Summer Reading


Now that Hurricane Florence has swept away the last remnants of the season, I wanted to share my summer reading with you.

For context, it should be noted that I’m a big reader.  Whether it’s reading a few chapters before falling asleep or listening to an audiobook during my morning commute, I typically touch a few different books every day.  And it’s not unusual for me to be in the midst of reading up to three books at a time.  My wife frequently complains about my Amazon book-buying habits and the fact that our apartment “simply cannot hold any more books” (note: this was about 30 books ago).  While it’s true that our little Durham apartment is starting to burst at the seams, I wholeheartedly believe in the importance of reading and continuous learning.

One of my favorite quotes about reading comes from Charlie Munger, who said:

“Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.”

It’s no secret that Americans today do not spend enough time reading.  In our world of texts, tweets, and constant motion, it’s not surprising that most folks don’t think they have the time.  I myself am not a particularly fast reader, nor am I some kind of antisocial pariah who spends every weekend with my nose in a paperback.  The reality is: if I can tortoise my way through these books, so can you!

And it should be noted that although many of these books are investing-related, the majority are not (trust me, Dad is Fat could not be less of an academic read).  In my opinion, it’s important and far more interesting to read in a holistic manner.  This summer I buried myself in a couple of career books, a political commentary, a few investing classics, some wedding-related guides (some serious, some funny), a classic fiction novel, and several great biographies.  I would recommend this diversification strategy to you, too.

So, without further ado, here is what I read this summer:

  • Groomology: What Every (Smart) Groom Needs to Know Before the Wedding by Michael Essany
  • The Groom’s Instruction Manual: How to Survive and Maybe Even Enjoy the Most Bewildering Ceremony Known to Man by Shandon Fowler
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics by Charles Krauthammer
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Paths to Wealth Through Common Stocks by Philip A. Fisher
  • Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  • Tying The Knot: A Premarital Guide to a Strong and Lasting Marriage by Rob Green
  • Hedgehogging by Barton Biggs
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip A. Fisher
  • Dead Companies Walking: How A Hedge Fund Manager Finds Opportunity in Unexpected Places by Scott Fearon
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow


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