When you couple the knowledge found in these 50 books below with my two words for 2018 (Curiosity and Efficiency) I give myself an A+ in intellectual academia and a B- in the actual embodiment of what I learn. It’s challenging for me to get out of my head and into my body, especially when I intellectualize and philosophize about life and business as my default mode.
I do not watch television (I immediately fall asleep) and I rarely drink, so reading is my way to “relax” at the end of a day or the start to my morning. Relaxing for me is intellectual stimulation. And it’s fueling the research for my next book.
Here is a list of the fifty books I read in 2018 (Note: All links below are referral links. Please consider purchasing through these links. Thank you!)
- Amusing Ourselves to Death, by Neil Postman (I read this in Grad school and recently reread it – classic!)
- Simple & Direct: A Rhetoric for Writers, by Jacques Barzun (I also read this in Grad school and regularly pull it off my bookshelf. Then I end up reading the entire thing again! #booknerdproblems)
- KNOWN by Mark Schaefer (I interview Mark on my podcast here).
- An Audience of One by Srini Rao (I interview Srini on my podcast here).
- This is Marketing by Seth Godin (I interview Seth on my podcast here).
Business and Leadership:
- Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio (mentioned in my interview with Seth Godin here)
- Willpower Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy
- The Mind of a Winner by Steve Canal (I interview Steve here)
- The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
- Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
- The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese (I interview Byron Reese here)
- Tech Gnosis: Myth, Magic and Mysticism in the age of Information by Erik Davis (stay tuned…I’m interviewing Eric in an upcoming podcast episode!)
Humanity and Relationships:
- Evolutionary Love Relationships by Andrew Harvey
- Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing by Dr Aziz Gazipura
- UNHIDDEN: A Book for Men and Those Confused by Them by Robert Kandell (I interview Robert on my podcast here).
Business and Money:
- Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb
- The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist
- Quantum Success: The Astounding Science of Wealth and Happiness by Sandra Anne Taylor
- Spiritual Cashflow: A Story on Sex, Money, and Enlightenment by Steven E Schmidtt
- The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
- Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller
- Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change by Tao Lin
- When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink
- Meditations and Other Metaphysical Writings by René Descartes
- Trump and a Post-Truth World by Ken Wilber
- Radical Wholeness: The Embodied Present and the Ordinary Grace of Being (I interview Philip Shephard in my podcast here).
- A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber (reread)
- The Truth Always Rises by Molly McCord (I interview Molly here).
- Power of Silence by Carlos Castaneda
- Seven Sacred Seals by Richard Rudd (I interview Richard Rudd here)
- The Gene Keys by Richard Rudd (reread)
- Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza
- The Surrender Experiment by Michael Singer
- Power vs. Force by Doctor David Hawkins (this one wins the award for my favorite book of 2018!)
- The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda (reread).
- The Four Agreements (reread)
- The Bhagavad Gita (reread)
- The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (mentioned in my interview with Dr. Loretta Breuning)
Discrimination and Racism:
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (mentioned in my interview with Andréa Ranae here).
- Crow with No Mouth by Ikkyū
Occult and Mysticism:
Food and Wellness:
- The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber
- Plant-Based Diet for Beginners by Heather Nicholds
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (recommended to me by Bob Lefsetz who I interviewed here).
- Moonglow by Michael Chabon
- The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
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