At the beginning of 2016 I set myself a goodreads challenge to read at least 30 books this year.
I'm well on track, mixing the books between business-related ones around marketing, PR, strategy, and fictional novels.
In addition, I've also noticed a trend towards books on personal development and particularly Leadership and Emotional Intelligence or the ability to recognise, understand and manage our own emotions and recognise, understand and influence those of others.
I've written about these topics on a few occasions throughout the year so you might have also noticed that passion of mine.
Keeping up with my books challenge and staying faithful to my latest passion, I finished two books on Emotional Intelligence last month: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Emotional Intelligence: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Emotions and Raising your EQ by Ian Tuhovsky.
As much as I loved Daniel Goleman's insights, his work mainly covered the theory behind Emotional Intelligence (which is definitely needed and is the first stepping stone), I felt I was ready for more practice. This is why I picked the last two books as they were heavily focused on applying those learnings.
I've found some of the exercises that were suggested in them particularly useful and relevant to my current state within my personal and professional life.