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Books + Notes:
What I've Read

I’ve started to compile my notes and Kindle highlights on some of the books I’ve read:

Cashvertising by Drew Eric Whitman
Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins
Frequency, Robert Morris
If, Mark Batterson
Never Split the Difference, Chris Voss
Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success,
by Napoleon Hill

Quiet, Susan Cain
SEO 2019, Adam Clarke
The AdWeek Copywriting Handbook, Joe Sugarman
The Baron Letters by Gary Halbert
The Path Made Clear, Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
Triggers, Joe Sugarman
You are a Bad Ass at Making Money, Jen Sincero
Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ, by Mark Driscoll
Win Bigly, Scott Adams

And here’s the master list—most of what I’ve read over the last ten years or so.

Autobiography / Biography

Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins (notes)
Fantasy Life, Matthew Berry
Fast Girl, Suzy Favor Hamilton
I Must Say, Martin Short
Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdian
Medium Raw, Anthony Bourdain
Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
Sticky Fingers, Joe Hagan
The Soundtrack of My Life, Clive Davis
The Princess Diaries, Carrie Fisher
Tough Sh*t, Kevin Smith

Business and Entreprneurship

Affiliate Manager Boot Camp, Shawn Collins
A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton G. Malkiel
Born for This, Chris Guillebeau
Career Renegade, Jonathan Fields
Comic Wars: Marvel’s Battle for Survival
Crush It!, Gary Vaynerchuk
Daily Inbox Zero, S.J. Scott
Disney War, James B. Stewart
Do What You Are, Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, and Kelly Tieger
Escape from Cubicle Nation, Pamela Slim
Free, Chris Anderson
Game Over, David Shell
Good To Great, Jim Collins
Graceful, Seth Godin
Growth Hacker Marketing, Ryan Holiday
Half Time, Bob Buford
Hit Men, Fredric Dannen
How Star Wars Conquored the Universe, Chris Taylor
Insubordinate, Seth Godin
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Gary Vaynerchuk
Linchpin, Seth Godin
LinkedWorking, Lewis Howes
Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, Sean Howe
Meaningful, Bernadette Jiwa
Million Dollar Consulting, Alan Weiss
Non-Obvious, Rohit Bhargava
Rules of Thumb, Alan M. Webber
Side Hustle, Chris Guillebeau
Side Hustle Blueprint, Lise Cartwright
Small is The New Big, Seth Godin
Smartcuts, Shane Snow
The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau
The 10X Rule, Grant Cardone
The 4-Hour Work-Week, Tim Ferriss
The Art of Non-Comformity, Chris Guillebeau
The Art of Work, Jeff Goins
The Authentic Salesman, Michael McIntyre
The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks
The Big Moo, Seth Godin
The Dip, Seth Godin
The End of Jobs, Taylor Pearson
The Monk and the Riddle, Randy Komisar
The New Rules of Marketing and PR, David Meerman Scott
The One Thing, Gary Keller
The Power of Broke, Daymond
The Start-Up of You, Reid Hoffman
The Thank You Economy, Gary Vaynerchuk
The Well-Fed Writer, Peter Bowerman
Trust Agents, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
Trust Me, I’m Lying, Ryan Holiday

Faith and Spirituality

A Hidden Wholeness, Parker J. Palmer
Beyond Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson
Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani
Emergence, Derek Rydall
Fearless, Max Lucado
Frequency, Robert Morris (notes)
Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom
He Restores My Soul, Jennifer Kennedy Dean
I Can See Clearly Now, Dr. Wayne Dyer
If, Mark Batterson (notes)
If You Want To Walk On Water, You’ve Got To Get Out Of The Boat, John Ortberg
Infinite Possibilities, Mike Dooley
Joyful Journey: Listening to Emmanuel, E. James Wilder
Key to Yourself, Venice J. Bloodworth
Killing Kryptonite, John Bevere
Manifesting Change, Mike Dooley
Miracle at The Higher Grounds Cafe, Max Lucado
More Glimpses of Heaven, Trudy Harris
Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander
Put Your Dream To The Test, John C. Maxwell
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
The Dream Giver, Bruce Wilkinson
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
The God I Never Knew, Robert Morris
The Noticer, Andy Andrews
The Path Made Clear, Oprah Winfrey
The Prayer of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson
The Seat of the Soul, Gary Zukav
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra
The Surrender Experiment, Michael A. Singer
The Traveler’s Gift, Andy Andrews
The Universe Has Your Back, Gabrielle Bernstein
The Untethered Soul, Michael A. Singer
The Way of The Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman
Today We Are Rich, Tim Sanders
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
Where do You Live, Janet L. McGee
Who Do You Think You Are, Mark Driscoll
Win From Within, John W. Gray
Without Rival, Lisa Bevere
You Were Born For This, Bruce Wilkinson

Fiction

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
American Tabloid, James Elroy
A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick
Black Widow, Randy Wayne White
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Children of the Canyon, David Kukoff
City of Thieves, David Benoit
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
Dead of Night, Randy Wayne White
Dust, Hugh Howey
Finally, Some Good News, Delicious Tacos
Gathering Blue, Lois Lowry
Ice Run, Steve Hamilton
Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson
Messenger, Lois Lowry
NYPD Red, James Patterson
Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton
Shift, Hugh Howey
Smoke, Bob Williams
The First Phone Call From Heaven, Mitch Albom
The Giver, Lois Lowry
The Mistletoe Promise, Richard Paul Evans
The Vegetarian, Han Kang

