Authorpreneur’s Almanac #24: Sean’s 2014 Reading List

Sean Platt's 2014 Reading List

Something different today!

In September of last year I started reading. A lot. This was a big deal for me because despite producing millions of words per year, I haven’t read this much since the year my daughter was born. It’s felt like a very welcome return.

Because I track many things, I’ve naturally been tracking the books I read as well. So in today’s video I talk about all the books I read from September through December of 2014. For each book I explain why I read it, what I got out of it, and whether I would recommend it.

I hope you enjoy the video!

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About Sean Platt

Sean Platt is an author entrepreneur, founder of Sterling & Stone, and co-founder of the Collective Inkwell and Realm & Sands imprints. Follow him on Twitter, Google+, or Facebook.


  1. This is my favorite Almanac in a while. But I also hate it because my reading queue totally didn’t need to get any longer! LOL

    I can vouch for Time of Your Life, which I also listened to at Johnny’s suggestion. It’s great, although it’s a little long, with all the motivational enthusiasm crap. Also awesome are: Creativity Inc, Getting things Done, Good to Great and Gone Girl.

    Oh, and the Active Settings books was fantastic, even though I usually don’t like reading example passage after example passage, the core principles are essential to good writing, I think.

  2. Anma Natsu says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who does this (tracking reading during the year) πŸ˜€

  3. Agree on Maze Runner, I was surprised by how uninspired the prose was, expected more. Couldn’t make it to the end. Felt like the writing was purposefully more basic as it was for teens, which I think is entirely the wrong way to go about things.

    LOVED The Martian, though the Earthbound scenes were a little stilted compared to all the awesome stuff on Mars. That lead character jumped off the page.

  4. The Fault in Our Stars was by far my favourite book from 2014. I listened to the audio version too (although I bought the Kindle book to read first and then upgraded it with the audio). I loved, loved, loved the narrator. And I’ve just bought Timebound for Kindle, so if that’s the same narrator, I’ll definitely get that audio too (in fact, I just did). I can listen while I work, so audio is awesome for me.

    Bought A Tale Dark & Grimm based on what you said about it. Sounds awesome. Also bought The Martian for Kindle. And the audiobook to go with that.

    This was the most expensive Almanac ever! πŸ˜€

    How does Haley feel about being her fathers son (1:53), btw? πŸ˜‰

    • “This was the most expensive Almanac ever” πŸ™‚ haha!

    • LOL! Awesome.

      She loves being my daughter. πŸ™‚

      I’m reading a book right now that she asked me to please read, called Unwind, then I’m reading Monstrous because she really wants to read that and I don’t remember how terrible Dave and I made things (probably pretty terrible).

  5. Blaine Moore says:

    Hah, if you think that it sounds really slow to listen to me narrate, you should try recording at that speed…I naturally speak much faster, and I listen to all my podcasts at 2x speed and most of my audiobooks at 3x speed (unless I’m proofing my own work obviously) so it feels incredibly slow to me when I listen back, heheh.

  6. Great list! Just started reading Timebound. The Great and Secret Show is one of my favorite books of all time. Will absolutely pick up Getting Things Done, I need help there. : )

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