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2016 Year in Review

Posted: January 1, 2017 in Surveys

2016-year-in-reviewBook Survey Hosted by Perpetual Page Turner

Stats:

  • # of Books Read: 73 (see Book List)
  • # of Pages Read: 23,441
  • # of Re-Reads: 6
  • Genre You Read the Most: Business

 

1. Best book you read in 2016?

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love, but didn’t?

Good Profit by Charles Koch

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 

This Will Make You Smarter edited by John Brockman

This book is full of vignettes from a bunch of incredibly smart people. However, I was surprised that so many of them struggled with simplifying complex information. That is quite an important skill, but many of the authors were impeded by either their own hubris or “the curse of knowledge” of not being able to simplify the message they wanted to convey.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did) in 2016?

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

5. Best series you started in 2016?

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Remarkably, I had never read this series before. I tried reading The Hobbit a couple times when I was younger, but I couldn’t get past the flowery language and dense writing style. It took me about 100 pages or so until I really started to get into The Fellowship of the Ring, but now I’m hooked and excited to finish the series in early 2017. I’m reading The Two Towers right now.

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6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Ryan Holiday

I read Trust Me, I’m Lying by Holiday back in 2013 and wasn’t very impressed. However, this year I stumbled upon a snippet from Holiday’s new book Ego is the Enemy and immediately ordered the book. That book and The Obstacle is the Way are both amazing. I look forward to reading future books by Holiday.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston with Mario Spezi

I don’t read many true crime books, but I’m glad I made an exception for this one. As a fan of the Hannibal television series, it was fascinating to hear about the real-life killer who motivated Thomas Harris to create the character Hannibal.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

9. Book you read in 2016 which you are most likely to re-read next year?

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

The Star Wars Trilogy (Barnes & Noble leather bound edition)

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11. Most memorable character from a book you read in 2016?

Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Candide by Voltaire

Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the book as a whole–perhaps because I listened to it on audio and didn’t take enough time to fully process the story. Regardless, it was well-written and I like Voltaire’s sarcastic writing style.

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?

Mindset by Carol Dweck

Dweck reveals mind-blowing research about the power of having a “growth mindset” as opposed to a “fixed” one. The implications of her studies are vast–spanning education, parenting, coaching, and managing. Her research is also the foundation behind some other books I love like Grit by Angela Duckworth.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2016 to finally read? 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, as mentioned above

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016?

I have several:

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” -Albert Einstein

“As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” -John Wheeler

“I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic.” -Will Smith

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2016?

Shortest: Candide by Voltaire (94 pages)

Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (870 pages)

17. Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously?

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

18. Best book you read in 2016 which was based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My buddy Ben recommended this book to me earlier this year and the book was absolutely incredible. Ready Player One will be turned into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg in 2018. If the movie is half as good as the book, it will attract a lot of fans.

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19. Best debut you read in 2016?

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

20. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

21. Book which put a smile on your face/was most FUN to read?

 Holes by Louis Sachar

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22. Book which made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

23. Hidden gem of the year? 

The Fallout by S.A. Bodeen

S.A. Bodeen is one of my favorite YA authors. She has written several great books like The Compound and The Gardner. She has several other novels in publication, so I plan to check out more of her work in 2017.

24. Book which crushed your soul? 

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

25. Most unique book you read in 2016?

Fix It: Getting Accountability Right [Advance Copy] by Roger Connors, Tom Smith, Craig Hickman, Tracy Skousen, and Marcus Nicolls

This book is unique in that it gives so many actionable solutions for improving accountability in your personal life, team, and organization. It reads almost like a “choose your own adventure” book. You select areas of personal struggle, then turn to the part of the book that contains possible solutions for that issue.

26. Book which made you angry (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind

This book depicts the tale of Enron’s spectacular fall. The arrogance, dishonesty, and corruption embodied by Ken Lay, Jeffrey Skilling, and the rest of Enron’s motley crew are sickening.

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27. One book you didn’t read in 2016 but will be a top priority in 2017?

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

My friend Hunter recommended this book to me earlier this year, and I just picked up a copy. I’ll be reading it as one of my first books of 2017.

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2015 End-of-Year Book Survey Results

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Surveys
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Hosted at Perpetual Page Turner

Stats:

  • Number of Books Read: 61 (see Book List)
  • Number of Re-Reads: 5
  • Genre You Read the Most: Business

 

1. Best book you read in 2015?

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing about Hard Things

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love, but didn’t?

Winning the Story Wars by Jonah Sachs

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 

Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard – I’ve really enjoyed most of the other books in this series, but this one lost its way. It was as if O’Reilly and Dugard forgot that they were supposed to write about General Patton rather than snippets on all of the most powerful men in WWII.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

5. Best series you started in 2015?

The Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch – This story really drew me in. I pounded out all three books in a couple weeks.

Also, I have to throw out an “Honorable Mention” for The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King – I started the series last year, but I read the majority of the books this year. Awesome story from one of my favorite writers of all time!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

 Blake Crouch, author of the Wayward Pines series mentioned above

7, Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Psych Ward by Stephen Seager – I don’t read about the medical world very often, but this book was fascinating. Seager details all of the crazy events that progressed during his year as an intern in a psych ward.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Pines by Blake Crouch, the first book in the Wayward Pines series

9. Book you read in 2015 which you are most likely to re-read next year?

The Big Short by Michael Lewis – I’ve already read this book twice, but I just watched the new movie starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, and Ryan Gosling, which made me want to read the book again. Lewis is one of my favorite story-tellers, and I also love reading about the subprime mortgage crisis.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

 If we’re talking about memorable characters from books I read in 2015, I’d say Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower series.

If we’re talking about characters from books that came out in 2015, I’d definitely say Mark Watney from The Martian by Andy Weir.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

13. Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2015?

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

The Road to Character by David Brooks

14. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2015 to finally read? 

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.” -Leo Tolstoy, quoted in the book The Big Short by Michael Lewis

“I must explore and experiment. I am never satisfied with my work. I resent the limitations of my own imagination.” -Walt Disney, quoted in the book How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams

“In any human interaction, the required amount of communication is inversely proportional to the level of trust.” -Ben Horowitz in the book The Hard Thing about Hard Things

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2015?

Shortest: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (110 pages)

Longest: The Dark Tower by Stephen King (845 pages)

17. Book which shocked you the most?

Room by Emma Donoghue

18. Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously?

Influencer by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

19. Best book you read in 2015 which was based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure?

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King, recommended to me by my brother-in-law Mitch

The Dark Tower Series

20. Best 2015 debut you read?

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

21. Best world-building/most vivid setting you read this year?

The Martian by Andy Weir

22. Book which put a smile on your face/was most FUN to read?

 Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – Weird read, but very entertaining and creative

23. Book which made you cry or nearly cry in 2015?

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

24. Hidden gem of the year? 

Misbehaving by Richard Thaler

25. Book which crushed your soul? 

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

26. Most unique book you read in 2015?

Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson

27. Book which made you angry (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

28. One book you didn’t read in 2015 but will be a top priority in 2016?

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb