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[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Here is my reading list from the time I started counting all the books that I’ve read. And to answer the inevitable question, these are cover-to-cover, with full comprehension, with the accompanying notes to back up my memory. Reading books without taking notes is an intellectual crime against nature.

My overarching goal is to read 1,000 books before I turn 30 and I can’t even begin to describe what books and literature have done for me so far. You’re a reader; you understand!

The books below represent the aggregate knowledge of humanity, slowly gathering on my bookshelf. Dive right in and let me know what you think![/text_block]

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]1) Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

2) The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle

3) The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene

4) The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

5) The Wisdom of Life, by Arthur Schopenhauer

6) The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli

7) This is How, by Augusten Burroughs

8) As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen

9) 1984, by George Orwell

10) The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx

11) Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

12) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert M. Pirsig

13) Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

14) Cosmos, by Carl Sagan

15) Billions and Billions, by Carl Sagan

16) The Art of Seduction, by Robert Greene

17) Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins

18) Beyond Good and Evil, by Friedrich Nietzsche

19) How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie

20) How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie

21) Mastery, by Robert Greene

22) Breakfast of Champions, by Kurt Vonnegut

23) Brave New World, by Sir Aldous Huxley

24) The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut

25) The Power of Self Confidence, by Brian Tracy

26) No Excuses, by Brian Tracy

27) Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, by Brian Tracy

28) Eat that Frog, by Brian Tracy

29) Pale Blue Dot, by Carl Sagan

30) Unlimited Power, by Anthony Robbins

31) Resurrection, by Leo Tolstoy

32) Boyhood, by Leo Tolstoy

33) Willpower, by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney

34) Power, by Jeffrey Pfeffer

35) My Philosophy for Successful Living, by Jim Rohn

36) The Way of the Superior Man, by David Deida

37) The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor

38) The Big Picture, by Tony Horton

39) The Sranger, by Albert Camus

40) Childhood, by Lev Tolstoy

41) Maximum Achievement, by Brian Tracy

42) Contagious, by Jonah Berger

43) Moonwalking with Einstein, by Joshua Foer

44) Earn What You’re Worth, by Brian Tracy

45) Drive, by Daniel H Pink

46) Start Over, Finish Rich, by David Bach

47) The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

48) The Honest Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely

49) The Four-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss

50) The Four-Hour Body, by Tim Ferriss

51) A Complaint Free World, by Will Bowen

52) Linchpin, by Seth Godin

53) Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

54) The Consolations of Philosophy, by Alain de Botton

55) Turning Pro, by Steven Pressfield

56) The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg

57) The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield

58) Extreme Productivity, by Robert C. Pozen

59) The Now Habit, by Dr. Neil Fiore, Ph.D.

60) Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

61) Book Yourself Solid, by Michael Port

62) Good to Great, by Jim Collins

63) Inner Excellence, by Jim Murphy

64) Quiet, by Susan Cain

65) Ten-Minute Toughness, by Jason Selk

66) 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, by John C. Maxwell

67) How Successful People Think, by John C. Maxwell

68) David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell

69) Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl

70) Persuasion, by Arlene Dickinson

71) The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku

72) What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There, by Marshall Goldsmith

73) An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Commander Chris Hadfield

74) When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, by Jerry Weintraub

75) Your Sacred Self, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

76) Manifest Your Destiny, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

77) The Happiness of Pursuit, by Chris Guillebeau

78) Succeeding When You’re Supposed to Fail, by Rom Brafman

79) The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau

80) Your Erroneous Zones, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

81) The Success Principles, by Jack Canfield

82) Thank You for Arguing, by Jay Heinrichs

83) The Laptop Millionaire, by Mark Anastasi

84) Rework, by Jason Fried and David Hansson

85) Made to Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath

86) Zen Habits, by Leo Babauta

87) You’ll See It When You Believe It, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

