Books That Changed My Life

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero

“The book you don’t read won’t help. Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book.” – Jim Rohn


Below is a curated list of some of my favorite books, organized by categories. Sometimes I’ll add to the list, othertimes remove. Goal is to keep list as short & helpful as possible.

updated: 11/30/14

Why I Read

All Time Favorite Book
Poor Charlie’s Almanack – If you’re going to read one book ever, make it this one.

Charlie Munger combines ideas from every field (math, physics, economics, psychology, sociology, biology, evolution, philosophy etc) to create wisdom you can use to live a happy & wealthy life.

“You will never find a book with more useful ideas.”
– Warren Buffett

“Charlie is truly the broadest thinker I have ever encountered.”
– Bill Gates

“Charlie Munger has a reputation for truthfulness, straightforwardness & common sense… we’re lucky people.”
– Jim Sinegal, Costco founder

“This book is something of a publishing miracle – never advertised, yet year after year selling many thousands of copies from its internet site.”
– Warren Buffett

And, net proceeds from the book are donated to charitable, nonprofits.

Inspiration & Motivation
The Art of Exceptional Living – Jim Rohn
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
The War of Art – Stephen Pressfield
Mastery – George Leonard
Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
How to Fail at Almost Everything & Still Win Big – Scott Adams
Choose Yourself – James Altucher
You Learn By Living – Eleanor Roosevelt (new)

Business & Finance
The Essays of Warren Buffett
Good to Great – Jim Collins
The E-Myth – Michael Gerber
Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Creativity, Inc – Ed Catmul (new)
Damn Right! – about charlie munger
The Essential Deming – W Edwards Deming
Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
Maverick – Ricardo Semler
Rework – Jason Fried, David HH
Valve Employee Handbook – (found on google)
Entreleadership – Dave Ramsey
Ogilvy on Advertising – David Ogilvy
My Life in Advertising and Scientific Advertising – Claude Hopkins
Secrets of Power Negotiating – Roger Dawson
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
The Richest Man in Babylon
Four Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss
The Total Money Makeover – Dave Ramsey

Spirituality
Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramhansa Yogananda
The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
You Can Heal Your Life – Louise Hay
The Reconnection – Eric Pearl
The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
Ask and It Is Given – Abraham Hicks
The Oversoul Seven Trilogy – Jane Roberts
The Bhagavad Gita
Conversations With God – Neale Donald Walsch
God is not Great – Christopher Hitchens
Journeys Out of the Body – Robert Monroe
Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui
The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity – Edwene Gaines
E-Squared – Pam Grout
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It – Kamal Ravikant
The Artists Way

Philosophy
Sacred Hoops – Phil Jackson
The Score Takes Care of Itself – Bill Walsh
Wooden – John Wooden
For the Love of the Game – Michael Jordan
Relentless – Tim Grover
Moneyball – Michael Lewis
Letters from a Stoic – Seneca
Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
A Guide to the Good Life – William Irvine
The Discourses of Epictetus
Tao Te Ching
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (new)
The Lakota Way
The Art of War
Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger

Psychology/Sociology
How To Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Influence – Robert Cialdini
The Highly Sensitive Person – Elaine Aron
Meeting the Shadow – Connie Zweig
The Tools – Phil Stutz & Barry Michels
Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
Learned Optimism – Martin Seligman
The Happiness Hypothesis – Jonathan Haidt
The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama
The Depression Book – Cheri Huber, a positive spin
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
Handwriting Analysis – Andrea McNichol
The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell

Science
DMT The Spirit Molecule
The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins

History
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Relationships
The Way of the Superior Man
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
The 5 Love Languages
For Men Only
For Women Only
The Game
Sperm Wars
Slow Sex – Nicole Daedone
Sex at Dawn
The Red Queen
Do gentlemen really prefer blondes? – every question about looks, attraction, pheromones, etc answered (new)

Mind
The Inner Game of Tennis – W Timothy Gallwey
Psycho Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz
Lucid Dreaming – Robert Waggoner
The Book of Floating
NLP: The New Technology of Achievement
Biology of Belief – Bruce Lipton
The Mood Cure – depression, anxiety, other mood cures: 5htp, st johns wort, tyrosine etc
Winter Blues – Seasonal Affective Disorder cures: st johns wort, bright light, etc

Health
Pounds & Inches – HCG manual, how I finally lost weight
The Metabolic Typing Diet – this makes sense. diff people require diff diets. some do well on high carbs, some on high protein, others on mixed
Food Rules – “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” & explains what real food is
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes – easy to use, organized, for high protein folks
The Gabriel Method – learned about fish oil, enzymes, probiotics
Good Calories, Bad Calories – not all cals same, avoid bad carbs
Wheat Belly – grains/wheat wreck havoc on body
Eat for your type – diet based on blood type
The Perfect Health Diet – scientists’ take on best food: protein, veg, some safe starches
The Metabolic Effect Diet
The Four Hour Chef – cooking for newbies
The Omega Zone – benefits of fish oil
Body by Science – John Little
How to Grow Fresh Air
Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking – I don’t smoke but tons of people have been helped by this, including Ellen Degeneres, Anthony Hopkins, etc link (new)
The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine – love this book (new)
Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide (new)
Doctor Yourself: Natural Healing That Works (new)
Detoxify or Die (new)

Fiction:
Sherlock Holmes – of course (new)
The Code of the Woosters – P. G. Wodehouse. super good, funny, light (new)

Favorite Amazon Book Sections
Business & Investing
Health, Fitness & Dieting
Religion & Spirituality
Self-Help

Some Famous Folk’s Reading Lists:
1. Eben Pagan – (aka David DeAngelo)
2. Derek Sivers – has great notes
3. Charlie Munger
4. Warren Buffett
5. Ryan Holiday
6. Tim Ferriss
7. Bill Gates
8. Oprah’s Book Club
9. Favobooks – more famous lists