Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Resolution

One of my new years resolutions is to read 50-60 books in 2009. That would mean I would have to read about a book a week. I was talking to a friend and he said that the more you get into politics and economics, the more books there are that you want to read. This is very, very true.

The problem is, life is busy. Now that people spend more and more time online, at work, watching television, going to classes, commuting, etc. it can really leave you with little time to sit down and read a book. That is why this goal is going to be difficult, but if I can do it I think I would greatly benefit from it.

Here are the first ten books I plan on reading in 2009. A quick warning: they cover a lot of different topics.

  1. The End of Prosperity
    -Arthur Laffer
    I have already started to read this book (about 40,50 pages in) and so far it has been absolutely amazing. It is written by three economists, and it talks about how different tax policies (based on different economic schools of thought such as Keynesian vs. supply-side) have affected prosperity in America. I literally stumbled upon this book, and I'm glad I did.

  2. Vault Guide to Finance Interviews, 7th Edition
    Read the first few pages. I'm sure there will be plenty of good advice. I'm a finance major, so it only makes sense I know how to interview for it!

  3. Find It Fix It Flip It
    -Michael Corbett
    I always found flipping houses interesting, and this book is kind of an 'intro' on how to do it. No I'm not going to drop out of college to flip a house, but maybe one day I will buy a fixer upper. If it's likely to be profitable, why not?

  4. Ready Set Sold
    -Michael Corbett
    Another real estate book that looked interesting.

  5. Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant
    -Robert Kiyosaki
    I loved Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki so I wanted to read a few more books by him. He's very wise financially, and I can only hope to make it to that level some day.

  6. Rich Dad's Increase Your Financial IQ: Getting Richer By Getting Smarter.
    -Robert Kiyosaki
    Another book by Kiyosaki. I got both of these books for Christmas from my aunt and uncle, and like I said I can't wait to read more from Kiyosaki.

  7. The Sociopath Next Door
    -Martha Stout
    Not the typical book I would read, but I saw it and it looked pretty interesting so I figured, why not?

  8. Pikachu's Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon
    -Joseph Tobin
    I used to love Pokemon when I was little! What happened to them? Haha but from what I know of this book it should be really interesting. A little business, a little psycology/sociology and I'm hoping a great story.

  9. Atlas Shrugged
    -Ayn Rand
    There has to be some political book on this list, right? Well, I have heard of Ayn Rand and I know that many libertarians quote her/respect her/etc. and my friend has started to read this book and I think it would be a good idea for me to read it as well. It's a long book (over 1,000 pages) but it will be well worth it!

  10. The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging
    -The editors of the Huffington Post and Arianna Huffington
    My sister got me this book for Christmas. The Huffington Post is very liberal, but this book is not about liberals, it's about blogging. And last time I checked they were the most successful political blog. Ever. I'm sure I can learn a few things from them.

The last thing I would like to do is ask you if there are any recommendations you have. I'm pretty open to different subjects and authors (Not only will I read books by liberals, but I actually think it is important to at least see where the other side is coming from. If your views truly are the 'correct' views it can't hurt, right?). So let me know if there is a book you read or are planning to read or heard was good, and I will add it to my list for 2009.

Happy New Year! Here is to a prosperous and wonderful 2009.


DC said...

A special thanks to Mike Graybill who sent me this link:

I will definitely be reading some of those books over the course of the year.

Thanks again Mike!


jpberthiaume said...

I know you aren't Catholic, Dave, but this really applies to any serious Christian.

DC said...


Looks pretty interesting, I will check it out.



Victoria said...

some books i think you should read... ones by nicholas sparks. haha just keedin :)

Budsy Jean said...

We should all be aware of the sociopaths among us who rob us of our in-most being (there are more than you think there are), and Atlas Shrugged is a great book! I read it so many years ago, I think I'll have to read it again! Great selections!