88) Crucial Conversations, by Kerry Patterson et al

89) The Law of Success, by Napoleon Hill

90) The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz

91) Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

92) The Art of Non-Conformity, by Chris Guillebeau

93) Trust Works!, by Ken Blanchard

94) Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin

95) 168 Hours, by Laura Vanderkam

96) The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

97) 10% Happier, by Dan Harris

98) The First 20 Hours, by Josh Kaufman

99) The Tools, by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

100) Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu

101) Excuses Begone!, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

102) The 10X Rule, by Grant Cardone

103) The Procrastination Equation, by Piers Steel

104) Subliminal, by Leonard Mlodinow

105) Today Matters, by John C. Maxwell

106) Spark, by Dr. John Ratey

107) The Little Book of Talent, by Daniel Coyle

108) The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, by John C. Maxwell

109) 50/50, by Dean Karnazes

110) Show Your Work!, by Austin Kleon

111) Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers, by Philip Stokes

112) The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, by The Dalai Lama

113) The Virgin Way, by Richard Branson

114) Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, by Gary Vaynerchuck

115) Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell

116) The Happiness Project, by Gretchin Rubin

117) The 80/20 Principle, by Richard Koch

118) Where Good Ideas Come From, by Steven Johnson

119) I Can See Clearly Now, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

120) The Universe Within, by Neil Turok

121) Thrive, by Arianna Huffington

122) Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, by Alan Miller

123) The Pilgrimage, by Paulo Coelho

124) The One Thing, by Gary Keller

125) Wooden on Leadership, by Coach John Wooden

126) The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, by Al Ries and Jack Trout

127) If Life is a Game, These are the Rules, by Cherie Carter-Scott

128) Physics of the Future, by Michio Kaku

129) The New Psycho-Cybernetics, by Dr. Maxwell Maltz M.D.

130) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey

131) Stepping Up, by John Izzo Ph.D.

132) Decisive, by Chip and Dan Heath

133) Walden, by Henry David Thoreau

134) Getting Things Done, by David Allen

135) The Fifth Mountain, by Paulo Coelho

136) Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre

137) Executive Toughness, by Jason Selk

138) Find Out Anything from Anyone, Anytime, by James Pyle and Maryann Karinch

139) The 360 Degree Leader, by John C. Maxwell

140) 8 Ways to Great, by Doug Hirschhorn

141) What the Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell

142) The Six-Figure Second Income, by David Lindhal and Jonathan Rozek

143) Switch, by Chip and Dan Heath

144) Tribes, by Seth Godin

145) The Talent Code, by Daniel Coyle

146) Die Empty, by Todd Henry

147) The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow

148) Influence, by Robert B. Cialdini Ph.D.

149) The E-Myth Revisited, by Michael E. Gerber

150) Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

151) Adultery, by Paulo Coelho

152) Escape from Cubicle Nation, by Pamela Slim

153) The Icarus Deception, by Seth Godin

154) Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

155) Before Happiness, by Shawn Achor

156) Power Sleep, by Dr. James B. Maas

157) 10-10-10, by Suzy Welch

158) How to Make Millions With Your Ideas, by Dan S. Kennedy

159) Iron John, by Robert Bly

160) The Motivation Manifesto, by Brendon Burchard

161) Platform, by Michael Hyatt

162) The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, by John C. Maxwell

163) On the Shortness of Life, by Seneca

164) The Charge, by Brendon Burchard

165) Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius

166) Focus, by Daniel Goleman

167) Aleph, by Paulo Coelho

168) The Demon-Haunted World, by Carl Sagan

169) Brain Rules, by Dr. John Medina

170) Earn the Right to Win, by Tom Coughlin

171) Antifragile, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

172) A Letter to a Hindu, by Leo Tolstoy

173) Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn

174) Crush It!, by Gary Vaynerchuck

175) Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse

176) Apology, by Plato

177) The Power of Discipline, by Brian Tracy

178) Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, by T. Harv Eker

179) The Undefeated Mind, by Dr. Alex Lickerman

180) Engineering the Alpha, by John Romaniello and Adam Bornstein

181) The Greatness Guide, by Robin Sharma

182) The Story of My Experiments With Truth, by Mahatma Gandhi

183) Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom

184) A Curious Mind, by Brian Grazer

185) What I Know for Sure, by Oprah Winfrey

186) Three Simple Steps, by Trevor G. Blake

187) The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D. and William D. Danko Ph.D.

