Reading books will change your life.
My Reading List
I can honestly say that reading has completely changed my life. It wasn’t until 2012, when I was 22-years-old, that I read a book from cover to cover for the first time. Sad, I know. I can’t get back all the missed years of reading books, unfortunately. But I can control what I read from now on which is why I set a lofty goal to read 1000 books. This will obviously take multiple years, but if I keep reading every day, I’ll get there.
It’s crazy to fathom that I went so many years without it. I got a late start to the game but now I can’t stop. I guess you could say I’m obsessed. I read a variety of books, 99% being nonfiction. Typically it’s business, entrepreneurship, personal finance, with a fiction book sprinkled in here and there.
The books I’ve read are listed below in descending order. I didn’t start keeping up with the dates of when I completed the books until 2016 which is why the first section is grouped
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161. Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki
This was a great read that can help teach you how to make the change from an emplyoee to a business owner and invetor.
162. The Way of the Superior Man [Audiobook] by David Deida
Really interesting book that should be required for all men to read or listen to.
161. Level Up Your Life [Audiobook] by Steve Kamb
It was okay. If you’re a gamer, you’ll enjoy how the author correlates life with video game characters.
160. Tribes by Seth Godin
Solid read on leadership. Really short book.
159. 5-Day Weekend [Audiobook] by Nik Halik
This was a really interesting book filled with a few strategies that I’m going to look more into. I’d recommend it.
As someone who is just getting started investing in rental properties, this book was fantastic. It covers almost everything you need to know.
157. The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster [Audiobook] by Darren Hardy
Solid book. Would recommend.
156. Man Up [Audiobook] by Bedros Keuilian
Very good. Would recommend.
155. The Entrepreneur Mind [Audiobook] by Kevin Johnson
Meh, it wasn’t really good nor bad — just okay. You probably won’t hear me recommending this one at dinner parties. I don’t even really go to dinner parties?
154. Tax-Free Wealth [Audiobook] by Tom Wheelwright
I listened to this book just in time as I was preparing my 2018 tax return. It has great information and
153. The Rationale Male [Audiobook] by Rollo Tomassi
This book definitely wasn’t what I was expecting but I really enjoyed learning about the psychology behind inter-gender dynamics. I will add — the audio narrator is awful and extremely painful very hard to listen to.
152. Creativity for Sale by Jason Zook
Like Jason, the author, I run an online business that means I can work from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This book was very relatable to me (as an entrepreneur) and I really enjoyed it.
151. The Entrepreneurial Personality Type by Alex Charfen
I got this book for free at Funnel Hacking Live, so I decided to take a crack at it. It’s pretty good — nothing earth-shattering. It’s only like 70 pages, so you can read in it one sitting.
150. Relentless by Tim Grover
Everyone recommends this book and talks about how great it is. The book started out really good and I was super into it. Then, pretty much, it turns into a gigantic humble-brag by the author talking about how awesome he is for training elite athletes.
This book was excellent. I definitely recommend.
148. Influence [Audiobook] by Robert Cialdini
Another book on human psychology and the science of persuasion. Parts of this book were pure gold — then there were parts that were very boring. I’m glad I got the audio version instead of the written.
Just a phenomenal book on copywriting. This book really dives into consumer psychology and the art of persuading your customers to buy from you. I’ve already started implementing the techniques from this book and have seen results. Not to mention — I already purchased the audio version as well so I can listen to it again and really reinforce the information into my brain. Highly recommended.
146. The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes
Meh. Wouldn’t read again.
145. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Meh. Wouldn’t read again.
144. How to Create Wealth Investing in Real Estate by Grant Cardone
This book is just a front-end funnel to try to get people to invest in Cardone Capital. But I knew this even before I purchased the book. At the time of this writing, I will be attending the 10x Growth Conference soon, so I just wanted to see what Grant Cardone’s strategy was for investing in real estate and apartment building complexes. As a newbie to real estate investing, I did receive some value from reading this book.
143. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This book is so crucial. It should be required reading for everyone. The book itself but the information is timeless. I’m definitely going to download the Audible version of this book as well and try to listen to it at least once a year from now on.
142. Principles [Audiobook] by Ray Dalio
I’m a big fan of Ray Dalio, but this is the most boring book I’ve ever listened to. I’m so thankful I got the audio version as opposed to trying to read this beast. There is definitely some gold in this book, but for the most part — it was not interesting to me.
141. Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy
This was a pretty solid (and short) ready on productivity and procrastination. Basically, you need to prioritize your tasks in order to complete the most important this first. Eat your biggest and ugliest frog first.
140. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
Great read! Small, incremental changes over time can lead to massive results.
139. Crushing It! [Audiobook] by Gary Vaynerchuk
Pretty good listen about leveraging social media to build your business and brand. Most of the information was common sense. I’m already competent using social media, but I did learn a thing or two from this audiobook.
138. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
This book was fantastic and very inspirational. It’s a parable about a young camel boy who sets out to become, as the title implies, the greatest salesman in the world. The book is about a set of scrolls that contain principles to live by in order to not only become a greater salesman
137. How to Make Sh*t Happen by Sean Whalen
This might be the shortest book I’ve ever read. If you’re looking for a book to get you fired up to take action, this one will do it. The ‘Core 4’ principals inside the books are simple and to the point, but if you follow them, your life will most definitely change for the better. Don’t pick up this book if you’re offended by language (that’s putting it lightly).
136. Sell or be Sold [Audiobook] by Grant Cardone
So I finally jumped on the audiobook band-wagon. It’s just foolish to not take advantage of this streamlined process of absorbing new information. This book is an excellent listen. Uncle G makes it entertaining by adding in some extra flare that isn’t included in the text version. Highly recommend this audiobook.
135. Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Just a solid book filled with information that every human should be required to consume. This book is massive, so I did admittedly get bored at times. And because of this, it took me forever to finish this book. If I could go back, I’d listen to the audio version but nonetheless, the information is gold. My key takeaway: Every action we take is to either avoid pain or gain pleasure.
134. Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Just phenomenal. Anyone who runs their own business or is looking to run their own business should read this book. It’s a quick and easy ready and gets straight to point with insights about how to and how not to run your business. I loved it.
133. F.U. Money by Dan Lok
This is a really good book. It’s up there close to my top 10, probably. I’ve noticed a pattern that I love pretty much any book about talks about working for yourself and making money. Wonder why that is?
132. DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson
I read this book back-to-back along with Expert Secrets and it’s even more amazing. Both of these books give you so much value, it’s ridiculous. I’ve already started implementing the tactics I learned in my own business and have seen positive results. The stuff works. You can get a free copy of this book as well. I will add, though, both books are probably more suited for people who already have a business with their own products to sell.
131. Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
This book is crazy good and is definitely one of the best marketing books I’ve ever read. It’s amazing how much value is inside this book and the fact that he gives it away for free (only pay shipping).
130. Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Simply an amazing book that I read at exactly the right time.
129. Grit by Angela Duckworth
I have mixed feelings about this book. Certain parts were really good. The reason I have mixed feelings is
128. Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz
This book lived up to the hype and I’m definitely a better copywriter after reading it. Still, some parts were very boring to me. I guess that’s to be expected, but this book is timeless and still worth the read. Disclaimer: This is by far the most expensive book on this list.
127. Unscripted by MJ DeMarco
MJ does it again. This book is super similar to his other book, The Millionaire Fastlane, but I don’t even care. Both books are near the top of my favorites. Just the mindset-stuff you get from reading this book is incredible.
126. Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The information is good. But again, this is another one that could have been summed up in a 3000-word blog post in my humble, honest, opinionated opinion.
125. Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
I was looking forward to reading this book so that I could #hack my taxes and business structure but unfortunately, it wasn’t what I was expecting. His “system” seems like it would be fine for some. Larger companies, maybe? I don’t know. I don’t see any reason to overcomplicate my already simplified business structure. I’m all about profiting first, but having so many bank accounts seems unnecessary to me.
124. Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter
Neat little book. Nothing earth-shattering. You can read it in one sitting.
123. Low Hanging Fruit by Jeremy Eden
Meh. Has some good information but was mostly geared towards corporate America. Not really my thing.
122. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
It was good.
121. 40 Rules for Internet Business by Matthew Paulson
Just your typical tips for running an online business. The information wasn’t new, but it was a good refresher on some of it.
120. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
Incredible book. It embodies what storytelling should be all about. I would recommend it to anyone.
119. The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant by Terry Bebler
This book is a parable about self-discovery. I enjoyed it.
118. Deep Work by Cal Newport
I was pumped about reading this book and had heard nothing but good things about it. Honestly, this was one of the most boring books I’ve read. The underlying principle is good, but the book could have been summed up in a single blog post.
117. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
A solid book, plain and simple. Would recommend.
116. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
The title literally has nothing to do with the contents of this book but I actually really enjoyed it.
115. 100 Ways to Love Your Wife by Matthew Jacobson
Got this book as a gift. It’s super short so I went ahead a knocked it out. Not bad, but a little corny for my taste.
114. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is truly a brilliant human. This book is further proof of that.
113. The Shark and the Goldfish by Jon Gordon
The is a small parable with a large message. Very short, quick, and definitely worth a read.
112. The Tax and Legal Playbook by Mark Kohler
Really freaking boring, which is to be expected from a book about taxes. I did learn a lot, though.
111. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
Loved it. To be honest, there’s nothing earth-shattering in this book. But it was I nice reminder to just create things that stand out and don’t suck.
110. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne
Boring as all get-out.
109. How Full is Your Bucket by Tom Rath
It’s hard to write something bad about such a positive book. Be nice to people and lift up those around you. That’s all there is to it, pretty much, but it was a nice reminder I suppose.
108. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
This was the first Malcolm Gladwell book I read. I was not let down.
107. Linchpin by Seth Godin
This was the first Seth Godin book I read. I was not let down.
106. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The majority of this book was fantastic.
105. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
There’s definitely gold to be found in this monstrous book, but overall I was a bit let down. It’s basically just a summary of all his podcast episodes, which I’d already listened to prior to reading the book. Tim set the bar extremely high with his other books, so I guess I was just (unrealistically) expecting more. I would still recommend this book to almost anyone, however, because it’s filled with a lot of good information.
104. 6 Months to 6 Figures by Peter Voogd
Pretty good concepts. I enjoyed it.
103. Buy Buttons by Nick Loper
I really like Nick Loper but this read more like a blog post than a book.
102. Email the Smart Way by Pat Flynn
This is a free PDF given away by Patt Flynn on his blog. It has some good tips on email marketing, especially for beginners.
101. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone
100. The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss
This book completely changed my diet and workout routine. I’ve implemented some of the strategies from this book and they work. It’s a monster of a book, but well worth the read. My only complaint: There are a few chapters that would probably be better suited for their own book (if you’ve read this, you know what I’m talking about).
99. The 10 Pillars of Wealth by Alex Becker
Very good. This book taught me that I never want to be a “traffic fighter”.
98. Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer
I got value you from this book. It’s never a bad idea to improve your selling abilities.
97. Taxes: Everything You Need to Know About Taxes for Your Small Business by Harry Monroe
I thought it was decent for a small Kindle book. I actually learned a thing or two about taxes for my business.
96. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
I loved it. It’s written as a fable but gives great advice about how to manage your finances.
95. Hustle by Neil Patel
I usually like everything Neil Patel puts out, but I wasn’t a fan of this one.
94. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
Good book. Definitely worth a read.
93. The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch
I love the concept of the 80/20 principle (roughly 80% of results comes from 20% of your efforts). But I think I can apply the concept to this book as well because 20% was great while the other 80%, not so much.
92. The Ultimate Guide to Starting an Online Business by Ramit Sethi
A free short little pdf offered by GrowthLab. Worth a read (I’m counting it as a book).
91. Authority by Nathan Barry
90. 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller
89. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
It was good but not as great as I thought it would be. I knew most of the methodologies already because you hear them everywhere. Maybe my expectations were too high going in.
88. SNOOP by Dr. C. Wayne Harrison
In this book (written by my uncle), he shares some incredible stories about his journey through the Vietnam war.
87. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
The book was excellent and is probably my all-time favorite book at this point. It goes against 80% of the other books I’ve read and I love it for that. You often hear that it’s impossible to get rich quick. That is false and this book explains why. While it is possible to get rich relatively quick, you can’t get rich easy.
86. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
More of a test than a book, I read the descriptions of all the different personality strengths as if it were a book. I’d say most people would benefit from learning what their strengths are, wouldn’t you?
85. The End of Jobs by Taylor Pearson
I hadn’t heard anything about this book when I got it so I wasn’t really expecting much. But it quickly became one of my favorites. 9.7/10, would recommend.
84. I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi
This was one of the better personal finance books I’ve read. Ramit makes good things.
83. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
One of my favorite books because it challenges the common approach to personal finance and wealth. It really helped solidify that way of thinking in my life. This should be required reading.
