My 2019 Reading List

My 2019 Reading List

Reading is such an essential part of life, to think of it, there are only advantages to it.
(I’ve done a blog post on ‘The Power of Reading’ – you can check it out here)

More importantly, reading the right books, especially the ones which bring more value to you or rather the ones which improve you are the key.

2019 has been such a year when I really got into the reading mode; for the first six months of the year, I didn’t choose the right books at the time and ended up reading nothing. In June 2019, I started the #DailyReadingChallenge which helped me push myself to read, of course, picking the right ones this time, and ended up reading 14 books this year.

I wanted to highlight all 14 of those in this post, since the year is ending – I must say, I carefully chose every book of mine and it’s been a great learning year. Hope these titles help you out too.

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1. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
The first read of the year, and quite an insightful one. (Unfortunately, didn’t write a review on this one)

Synopsis – “Zero to One is about how to build companies that create new things. It draws on everything I’ve learned directly as a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and then an investor in hundreds of startups, including Facebook and SpaceX.”

2. The Secret by Rhonda Bryne
Re-read this one after years, this time with an understanding of what the author wants to convey.

Synopsis – The Secret is a best-selling 2006 self-help book by Rhonda Byrne, based on the earlier film of the same name. It is based on the belief of the law of attraction, which claims that thoughts can change a person’s life directly.

Read my review here –

3. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
The ‘Why’ is never a question that we ask ourselves.

Synopsis – START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does.

Read my review here –

4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Synopsis – A guide for teenagers encourages the development of responsible money skills, providing case examples, sidebars, and attitude recommendations that demonstrate how to achieve security in today’s challenging job market.

5. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Sometimes stories can speak volumes.

Synopsis – This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids.

Read my review here –

6. This is Marketing by Seth Godin

Quite an eye-opener

Synopsis – This is Marketing shows you how to do work you’re proud of, whether you’re a tech startup founder, a small business owner, or an executive at a large corporation.

Read my review here –

7. Who will Cry when you Die? by Robin Sharma

Synopsis – Live your life such a way that when you die the world cries and you rejoice”. This is the crux of the book written by the author of the bestseller ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ who tells one how to lead a prosperous life in a simple, direct and easy-to-read way.

Read my review here –

8. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

How is this not taught in our childhood itself?

Read my review here –

Synopsis – Think and Grow Rich was written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 and promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book. He claimed to be inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and later-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

9. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk


Read my review here –

Synopsis – Gary Vaynerchuk’s book will help you rethink how you market and sell to your customers. He explains how you have to constantly give value to others before asking them to buy your products and services.

10. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

If this isn’t inspiration, then what is!

Read my review here –

Synopsis – Shoe Dog is a memoir by Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The memoir chronicles the history of Nike from its early struggles to its evolution into one of the world’s most recognized and profitable companies.

11. The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz


Read my review here –

Synopsis – Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular Ben’s blog.

12. The Latte Factor by David Bach (and John David Mann)

Financial Basics 101.

Read my review here –

Synopsis – The Latte Factor is an easy to read story which teaches you how small amounts of money saved over time can change your life. Despite what some people think, the book does not say you must stop buying lattes. Instead, it teaches you ways you can fulfill your current dreams while also saving for your future.

13. Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

Synopsis – The authors define Ikigai and the rules of Ikigai; they conducted a total of one hundred interviews in Ogimi, Okinawa to try to understand the longevity secrets of centenarians and supercentenarians.

Read my review here –

14. Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Daily Inspiration!

Synopsis – An easy-to-read perpetual calendar format designed to make each one of your days genius-level.
Covering essential topics such as exponential success, overcoming adversity and disappointment, building remarkable relationships and elevating your impact on the world, this valuable book is certain to become a lifelong companion on your pathway toward becoming an extraordinary human being—and leading a life that you will be proud of at the end.

Read my review here –

Every book was an inspirational read, something to learn from, something to apply and execute – you can pick up any of these titles and surely enjoy them, that’s a guarantee.

Start Reading – make it your 2020 motto!

