One of my personal goals for 2017 is to read 24 books this year. I could count on one hand how many books that I read between 2008 (when I graduated college to 2016). One regret I have is that I failed to pick up reading at a later stage of my life. I read a lot of books growing up from Elementary-Middle School (likely from the summer reading challenges they always had).
As I went into High School/College, I found myself deep into textbooks than novels. Who has time to read when you have the pressures of getting good grades and participating in extracurricular activities (sports/clubs) to make your resume look good? Once I finished college, my learning didn’t stop as I pursued an actuarial career and was able to finish the exams by 2011.
Okay – no more excuses from that point on! My free time was consumed by social media (Facebook, Instagram), Reddit, and TV Sitcoms. Once my father passed away in November 2016, I realized that these things are not important to my life.
Books are a great source of knowledge where authors have spent years, if not decades, of research to understand their subject and to share their wisdom with us. There is no better return on investment than the price of a book. If you’ve been holding back on one, just buy it. A few dollars can change your life!
Here are the books that I’ve read to become a better person and to live a happier and fulfilled life: