But first, let me tell you what I read that didn't make my Top Ten of the year...
--"The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (in real life)" by Chris Hardwicke. Fun, but a little long and tedious in some parts.
--"The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles" by Steven Pressfield. Solid take on creativity.
|Read this, then watch "Making a Murderer" on|
Netflix, THEN read "Indefensible", then decide
if you think Steven Avery did it. (I say yes)
--"Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy" by Alli Worthington. She's a great speaker and a great author, and this is a great reminder to just... well, slow down a bit.
--"Tribes: We Need You Lead Us" by Seth Godin. All about the importance of the people around you.
--The Entire Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling. Order of the Phoenix is still my favorite, though Goblet of Fire is really catching up.
--"Football Confidential: True Confessions From the Gutter of Football" by Anonymous. When an NFL player tells all... don't go looking for lots of name dropping, you won't get it.
--"A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love & Faith in Stages" by Kristen Chenoweth. A memoir of a Broadway superstar. Loved this.
--"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by E.L. Baum. A classic that should be read.
--"The Running Man" by Richard Bachman, nee Stephen King. The movie is better, though this was okay. And by the way, the theme of the game show "Running Man" is the same, but otherwise, there are vast differences.
--"DisneyWar" by James Stewart. The rise & fall of Michael Eisner at Disney, and this book is amazing.
--"Purple Cow: Transform Your Team By Being Remarkable" by Jeff Goins. Do you have a marketing idea? If its a purple cow, you have a real shot at success.
--"Kill Him Some More: Notorious USA" by Caitlin Rother. Terrible true crime. Poorly written.
--"The Death of the WCW" by Bryan Alverez. Loved this book in 1996, and liked it now. A good business tale.
|This is a fun book, and its cool when you know|
the author as well
--"Superhuman by Habit" & "Superhuman Social Skills" by Tynan. Yawn.
--"The Red Bandanna: A Life, A Choice, A Legacy" by Tom Rinaldi. The story of a heroism at the World Trade Center. So good.
--"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Interesting story, quick read. Movie was better (and longer)
--"Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explaisn the Hidden Side of Everything" by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. An interesting take on not just economics, but socioeconomics -- where else could you see the connect between standardized testing of US teachers and the Yazuka and sumo wrestling in Japan.
--"The Descendants" by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The George Clooney movie is based on this book about a Hawaiian landowner, a wife in a coma, two troubled daughters and an affair. If you like the movie, you'll like the book. If not... you won't. I loved both.
And so tomorrow, my Top Ten Books of 2016