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112 Books I Read in 2017

January 1, 2018

In what was my most challenging year yet (second only to 2009!), during which we stayed at 30 different accommodations, traveled to Mexico twice, through Panama, and to Ecuador, moved multiple times, sold a house, bought a house, launched new businesses, and went through a family crisis and faith crisis, and much, much more, I suppose you could say that books became an anchor. I didn’t expect to finish with so many. But it is amazing how habits, once developed, sometimes do the work we can’t bring ourselves to do. (In which, this is probably the only habit I have so strongly. 😉 I can’t even sleep well 110 nights in a row.)



Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising (Ryan Holiday)
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (Austin Kleon)
Build a Brand in 30 Days: With Simon Middleton, the Brand Strategy (Guru Simon Middleton)
Private Label Empire: Build a Brand – Launch on Amazon FBA (Eli C Gordon)
The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field (Mike Michalowicz)
The Laptop Millionaire (Mark Anastasi)
The Prosperous Coach: Increase Income and Impact for You and Your Clients (Steve Chandler, Rich Litvin)
The Suitcase Entrepreneur (Natalie Sisson)
The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever (Michael Bungay Stanier)


Give Your Child the World: Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time (Jamie C. Martin)
The Gentle Discipline Book: How to raise co-operative, polite and helpful children (Sarah Ockwell-Smith)
Family Fortunes: How to Build Family Wealth and Hold on to It for 100 Years (Bill Bonner, Will Bonner)
Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children (Sarah Napthali)
The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More (Bruce Feiler)
Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting (Janet Lansbury)


Commonwealth (Ann Patchett)
The Man in the High Castle (Philip K. Dick)
Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan)
Cry, the Beloved Country (Alan Paton)
China Rich Girlfriend (Kevin Kwan)
Rich People Problems (Kevin Kwan)
Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (C.S. Lewis)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch)
The Princess and the Goblin (George MacDonald Arthur Hughes)

Personal Development

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living (Emily Ley)
High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way (Brendon Burchard)
Screw It, Let’s Do It: Lessons In Life (Richard Branson)
The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage (Mel Robbins)
The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives (Lewis Howes)
Be Obsessed or Be Average (Grant Cardone)
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Mark Manson)
The Thank You Economy (Gary Vaynerchuk)
Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality (Scott Belsky)
Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do (Chris Guillebeau)
The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles (Marianne Williamson)
The Top 1%: Habits, Attitudes & Strategies for Exceptional Success (Dan Strutzel)
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done (Jon Acuff)
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable (Tim S. Grover)
No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity (John C. Maxwell)
You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (Jen Sincero)
The Magic of Thinking Big (David J. Schwartz)
Thank Grow Rich: A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy (Pam Grout)

Personal Finance

The 30-Minute Millionaire: The Smart Way to Achieving Financial Freedom (Peter J. Tanous, Jeff Cox)
Get Out of Your Own Way! (Larry Winget)
The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy (Chris Bailey)
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own (Joshua Becker)
The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich (David Bach)
Money, A Love Story: Untangling Your Finances, Creating the Life You Really Want, and Living Your Purpose (Kate Northrup)
The Secret to Attracting Money (Joe Vitale)

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth T. (Harv Eker)
The Secret (Rhonda Byrne)
How Rich People Think (Steve Siebold)
The Science of Getting Rich (Wallace D. Wattles)
Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway To Wealth & Prosperity (Dean Graziosi)
Money: Master the Game – 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom (Anthony Robbins)
The Book on Investing In Real Estate with No (and Low) Money Down: Real Life Strategies for Investing in Real Estate Using Other People’s Money (Brandon Turner, Joshua Dorkin)
Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter (Dan Ariely, Jeff Kreisler)



The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege (Ken Wytsma)
The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Frances FitzGerald)
Unashamed (Lecrae Moore)
None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing) (Jen Wilkin)
Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul (Hannah Anderson)


The Wonder Trail: True Stories from Los Angeles to the End of the World (Steve Hely)
The Sound of Gravel (Ruth Wariner)
The Magnolia Story (Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines)
Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography (Richard Branson)
The Rules Do Not Apply (Ariel Levy)
The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983 – 1992 (Tina Brown)
Love Warrior (Glennon Doyle Melton)
What Happened (Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)


At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe (Tsh Oxenreider)
What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding (Kristin Newman)
The Wander Year: One Couple’s Journey Around the World (Mike McIntyre)
Low Cost High Life: Live an Affordable Life of Luxury (Mark Homer)
Travel as Transformation: Conquer the Limits of Culture to Discover Your Own Identity (Gregory V. Diehl)
A Better Life for Half the Price: How to Prosper on Less Money in the Cheapest Places to Live (Tim Leffel)
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World (Rita Golden Gelman)
How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter (Matt Kepnes, Eric Michael Summerer)
The Art of Travel (Alain de Botton)
To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War (John Gibler)

Location-Specific Travel/History

The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle (Francisco Goldman)
Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador (K. Kris Loomis)
Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta (Richard Grant)
In the Shadow of Alabama (Judy Reene Singer) (Fiction)
Mexico (James A. Michener) (Fiction)


White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America (Nancy Isenberg)
Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries (Kim MacQuarrie)
D DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944 (Holger Eckhertz Sprech Media)
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (Margot Lee Shetterly)
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (David Grann)
Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case (Patricia Hruby Powell, Shadra Strickland)

Other Non-Fiction

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis—and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance (Ben Sasse)
The Four Tendencies (Gretchen Rubin)
Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel (Tom Wainwright)
Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything (Anne Bogel)
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Eckhart Tolle)
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile)
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari)
Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving (Julia Samuel)
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle (Mark Wolynn)
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own (Veronica Chambers)
The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success (Emma SeppÀlÀ)
Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) (Arden Rose)
The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (Esther Perel)

Additional Notes

  • All book are hyperlinked to Amazon and include my affiliate link.
    You can see this same list (or just connect with me) on Goodreads here.
  • Reading 112 books (111 really, I read one book multiple times and Goodreads started counting it as another book the final time around) seems like a lot. But this is a habit that I’ve built upon for over 10 years. I also read books in multiple forms: electronic (Kindle app, mostly), audio, and paper. That allows me to consume a lot more than I otherwise could in this season of life. (Don’t hate on tech–use it to your advantage.)
  • I have ADHD/ADD tendencies. However, I’m learning how to use that to my advantage, too. For me, I’m much more likely to lose attention while listening to a book on normal speed. But if I listen to it at double speed, I’ll actually find myself mentally engaged with it on a higher level.
  • Having a goal got me there, and beyond. In August, when absolutely every area of our lives had been turned upside down, I look at my reading goal and felt so far behind. But I told myself that I was going to make it happen. And after I started to pick up the pace again, I just kept going. (And truly, this helped me survive that season.)

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