When I asked my friends and contacts on social media last year about the best books that they've read for the year, I didn't quite expect to get so many amazing recommendations. That's why I ended up with my blog post, Best Books of 2012.
With that in mind, I thought I'd repeat the question again this year. And, again, people didn't disappoint! Gotta love friends and contacts who read. 🙂 I'm definitely adding some of these recommendations to my "To Read List" next year. I might even start some of them in the next couple of days, while I take some 'down time' from work during the holidays.
Admittedly, I didn't get to read and note down as much as I would've liked this year. Of course, this is partly to normal busy work-life stuff. And, partly because this is the year I've done a bit more than my usual share of TV and movie watching. No regrets, though. I love reading, but I'm glad to have discovered some really great TV series and movies this year. It's all part of growing as a storyteller.
Anyway, in my case, while I've read a few novels, my reading list this year has been primarily in nonfiction. Two of my favourites this year: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman.
Also enjoyed It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden, as well as 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, Get The Right Things Done by Peter Bregman. These books really resonated with an ongoing theme that I have this year. And, all, supporting my Word of The Year: Focus.
Oh, and yes, I've also read a number of writing books this year. Including Save The Cat, a classic scriptwriting book.
As far as fiction goes, there are no real "wows" for me. But, I still enjoyed reading some of them, including Prodigy by Marie Lu (blogged here), which is Book 2 of the Legend series. I'm still currently reading Champion, which is Book 3.
And, of course, Storm of Swords by George RR Martin, which is Book 3 of the Game of Thrones. Loved this one a lot. But, I'm still kind of stuck with Book 4, as I find this one really slow.
Hmmm... It looks like I may have read more than I realised!
Oh, and a new thing for me this year: I've mostly bought and read ebooks! I've hardly got any new hardcopy books this year. And, while I do still love those hard copies, I must admit that I love the ease of having my books with me all the time. After all, I can easily read them on my computer, tablet, phone, or Kindle reader.
In any case, enough about me and my reading habits. Here are some great books recommended by my friends and contacts. Do share yours in the comments section too, if you have any to add!
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children’s book.
A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology” list.
Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.