At the beginning of the year I made a new years resolution to read 6 books during the year. I was never a big reader and always struggled to find time for reading and especially finishing books. For some people 6 books might not seem of a big deal but for me personally it is quite a challenge.

Nevertheless, during the last couple of months I tried to implement a new morning routine which also included reading. Out 6 habits in total that I tried to manifest only 3 survived: meditation, journaling and reading. Instead of reading blogs, I found myself enjoying books more and noticed that I got way more inspiration out of books than short articles. Many blog posts in general cover topics very superficially and don’t go into greater depth which makes it hard to get a lot value from it. I moved away from reading design blogs over to reading all time classics from successful people such as Napoleon Hill or Richard Branson’s autobiography.

Surprisingly I exceeded my own goal of 6 books a year already and can only encourage everyone to take a look at the following list that I enjoyed most during the last couple of months. Summer is almost over and I hope you will find some time during the rainy season to invest into yourself.

1. Ready Player One

This book is perfect for cozy and rainy days. I can’t remember the last time when a book captivated me so much. Ready Player One is an excellent Science Fiction Novel written by Ernest Cline that tells the story of how virtual reality might change our lives in the future. The concepts and ideas described in the book are really interesting and I often caught myself imagining how it would be living in such a dream world where people only interact with each other online. It also has so many references to the computer and gaming industry of the 80s and just makes you smirk and revive memories from the good old days.
There is already a movie in the pipeline which will come to the cinemas in 2018 and will be directed by Steven Spielberg.
This tells you already how good this book is.

2. The Millionaire Fastlane

There are many books written about how to get successful and rich, but this one is special. I like the way M.J DeMarco addresses his audience with no BS. While I was reading the book I’ve got the feeling that this guy doesn’t really care about what people think about him and wether they like his message or not. People can either take his advice or just leave it. He is super straight forward and tells you the principles that you need to apply in order to get successful and build wealth. The principles are not new to people who already read similar books such as Rich Dad Poor Dad or Napoleon Hill. But if you never dealed with this topic before, this book will make you open your eyes. His message is easy: You can either take the Slowlane and live an average life or you can take the Fastlane to accelerate your Happiness. But the Fastlane will be tough.

3. Losing my Virginity – Richards Branson Autobiograpy

One of the greatest entrepreneurs on earth. I always thought Richard Branson was just the Virgin guy. Some entrepreneur who got lucky with a business. But after reading his autobiography I realized how more there is to him. His guiding life principles are very inspiring for young people who want to live an extraordinary life. Richard Branson is just a funny guy who loves enjoying life and live it to the fullest.
The 3 most important things I probably take from his biography are first, you have to hustle in order to get somewhere and overcome your fears in order to grow, second, be bold because sometimes you have to take big risks in order to gain big wins and third, life is too short so push your own boundaries and enjoy it to the fullest.