‘Who will cry when you die?’ by Robin Sharma (Review)

‘Who will cry when you die?’ by Robin Sharma (Review)

Having read ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ (the review of which can be read here) and ‘Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari’ (the review of which can be read here), this book is in a similar yet a different ballgame altogether.

‘Who will cry when you die?’ is in a similar genre as the other ones mentioned above, what makes it different is the 101 Lessons that are broken down from the previous books – which are straightforward and to the point.

These 101 Lessons also act as daily reminders to living a better life each day – every lesson needs to be understood, to be implied and to be executed in our day-to-day lives.

In my opinion, this book shouldn’t be read in one go, but rather as lesson to lesson, as and when you apply it to your lives. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be a different person, an upgraded version of your previous self, once you imply these lessons to your life.

Looking for straightforward changes to your life – pick up this one and enjoy the process.


Ikigai – the Japanese secret to a long and happy life (Book Review)

Ikigai – the Japanese secret to a long and happy life (Book Review)

Usually in the midst of reading a book, I’ve already chosen the next one to read and a similar situation occurred with this one, where I’d decided to read this one, books in advance.

Written by Hector García and Francesc Miralles, Ikigai is a brilliant read, based on a Japanese concept to living a long and happy life.

In the most basis terms, Ikigai is about finding something that you love, that also makes you happy, that is also commercially viable and that has a market for it. Well, it’s not all about professionalism, but applied to your personal life and doing something everyday so your day is occupied with things you like to do.

However, to understand our life, especially from the work point of view, Ikigai is an excellent concept to apply and learn the answers we were looking for.

When you’re happy, when you love what you’re doing, you’re able to do it on a daily basis and for an endless amount of time – the more happy you are, the more fulfilled you feel, and the longer you’re able to live with no boredom/ emptiness / hollow feelings to think about. The concept of retirement doesn’t exist in Ikigai, because if you aren’t doing anything, then what are you doing with your life.

Well, if you’re looking for answers, especially from a different perspective than what is seen or taught in the West, then you should definitely pick this one up and understand life from a different angle to what you’re originally living.

The book is a definite gamechanger, if you want it to be. #RTHReviews

Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Review)

Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Review)

Book In Focus : Daily Inspiration from the Monk who sold his Ferrari

Author : Robin Sharma

Irrespective of having read ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’ or not, this book is a deep dive into the important lessons shared in that one – divided into tiny bits of inspirational material, one per day, in its entirety covering 365 days of the year.

This is one of those picks which aren’t supposed to be read altogether, but, one per day, depending on what date it is.

Why should you read the current day’s bit and not the ones before or after? Well, you should focus on the day you’re living, be in the present and not focus on the past or the future.

Coming back to the book, reading it everyday and also, at the same time, sharing it with others was a blessing in disguise, because the daily bits focused on such important elements of life – that it made it that much more valuable having focused on one bit – learning it, understanding it, implementing it – and then, focusing on the next bit on the next day.

That is how I’d summarize this book, it’s a good read, one that goes on for an entire year, and can also be repeated every other year too – because why not, those lessons have importance in our lives on a day-to-day.

This is also a perfect time to pick up this book, with 1st Jan coming along and you could then read it exactly for a year, start to end.


The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading

Education is limited, and knowledge is limitless!

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin

To keep evolving,

to learn new things,

to expand your current knowledge base,

to develop in different unknown sectors,

Reading is the answer.

Books/ Case Studies/ Articles/ Blogs all come under reading, wherever you get to learn something valuable.

From all the advantages of reading, here are a few that I’ve noticed:
1. Increases concentration and productivity
2. Enhances creativity
3. Changes your perspective
4. Learning new things (that’s obvious though)
5. Developing your knowledge base

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn


The Latte Factor by David Bach (Review)

The Latte Factor by David Bach (Review)

Are you not able to afford something that you want or need? Are you also trapped with the common myths of money? Would you like to grow your money without much hassles?

Then, this is the book for you.

The Latte Factor by David Bach is, in my opinion, a book covering the basics of financial management, which ultimately becomes relatable for the reader because you’re able to connect with the story, and feel that a similar situation occurred with you too and it makes sense to what the author has written.

