So this year I had a plan, like way too many of us, to read more. Call it a new year’s resolution if you’d like (I hate the term, and I started just beforehand). I want to read more. So, as we’re approaching the end of month 1, how am I getting on? 

4 books down in 20 days

That’s right, I’m happy to say that I’m 4 books down so far in 2020. I’d say that’s a win for reading more, compared to probably having only completed about 6 or 8 books in 2019. 

What were the books? 

22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – by Al Ries and Jack Trout 

This book is a little older than you’d probably want it to be, with examples showcasing people like Kodak and Amstrad etc, but the general principles and concepts, as you’d imagine from the title, are pretty immutable, so it’s still a great read. It’s a short book, but something worth consuming just to get some ideas and food for thought. 

Fuck It – Be At Peace With Life Just As It Is – by John Parkin

I’ve been looking for books to help me with my general headspace, for both personal and work reasons. I don’t often get on well with books that are too “airy-fairy” or too high on the “hippy scale” for my liking, but this was good. It’s short, to the point, concisely written and helped me to evaluate some of the not-important stuff I’d been too focused on. 

A Slip Of The Keyboard – by Terry Pratchett

I’ve been a Terry Pratchett fan for as long as I can remember getting into books. The first one I ever read was Pyramids, part of the Discworld collection, and from then onwards, I made it a duty to read them all. Now I’ve read them all, and over the past 2 years, I’ve amassed them all on Audible too. A Slip Of The Keyboard is different though. It’s a selection of articles written by Terry throughout his life. There’s some great observation, humour, and reflection towards the end of his life. I enjoyed this as it was a great collection of smaller articles and enjoyable to read. 

Happiness by Design – Paul Dolan 

I came across this book by accident in Waterstones. Again, looking for things to help me focus on what’s important. I’m a big fan of data, so finding someone writing about psychology from an economists point of view was awesome. It’s a great read and helped me to formulate some great notes on habits that I should be changing. 

4 Books in 20 days, not a bad start

That’s it so far, those are the 4 books, but I’m now more than halfway through Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson and I’m re-reading and making notes around The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey too. 

I’d say my experiment so far this year is working well, and I’m already finding myself drawn to add to the reading list on a near-daily basis. In fact, so far, my to-read pile is getting a little ridiculous (maybe I have a problem) and my To Read list on Amazon has another dozen books or so. 

Chris Bruno - Read More - 20 Jan 2020 - To Read Pile So Far

It’s all good though. It’s what I wanted for this year, to Always Be Learning and toe Read More. I’m not just finding time to read, I’m making time to read as I realise how much it helps me with my day to day life and with work. 

All links to books are simple Amazon links, not referral links!


Chris Bruno
Chris Bruno

I’m Chris Bruno, Founder and CEO of Social INK, a community-driven, social-first, digital marketing agency. I'm also the host of the All About Digital Marketing podcast. I'm passionate about marketing, travel, food and continual development.