A Great Reading List This Month


booksI have a huge pile of books waiting to be read over the next month.  I fell a bit behind in January and February, but I am ready to rumble again.  The amount of great writing out there is truly inspirational to me!

My path out of debt was paved with many incredible life-changing books.  The cloud of debt has almost completely passed, and behind it is an endless universe of learning about following my passions.  Notice that I use “passions” in the plural; freeing my life from the shackles of debt has opened my mind to many new experiences and feelings.  

So here are the books ready to be opened:

ref=sib_dp_kdI came across Chris Guillebeau’s popular online manifesto “A Brief Guide to World Domination,” a few months ago.  The Art of Non-Conformity defies common assumptions about life and work while arming readers with the tools to live differently.  In a very engaging way, Chris insists we discover how to live on our our terms by exploring creative self-employment, radical goal-setting, contrarian travel, and embracing life as a constant adventure.  You can visit Chris’ site here.




ref=sib_dp_pt I have loved reading Francine’s blog, Miss Minimalist. Her book, The Joy of Less, is a guide to minimalist living. She presents the STREAMLINE method: ten easy steps to rid your house of clutter. She also discusses how to go room by room, outlining specific ways to tackle clutter. There are many other sections in the book as well; I can’t wait to read it!





Okay, another one from Guillebeau, but it is right up my alley.  Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations – and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck.  Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. This book is coming at such an incredible time in my life, as there is no silver bullet for creating the career you want; just hard work.






Continuing along the lines of simplicity and minimalism, the laws of subtraction is a must read for me. Success in this new age looks different and demands a new skill: Subtraction. Subtraction is defined simply as the art of removing anything excessive, confusing, wasteful, unnatural, hazardous, hard to use, or ugly . . . or the discipline to refrain from adding it in the first place. And if subtraction is the new skill to be acquired, we need a guide to developing it.  This is it, apparently!


513pahzGJGL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_This was supposed to be a December read, but I did not get to it.  You may as well watch this video instead of reading my reason for choosing this book:

Well, I certainly have a ton to read, but I am so excited to get started!  Let me know in the comment sections what you are reading.  I will add it to my Amazon wish list!



  1. I love the $100 startup! CB is a legend!! I literally couldn’t put it down until it was done! I was on a plane at the time and I had to fight with the air stewardess not to turn off my kindle!
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  2. I read The $100 Startup during my honeymoon and was really impressed. It immediately led me to start a business using the tools I already had (we’ll see if it pans out), but it got me motivated instantly. Highly recommended!
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  3. Oh boy, Tony. I have wanted to read Guillebeau for a long time. In some ways, I feel that we have made our $100 start up, so I’m not sure if this is the right time for me on that one, but I have heard so many good things about The Art of NonConformity that I may pop that one on my list.I am also interested in the two minimalist books.

    Have you ever read Hugh MacLeod (gapingvoid.com)? I love his work. CJ and I read his Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity aloud to each other on the 9 hour drive back from Big Bend a few years ago – laugh out loud funny, and he makes some damn good points.

  4. Loved Francine’s book!

    I’m really interested in really ‘The Laws of Subtraction’ thank you for highlighting it :)

  5. The $100 Start Up is good; The Art of Non Conformity I found hard going – in fact I never finished it. I love Chris’ website but for a book I believe one has to put a bit more work in. Tony, thanks for the stuff on minimalism – I have been toying with having a go at trying it but…this will be an epic journey :). I am surrounded by hoarders!
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    • Hi Maria, The journey toward minimalism I think is never ending, but once you get one small room down to bare bones it sure feels amazing! Thanks for the comment!

  6. Tony,

    I have read both of those texts from Chris and definitely enjoyed them. Makes you wanna take a challenge!
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