Books like ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ are a more refined version on a similar topic, more detailed and advanced, which is why I mentioned that The Latte Factor covers the basics.

Much of the contents of the book wasn’t completely new if you have read similar books or if you follow people like Robert Kiyosaki, Tony Robbins or Grant Cardone.

Nonetheless, the book doesn’t take much time and it’s always better to read through such a book – whether you’ve read something similar or not – you get to understand from a different perspective and are able to strengthen your base.

This is a good, short read – pick it up and you’ll come out a bit more refined in the financial world.

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (Review)

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (Review)

Whether you’re already running a business and wanting to scale up or you’re planning to start one or if you’re in an executive/ managerial role – this book is for you.

Ben Horowitz shares his journey and all kinds of insights he gathered in his entrepreneurial roller-coaster ride.

This book is a legit business book, that should technically be taught in schools and colleges – it’s a deep dive into the world of Entrepreneurship – everything from execution to scaling up to funding to handling your executive team to your employees to exiting and everything in between.

In all the books I’ve read until now – this is the best book you could read, when it comes to actually running a business.

Pick up this one, if you belong to any of three scenarios mentioned in the first paragraph – you won’t keep it down unless you’re done with it.


The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Review)

The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma (Review)

• What Books Taught Us #4 – The Monk who sold his Ferrari •

Book In Focus : The Monk who sold his Ferrari
Author : Robin Sharma

Are you looking for change in your life?
Are you looking for Inspiration?
Are you looking forward to developing a different perspective to life?
Are you wanting to turn things around?

The Monk who sold his Ferrari – that’s the answer.

The book, as the title, suggests is a fable, that is surely going to change your life, once you read it.

Robin Sharma takes you on a journey, with every page you read and turn, there’s something new to learn, there’s something new to understand – a new perspective to life.

You might question yourself and your past; you might question the path you’re on; your mind will open to topics you’ve never thought of before. And, that’s the beauty of this book.

It’s a game-changer, literally! A new mindset, with a new perspective to life, a new beginning, a greater understanding of things within you and around you, this is what the book guarantees.

This sure can be the first book you pick up, in hopes of the change that you were looking forward to.


Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (Review)

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight (Review)

Phil Knight is not just one of the best entrepreneurs out there, but a brilliant storyteller too.

He takes you on a journey, his journey, full of ups and downs, into making what Nike is today.

His storytelling is so apt and vivid, that you feel you’re on this journey with him. You’re able to imagine when he paints the picture, you want to know what his next step is going to be, how is he going to solve the next problem. You’re just holding onto the book and want to read page after page.

Every great journey starts with a Crazy Idea, and Phil Knight shares everything, right from the inception to the making to its problems and it’s growth. Nike is a brand everyone is fascinated with, everyone wants to own a piece of it, however, very few people know the story behind it and how interesting it is.

This is a business book which every current and future entrepreneur should read, it paints you the real picture of entrepreneurship, what it takes to build a business, how persistent you need to be, how calm you need to be during the gravest of problems, and how important a team around you is.

Everyone sees a brand what they are today, everyone sees what Nike is today, but we hardly realize the years it took to be what it is, the hardships the company faced, the innovations it did, some successful and some not, the learnings you get from that – this is a picture of real entrepreneurship.

Phil Knight, you’re a genius.


The Secret by Rhonda Bryne (Review)

The Secret by Rhonda Bryne (Review)

• What Books Taught Us #3 •

Book In Focus : The Secret
Author : Rhonda Bryne

The Secret is an easy-to-read book on the Law of Attraction, what is it, how do you use it, what kind of affect does it have on your life, happiness, success, work, relationships and more, with real-life examples.

You could try to use it in the tiniest of things and believe it for yourself and then use it to achieve what you want to.

If the book had to be summed up in a few words, especially to a non-believer, it should be done in this way…

According to science and statistics, a human being has approximately 50,000 to 80,000 thoughts in a day, imagine that!

Now what do you think during this time has an impact on your actions, on what you speak, on how you react.

Positive Thoughts – Positive Actions – Positive Results, it’s as simple as that.

