Reading books can and 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
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 necessary 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 ever read. The underlying
117. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
A solid book, plain and simple.
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 being. 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 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.
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
I’ve implemented some of the diet and exercise practices into my routine and they work. This book is a monster. There’s definitely a few chapters that belong in a different book, but the meat of it was gold.
99. The 10 Pillars of Wealth by Alex Becker
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 taxed 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 new 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 one of my all-time favorites.
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.
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.
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 sure this book was good, but I don’t remember 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.
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 materials. 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. This is one I may re-read.
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 is incredibly intelligent.
60. Home Buying Kit for Dummies by Eric Tyson
Reading all of these real estate books helped me become extremely confident throughout the process.
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 our wedding.
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 political newbie, 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 completely 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.
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. I remember liking it but not much else about it.
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. Loved this book.
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 ol’ Dave, his books helped form my personal finance addiction and set me on the path to financial freedom.
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.