Like a lot of people I know, I keep track of the books I read each month. Mostly, I just update Goodreads (you can follow me on there here). But I thought it’d be a fun feature to add to the blog.
Unlike the newsletter, where I recommend a killer series of books (you can sign up for that here), this “Monthly Reads” series is going to focus on what I’ve actually read during the course of a month.
At the end, I’ll also include some great articles I’ve read this month about books.
Alright, so away we go.
Monthly Reads: Books
This was a bit of a slow reading month for me in terms of actually completing books. So, maybe this wasn’t a great month to start with, but oh well, here we are.
Right now, I’m working on a bunch of books, which is probably what has slowed me down a bit. I’m also trying out audio books. I’m somewhat behind the trend on this, mostly because I have a hard time listening and doing work, my focus gets pulled in two different directions. But giving it a shot because I got a free 30 day trial from
But giving it a shot because I got a free 30 day trial from Playster, and they have unlimited audio books over there. Woot!
Anyway, to the books!
Favorite Book of the Month
The Only Rule is it Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
Two of the bigger statheads in baseball are Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller who have worked for epic sports sites like the now defunct Grantland, Baseball Prospectus (the have a podcast there called Effectively Wild), and 538. They came up with this crazy awesome idea that they could go out to a low ball minor league team and run it based on the numbers.
For them, that meant doing things that are thought of as nuts in ‘traditional’ baseball like using your closer in high leverage situations in the 7th or 8th innings and putting a 5 man infield shift on.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I found the middle to be a little slow, but that tends to happen in most baseball books I read because it goes into the game to game to game overviews. I loved the behind the scenes into how a team is run, plus their thoughts on how much harder it was than they thought. And I learned even more in-depth stuff on baseball.
How to Be a Well-Paid Freelance Blogger: Earn $50-100 a Post and More by Carol Tice, Annabell Candy, Sean Platt, Greg Ciotti
I’ve enjoyed Carol’s site Make a Living Writing for a while. I’ve gotten a lot of tips for my own business from articles on the site. So, it was sort of a no brainer for me to check out the book. Not only for myself but because I wanted to see if it was something that could help Location Rebel Academy members too (the group I community manage).
The book is a super quick and easy read. It actually reads like a conversation between Carol and the co-authors of the other sections. There was plenty of information I already knew, but tons of good little tips and tidbits I picked up and have already started applying right here on this site.
Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising by Ryan Holiday
It’s funny, I am actually a fan of Ryan Holiday. I absolutely love his monthly book newsletter, and his blog posts. But I really struggle with his books. So, I’m thinking in that way, we might not jive.
That’s not to say what he writes doesn’t matter. On the contrary, I think it does. Ryan is tapped into the future of marketing, and I love that. I blew through this book quickly. It’s pretty short and gives a quick and dirty overview on growth hacker marketing, plus a bunch of examples from popular brands like Dropbox.
Monthly Web Reads
I figured I’d add in this little section about some of my favorite reads specifically about books this month.
- The Gone Girl With The Dragon Tattoo On The Train: Why are there so many books with “girl” in the title?
- 50 Must Read Books on Psychology
- The 7 Best Books I’ve Ever Read About Writing
That’s all for this month.
Also, let me know your favorite reads!