Leaders Are Readers

I have read so many books in my lifetime – I should be the leader of the free world.

Seriously.

I've been reading since I was a toddler. I watched my parents read at night, after dinner, in the front room. Dad in his recliner, Mom on the couch. Both reading by the lamp on the end table between them.

Every house we lived in had a library – our books traveled with us, whether the move was from one state to the next, one city to the next, one country to the next.

Trinity College Library in Dublin

Many times I would have a question about the world, about people, about science or religion and I would be told “look it up”… which meant I was to go to our home library and try to find the answer myself. If I couldn't find it, then I would get assistance from my parents. And if they didn't know or couldn't find it in our own library, we went to the school or public library to find the answer. (yes, this was before the internet … many, many years before the internet).

So I always knew that it was okay to say “I don't know”, but that it wasn't okay to say “I'll never know” because there are just too many places to find the answer – and now, with the internet, there is no reason … ever … to say you can't find the answer.

The kinds of books I read vary – from Arthur C. Clarke science fiction to James Rollins thrillers, from Tom Clancy action thrillers to Diana Gabaldon historial romance. And everything in between. The only fiction I don't read is Fantasy. I don't care to read about fairies, elves, witches and dragons.

Then there are the non-fiction books. The books I read with the same intensity as the fiction, with the purpose being to learn something new and do it myself then share it with others. These range from Anthony Robbins self-improvement to Pam Brossman action lists, from Daniel Pink pay attention to your audience to John Maxwell daily living practices.

I would rather read a book than watch a movie.

I will be doing a series of posts with book recommendations.

Today's recommendations are:

Fiction – Subterranean by James Rollins, a veterinarian that blends science with history and creates terrific action/adventure stories. His first book that gets things rolling and is a great introduction to what you can expect in the many books that follow.

Non-Fiction: The Best of Guerrilla Marketing: Guerrilla Marketing Remix by Jay Levinson. Want to learn the nitty gritty of what it takes to market well? This is the book. Best read in paperback for easy reference checking (I have post it notes stuck throughout this book so I can easily find a list or a paragraph).

Do You Read?

What do you like to read? Fiction? Non-Fiction? What are you reading now? I'd love to know.

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  1. Had to share this article. Reading is so important, and I also grew up in the age of “look it up” in a book and not the internet. For me, books were an escape, inspiration, and educational tools all in one. If I ever want to remind myself how important reading has been to my life, I just have to play a game of trivial pursuit with a group of friends. When I can get the answers correctly most of the time and end up winning the game because I remember reading about it- that’s the best reward.

    1. Trivial Pursuit? Oh my, YES! to winning because I read it somewhere! Love meeting a fellow lover of good books and finding the info on your own. I’m looking forward to getting to know you Tamara!

  2. I have also been a reader for life. About 15 years ago I started to collect books and started making a library. Some 2,000 books later and I am looking forward to building a set of bookshelves as my library continues to grow. I have been collecting classic literature, poetry and music books. I collect books so that I can read for myself and for my children. My favorite author is Robert Frost and so many of his poems about regular life.

    1. Oh Jon, I’m drooling at the thought of having my full collections back in my possession. Various situations out of our control forced me to eventually get rid of ALL of my books. I’m on the rebound and have just a few compared to what I had in the early ’90s. Robert Frost is a wonderful poet. And music books – I have a meager collection now but at one time had about 200 books of sheet music and hundreds of loose leaf sheet music … primarily for piano. Ah, the memories 🙂

  3. I also love reading, and you’re right, there simply is no excuse for not finding the answer to a question you might have because today there is so much information available… Great post!!

    1. My husband doesn’t really like to read, he prefers to listen and watch/learn through video. I’ve always been grateful that I enjoy reading because with my hearing problem it can be challenging to learn through video/audio only. As for 3-5 books in a weekend – yeah, I’ve done that 🙂 Kudos to your wife.

  4. Charlene when I was a child I disliked books, when I went to college I found the love for books, my children love books as well, my boys would rather go to Barnes and Noble than the toy store, I am so proud of myself that my boys love reading, we always have books in the house and books in each room. Great Blog

  5. I love reading to…never read fiction. I have boxes of books in storage, as we need to be on Kindle to travel. Book I’m reading over and over, is called “The 10X Rule” by Grant Cardone. Highly recommend it for anybody building a business! Thanks, Charlene, “Guerrilla Marketing” sounds like a good one too!

  6. Aloha Charlene.

    I came from very humble beginnings, but the one thing a am grateful that my parents decided (and were able) to buy for us was the complete set of World Book Encyclopedia.

    I went through that collection many times. It was my Google growing up. That, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, Life and National Geographic magazines that I took from the Doctor’s office.

    I’m not proud of that last part, but it was the only way to get a copy of Nat Geo.

    I didn’t need anything else. I wasn’t interested in comic books or reading fiction/non-fiction books. That came later in life

    I was always in trouble in school because those publication said more to me than my teachers ever did.

    I am still a voracious reader. I have switched to the Kindle App so we aren’t filling our landfills with unwanted publications.

    I apologize for the rant… You really posted a great article about something I’m very passionate about… Keep It Up!

    1. We had years worth of Nat Geo at our house – they traveled with us! And am so glad to know you’re still a voracious reader. Knowledge is Power – and reading is one of the best ways to gain knowledge.

  7. Jay Conrad Levinson’s Guerilla Marketing is still one that I can immediately see when it comes to great sales book!! Even today, A highly recommended read for all!! Totally Agree!

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