Mike Dariano


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My 12 favorite Non-fiction books of 2013

After a shorter than expected list of fiction I had read this year, my non-fiction list was a touch longer than I thought. I ended up reading 24 non-books in 2013, and some were very good. I was going to make this list all inclusive, but decided against it. I'll offer a few comments about my favorite 12 and include a few at the end with a single thought.

There were two types of books I read this year. The first were books about the human journey. From Wall Street riches to cold Michigan winters, from happiness in NYC, to minimalism that springs up in Ohio, to homeschooling in California. The topics of these books was varied, but the structure of a journey was not.

The second, and smaller set of books, was more academic. These books were synthesis of academic articles, expert interviews, and breaking research to create a worldview worth considering. While I enjoyed the journey stories more, these books were ones that I could read again and gather even more good information.

As with my fiction list, I started many more books than just these, but these were the ones I finished and enjoyed quite a bit.

Books about a human journey.

My Favorite Blogs

On Danny Schmidgall

I'm not much of a blog reader, but there are 3 blogs that I follow heavily: Tynan, Seth Godin, and Steve Pavlina. If you're looking for some good reading, you found my blog - good work. If you're looking for more than just me, check these guys out.


For those of you who don't know, Tynan is co-founder of SETT, the blogging platform I'm using now. He's also the reason I'm interested in blogging, and one of my main sources of motivation when I'm feeling unproductive. I have a few projects right now that deserve more attention than I usually give them, and reading Tynan's posts usually have the effect of making me more productive. If I had to categorize his posts, I'd say he writes about how to live life in an optimal way. I believe there is a very narrow group of people that share his philosophies, and that's who he writes for. I happen to be one of those people, so if you find yourself enjoying my blog, I'd suggest you check his out (it's way better).

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