When you finish a book, are you trying to figure out what you’ll read next? Sometimes, that’s the case for me. Would you like an idea to help end that dilemma? Create a list of 5-10 books you’ll read next which will save your brain calories from anxiety.
The Purpose of a Book List
Just because you have a list doesn’t mean you have to stick to it. Imagine a cross-country drive where the goal is to get to your destination in 3 days. You have a map and a plan. But let’s say you see a park along the way that’s too inviting to pass up. You have the time, so you pull off on the next exit to do some sightseeing.
That’s the purpose of a book list. You don’t need to be rigid with it. I find such a list helpful so I don’t have to go searching for that next read. But should a title pop up that looks interesting, I’ll get it and start reading.
My 2020 Q1 List of Books
Each year, I say I’ll read fewer business books. I’m still failing. But my job requires me to keep improving my business vernacular.
Still, the first 5 or so books are free of business titles except for one. Here’s the list –
Nerves of Steel
I picked this title after seeing it on Audible. It’s an impulse purchase, but I know I won’t be disappointed.
Have you heard of Cal Newport? I love two of his books, and he recently read this title. After reviewing the sales page, I bought it.
How to Build a Car: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Formula One Driver
Again, another recommendation. This time, from the folks over at Farnam Street.
The Way I Heard It
Like Nerves of Steel, this is an impulse purchase. I believe this is going to be a great book.
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
This book has been on a reading list for more than a year. No more waiting.
More Books to Round Out Q1
I won’t be finished. Here’s the rest of my list that should round out the first quarter in 2020:
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- One Summer by Bill Bryson
- The Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things
- The Amazon Management System
- Strategy by Sir Lawrence Freedman
- The Splendid and Vile – Erik Larson’s newest book
Should I find a book that piques my interest as I’m working my way through my list, you can bet that I’ll take in the sites of that new book.