Of course, this is just a one-liner summary of the entire book, and there’s a lot more to uncover when you read the book, but this book is an eye-opener and should be in your books to read in your lifetime.


Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk (Book Review)

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk (Book Review)

Let me start by saying that the concept of the book, the thought process is so fantastic, how marketing has been resonated with boxing and how the boxing terms resonate here is mind blowing!

This and the awesome content inside describes the Marketing brilliance, i.e. Gary Vaynerchuk.

With the major platforms covered and how as a brand, you should focus on providing value to the audience and create native content as per the platform you’re posting on. What is also covered is a deep dive into brands’ social media accounts, the content we can learn from and also the content that shouldn’t have been done at all.

Let’s also point to the fact, how aesthetically beautiful the book is, with the hardcover, the fonts, the colours, the gloss print – it just added so much value to the content of the book.

If you’re into marketing or social media, or if you’re running a brand, you should give this book and Crushing It a read for sure, some excellent marketing insights.

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is recommended.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (Review)

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (Review)

Do you believe in the Law of Attraction?

Do you believe that Mindset is the key to unlocking life?

Do you want to know how the successful people have made it all this while?

Some may have realized it and some haven’t, but the process is the same.


This classic, best-selling book since ages is the key to unlocking these questions.

It explains everything you need to know, the WHY, the HOW, the WHAT.

Some things could be believed, some could be understood, but we as humans need examples to believe in the statements produced, and this book does just that.

In my opinion, if you have read ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Bryne, Think and Grow Rich is a more refined and a professional version of that book.

If you have already read the Secret, this is a perfect read because your base is already established and you can understand the author’s viewpoint a bit faster and in an easier manner than usual.

This book is surely a must have in the list of books to read in your lifetime.

It provides a lot of value and surely useful if you apply it to your life.

Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk (Review)

Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk (Review)

Whether you belong to the field of marketing or not…

Whether you have the knowledge or not…

In this time and age, you have the thought of having an online presence for your company or for yourself on the internet.

You want to create a brand and let the consumers connect with it and thus take it forward from there.

If you have any of these thoughts on your mind, then this book is for you.

It covers everything, from how you should proceed on the social media platforms and the other available platforms which one should keep in mind, what to do and a lot of examples of people succeeding with these platforms.

Reading this book gives you a complete perspective of building a brand on the internet and especially, when it’s written by the one and only, Gary Vaynerchuk, you know the book excels in every way.

This book has to be in every person’s list of books to read.


This is Marketing by Seth Godin (Review)

This is Marketing by Seth Godin (Review)

If you don’t know who Seth Godin is, I’d suggest you Google him and find out – the guy is a legend, so insightful and brilliant, be it his books, his keynote or his podcasts, he always stuns you with his knowledge on the subject of marketing.

This is one of the best books in this category, with so much information that it’ll definitely give you a new outlook on Marketing!

What Marketing is supposed to be, How marketers should approach the market, the pointers you should keep in mind, this book covers it all.

More importantly, the book also gives you an insight of looking at the market, if you’re a consumer.

In this age of marketing, where ads are being thrown on us with selling products and services, and hardly anyone taking care of the consumers, it is important to notice which brand do you align yourself with.

The values that the brand is providing, how do the other consumers align themselves with the brand, and is there any synergy or not.

This book is everything and I’d absolutely recommend it to be in your top 10 books to read list.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Review)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Review)

Over the past few months, the books I’ve read, the lessons I’ve learned, the path I’ve walked on led me to re-read this book – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

I did read this book years ago, surely didn’t remember most of it and don’t recall what I understood of it back then, but some impact must have surely happened – for that journey led me to this point.

I’m glad I chose this book, strengthened a few points I needed some guidance on and baselined a lot of content with the books I’ve read before.

This book in quotes, “is an inspiration for anyone seeking their path in life.”

It couldn’t be put in better words, the book is focused on finding your purpose, knowing your true calling in life.

The journey you set upon to achieve that purpose, the hardships faced, the knowledge gained, the experiences and overall, an upgrade in yourself.

You’re truly happy when you’re in the process of walking on the path of your true calling – is how I’ll sum up my learnings of this book.

Will surely recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a book in this category!