Books

I read non-stop. Here’s a list of many of the books I’ve read, sorted by rating.

I will update this page as I read, so bookmark it if you want to check in.

I also add older books occasionally. When I have time to transfer some of my notes on them.

My Current Read:

On Writing Well

Josh’s Rating:

8
The classic guide on writing with simplicity and clarity. Simple and clear writing is easier to understand.

Nonviolent Communication

Josh’s Rating:

8
This is a phenomenal read on improving our language, our thinking, and our communication skills to connect with others more clearly.

On Writing

Josh’s Rating:

8
Stephen King’s thoughts on the craft of writing.

This Is Marketing

Josh’s Rating:

8
This Is Marketing is the field guide for how to execute marketing that matters to the people who care in an ethical way.

The Practice

Josh’s Rating:

8

The Practice reminds me of a more practical, less crotchety The War of Art.

The core message of The Practice?

Show up every day and work on whatever you want to do to change your audience. Be generous. Be of service. Don’t hide behind “authenticity.”

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

Josh’s Rating:

8
This is not an easy way to parent. It’s incredibly challenging and requires that you face your own emotions head-on. The only way to teach your children to take responsibility for their feelings is for you to take responsibility for your own.

How to Take Smart Notes

Josh’s Rating:

8
Think more clearly, learn better. Interact with your reading. Turn into a writer by reading the best of what others have shared.

Storyworthy

Josh’s Rating:

7
Matthew Dicks, storytelling extraordinaire, shares his views on good stories and good storytelling.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings

Josh’s Rating:

6
I had a much harder time reading this than I did Happy Kids. I feel like most of the book was summarized with the action steps sprinkled throughout, which are the pieces of information I prefer, anyway. Actionable!