188) Mindset, by Carol Dweck Ph.D.

189) Mortality, by Christopher Hitchens

190) Essays, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

191) Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown

192) Eat Move Sleep, by Tom Rath

193) The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma

194) A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking

195) The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday

196) Where Children Sleep, by James Mollison

197) Civil Disobedience, By Henry David Thoreau

198) You2, by Price Pritchet, Ph.D.

199) Daily Inspiration, by Robin Sharma

200. The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt

201. The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

202. Bounce, by Keith McFarland

203. An Open Heart, by The Dalai Lama

204. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

205. A Universe from Nothing, by Lawrence M. Krauss

206. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, by Steve Harvey

207. Simplify, by Bill Hybels

208. 59 Seconds, by Richard Wiseman

209. The Bhagavad Gita, by Ved Vyasa

210. The Warrior Ethos, by Steven Pressfield

211. It’s Never Crowded Along the Extra Mile, by Wayne W. Dyer

212. Hardwiring Happiness, by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

213. On Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

214. The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt

215. Manuscript Found in Accra, by Paulo Coelho

216. The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom

217. The World As I See It, by Albert Einstein

218. The Enchiridion, by Epictetus

219. The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, by Hastings Crossley

220. Selected Discourses of Epictetus, by George Long

221. In Praise of Shadows, by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

222. Get It Done, by Sam Bennett

223. The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal

224. Rewire, by Richard O’Connor

225. Happiness, by Thich Nhat Hanh

226. Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman

227. The Greatness Guide: Book 2, by Robin Sharma

228. Happier at Home, by Gretchen Rubin

229. Zero to One, by Peter Thiel

230. The Paradox of Choice, by Barry Schwartz

231. You Are Not So Smart, by David McRaney

232. No Hero, by Mark Owen

233. Shakespeare Saved My Life, by Laura Bates

234. This Will Make You Smarter, by John Brockman

235. The Upside of Irrationality, by Dan Ariely

236. What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, by David DiSalvo

237. Peace Is Every Breath, by Thich Nhat Hanh

238. Bold, by Peter H. Diamandis

239. The Power of No, by James and Claudia Altucher

240. Relentless, by Tim S. Grover,

241. The Soul of Leadership, by Deepak Chopra

242. An Appetite for Wonder, by Richard Dawkins

243. Waking Up, by Sam Harris

244. Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

245. The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy

246. The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

247. I Am Malala,  by Malala Yousafzai

248. Lying, by Sam Harris

249. Do the Work!, by Steven Pressfield

250. The Art of Loving, by Erich From

251. Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance

252. The Time Paradox, by Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd

253. The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown

254. Free Will, by Sam Harris

255. Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris

256. The Brain and Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman

257. The Future of God, by Deepak Chopra

258. The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka

259. The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker

260. A Life Worth Living, by Robert Zaretsky

261. The Dip, by Seth Godin

262. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair, by Nina Sankovitch

263. Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

264. The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

265. Lost History, by Michael Hamilton Morgan

266. So Good They Can’t Ignore You, by Cal Newport

267. The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries

268. Do More Great Work, by Michael Bungay Stanier

269. The Book, by Alan Watts

270. Managing Oneself, by Peter F. Drucker

271. Executive Presence, by Harrison Monarth

272. One Word That Will Change Your Life, by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon

273. Zen to Done, by Leo Babauta

274. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, by Amy Morin

275. The Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts

276. The Power of a Half Hour, by Tommy Barnett

277. Purple Cow, by Seth Godin

278. How to Become a Rainmaker, by Jeffrey J. Fox

279. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

280. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam

281. The 50th Law, by Robert Greene and 50 Cent

282. The Year of Reading Dangerously, by Andy Miller

283. You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero

284. Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body, by John Little

285. The Worm at the Core, by Sheldon Solomon et al

286. Living the 80/20 Way, by Richard Koch

287. Stop Chasing Influencers, by Kimanzi Constable and Jared Easley

288. Does It Matter?, by Alan Watts

289. Decide, by Steve McClatchy

290. Escape from Freedom, by Erich Fromm

291. The End of Faith, by Sam Harris

292. The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson

293. Stray Birds, by Rabindranath Tagore

