Investment Reading Plan – Reading experiment for 2016


One of my goals for 2016 is to get more familiar with investing. For someone who has just the basic ideas of what investment looks like, and likes to read, this is definitely one of my easier-to-do goals. The way I want to go about this is by reading books on investing. Luckily for me, Tim Ferriss put out a podcast last year with recommendations for just this.

In his podcast, he laid out a set of books he recommends to get familiar with the types of investing and what success in those looks like. So I decided that for the first half of 2016, I’ll follow the recommended list, and plan reading the books out. This is what my plan looks like:

start date Book
Jan 4 Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
Jan 10 The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
Jan 17 Berkshire Hathaway Letters to shareholders
Feb 1 More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite (Council on Foreign Relations Books (Penguin Press))
Feb 15 Liar’s Poker (Norton Paperback)
Feb 29 Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Mar 7 You Can Be a Stock Market Genius: Uncover the Secret Hiding Places of Stock Market P
Mar 14 MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
Apr 4 The Smartest Investment Book You’ll Ever Read: The Proven Way to Beat the “Pros” and Take Control of Your Financial Future
Apr 18 A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (Eleventh Edition)
May 2 What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars
May 9 The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Fragility” (Incerto)
May 30 Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
Jun 6 Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
Jun 20 The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less
Jun 30 Less Is More: An Anthology of Ancient & Modern Voices Raised in Praise of Simplicity

Why schedule my reading like this? This is my reading experiment for 2016.

I want to know
1. How well I estimate how long I take to read books.
2. Am I capable of reading according to schedule ? Will I enjoy it or will it become a chore?
3. By giving myself structure, will my popcorn reading reduce? I am guilty of doing too much popcorn reading – check out my 2015 reading logs to see for yourself.
4. Will my overall reading reduce?
5. If I follow the schedule, will I still read books which serendipity throws my way?
6. Will I get goal-oriented and get into the mindset of “checking off” the books?

I will follow-up with a post in the second half of 2016 with the results of this experiment.

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