2016 Reading Review

By: Dylan Nunn

 A year ago I was introduced to Rob Fajrado.  Rob is a thought leader and advisor at the social accelerator Fownders.  While speaking with Rob on the phone for the first time he had the utmost enthusiasm in relaying to me the formula for success that many leaders/ change makers and entrepreneurs have in common. That is..

They read on average 40 books a year!

I was shocked! “how do they have that much time?  What are they reading? ..ect. I had lots more questions.. The point was their dedication to knowledge accumulation is far above what most of us commit our time to. 

Rob went on to explain that as we meet new people, our conversations rely on our ability to find commonalities to connect on.  Often, we find that shared knowledge attained from reading provides these commonalities.  This leads to wonderful conversations about stories and concepts within these books you both have internalized.   What’s amazing about this, is that once this common connection has been made, both of the participants have verified each other. They can now validate where pieces of each other’s knowledge comes from, leading to more trust in their interactions to come.  You are now of much higher value than the stranger next to you. 


So after encouraging words and some book suggestions, of course, I set a goal for myself. 

In 2016 I would read at least 12 books, 1 book every month

This may sound like a lot or a little to some of you, for me, it was a benchmark and a challenge. 

Below I've listed the 12 books I read this year (my favorites are bolded) 

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie 

The Game – Neil Strauss 

Ishmael-Daniel Quinn

Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss- Dennis Mckenna

Four Hour Work Week- Tim Ferriss

 Ego is the Enemy- Ryan Holiday

Do cool Shit-Miki Agrawal

 The Book of Five Rings-Miyamoto Musashi

Crush it –Gary Vaynerchuk

Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

The Other Side of Paradise, Life in the New Cuba- Julia Cooke

The Invisible Man H-G Wells

How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

I’m proud to say I accomplished my goal and it was easier than I thought. I think everyone should quantify their goals and make them as specific as possible so we can track our progress. In 2017 I'm doubling my goal to 24 books, 2 a month. Still a long way off from 40! 

Books are the most wonderful and flattering gift,  it means that you care so much about a person attaining a specific piece of knowledge. It means that you believe the person's life will be better having read that book. 

On my list for 2017

Tools of Titans - Tim Ferriss

The Four-Hour Body -Tim Ferriss

Grain Brain - David Perlmutter, MD

Flow- Mihály Csíkszentmihályi

Mastery - Robert Greene

The Art of Seduction - Robert Greene

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance- Robert M. Pirsig

Please send me any book recommendations you have, I'm hungry for knowledge

I hope this inspires you all to create a reading list and get after it! 


Dylan Nunn