12 in 12 Books – The Ciccarellis | Seattle Reading Challenge

Post by Marissa

Why wait until the new year to start a resolution? I’ve decided to challenge myself to a 12 in 12, meaning I will read 12 books in 12 months. Now, I’m actually a very avid reader and that is not really a challenge for me, but the tricky part will be that Erik picked out the books and they are not my usual fiction “just for fun”, feel-good books (which I admittedly will still be reading).  They are all business related & non-fiction.

Here’s what happened. One night in September I told Erik I needed one of his “boring textbooks” (which is how I referred to his business books) because I was having a hard time sleeping and wanted to read something that could put me out in about 2 pages. He handed me a book called You, Inc. and I thought, “great! Off to sleep I go!” In reality what happened was I instantly liked the book and wanted to read several chapters before I was tired enough for sleep! Yes, the opposite of what I intended happened, but I was instantly apologetic to Erik and thrilled that I liked the book! I thought about all the times Erik had told me to read something he was reading and how I was concerned it wasn’t my usual go-to book. After finishing the You Inc. last weekend I told Erik that I was going to challenge myself to read at least 12 of the books he was always raving about. Each month I will start a new one and write a quick post about it here!

Here’s the list: (starting from September with the top book pictured below and already finished!)

You, Inc. by Harry Beckwith and Christine K. Clifford

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

The E Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout

Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

The Success Principles by Jack Canfield

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Compassionate Samurai by Brian Klemmer

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence by Robert Spector and Patrick McCarthy


Julie Marks - Strengths Finder 2.0 is more of a quiz… but still very interesting as it starts to dissect you and creates a learning plan.

Then go back and take it again in 6 months to see if/how you changed



cicc1186 - Great! Cannot wait to read it and then reread 6 months later! Thanks Jewels!

Skylar Houk - RAD!… Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a swan dive into the sparkling, sunset-lit ocean of eternity (and one of my favorites of all time!). It will wink at you with the eye of the cosmos!

cicc1186 - Thanks Sky! I’m super excited, already loving the first 2 books and can’t wait to get to Peaceful Warrior! I’ll loan you some of these if you haven’t already read them, just let me know!

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