How to Create an Amazing Book Reading List

When did you first pick up the habit of reading? For me it was my Freshman year of college. The funny thing is it had nothing to do with the required reading for any of my classes. Someone sent me a copy of Billy Graham’s Hope for the Troubled Heart: Finding God in the Midst of Pain.

It was a book I just could not put down. Not having a television in my dorm room, I found my joy in reading books. My roommate introduced me to a book by Max Lucado called He Still Moves Stones. His writing style pulled me in and I was hooked.

Ever since those early days, books have been an integral part of my life. They feed my soul, expand my mental horizons, and push me towards action.

How to Create an Amazing Book Reading List

To grow from books, you need to be intentional. If you have a goal of reading a certain number of books in a year, you need a plan. It starts by putting together a reading list. My reading list sits in Evernote. When I come to the end of a new book, I browse my list for the next one. I’m currently reading one book a week (more on this in a future post) and I have a book review system I use each morning in order to put action behind what I’m reading (more on this in a future post).

To start your first book reading list, here’s a few actions I recommend:

  • Ask your growth friends to share their favorite books from the past year – Do you have friends who are readers? Many of my growth friends are in my mastermind group. I want to know which books have inspired them the most. Ask your growth friends for recommendations.
  • Ask social media for their favorite books from the past year – Twitter is the best place to get this conversation started. Send out a tweet and ask others what their favorite books were from the past year. You’ll hear some titles you’ve never heard about before.
  • Browse the GoodReads Choice Awards is a passionate community of book worms. This list is based on votes from readers providing social proof behind the rankings. I added several books to my reading list from this awards list.
  • Browse the New York Times Bestseller List – Don’t forget to check the New York Times Bestseller List. Pay especial attention to those books that remain at the top for a long period of time. They become the must reads for me.
  • Save books throughout the year in a Wish List on Amazon – Anytime I hear a new book recommendation whether it is from an article, podcast, webinar or conversation from a friend, I immediately add it to my wish list on Amazon. This helps me to not forget about this book recommendation.

Question: How about you? What do you do when it comes to compiling a book reading list? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.