What I learned from buying too many books

As part of 2017 retrospective, I found that I purchased wayy more books than I actually read. I decided in 2018 I will try to be more selective with books. I still suck at it.

In the first four months of 2018, I’ve acquired 8 books. Most of them are compulsive random buys from stores or from weekly BookBub ebook discounts email.

When analyzing the data, two patterns jump out immediately. The books I actually read are: a. the most expensive books in the list, and b. books I deliberately sought out, not random finds. This is a very clear signal: Don’t buy random, cheap books!

My book list for 2018 so far…

Title Author Type I Paid Note

The Aeronauts Windlass

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Jim Butcher Hardcover, new $2.99  The only fiction book in the list
The Power of Myth (affiliate link)(non-affiliate link) Joseph Campbell Hardcover, new $3.99

The Power of Broke

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Daymond John Kindle $1.99 Started reading, lot’s of fun stories!

High Performance  Habits

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Brendon Burchard Kindle $9.00 Read!

The Student Leadership Guide

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Brendon Burchard Paperback, new $6.94

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

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Susan Cain Hardcover, used $7.00 Read! Awesome guide to introversion

The Dip

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Seth Godin Kindle $2.99

Rise of the Youpreneur: The Definitive Guide to Becoming the Go-To Leader in Your Industry and Building a Future-Proof Business

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Chris Ducker Paperback $0.00

The 50th Law

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Robert Greene & 50 Cent Kindle $1.99

3 thoughts on “What I learned from buying too many books

  1. Donate the books that you don’t want to keep or start a borrowing library at work so all of your peers can share resources.


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