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Reading List 2020

Posted on Dec 31, 2019

My list for 2020 focuses on two goals: mental health and leadership. The past three years as an entrepreneur have taught me an impossible amount of knowledge through perseverance and struggle. The year 2020 is when I claim my mental health back. Even though I have been mostly self-fulfilled and determined these past years, I want to feel like I did before starting this journey - happy.

I’ve picked a few books off Bill Gate’s reading list as well as some books I’ve been personally wanting to read for some time.

My goal is to read thirty (count, 30) books this year; to celebrate my 30th birthday this year, of course. The list below will continue to grow over the year.


Some Birds Don’t Fly, by Gary Paulsen (1968)
Read December 31, 2019

From the same author as one of my favorite childhood books, The Hatchet, this book is a fun and short read about the early U.S. missile program and all the mishaps along the way. A witty reminder that there are always failures to learn from.


Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker (2017)
Read January 5, 2020

I fell asleep several times reading this book; not because it was uninteresting, quite the opposite. This book is a powerful piece of knowledge that breaks down the scientific reasonings for why the human body needs to sleep.

This book completely changed my perspective on sleep from one that viewed sleep as lazy, to one that viewed sleep as the most important thing you can do for yourself aside from diet and exercise.

Sleep repairs our bodies, it makes us more creative, and it heals us physically and emotionally.

My eyes are open (or should I say shut) to the amazing world of sleeping and its remarkable benefits.


Leadership: In Turbulent Times, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2018)
Currently reading


Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, by Arianna Huffington (2015)
Currently reading


The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, by Arianna Huffington (2017)


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondō (2014)


Stop Missing Your Life: How to be Deeply Present in an Un-Present World, by Cory Muscara (2019)


High Output Management, by Andrew S. Grove (2015)

About

Tom is the CEO (Customer Experience Overlord) of Unicorn Heart Club where he leads development for Astral TableTop. He's a homebrewer, hiker, and has an about page.