In the beginning of this year, I challenged myself to read 12 books and have completely forgotten about it. That’s about reading a book a month, a simple advice to those who wanted to start a reading journey from the owner of Quake Books HQ, Kai Whiting.
But due to the projects and goals I had this year, I was working on the goal secondarily. Until one day, I remembered to update my Goodreads list. To my surprise, I was able to make it beyond my goal!
While I’m a fan of fiction books, this year was filled not with a read and relax type of books but rather with books for targeted learnings. Some were books for entrepreneurs. Some were books for artists. The rest are for my personal growth. Nevertheless, all of those books have benefited me a lot.
Now here are are my top 5 reads in 2017.
PEAK by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
You don’t need to feel frustrated anymore about not being born with a talent in whatever skill it is you’re trying to learn. With deliberate practice and feedback, you can finally play that instrument, sing melodiously, be the ace player in the team, and create your fine art masterpieces. You can work your way to develop that potential.
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Obstacles are definitely not fun to talk about. But you also won’t frown because of it ever again. Ryan Holiday will teach you how to get around the roadblocks you’ll encounter and even use it to advance and progress in your life goals.
Deep Work by Cal Newport
Cal Newport will make you reassess how you allocate your time, energy and focus to create high quality output. You will realize how bad it is to multitask and how effective it is to have 100% concentration on one single task. You may also consider going to a place without a wifi service if you’re curious about how helpful it is in the quality of your work.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
It’s not the technical skills that we must learn first in starting a drawing journey. This was what Betty Edwards made me realize after reading the first few pages of the book. This book will help you understand first how our brain works and how you can maximize the function of each and both when used together to perceive things right, and eventually draw with ease. If you want to learn how to draw (and view life better) this should be at the top of your list.
Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins
You may be dreaming of becoming an artist but ignored your desire to pursue it because you were fed with the concept of being an artist – painters, photographers, musicians and writers – is not sustainable. Surprisingly, Michelangelo wasn’t poor. And I have a long list of artists in this generation who thrives more than professionals that proves this true.
Those are the five unforgettable books I treasured this year because it quaked my world that I never forget them when each subject is touched in my daily journey. Let me know its impact to your life when you’ve read them.