82. How I Made My First Million on the Internet and How You Can Too by Ewen Chia
81. The Laptop Millionaire by Mark Anastasi
I enjoyed it.
80. SEO Workbook 2016 by Joachim Fisher
Wouldn’t spend 30 minutes reading this again.
79. The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo
First fiction book ever! What a breakthrough! This book was fantastic.
78. How to Make Money Online by Mike Omar
Please, make it stop.
77. Passive Income: The Proven 10 Methods to Make Over 10k a Month in 90 Days by Mark Thomas
Geez Louise, smh.
76. The Side Hustle Path by Nick Loper
I like Nick Loper so I’m sure this book was good, but I don’t remember reading it.
75. Will it Fly? by Pat Flynn
A book about testing and validating an idea for your business. I thought it was pretty good.
74. How to Make $1,000 Per Day Blogging Part Time by Chris Karlas
73. Ebooks the Smart Way by Pat Flynn
This was a very helpful little pdf guide that Pat Flynn gives away on his blog about writing and selling an ebook. It definitely helped me when I was first learning to create ebooks myself. Yes, I’m counting this as a “book” because I want to and I can, so what are you going to do about it?
72. PASSIVE INCOME: Stop Working, Start Living by Ralph Waters
71. Develop a Passive Income Empire by Simon Wolf
70. Good to Great by Jim Collins
69. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
Hashtag hustle, bro! I really did like the book, though.
68. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
Pretty much a must-read for anyone in the online business world. I started reading (and finished) this book the week before I sat for my licensure board exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. I spent more time reading the book than my study for the exam. Very telling.
67. Making Money for Beginners by Dan Allen
Save your 30 minutes, to be honest, in my humble opinion.
66. Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher
I was a little disappointed because I wanted to become a ninja-negotiator after finishing this book. I can say, that did not happen.
65. Building Wealth One House at a Time by John Schaub
Pretty good, actually.
64. The 106 Common Mistakes Homebuyers Make by Gary Eldred
63. Re-Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Has Tony Robbins ever put anything out into the world that isn’t fantastic?
62. 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask by Ilyce Glink
Not bad for a book about buying a house.
61. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Amazing book. Brene Brown is an incredibly intelligent human being.
60. Home Buying Kit for Dummies by Eric Tyson
Reading all of these real estate books helped me become extremely confident throughout the process of buying a home.
59. The Groom’s Instruction Manual by Shandon Fowler
I read this book months before the big day. It was pretty entertaining and I actually used some of the advice leading up to my wedding.
2012 – 2015
58. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
This appears to be a book about winning a war but it’s really a book about winning at life.
57. Buying a Home by Nancy Conner
56. Launch by Jeff Walker
All the internet marketers know of this one. I read this book years before I even knew what internet marketing was. I don’t always implement his strategies into my business, but they definitely work.
55. Bogle on Mutual Funds by John Bogle
I read the older edition. It was a little boring, but Bogle got it right when it comes to investing.
54. Thrift: Passive Income by Lennie Hart
PASSIVE INCOME, BRO.
53. A Simple Government by Mike Huckabee
I like Mike Huckabee.
52. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
This one’s a classic and for good reason. It should be required reading for every human. The world would be a better place.
51. Paycheck Millionaire by Unknown Author
I don’t think this book exists in the Kindle store any longer.
50. Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen
Another really good book for someone looking to up their poker game.
49. The Perfection Point by John Brenkus
I found this book interesting.
48. Fiverr Autopilot by Matthew Lucas
47. 99 Inspiring Stories for Presentations by Barry Powell
There were actually some good stories in this book.
46. What You Should Know About Politics… But Don’t by Jessamyn Conrad
As a newbie when it comes to politics, I enjoyed and learned a lot from this book.
45. Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book by Phil Gordon
Excellent book for anyone wanting to become a better poker player!
44. Habit Stacking for Frugal Living by Kathy Stanton
Decent tips but I wouldn’t necessarily consider them as “life-changing” as the author claims.
43. MONEY LIFEHACKS by Gabriel Aviles
A little Kindle book that I do not recall reading.
42. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach
Another personal finance book with traditional methodologies. You can’t go wrong with that.
41. Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf
Very good read.
40. Reseller Secrets to Dominating a Thrift Store Revealed by Rick Riley
As a reseller, I got nothing from this book. Maybe someone (a complete n00b) would find it helpful.
