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Book bucket list for 2019

Here are 19 books that are in my book bucket list for 2019. My plan is to read these books over the course of the year.

Becoming by Michelle Obama  This is a memoir of the First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role. I’ve always found Michelle Obama to be inspiring and down to earth so looking forward to reading it.

Hell Yeah or No by Derek Sivers – Derek describes this book as “a collection of thoughts around re-defining yourself, changing focus, and saying yes to less.” I’ve read many blogs on his website and watched his Ted Talks, so looking to pick it up when its published.

Your Music and People by Derek Sivers – Derek describes this book as “a philosophy for musicians (and normal people) of getting your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, and connected.” From the several interviews that I’ve listened of Derek, this book will be a treat and a game changer.

कर्नाली ब्लुज [Karnali Blues] by Buddhi Sagar A debut novel by Buddhi Sagar, I have heard rave reviews of it but have not had a chance to read it. My sister just finished reading it and she recommended the book as well.

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John Doerr – I read a few pages on Amazon and am already impressed with the legendary stories. A friend finished reading it and highly recommended the book too.

A Second Chance: For You, For Me, And For The Rest Of Us by Catherine Hoke – I first heard about this book in the Tim Ferriss podcast where he interviewed Catherine and found her story to be captivating and inspiring. 

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari – I am a Gates Notes Insider and Bill Gates had talked about this book on his personal blog. Reading the book’s review and a few pages on Amazon, I am looking forward to be enlightened. 

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling – I learned about this book in Bill Gates’ personal blog and really want to read this book. For a long time, I have felt that labels like “developing” and “developed” to describe different countries was outdated and almost insulting. So it’s refreshing to hear about this book which tackles this old definition and provides a better framework among many other things.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight – When I went to college, I wanted to work for one company after graduation and it was Nike. This was one of the reasons why I studied abroad in Amsterdam, The Netherlands which was very close to Hilversum where Nike’s European headquarters was located. At that point, I had planned to either get an internship or a field visit to it’s Hilversum office. Neither happened but Nike has always fascinated me. When I heard about this book, I was overjoyed and wanted to read it ever since.

Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey by A.J. Jacobs – I learned about this book from Tim Ferriss’s blog and it seems like a fun read. The book is about the author who decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee.

This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin – I subscribe to Seth’s blog and get his daily posts. Seth is a thought leader in marketing, advertising and many other domains and I’m anxiously waiting to pick it up.

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger – A book recommended by Naval Ravikant. I actually wanted to read a book by Naval himself but came across this recommendation. This book has been recommended by many other people I follow as well so it’s about time I read it.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant – A book written by Naval Ravikant’s brother. Seems like an interesting read.

Bruce Lee Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living by Bruce Lee – Bruce Lee is a globally known figure and I’m curious to learn more about his life and philosophy through this book. 

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – Being a fan of Trevor Noah, I can’t wait to read this book. This book will be a delight and it will surely provide a perspective from another side of the world. 

Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker – In early 2018, Bill Gates claimed that this book is his new favorite book of all time. He’s raved a lot about this book and is a must read for me this year.

The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything=Have Everything by Neil Pasricha – An INC writer provided a list of 12 books that had the most impact to him in 2017 and highly recommended this book. Upon browsing through Amazon’s reviews, the book had over 250 customer reviews and 77% had given it a 5 star. Related to the topic, I had previously read Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert and Delivering Happiness by Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh. I hope to learn new things and gain an additional perspective on the classic subject of happiness by picking up The Happiness Equation. 

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow – I learned about this book through a friend. Also this book was referenced in Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio-one of the books I read in 2018. When I scrolled through the pages of this book, I was fascinated by the content.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki – I had read this book a while back but I’m going to read it again. The lessons, knowledge and principles shared in the book are timeless and it’s always good to sharpen your financial acumen. 

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