This year I set a new record for the number of books I bought on Amazon. The figure is a whooping 216 Kindle books and another 18 paperbacks for a combined total of 234! I had to check again but that is the correct number. Out of these, I reckon I read about 140. My previous record established last year was 137 purchased and about 90 read. This means I actually need not buy any books in 2014 as I have more than enough to read!
Why so many books this year? The main reason is the Kindle. I realized in mid 2011 that I had ran out of space in my house for books, so I got myself a Kindle. I had been delaying purchasing the Kindle but the moment I got it, I was hooked. I can now literally order and receive a book within 2 minutes. The fact that I could now use my Naira MasterCard made it all the more easier.
So which were my favourite reads in 2013? There were many. Below is a selection of the 20 of the best in no particular order.
1. Mastery – Robert Greene
2. Blood & Beauty – Sarah Dunant
3. The Signature of All Things – Elizabeth Gilbert
4. What’s it all About – Julia Baggini
5. The Investment Checklist – Michael Shearn
6. Barca: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World – Graham Hunter
7. The Accidental Public Servant – Nasir El Rufai
8. The Great Investors – Glen Arnold
9. Finding Flow – Milhaly Csikzentmihalyi
10. High Financier – Niall Ferguson
11. Essays of E. B. White – E.B. white
12. It is When You Sell That Counts – Donald Cassidy
13. The Five Rules for Successful Investing – Pat Dorsey
14. Traders at Work – Tim Bourquin and Nicholas Mango
15. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
16. The Everything Store – Brad Stone
17. Eyewitness to Power – David Gergen
18. Wolf Hall – Hillary Mantel
19. One for the Books – Joe Queenan
20. The Discovery of France – Graham Robb