Minimalism Let Me Read 50 Books in 2015


I’ve was extremely busy in 2015. I was working full-time while trying to start a business, I was traveling a lot, I was (and still am) planning a wedding and I was trying to get my life in order by giving myself a challenge to minimize my belongings more than I already did. It seems as if my time had been tied, and I didn’t have enough of it, but I still managed to give into my favorite hobby — reading.

I read 50 books in the year 2015. Despite all my responsibilities and adventures, I managed to give myself the luxury of reading around 15,000 pages. How did I do it all? By being a minimalist of course! Minimalism allows you to make room for the things you love most, the things that will give you pleasure, and the things that will benefit you or be useful to you. One of the things that I enjoy doing is reading. Now, it could be for pleasure, for research, for bettering myself or to keep current in my industries of work. I love reading and taking notes and learning from the words.

When I started getting rid of the things that didn’t matter in my life, time opened up and allowed me to fill it with things that did. ( tweet this ) Instead of going out, I stayed in and read. Instead of wasting time playing games, I read. Instead of staring out a window to my destination, I read. Instead of wasting my brain cells watching TV, I read. Instead of sleeping, I read. And, the sleepless nights were worth it — to me. Sometimes, I didn’t know when to put a book down!

It felt so awesome to binge read, to get excited about releases and to spend a lot of time at my library. Here is the full list of books that got me through the year.

  1. I Will Teach You To Be Rich – Ramit Sethi
  2. The new frugality : how to consume less, save more, and live better – Chris Farrell
  3. Slim by design : mindless eating solutions for everyday life – Brian Wansink
  4. Escape from cubicle nation : from corporate prisoner to thriving entrepreneur – Slim, Pamela
  5. The 4-hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss
  6. Start : punch fear in the face, escape average, do work that matters – Jon Acuff
  7. The maze runner – James Dashner
  8. Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives – Gretchen Rubin
  9. Eat to live : the amazing nutrient-rich program for fast and sustained weight loss – Joel Fuhrman
  10. Stuffocation : why we’ve had enough of stuff and need experience more than ever – James Wallman
  11. The Scorch trials – James Dashner
  12. Scaling down : living large in a smaller space – Judi Culbertson
  13. Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
  14. 80/10/10 diet – Dr. Graham
  15. I hate myselfie – Shane Dawson
  16. The 9-to-5 cure : work on your own terms and reinvent your life – Kristin Cardinale
  17. The Death Cure – James Dashner
  18. The Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb – Rhonda Massingham Hart
  19. Clutter Free – Kathi Lipp
  20. Organized Simplicity – Tsh Oxenreider
  21. I, Justine – Justine Ezarik
  22. Creative, inc. : the ultimate guide to running a successful freelance business – Meg Mateo Ilasco
  23. The life-changing magic of tidying up : the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing – Marie Kondō
  24. Lois Lane : fallout – Gwenda Bond
  25. The art of work : a proven path to discovering what you were meant to do – Jeff Goins
  26. The summer I turned pretty – Jenny Han
  27. The Trump card : playing to win in work and life – Ivanka Trump
  28. The Zero-Waste Lifestyle – Amy Korst
  29. Raw Food Weight Loss And Vitality – Andrew Perlot
  30. Minimalism : live a meaningful life – Joshua Fields Millburn
  31. It’s not summer without you – Jenny Han
  32. We’ll always have summer – Jenny Han
  33. Everything that remains : a memoir by The Minimalists – Joshua Fields Millburn
  34. The raw cure : healing beyond medicine : how self empowerment, a raw vegan diet, and change of lifestyle can free us from sickness and disease – Jesse J Jacoby
  35. The $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau
  36. I feel like going on : life, game, and glory – Ray Lewis
  37. Your Internet Cash Machine – Joe Vitale
  38. Rich dad’s guide to investing : what the rich invest in that the poor and middle class do not! – Robert Kiyosaki
  39. Same difference – Siobhan Vivian
  40. Two*way street – Lauren Barnholdt
  41. Rich dad, poor dad : what the rich teach their kids about money– that the poor and middle class do not! – Robert Kiyosaki
  42. Big magic : creative living beyond fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
  43. Eat, pray, love : one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia – Elizabeth Gilbert
  44. Inbound Marketing – Brian Halligan
  45. Leap : leaving a job with no Plan B to find the career and life you really want – Tess Vigeland
  46. Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert
  47. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School – Jeff Kinney
  48. The year of living Danishly : uncovering the secrets of the world’s happiest country – Helen Russell
  49. Blog, Inc. : blogging for passion, profit, and to create community – Joy Deangdeelert Cho
  50. My so-called freelance life : how to survive and thrive as a creative professional for hire – Michelle Goodman

Want Some Data?

Here are some charts that show some data on the books. The first one shows how many books I read each month. You can see that I had months where I binge-read up to 8 books and there were some months where I had a dry spell because of the binges. Sometimes, I would binge read novels over a two day period and cram a couple novels into one week. I started getting headaches after that!

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Jan: 4 Feb: 1 Mar: 4 Apr: 8 Ma: 4 Jun: 6 Jul: 2 Aug: 4 Sept: 2 Oct: 1 Nov: 7 Dec: 7

The second chart shows the percentage between physical, digital and audio books. I did count the one audiobook I “read” this year.

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I don’t think I’ll ever take a long break from reading, but I hope to open up some time to other great things in 2016.

What did you read last year?

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