Reading List for April 2017

I took most of April off from writing and publishing. After my stellar March, I needed a little bit of downtime. I also was suffering through a slight crisis of meaning. I have all these massive goals that I’m working towards, and I just lost track of the big picture – the reason why I’m working so hard. In other words, it was not my best month ever.

I’m not 100% back on track. Many things came up during this process that I had no goals for. Things that I wasn’t thinking about at all before this. There is always a silver lining to these things. In this case, it’s more like silver plating. While I’m still on unsteady ground, the view from here keeps looking better and better.

But, that’s enough fluff. I managed to get some books finished this month, too. Here’s what I actually finished this month:

Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone (audio + text): This is my favorite kind of book. It’s a rah-rah pep talk, full of bravado and a bit over the top. Here’s a quote from chapter 2: “Yes, victory comes at a price — so does settling.” Between that line and the title, you should know if this is for you or not.

The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John (audio): “When your back is up against the wall, use it to push off of.” I liked this book well enough. It was a bit long for what it was, but interesting enough to keep me listening.

Unstoppable Confidence! by Kent Sayre: The best part of this was when the author suggested that you have to do stuff to expand your comfort zone, and then keep doing stuff that expands you a bit further out each time. Everything else was fluff.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin (audio): I didn’t personally get much out of this one. It wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t do anything for me.

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner: It took me awhile to find this book. I knew the basic story, because I had to read it in school years and years ago, but I wanted to ask my nephews about it. So I read it again, and it’s still a pretty good read. It’s for young readers (10ish?), but it is also very sad. Now to see if my nephews have read it, and if not I get to buy it for them.

The Power of Concentration by Theron Q. Dumont (audio): A book way ahead of its time. It treats concentration as a mixture of focus, mindfulness, determination, and willpower, and contains exercises to help you improve your abilities. I’m going to have to experiment with some of these exercises at some point.