50 Books

Even with a hectic work schedule as a busy executive, in late August 2010, I set out on a mission to read about one book per week. The idea was that one year later, I would have read at least fifty books. In an earlier blog post “Thank You, Steve”, I talked about how technology has enabled me to surpass my reading goal six weeks ahead of schedule.

Here are the 77 titles I’ve crossed off my list in the past year, by category:

Leadership & Business

Business Stripped Bare – Richard Branson
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
Crush It! – Gary Vaynerchuk
Start with Why – Simon Sinek
The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
Multipliers – Greg McKeown & Liz Wiseman
The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive – Patrick Lencioni
Hit the Ground Running – Jason Jennings
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
Developing the Leader Within You – John C. Maxwell
The 80/20 Principle – Richard Koch
The Buzz – David Freemantle
Creating Customer Evangelists – Ben McConnell & Jackie Huba
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – Mark Reiter & Marshal Goldsmith
Customer Mania! – Ken Blanchard, Jim Ballard & Fred Finch
The Difference Maker – John C. Maxwell
Good to Great – Jim Collins
It’s Not Just Who You Know – Tommy Spaulding
Winning with People – John Maxwell
The Knack – Norm Brodsky & Bo Burlington
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – Lois P. Frankel
Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich – Lois P. Frankel
The Millionaire Mind – Thomas Stanley
See Jane Lead – Lois P. Frankel
What Would Machiavelli Do? – Stanley Bing
Type Talk at Work – Otto Kroeger
Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit – Leonardo Inghilleri
The Unwritten Laws of Business – James Skakoon & W. King


Infidel – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Night – Elie Wiesel
Call Me Ted – Ted Turner
Dreams from My Father – Barack Obama
Einstein, His Life and Universe – Walter Isaacson
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl – Harriet Jacobs
The Second Coming of Steve Jobs – Alan Deutschman


The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
1984 – George Orwell
Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
Zadig – Voltaire
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Painted Veil – W. somerset Maugham
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
The Call of the Wild – Jack London
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Contemporary Fiction

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
The Inimitable Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built – Alexander McCall Smith
Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Self Development

The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
Million Dollar Habits – Brian Tracy
Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes
No Excuses, The Power of Self-Discipline – Brian Tracy
21 Great Ways to Stay in Love Forever – Brian Tracy
Atkins for Life – Robert Atkins
Creating Affluence – Deepak Chopra
Eat Right for Your Type – Peter J. D’Adamo
The Anti-Inflammation Zone – Barry Sears
Eat That Frog – Brian Tracy
The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferris
The Power – Rhonda Byrne
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
The Element – Ken Robinson
The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman
Career Smart – Sherri Thomas
How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Get the Life You Want – Richard Bandler
The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz
Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Why Men Love Bitches – Sherry Argov
Why Men Marry Bitches – Sherry Argov
The Princessa – Harriet Rubin
Receiving Love – Harville Hendrix PhD
The Science of Getting Rich – Wallace Wattles
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – T. Harvey Eker

About Joya Cousin

A former award-winning telecommunications executive from the gorgeous Caribbean, I now live in France with my husband. I have found my new passion as a visual artist, creating vibrant paintings in a contemporary expressionist style.

5 comments for “50 Books

  1. Chris
    March 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    So truly inspiring. Joya you and your site have inspired me to be better and reach further. I see you and your words and i see a tutor, a mentor, an inspiration, and a friend (even if we’ve never met). It’s true, when we least expect we are touched by strangers in the heart felt ways…thank you! 🙂

    • March 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      Thank you, Chris! What a heart-warming message! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your words of appreciation are inspiring. Wishing you every blessing! Cheers, Joya

  2. Andel
    November 11, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    reading is like looking far ahead

  3. eli
    July 26, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    And the winner is (apart from you)?

    I am just finishing my second book this month which is a record for me. I want a page turner.

  4. Kelman King
    July 13, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Amazing……………..Just Amazing.

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