Books to Read*

*if you only had time for 50.

I have built this page to share the best books on various categories that are relevant to the creative entrepreneur, including but not limited to: human development, productivity, creative work, writing, fiction, philosophy, and more.

The point of this—I guess you can call it a reading challenge?—is to help you, 1.) build better reading habits, and 2.) have a tighter grasp of a specific area of knowledge. For example, on each category (e.g. “50 Best Books on Productivity”), reading every book in the list will more or less give you a thorough rundown of what a specific topic is about.

To make things easier, each category will have an essential “top five”, as recommended by myself, my colleagues, and contemporaries. This gives you the chance to accommodate more than one area of knowledge, should you please.

Join the #50booksthisyear reading challenge

If you want to join in on the fun, it’s easy. The goal is for us to read as many books as we can in one year, with the biggest milestone so far being 50 books.

The number 50 isn’t arbitrary. The average volume of reading humans can pound through in one year is 26 books. Double that, and you get 52. I’ve rounded it off to 50 as a challenging but feasible milestone to improve everyone’s reading habits, including mine.

You will need to have a publicly available log—whether it’s a Goodreads account or a page on your website like this one, is entirely up to you.

If you have your log linked to this page, I will come back to your log on the first week of January next year, and award you the following badges.

  • The “Bronze Bookworm” Badge – awarded to participants who were able to read at least eight (8) books in one year.
  • The “Silver Bookworm” Badge – awarded to participants who were able to read at least twenty-five (25) books in one year.
  • The “Gold Bookworm” Badge – awarded to participants who were able to read at least fifty (50) books in one year.

You can also post on social media using the hashtag, #50booksthisyear.

If you don’t know which book to get started on, I’ve prepared the following lists.

Reading Recommendations

If you’re looking for some good books to read, I have compiled the lists that cover specific areas of knowledge and categories. The books included in the list, by the way, is a collective effort across creative professionals and entrepreneurs, including myself.

In addition, I do recommend books weekly via my newsletter, “work/life”. If you haven’t subscribed to that yet, I urge you to go do it. It’s free.

Moving onto the lists:

I. THE BASICS

Don’t know exactly where to start? The book on these lists should scratch the itch of anyone, having listed some of the best books of all time. The word “best”, of course, being a loose term or dependent on context.

  1. The Top 50 Best-Selling Books Of All Time
  2. The 50 Most Re-Read Books Of All Time

II. NON-FICTION BOOKS

I have listed the best non-fiction books you can read, arranged per category.

  1. The 50 Best Non-Fiction Books Of All Time
  2. The 50 Best Books on Productivity
  3. The 50 Best Books on Creativity
  4. The 50 Best Books on Writing

III. FICTION BOOKS

I have listed the best fiction books you can read, arranged per category.

  1. The 50 Best Novels Of All Time
  2. The 50 Best Horror Novels Of All Time
  3. The 50 Best Science Fiction Novels Of All Time

IV. FIND MORE BOOKS TO READ

If you need more recommendations, I’m always sharing books I found either via Twitter (@armanddc) or my weekly newsletter. You can also follow what I read on my reading log as part of the #50booksthisyear challenge.

That’s it, for now. Good luck to everyone participating in the challenge. If you have questions, feel free to contact me.