I used to read a lot when I was younger, mostly comic books. But somewhere along the way (between engineering textbooks, building codes, design magazines and the Internet ) I lost touch. I completely stopped reading novels and comic books as there always seemed to be something more important or urgent to do and never enough time to sit down and read. The most I was reading were  magazine articles, blog posts and random newspaper articles. 

But lately I've been having these  urges to learn more about various things and subsequently to read more. I also went through my bookshelves, finding books that I still didn't finish reading and others that I've been meaning to start reading but never got around to doing it. I've also been collecting suggestions from friends, family, podcasts,  and TV shows and my "to read" list is getting a little long. Therefore, with a little inspiration from Kay and her 13 books in 2013 on Chronicled, I finally decided to also challenge myself to read more books. Mind you, I still don't have a lot of patience for walls of text, so some of these books will have to be audiobooks. It suits my multitasking personality to a T!  

I also decided to keep track of  my "to read" and my "read" lists of books and share them online. Since a lot of the suggestions I got came from the Internet, why not return the favour and maybe inspire someone else too? These lists, shown below, will evolve over time and I'll probably add my own reviews at some point. I usually find them useful, so I guess it's probably going to benefit some readers out there as well.



Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons In Life
How to Win Friends and Influence People
The 50th Law
100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever
The Alchemist
The Way I Am
The 4-Hour Work Week
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
The Tao of Wu
Design Your Self: Rethinking the Way You Live, Love, Work, and Play
The Secret To Success
The Science of Getting Rich
Thank You and You're Welcome
What I Know For Sure

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E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100
Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love, and Tattooing
If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You
The Art Spirit
Picture This: How Pictures Work
Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
The Compound Effect
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
As a Man Thinketh
Awakened Imagination
The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

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