2020 Reading List and 2019 Recap

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Hey folks…welcome to the 5th annual reading list and recap post, which started back in 2016, continuing through to 20172018, and last year. The purpose of posting something like this every year is to keep myself accountable in reading books that relate to professional development and expanding the mindset.

The long and the short of it: 2019 saw a dip in books read (3). The summer and fall got busy with other things (crafting, earning PDUs to keep my PMP current, studying for an organizational change management certification, learning Japanese again (私は 忙しいです! – Watashi wa isogashii desu! – I’ve been busy!) But…those 3 unfinished books are still staring at me and I’m a completist… those will definitely be on the hit list for 2020. Looking to hit a modest target of 5, a stretch goal would be 6 or more.

All right, here’s the recap:

Finished books:

  1. Grit – Angela Duckworth
  2. One Minute Mentoring – Ken Blanchard, Claire Diaz-Ortiz
  3. The Three Body Problem – Cixin Liu (fiction, 2018 stretch goal)

Partway through, plan to complete in 2020: 

  1. The Story Engine – Kyle Gray (35%) – to finish off first
  2. Coaching Agile Teams (5%)
  3. High Output Management – Andrew S. Grove (24%)

The books I’d like to read at least 3 from:

  1. Radical Candor – Kim Scott
  2. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  3. The Undoing Project – Michael Lewis 
  4. It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work – Jason Fried & David Hansson
  5. The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn’t – Robert Sutton

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