Life Lessons From Reading Almost 200 Books In A Single Year

Peter Clemens at The Change Blog was kind enough to let me write a guest post for his site in which I told the story of how I read 170 books in a single year.

I’d like to thank him over and over again for giving me the chance to do so, and I’d also like to post some of my other notes from those books that didn’t make it into the article on The Change Blog.

NOTE: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE, YOU MAY DO SO HERE

The original post contains tips on reading more books over shorter periods of time, life lessons about radically defending what little time you have left, and insights into the nature of human happiness, among other things.

I won’t go into any of that here, since the point of guest posting is to not republish the article on your own blog as well.

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But if you would LIKE to read about my reading journey in the year in which I read 170 books, and about how I was able to define my own priorities, resist outside pressure, and carve out the time for reading that was so precious to me, I gently urge you to wander over to The Change Blog and read the article there.

THE BOOKS:

This post got a little bit away from me, but it was never intended that you read this all the way through to the end. These are the best notes that I took from the best books that I read in the year 2015. I return to these notes often, and learn more from them each time, so perhaps you can just bookmark this page, and come back to it as needed.

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What I have done here is I have added some books that didn’t make it into my original list, and added some of the life lessons that got cut out of the final draft of the original article due to space constraints. They are…

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu

The Happiness Project, by Gretchin Rubin

The One Thing, by Gary Keller

Wooden On Leadership, by Coach John Wooden

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

Die Empty, by Todd Henry

Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Iron John, by Robert Bly

On the Shortness of Life, by Seneca

Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

The Undefeated Mind, by Dr. Alex Lickerman

Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom

The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday

Where Children Sleep, by James Mollison

Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal

Shakespeare Saved My Life, by Laura Bates

Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm

The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker

THE LESSONS:

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

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Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu

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The Happiness Project, by Gretchin Rubin

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The One Thing, by Gary Keller

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Wooden On Leadership, by Coach John Wooden

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Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

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Die Empty, by Todd Henry

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Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Iron John, by Robert Bly

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On the Shortness of Life, by Seneca

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Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

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Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

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The Undefeated Mind, by Dr. Alex Lickerman

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Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom

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The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday

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Where Children Sleep, by James Mollison

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Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

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The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt

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Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

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The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal

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Shakespeare Saved My Life, by Laura Bates

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Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

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The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

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The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker

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The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm

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CONCLUSION

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So there you have it. Some of my best notes from the best books that I read in the year when I read 170 books.

If you’d like to see my complete reading list, you can do so HERE

If you’d like to read the original article on which this list is based, you can find it HERE

I hope these notes sparked your interest, or led to some new questions, or just made your life better in some way.

If they did, I’d love for you to consider donating to the phenomenal international non-profit, Doctors Without Borders. We operate all over the world, proving free medical services to those hardest hit by war, famine, and other disasters and atrocities. We never discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity, etc. And we would be honored to receive your support.

All the best,

Matt Karamazov

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