Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work

I know what you must be thinking, "Zack is reading Pressfield books so he can pad his yearly book count." In fact, that's incorrect. I'm reading them because they are powerfully motivating despite their small size. This book is about the dedication required to really finish a project at a high level. Perfect timing!

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be: The world's best selling book

I saw a friend reading this and the large font size appealed to me. Oh look, I thought, I can read a book in minutes instead of hours, how fantastic! What I found was a motivational book with clever typography that suggests that goal setting and grit is necessary to get stuff done. I agree! In line with The War of Art, but with an advertising twist.

Betsy-Tacy

After the horrible oppression of 1984, I needed something less dark. I'm not sure it's possible to get more positive than this children's book about two girls growing up together. It is my wife's favorite series from childhood and I'd promised to read it for ages. It was just what the Doctor ordered...I barely even remember the cage filled with rats in room 101 now!

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child

A bit off topic for what I normally read, but I really appreciate Gottman's focus on data and research rather than appealing to an authority regarding how to raise a healthy child. A bit jingoist at time (ahem, Emotion Coaching), but I like the approach. Fundamentally, I want to raise my kid without resorting to physical punishments. This seems like a good possibility.

The War of Art

When I started writing my own book, I didn't understand the author's premise. I wasn't having self-defeating resistance to writing, I was enjoying every minute of it. But then, somewhere along the path to maturity, it hits. The inexplicable self-defeating cycle of prioritizing other things. Read this book if you struggle staying on track.