Roadmap Of A Dot Com Mogul :: Reading List

by derek on April 22, 2010 · 17 comments

Now that we have cleared the air regarding my bout with analysis paralysis and have agreed (in the loosest sense of the word) to proceed with random ramblings, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit a topic we discussed once before.

You might remember that freelance writer Michael Kwan, who interesting enough makes an appearance in this post albeit in a slightly different fashion, pondered the idea that you are what you read.

At the time, I shared my current reading list (which happened to include a book with a chapter all about me and my infinite wisdom) with all of you and some great discussion ensued.

Fast forward nearly a year and a half and my reading list has just been updated courtesy of a new order placed on Amazon.

If you are what you read, have I changed in a year and a half?

Make Money Online: Roadmap of a Dot Com Mogul

When it comes to making money online, there are not many that have squeezed as much out of their blog as John Chow.

After consistently sharing tips and tricks on his blog and producing free eBooks / guides on making money online, it seems like a natural progression to put the tips down on paper and sell it as a book.

John has teamed up with Michael Kwan (remember him?) to co-author a book detailing how to make money online from your blog. While this isn’t the first book to come out from a top-tier blogger (see ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income as another example), you can be sure that John and Michael will have added more than a few twists to help you maximize your earnings.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

It may not be possible to change gears more drastically than moving from a book about making money online to one about the Vietnam War, but what can I say?

A decorated Vietnam veteran himself, Karl Marlantes drops the reader deep into the jungles of the Vietnam War and paints a picture as only someone that has been there could. With a keen interest in books focused on the military, espionage, and the like, this one should be a thrilling read.

In addition, I see this being a book that my oldest son will want to read and will anxiously wait until I feel he is old enough to handle reading it. He is a huge history and military fan, and loves to read, so there is little doubt that he too would enjoy this book.

Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals

Making money online…Vietnam War…naturally the next book will be about cooking, right?!?!?

There are two primary reasons that this book has made it onto my reading list: 1) We just recently finished remodeling our kitchen and it needs to be put to good use; 2) Jamie Oliver’s new television show is really pretty interesting, so why not see if his book of recipes can help our family make new, healthy meals that the kids will actually eat without fussing.

So, am I a war veteran that can cook and make money online? Not even close, but…

On the surface, it might not seem like the books listed above hold true to the notion that you are what you read but looking a little deeper seems to show some merit to the idea.

Obviously there is a connection to making money online – while my blogs have been relatively silent for quite some time, they are still making money every month, and with the attempt to be more active in my writing it certainly seems appropriate.

The Vietnam War…now while this is undoubtedly a stretch, my last few weeks at work have felt like I have traveled to hell and back. I absolutely know that this cannot even begin to compare to what our soldiers face on a daily basis, but I am drawing a correlation here as I have been in the trenches of the corporate world and maybe that mindset led me to selecting this book.

As mentioned, having just come out on the other side of a full kitchen remodel, I don’t think I need to say any more about how the cooking book ties into what I am, or have been through, recently.

Since the last time we talked, how has your reading list changed?

Does it still represent who / what you are? Or has that changed too?

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