I finally managed to read 12 books in a year!

I’m super stoked with how many books I managed to read in 2016. I’ve always tracked my book reading in Good Reads and each year, I’ve set a goal to read 12 books a year, but never really got close. This year, I nailed it!

2016: 12 books!

2015: 6 books
2014: 7 books
2013: 9 books
2012: 7 books
2011: 7 books

The one thing I’ve worked out that separates really successful people from the rest is how many books they read. Not waking up before everyone else, not batch scheduling their emails, not meditating and certainly not drinking green tea infused with panda tears. It’s reading lots and lots of books.

I’m sure you’re going to ask, so here we go.

My 3 favourite books I read in 2016

  • *Drum roll please….* Ladies and gentlemen, Jason Bagley has voted. The results have been verified by our auditors, Johnson, Johnson, Johnson and Johnson and in 3rd place…

legacide3. Legacide – Richard Mulholland

I am in no way biased. (the results were verified by JJJ&J, pinky swear). Rich’s book, Legacide, is like one long lunch with him. It is one of the few books I’ve ever written notes in. (He does tell you to, so I guess that helped!) There are plenty of great business stories in Legacide, with each one making you think. If you’re interested in business, entrepreneurship or just want to be entertained, give this bad boy a read.

Right now, this book is like hens teeth – forever sold out! Rich has mentioned it’s been picked up by a publisher, so 2017 might just be the year you’ll be able to buy one. Sign up at legacide.com to be notified when it does go on sale.

the-one-thing2. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller

I devoured this book on my Kindle in 3 days and then went and bought 2 hard copies. One for me, so I could read it again at the beginning of January and make a bunch of notes and another copy for Adrian, my business partner to read over the holidays too. I’m so pumped for 2017 because of this book, I sound like the love child of Tony Robbins and Gary Vee!

It’s one of the very few business books I’ve read that has concrete todos for you to follow. It’s business orientated, but has things you can do to improve your personal life too. Pumped for 2017 I tell you, pumped!

born-a-crime1. Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

If you’re South African, this is an absolute must read. If you’re a kid that never lived through or experienced apartheid it’s even more important that you read Trevor’s book.

Not only does Trevor take you through his childhood, growing up with a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father in a time when this was illegal, but each chapter has a small history lesson at the end. I’ve learnt more about apartheid, South African languages and cultures from this book, than my entire high school history class. (On a side note, who the hell needs to know about Shaka Zulu and his war tactics – which is what I was taught in history class, when what we should be learning about is how and why Soweto was built and the fact it was designed with 1 main road in and out which meant our Apartheid government could easily trap all the blacks in when needed!)

It had me properly laughing out loud at Trevor’s childhood stories and jokes and then becoming had me become angry and upset at how our white apartheid government treated people based on their skin colour.

It doesn’t cover any of Trevor’s rise to success, which makes this book even more special. It’s a history lesson that every South African should read.

I’m super chuffed to have read 12 books this year! This is definitely my four-minute mile. I’ve finally done it after years of trying and now that I’ve hit that milestone, I can see how easy it will be to achieve it again.

Here’s to reading 18 books in 2017!