39. Frugal Hacks by Will Kowl
Meh. Most of the tips were common sense.
38. Crushing Low Stakes Poker by Mike Turner
This was the first of a few poker books I read, Texas Hold’em specifically (yeah I got into online poker there for a little while). There are better books out there.
37. MONEY Master the Game by Tony Robbins
Excellent book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. To be such a large book, I may have finished it faster than any of the others. I couldn’t put it down. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite books (even though he does try to pitch you super hard on some financial advising crap that you don’t need). But that’s what Tony Robbins does though,
36. Confidence: Build Unbreakable, Unstoppable, Powerful Confidence by Justin Albert
Not a bad little Kindle book. Has some good confidence-building tips.
35. Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? by Alex Hutchinson
As an exercise science guy, I loved this book. It gives good insight about some of the most common myths about exercising and lifting weights.
34. You Majored in What? by Katharine Brooks
The information was fine. Just another pointless read now looking back.
33. How to be Rich by Andy Stanley
It was okay. Not great, not bad, just okay.
32. #FrugalityPays by Antonio Starr
31. The Ultimate Cheapskates Road Map to True Riches by Jeff Yeager
30. Wealth: is it Worth It? by S. Truett Cathy
This book was written by the founder of Chick-Fil-A. He gives an interesting take on building wealth and what you should do with it.
29. From Ramen to Riches by James Wood
I picked this one up at the thrift store. Thought it was a decent read.
28. Find It, Fix It, Flip It! by Michael Corbett
One of the many real estate books I read before buying my first house.
27. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles
As a science major in college, I must say, this book was pretty dope. Very short read.
26. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
A book on building self-confidence. Nothing earth-shattering but a very solid book, nonetheless.
25. 101 Secrets for Your Twenties by Paul Angone
This book has several practical tips. It was good, but a little cheesy.
24. Before You Buy! by Michael Corbett
This started a series of books I read on mortgages as I was preparing to buy my first home. They all sort of run together, none of which stand out.
23. Common Sense Investing by Rick Van Ness
This was an excellent little book with some of the most basic, but best rules of investing.
22. Quitter by Jon Acuff
I honestly remember nothing about this book.
21. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
This book gives an interesting take on praying circles around your biggest wants in life.
20. Start by Jon Acuff
I remember liking it but don’t really remember what it’s about. I do remember the author mentioning that he checks his analytics far too often, something I never struggle with. Nope, never.
19. Gazelles, Baby Steps, & 37 Other Things by Jon Acuff
Decent little book with tips about life and staying out of debt.
18. Getting from College to Career by Lindsey Pollak
It was a decent read (at the time) but seems rather pointless looking back now.
17. I Am a Church Member by Thom S. Rainer
Got this book from church for a bible study. It made some great points about how it shouldn’t be what can the church do for you but rather what can you do for the church.
16. A Million Bucks by 30 by Alan Corey
This book really motivated me to set some big goals for myself. And it taught me how to make sacrifices. This is by far one of my favorite books.
15. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Can’t really remember but I remember that it was decent.
14. Rhinoceros Success by Scott Alexander
Excellent, quick read. Really enjoyed this book.
13. QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller
Don’t remember this one either.
12. Flipping the Switch by John G. Miller
Don’t remember anything about this book.
11. EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey
Yes, I read all the Dave Ramsey books. Okay?
10. Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money by Dave Ramsey
Same Ramsey principals as his other books.
9. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well on a Budget by Jessica Patridge
Has some good tips and recipes. I wouldn’t recommend because pretty much all of this information can now be found online with a quick google search.
8. More Than Enough by Dave Ramsey
I remember nothing from this book.
7. Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey
Same Ramsey principals as his other books.
6. The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly
I remember nothing from this book. It was over my head at the time.
5. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant
Very short book. Helps to strengthen self-confidence.
4. Put More Cash in Your Pocket by Loral Langemeier
It helped motivate me to start and grow my eBay business.
3. How to Be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents by Zach Bissonnette
A good, practical personal finance book for beginners.
2. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
I credit this book for changing the trajectory of my life. While I don’t always agree with
1. Automatic Wealth for Grads by Michael Masterson
This was the first book I ever read. I believe it was in 2012. I don’t remember much from it other than feeling a sense of accomplishment for reading a book from cover to cover. It opened my eyes to investing.