My Pandemic Reading List - Marketing, Investment, and a couple of fun Stephen King reads.

So like the majority of the world, I've had a ton of extra time on my hands during this pandemic. Back when everything first started happening, I set a goal to learn something new weekly and to read at least a couple of books per month. These simple goals have helped me concentrate on picking up new skills and knowledge that I can use while distracting my attention from all the Coronavirus stressors and lockdown boredom. 

This is going to be a different type of post, but I wanted to share a few books that I have recently finished reading that I believe you might also appreciate. One is about investing, one about marketing and then a couple of books I just read or listened to for fun. 

'Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!' - I also read another book by this same author a few years ago that I really enjoyed too but can't recall the title right now. I found this book motivational and think it will help broaden the way I use my money to make more money. 

'This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See' - a great book to help you really "see" the world in a different way. Helps you "walk in someone else's shoes." This book will transform the way you think about and approach marketing. The author Seth Godin, has been around for a while and is well known for his bestselling books, including another one I highly suggest titled 'Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable'. All of Seth's books are well worth your time and are very well written and easy to read and understand. 

And just for some fun reading, just finished Stephen King's 'The Institute: A Novel' - what a great read with a very intriguing story and super memorable characters. The book starts as a murder mystery and follows a  bunch of kids with special extranormal talents that end up in a secret "institute". A very enjoyable read that I had a hard time putting down.

I cheated on the last one by listening to another Stephen King book, 'The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition' on my Audible account. Love the majority of King's many books and this one was very relevant with the whole COVID19 thing going on. Not going to spoil it, but the plot centers on a pandemic of a weaponized strain of influenza that kills almost the entire world's population. It was originally released way back in 1978, and I did read it a long time ago, however, I really enjoy listening to books on Audible while I work. The extended edition added another 500 pages that were cut from the original book by the publisher. So it was kinda like reading a new book. 

If you'd like to try Audible, I found a link that will give you a free 30-day trial where you can read (listen to) 2 books to see you if like the service or not. I drive a bunch of hours as a catastrophe claims adjuster (yes another revenue source), and listening to a book makes the time pass quicker than just using music for my entertainment. Audible free trial - https://amzn.to/2X3HwDa

Working on a few new blog posts that I'll publish over the coming weeks. The links within this post help support my independent lifestyle and allow me to learn even more things that I can share with you. 

Stay safe out there, wear a mask, social distance, and hopefully, we'll all come out of this odd time in our lives better, more grounded, and will find a new normal. 


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