My read a book a month challenge for 2011

7 Jan

I am not a good reader of books – sure I absorb tons of online content from blogs and guides, but I cannot sit long enough to read a book. For the last 12 months I have been trying to read Richard Branson’s book, Business Stripped Bare, but, I’m only 10 pages in. The only time I can read a book all the way through is when I am on holiday.

So, in 2011 I decided to attempt to read one book a month. For many of you that might seem easy, but for me, it’s a challenge! So here is my list of 12 books, and I promise I will write a quick review about each one.

* The links are Amazon affiliate links which basically means I get a few pennies if you purchase the book through this blog post. Of course, you don’t have to, but Amazon is one of the cheapest places to buy books on the internet.

I am not sure what order I will read the books, but I have started January by reading Brilliant Marketing – I know a business book, how boring, but it’s a skill I need to learn!  So there you have my list, want to join in the ‘1 book a month challenge’? Leave a link to your list of 12 books and I will link to it in this post.

If you are based in Leeds here are two reading clubs that I am aware of – if I find any more, I will update this post:


7 Responses to “My read a book a month challenge for 2011”

  1. Jack Hughes January 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Hello Darren, you may find your problems with concentration are due to a lack of practice. I started reading again a couple of years ago and struggled to concentrate for more than ten minutes at a time. Over time things have improved a lot, I can now read for extended periods without any effort. Give it time, you’ll quickly up your concentration levels.


    • Darren January 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      You are probably right Jack! I’m hoping if I get through the first two books I should be okay. I hope! hehe.

  2. holdendarko January 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    If it is alright with you I am going to make a similar list over on my blog. Of course I will give you full inspirational credits 🙂 Perhaps we could find some others who will print lists on their blogs than we can all keep motivated, and check them off.

    • Darren January 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      No problem, go for it! Let me know when you have your list up and running and I will link to it from here. If you could link to that would be great, or here, whichever 😉

  3. Tim January 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Well balanced list, love it. Are you going to write short reviews about these books? This would be great.


    • Darren January 13, 2011 at 3:41 am #

      Hi Tim,

      Yes, I’ll be writing up a short review, with pros and cons of each book. I am over half way on January’s book, so I am target to read it by the end of the month!


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