Books Read in 2011
like most people you set goals, starting in 2010, well maybe earlier,
1. to bike 1775 km /1102.93 miles in a year, did not do this in 2010 but managed in 2011. takes about 25 min though sometimes you are away so ussually have to put km some days, hope to keep this on going.
2. read one book a month (or listen to an unabridged book) though that takes longer than reading, I find. in 2011 did 15.
by the way a friend told me, it is very shallow, she is probably correct but sometimes these are the things that help you get them done.
here is the books with my thoughts.
Books Read in 2011
1. The Big Secret for the Small Investor : A New Route to Long Term Invesment Success (Joel GreenBlatt, 2011, pages 156, Crown Business)
( A great book with great advice, a system that beat the markets most years, and the etf you can buy, for a beginner, or someone who does not want to be bothered but still beat the market.)
2.Grande Expectations (Karen Blumenthal, 2007, pages 309, Three Rivers Press)
(Bought some starbucks after this book, very small amount, to bad, a year in the life of a growth stock, called starbucks, worth the read even if you do not care for the stock, learn how growth stocks are treated in the makret.)
3. Trading For Canadians : For Dummies (Michael Griffis, Lita Epstein, Christopher Cottier, 2010, pages 364, Wiley)
(read this for my shareclub and a friend, was a good book for beginners)
4. Who Has Seen the Wind (W.O.Mitchell,1958, pages 352, New Canadian Library)
(This is a Canadian Classic and if you have ever grown up on the prairies, you should go and read it now, god, life, told through the eyes of a child, probably his greatest book, GREAT, GREAT.)
5. The Big Short : Inside the Doomsday Machine (Michael Lewis, 2011, pages 320, W.W. Norton and Company Trade)
(if you want one of the three best books about the 2008 crisis, and what caused it, these are some men who got it correct, amazing story, actually a page turner.)
6. Bennett: The Rebel who Challenged and changed a nation (John Boyko,
2010, pages 504, Key Porter Books
(this is about the prime minister elected in 1930, when I got this book people who were children in the 1940s, and 50s, told me how much they hated the man, their parents hated him. he came up with minimum wage, max. work hours (there was sweat shop with long hours), he founded the precursor to CBC, Canadian pension plan, ect. list of accomplishments are long, yes he also went to britain to help over see airplane production in that little thing called Battle of Britain.
Actually two of Churchills greatest allys and over saw plane production were Canadians...dont tell britain...lol.
7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyed (Agatha Christie, 1959, pages 288, Avon)
8. Peril at End House (Agatha Christie, 1962, 256 pages, Black Dog and Levanthal Publishers)
(Agatha Christie has over 1.5 billion books in print, that is incredible, anyways plan to read her top ten books, not a huge mystery fan. these are both good books, but the must read is the murder of Roger Ackroyed again a great book. and what I figured out, which is rare....great ending.)
9. Cleopatra : The Search for the last Queen (Zahi Hawass and Franck Goddio, 2010, pages 256, National Geographic)
( more of a picture book, good coffee table book)
10. A Murder is Announced (Agatha Christie, 1956, pages 288, Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers)
(this is probably 2nd behind the murder of roger ackroyd)
11. Ticket Masters : The rise of the concert industry and how the public got scalped (Dean Budnick and Josh Baron, 2011, pages 384, ECW Press)
(want to now why you paid so much for the service fees, or how much the concert prices have gone up, then read this book, a good book about the concert industry)
12. Darwin's Island (Steve Jones, 2009, 320 pages, Little Brown)
(full of information, sometimes hard to get through, loved the last few chapters the best, and made it worth reading.)
13. Rob Carrick's Guide to what's good, bad and downright awful in Canadian Investments today (Rob Carrick, 2009, 240 pages, Doubleday Canada)
(if you are starting out investing, especially in Canada, you should read this book, actually buy a copy and make note, good for people who want to start investing.)
14. The Lazy Investor : Start with $50 and no investment knowledge (Derek Foster, 2007, pages 148, Underhill Financial Press)
(Derek Foster retired when he was 34, he did it on stocks and investing dividend stocks, of coarse selling thousand of books help to, anyways this is a book about how to invest in stocks and use drip (dividend reinvestment plans, and share purchase plans) good book on this topic, though a quick read, read it from the library.)
15. License to Pawn : Deals Steals, and my life at the Gold and Silver (Rick Harrison with Tom Keown, 2011, 272 pages, Hyperion)
(My father loves this show, just loves it, anyways this is a funny book, and learned about the characters on the show... they all went through some rough patches....good read.)
well hopefully read as many next year...most are non fiction and business/investing books.
if you want to add a book feel free, there is a thread also in GD forum on books.