Books I read in 2011

After the attempt to do at least 10 books for a year, this year I had a rather poor reading record. I finished reading 4 books and hopefully will finish reading at least 1 more before the year ends. Resolution for 2012: More reading for sure.

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Books I read in 2011

The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Set Big Things in Motion by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison

This was a reading recommendation from Gauravonomics and I am glad I picked it. After reading Linchpin from Seth Godin, I think this was a good next, since it all kind of moves towards the same direction of how little cog wheel actions of life can help one move towards the bigger goal. How you need to make those little moves to get closer to the road you want to walk.

Mother Pious Lady: Making Sense of Everyday India by Santosh Desai

I picked up this book after listening to Santosh speak at the TEDx Gateway in Mumbai. Great speaker and also does an interesting column in Times of India called City City Bang Bang. I read a few columns and was curious to see what’s in the book. But I was disappointed. Besides a few of the topics I found the others to be a bore, very verbose and over-written. And I was also hoping to get a better picture of the Indian, but it’s very top layer perspective.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Fiction is a rare pick and this one was purely because of all the hype and noise it created. The trilogy became famous and I decided to make a start. Enjoyed it and thanks to the storyline its a rather quick read. Look forward to the movie next year.

Diana’s Ring by Sunil Bhatia

This had to be read. Diana’s Ring is cousin Sunil’s first book and I think he’s made a great start. Here is my review post.

The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence by Tom Peters

In Search of Excellence was the first book of Tom Peters that I read. I was very impressed with his writing style and rather inspired. I try and shape my presentations around his writing style. I haven’t yet finished reading it, but I like how the 163 ways of excellence are written in short easy to understand chapters. A few personal notes and mini-case study make for an interesting read.

Creative Mischief by Dave Trott

Dave’s blog is an excellent read and soon after I become a regular reader I spotted Dave tweeting about his book. It took a while for the Kindle edition but I am glad it did come out finally. The book is a good read if you’re into anything creative. It helps refresh your perspective and also gives you new thinking methods.

Did you read something interesting this year? Share your favourite books with me in the comments area.