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Hall of Fame

These are the books that have, thus far, had the most profound impact on my life.

The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

This is the one that started it all. For whatever reason, I still remember the exact spot I was standing when I picked it up off the shelf in a Chicago bookstore.

 

 

 


How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

 

 

 

 


Mindset by Carol Dweck

 

 

 

 


Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

 

 

 

 

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Biographies & Memoirs

 

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

 

 

 

 

 


Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

 

 

 

 


The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

 

 

 

 

 


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

 

 

 

 

 


To Be a Runner by Martin Dugard

 

 

 

 


Business & Productivity

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

 

 

 

 


Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

“Eat a Live Frog Every Morning, and Nothing Worse Will Happen to You the Rest of the Day.” – Mark Twain

This is the premise of this entire book; get the hardest thing out of the way first and the rest of that day won’t seem so bad. A simple but incredibly powerful (and often hard to follow) concept.

 


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

 

 

 

 


Rework by Jason Fried

 

 

 

 

 


The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

 

 

 

 

 


Psychology

SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully by Jane McGonigal

 

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

 

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt

 

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

 

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

 

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

 

The Definitive Book on Body Language by Barbara and Alan Pease

 

 

Social Issues

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

 

Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari

 

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

 

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Carl Hart

 

Beyond Outrage: What has gone wrong with our economy and our democracy, and how to fix it by Robert Reich

 

 

Spirituality & Religion

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabot Zinn

 

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

 

The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris

 

The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation by William Hart

 

Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

 

 

Philosophy

 

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

 

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

 

Free Will by Sam Harris

 

 

History

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose

 

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

 

1776 by David McCullough

 

 

Classic Fiction

A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

 

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

 

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

 

 

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

 

 

Modern Fiction

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

 

Game of Thrones Series by George R. R. Martin

 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 

The Da Vinci Code Series by Dan Brown