2018 Reading List

This page serves as the ongoing list of books I’m reading in 2018, which I update around the end of each month.

In 2017 I started publicly tracked all of the books I read, and then wrote a round-up piece of what I learned by tracking my reading list with my top recommendations from the year. I regularly share my book recommendations as part of my newsletter. In 2018, I’ll be doing the same. By paying more attention to what I consume and where I spend my mental energy, I hope to streamline my learning, grow in awareness, and build my knowledge.

My goals are to:

  • Read 35 books this year.
  • Read more books by women (at least 50%) and people of color (at least 25%).
  • Select one or two “big” reads each quarter to master as part of life-long learning.

Reading Accountability:

As of January:

  • Total number of authors: 4
  • Total number of books: 4
  • Women authors: 4 (100%)
  • POC authors: 0 (0%)

Got a great book you love? Send me a note and let me know what I should read next. hello (at) sarahkpeck (dot) com.


January 2018

  • Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert. I ordered this in paperback, even though I’d read most of it on my kindle earlier last year. Chewed it up. So good. Better for me to read a few pages each morning than coffee or tea.
  • A Second Chance, by Catherine Hoke. Heartbreaking and beautiful. Cat Hoke builds a program for prisoners to become entrepreneurs, and her recidivism rate (the rate at which people return to prison if they’ve been once) drops from an average of 75% to 5% if folks go through her program.
  • Elevating Child Care, by Janet Lansbury. This and other books have influenced our family’s philosophy on parenting: we explain what’s happening while we’re doing it, we strive to operate with respect for all human beings, always, and we understand that leadership (acting like a CEO) can be more powerful than trying to accommodate.
  • Oh Crap! Potty Training, by Jamie Glowacki. My little one looked at me with earnest eyes, signed the word, and said “poop!” to let me know what he’s doing. Figured I’d read a book about what’s coming in our toddler time soon. My favorite message from this book was that potty training is a chance to learn a lot about how your child learns—how they process, what they communicate, what they need, how to help them—and one of these months soon, we’ll be teaching our child that our society has a place that we put our bodily functions and expectations around what to do with it all.

The book I want to focus on this quarter is “The Righteous Mind,” by Jonathan Haight.

Courses: Mel Robbin’s Creative Live class, Tara Gentile’s Marketing Class (with Creative Live), and The Marketing Seminar.

February 2018

  • Family Business, the Patagonia book on integrating child care into their work headquarters, and why it’s the future of work.
  • How Toddlers Thrive, about the simultaneous “I’m a big kid!”—”I’m little and need a hug” paradox that exists when you’re growing up and need to push your boundaries, and the very real and accidental ways we shame kids by making fun of what they can’t do yet when they are still working really hard to figure things out.
  • Real Food For Pregnancy, a brand-new book by Lily Nichols all about how the nutritional recommendations for pregnant women don’t line up with the modern diet, so our diets don’t get us the nutrients we need. (She’ll be an upcoming guest on my podcast, and sent me a review copy before the interview.)
  • You Squared, about changing how you think about taking quantum leaps in your life and business. In a nutshell: doing more of the same will get you more of the same. We have to actively break past habits (and thinking) to get new revolutions in outcomes.
  • The E-Myth, about the common mistakes people make when they leap into the world of entrepreneurship, a book which has me daily asking the question: Am I doing this like an entrepreneur, or a technician? And: Is there a better way to do this?

March 2018

  • The Frugalwoods, about a couple that retire at age 34 after aggressively saving and learning to love frugality. Then, they move to a farm/homestead in Vermont with 66 acres of land and their little one.
  • Conspiracy, the latest book by Ryan Holiday, about how Peter Thiel conspired to bring down Gawker.

Books I want to read:

  • The Personal MBA
  • Tribe of Mentors
  • The Inevitable
  • The Righteous Mind