How to read 52 Books in 52 weeks

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How to read 52 books in 52 weeks

One day I had an amazing idea - to update my knowledge, learn what people are researching and increase my thoughts on leadership. So, I decided from the 1st of July 2016 that I would read one book, which would assist my knowledge on leadership, each week for 52 weeks.

Without any forward thinking, I selected a book and got reading. Very quickly, I learnt that I somehow had to squeeze in between all my business commitments and the motherly duties, many pages of reading. However, at the end of the first week I managed to put the fingers on the keyboard and shared my thoughts, lessons and applicability to the role of a leader or for someone interested to practise leadership.

Then, people started asking, "How do you read a leadership book in one week?" Of course, the context is from a time management perspective. I run my own business and the family, so I started recording how I managed to squeeze the reading into my days and evenings:

While I eat my lunch on my deck at the home office.

I break down my reading into page targets - with a minimum number of pages to be read a day. For example - I am to read a 300 page book in four days - that's 75 pages a day. I then break that down to pages per morning, afternoon and then in bed!

While I eat my Breakfast early in the morning.

While drinking champagne!

 

I sneak in a page of reading every time I move between tasks.

Reading on a Sunday afternoon while it's pouring rain.

Reading on a Sunday afternoon while it's pouring rain.

What have I been reading?

First Book: The Coaching Habit – Michael Bungay Stanier

Book Two: Connect - Jane Anderson & Kylie Chown

Book Three: The origins of ethical failures Lessons for leaders – Dennis Gentilin

Book Four: Cultural Chemistry – Simple Strategies for Bridging Cultural Gaps

Book Five: The Wife Drought – Why women need wives and men need lives – Annabel Crabb

Book Six: Your Leadership Edge – Lead Anytime, Anywhere – Ed O’Malley Amanda Cebula

Book Seven: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg

Book Eight: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World – Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, Alexander Grashow

Book Nine: The 4 – Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

Book Ten: Moments of Truth – New Strategies for today’s Customer-Driven Economy – Jan Carlzon

Book Eleven: Making Sense A Handbook for the future of work – Lynne Cazaly

Book Twelve: The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money,  And Stand Out From The Crowd – Allan Dib

Book Thirteen: Work With Me – How to get people to buy into your ideas - Simon Dowling

Book Fourteen: A Whole New Mind – Daniel H. Pink

Book Fifteen: The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

Book Sixteen: The Element – How finding your passion changes everything – Ken Robinson

Book Seventeen: Finding Your Element – How to discover your talents and passions and transform your life – Ken Robinson

Book Eighteen: Connected Leadership – How to build a more agile, customer-driven business -  Simon Hayward

Book Nineteen: Ego is the Enemy: The fight to master our greatest opponent – Ryan Holiday

Book Twenty: How to get rich – Donald J. Trump

Book Twenty One: The Unlimited Self – Destroy limiting beliefs uncover inner greatness and live the good life – Jonathan Heston

Book Twenty Two: The Fish Rots from the Head – Bob Garratt (1996)

Book Twenty Three: That’s a Great Question – Greg Bustin

Book Twenty Four: What the most successful people do before breakfast – Laura Vanderkam

Book Twenty Five: My Shining Year – Leonie Dawson

Book Twenty Six: Ten Leadership Lessons you must teach your teenager – Dr Tim Hawkes

Book Twenty Seven: Tribes – Seth Godin (still writing this review)

Book Twenty Eight: London – Edward Rutherfurd (still writing this review)

Book Twenty Nine: Conversational Leadership – Judith E. Glaser

Book Thirty: Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Book Thirty One: Try Hard - Em Rusciano 

Book Thirty Two: I Love Negotiating - Sam Trattles 

Book Thirty Three: HR Disrupted - It's time for something different - Lucy Adams Book

Book Thirty Four: Rising Strong - Brene Brown

Book Thirty Five: What The Most Successful People Do On The Weekend - Laura Vanderkam

Book Thirty Six: This Year I Will - M. J. Ryan 

Book Thirty Seven: The Obvious - Everything you need to know to succeed - James Dale

Book Thirty Eight: The Boomerang Effect - Tim Reid

Book Thirty Nine: Blink - Malcolm Gladwell

Book Forty: 365 Thank Yous - John Kralik

Book Forty One: Breaking the Mould - Angela Pippos

Book Forty Two: Think One Team - Graham Winter

Book Forty Three: I Am The Problem - Soozey Johnstone

Book Forty Four: Customer Centricity - Peter Fader

Book Forty Five: Speakership - Matt Church 

Book Forty Six: Confidence - Rosabeth Moss Kanter 

Book Forty Seven: Everybody Matters - Bob Chapman

Book Forty Eight: Man's Search For Meaning - Viktor E Frankl

Book Forty Nine: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*CK  - Mark Manson

Book Fifty: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  - Stephen R. Covey

Book Fifty One: Refuse to Choose - Barbara Sher 

Book Fifty Two: Zero To One - Peter Thiel

Two great books - one which I read 15 years ago, and one this year.

Two great books - one which I read 15 years ago, and one this year.

Take me back HOME

To read the review of these books, jump over to by blog page Leadership Thoughts