294. Choose Yourself, by James Altucher

295. The Magic of Thinking Big, by David J. Schwartz

296. Islam and the Future of Tolerance, by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz

297. Winning the Money Game, by Adonal Foyle

298. What Is Tao?, by Alan Watts

299. The Sane Society, by Erich Fromm

300. The Elements, by Ricky Goodall

301. Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey

302. The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., by Clayborne Carson

303. Four Seconds, by Peter Bregman

304. The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank

305. Fluent in 3 Months, by Benny Lewis

306. Focal Point, by Brian Tracy

307. The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin

308. Zen 24/7, by Philip T. Sudo

309. The Art of Being, by Erich Fromm

310. Is Work Killing You?, by David Posen M.D.

311. Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman

312. Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin

313. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

314. The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield

315. The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

316. The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller

317. A Year of Living Generously, by Lawrence Scanlan

318. Gratitude, by Oliver Sacks

319. Autobiography, by Benjamin Franklin

320. To Have or To Be?, by Erich Fromm

321. Get Anyone to Do Anything, by David J. Lieberman, Ph.D.

322. Become What You Are, by Alan Watts

323. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, by Pierre Bayard

324. Symposium, by Plato

325. Darkness Visible, by William Styron

326. The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason

327. Canticle, by John A. Barnstead

328. An Imperfect Offering, by James Orbinski, M.D.

329. 10 Days to Faster Reading, by Abby Marks-Beale

330. The Conquest of Happiness, by Bertrand Russell

331. The Birth and Death of Meaning, by Ernest Becker

332. The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People, by David Niven, Ph.D.

333. Why Does the World Exist?, by Jim Holt

334. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, by Vishen Lakhiani

335. Carl Sagan: A Life, by Keay Davidson

336. On the Move, by Oliver Sacks

337. The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, by Bronnie Ware

338. The Denial of Death, by Ernest Becker

339. The Effective Executive, by Peter F. Drucker

340. Paradise Lost, by John Milton

341. How To See Yourself As You Really Are, by The Dalai Lama

342. Nothing, by New Scientist

343. The Biology of Belief, by Bruce H. Lipton

344. The Urban Monk, by Pedram Shojai

345. Five Billion Years of Solitude, by Lee Billings

346. The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout

347. The Philosophy Book, by Will Buckingham

348. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

349. Nudge, by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

350. The Hero With a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell

351. Stop Me If You’ve Heard This, by Jim Holt

352. This Explains Everything, by John Brockman et al

353. Letters From A Stoic, by Seneca

354. Authentic Happiness, by Martin Seligman

355. Scarcity, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir

356. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?, by Kurt Vonnegut

357. The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod

358. The School of Greatness, by Lewis Howes

359. The Art of Listening, by Erich Fromm

360. The Achievement Habit, by Bernard Roth

361. Thinking, by John Brockman et al

362. Brief, by Joseph McCormack

363. The Rebel, by Albert Camus

364. In My Own Way, by Alan Watts

365. Give and Take, by Adam Grant

366. Night, by Elie Wiesel

367. The Champ: My Year With Muhammad Ali, by Michael Gaffney

368. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

369. Hustle, by Neil Patel et al

370. How to Build Self-Discipline, by Martin Meadows

371. Living Forward, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy

372. Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday

373. How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

374. Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, by Sigmund Freud

375. 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management, by Kevin Kruse

376. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

377. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus

378. Models, by Mark Manson

379. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, by Mark Manson

380. Man and His Symbols, by Carl Jung

381. Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss

382. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

383. On the Road, by Jack Kerouack

384. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, by Ramit Sethi

385. Peak, by K. Anders Ericsson

386. The Perennial Philosophy, by Aldous Huxley

387. Smarter Faster Better, by Charles Duhigg

388. At the Existentialist Cafe, by Sarah Bakewell[/text_block]

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There are a lot of great books there on that list, and I’ve read every last one of them. And taken notes. Lots of notes. You can email me at any time and I will gladly send over my notes for a particular book, as well as offer up specific recommendations for further reading. I don’t mind doing this because I love sharing knowledge and talking about books.[/text_block]

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