Reading books is somewhat of a family affair. While growing up, I often preferred to draw, write, or build with Lego over reading. However, when I found a particular book or author that I enjoyed, I read everything of their’s I could get my hands on. As I grew up, I began to research and finds books on topics that interested me. And that varied quite a bit. Everything from mystery novels to action-packed adventure types of books to personal finance, business development, sales, marketing, psychology of why people buy things, to books on quantum physics and other scientific subjects.
What I have found is that mostly all, if not all, subjects are tied together through some form of overlap. It could be small, or even seem indirect. But I love that everything is connected. And the more I read on a variety of different subjects from a variety of different authors, I gain a broader perspective on the world and how things are viewed.
Reading has become of my favorite things to do. I find that while I read hundreds of articles each month online, read my fair share of e-b00ks and other forms of digital products, there is still something about a physical book that cannot be replaced by technology. I am still waiting for a bendable iPad, one that has more of a “real book” feel to it.
Have you heard of the social network GoodReads? It is an awesome online community of book readers who share what they are reading, what they want to read, and how they enjoyed each book. SImple enough, yet it is a powerful platform.
The site encourages you to read, to keep up with your friends and family, and to help authors by rating their books. It is an awesome concept and a network that should be promoted more.
My Current Reading List
I have caught the reading bug again. I tend to do that when I want to learn about a subject in-depth. Not only do I read as much as I can online and on my phone while waiting in line for coffee, but I tend to pick up as many books as I can about the subject to immerse myself into a new world and gain new understanding.
The Wall Street MBA, Second Edition
by Reuben Advani
The Wall Street MBA give you the tools to:
- Review Financial Statements
- Analyze Earnings
- Detect Fraud
- Assess Stock Prices
- Value Companies
- Determine the Cost of Capital
- from the back cover
The Ten Day MBA
by Steven Silbiger
Steven Silbiger’s international bestseller, The Ten-Day MBA, has already helped thousands master the skills taught at America’s top-ten business schools- at a fraction of the time and staggering cost of acquiring an MBA typically demands. This newly revised fourth edition contains the most up-to-date information available for understanding intricacies of today’s complex global business world. Distilling the material contained in most popular business courses presently at Harvard, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and the University of Virginia- including leadership, corporate ethics, and compliance, financial planning, real estate, and all the latest topics- this invaluable volume will teach you how to:
- Read and understand financial statements
- Draft and adopt effective and comprehensive marketing plans
- Comprehend accounting rules and methods
- Manage your relationship with your boss
- Develop corporate strategies
- Understand the present value concept
- Use quantitative techniques to evaluate projects
- Value stock, bond, and option investments
- Interpret the language of business law
- Master the most-used MBA jargon…and more
The information, the expertise, and the confidence you need for success are all in the pages of this remarkable book- at the rate of one easy-to-follow chapter per day.
- from the back cover
Financial Statements: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Thomas R. Ittelson
This revised and expanded second edition of Thomas Ittelson’s master work will give you the firm grasp of the numbers necessary for business success. With more than 100,000 copies in print, Financial Statements is a perfect introduction to financial accounting for non-financial managers, stock-market investors, undergraduate business and MBA students, lawyers, lenders, entrepreneurs, and more.
Most introductory finance and accounting books fail either because they are written “by accountants for accountants” or because the author “dumbs down” the concepts until they are virtually useless.
Financial Statements deftly shows that all this account and financial-reporting stuff is not rocket science and that anyone can understand it!
- from the back cover
What books are you currently reading? How many books do you find yourself reading at one time?