volume of reading and I have finished 50 books since.

My reading has covered a wide variety of styles.  Some were motivational books, some were autobiographies, some were heavy theological volumes and some were great stories.

Not every book was brilliant, but there’s no doubt that I have dramatically development personally since increasing my reading capacity.

So, how have I been able to read 50 books in 2 years?

One of the features of the kindle is that it shows the percentage of a book that has been read.  Quite simply, every day, I aim to read at least 5% of one of the books that I have.

At any one time, I have between 4 and 8 unfinished books on my kindle, so I choose one and start reading.  Some days, I am able to read more, but I can count on one hand the number of days over the past two years when I haven’t met my daily goal.

In addition, I take advantage of every possible opportunity to read.  If I have a doctor’s appointment, I take my Kindle.  If I have to wait in the car for the kids, I’ll take my Kindle.

The other strategy that I use is the Kindle app on my phone, enabling to read at short notice if I don’t have my Kindle with me.

It’s been a great tool and I have definitely benefited from reading so much and if I can do it, I’m sure that you can too.

For the records, here are my top 10 books (in no particular order) that I’ve read over the past 2 years:

  1. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau.  This book gave me some great ideas and was a significant influence in me launching out with our business on a full-time basis.
  2. The Noticer by Andy Andrews.  A terrific, easy to read allegory with an excellent message.
  3. Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott.  The best book on writing that I’ve ever read.  Funny, insightful and genuinely inspiring.
  4. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.  Loved this book.  Brilliantly researched, brilliantly written and a brilliant message.
  5. A Praying Life by Paul Miller.  The best book on prayer that I’ve read.  Practical and encouraging.
  6. How to Make Gravy by Paul Kelly.  Semi-autobiographical tome from one of Australia’s great singer-songwriters.  Some great stories here to inspire the creative mind.
  7. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  Gladwell is one of those guys who writes things I wish I could write.  This is a very clever book that I reference often.
  8. WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working by Craig Groeschel.  A fantastic book about living the Christian faith and one that I’ll re-visit often.
  9. The Furious Longing of God by Brennan Manning.  I haven’t read a book that better describes the love that God has for humanity.  It’s short and very sweet.
  10. What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles.  Still the best book on the subject of careers by the father of career coaching.

There are a few others that were unlucky to miss out on this list, but now it’s over to you.

Do you have a kindle?  If so, what are the benefits for you?

What is the best book that you’ve read in the past 2 years?

Do you have any recommendations for me?

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