Finance

Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins
I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi
The Eventual Millionaire, Jamie Tardy
The Instant Millionaire, Mark Fisher
The Millionaire Fastlane, MJ DeMarco
The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
The Richest Man in Babylon, George S. Clason
The Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey
Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
You are a Badass at Making Money, Jen Sincero

Health and Fitness

Deep Nutrition, Catherine Shannahan
How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger
Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra
Proteinaholic, Dr. Garth Davis
The 4-Hour Body, Tim Ferriss
The 4-Hour Chef, Tim Ferriss
The Blue Zones Solution, Dan Buettner
The New High Intensity Training, Ellington Darden

Historical Fiction

1776, David McCullough
A Higher Call, Adam Makos
Flags of our Fathers, James Bradley
Island of the Lost, Joan Druett
One Summer, Bill Bryson
Supergods, Grant Morrison
The Caped Crusade, Glen Weldon
The Cult of LEGO
The Fifties, David Halberstam
The Girl With Seven Names, Hyeonseo Lee
The Greater Journey, David McCullough
The Lost City of Z, David Grann
The Next 100 Years, George Friedman
The Race Underground, Doug Most
The Swamp, Michael Grunwald
The Ten-Cent Plague, David Haidu
VJ, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, and Gavin Edwards

Humor

Dave Barry in Cyberspace, Dave Barry
Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits, Dave Barry
Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium, Dave Barry
Dave Barry’s Only Travel Guide You’ll Ever Need, Dave Barry
Food: A Love Story, Jim Gaffigan
Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

Politics and Sociology

Believer, David Axelrod
Brazil’s Dance With The Devil
David and Goliath, Malcom Gladwell
Game Change, John Heilmann, Mark Halpern
Glenn Beck’s Common Sense, Glenn Beck
The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Chicago Tribune Collection 1984-1997, Mike Royko
The Tipping Point, Malcom Gladwell

Psychology

Blink, Malcom Gladwell
Influence, Robert Cialdini
Just Listen, Mark Goulston
Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
Mindset, Carol S. Dweck
Never Split the Difference, Chris Voss (notes)
NLP For Work, Dianne Lowther
Outliers, Malcom Gladwell
Persuasion Skills, Rintu Basu
Quiet, Susan Cain (notes)
The 48 Laws of Power
The Courage To Be Disliked, Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
The Like Switch, Jack Schafer
The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz
The Path Made Clear, by Ichiro Kishimi (notes)
The Power of Positive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale
The Rational Male, Rollo Tomassi
The Six Pllars of Self-Esteem, Nathaniel Branden
Triggers, Joseph Sugarman (notes)
Turning Pro, Steven Pressfield
When I Say No, I Feel Guilty, Manuel J. Smith
Why You’re Stuck, Derek Doepker
Win Bigly, Scott Adams (notes)

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Star Wars: Before The Awakening, Greg Rucka
Star Wars: Aftermath, Chuck Wendig
Star Wars: Aftermath Empire’s End, Chuck Wendig
Star Wars: Aftermath Life Debt, Chuck Wendig
Star Wars: Ahsoka, E.K. Johnston
Star Wars: A New Dawn, John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Battlefront II, Inferno Squad, Christie Golden
Star Wars: Battlefront Twilight Company, Alexander Freed
Star Wars: Bloodline, Claudia Gray
Star Wars: Catalyst, James Luceno
Star Wars: Dark Disciple, Christie Golden
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising, Timothy Zahn
Star Wars: Darth Bane Dynasty of Evil, Drew Karpyshyn\
Star Wars: Darth Bane Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn
Star Wars: Darth Bane Rule of Two, Drew Karpyshyn
Star Wars: Darth Plagues, James Luceno
Star Wars: Heir To The Empire, Timothy Zahn
Star Wars: Heir to The Jedi, Kevin Hearne
Star Wars: Kenobi, John Jackson Miller
Star Wars: Lords of The Sith
Star Wars: Lost Stars, Claudia Gray
Star Wars: Rogue One, Alexander Freed
Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run, A Han Solo Adventure, Greg Rucka
Star Wars: Specter of The Past
Star Wars: Tarkin, James Luceno
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Alan Dean Foster
Star Wars: The Last Command, Timothy Zahn
Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn
Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances, Timothy Zahn
Star Wars: Vision of the Future
Star Wars Propaganda, Pablo Hildago
The Martian, Andy Weir
Wool, Hugh Howey

Self-Improvement

10% Happier, Dan Harris
And You Know You Should Be Glad, Bob Greene
Anything you Want, Derek Sivers
As A Man Thinketh, James Allen
Awaken the Giant Within, Tony Robbins
Become an Idea Machine, James Altucher
Become What You Are, Alan Watts
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
Choose Yourself, James Altucher
Evil Plans, Hugh MacLeod
Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Focus on Impact, Wendy Lipton-Dibner
Gorilla Mindset, Mike Cernovich
How To Be Like Walt, Pat Williams
How to Lose at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie
How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Humility, Andrew Murray
If You’re Not First, You’re Last, Grant Cardone
Ignore Everybody, Hugh MacLeod
Imagine, Justin Sachs
Into the Magic Shop, James Doty
It’s Not About The Tights, Chris Brogan
I Was Blind, But Now I See, James Altucher
Let Go, Pat Flynn
Let Your Life Speak, Parker J. Palmer
Life is What You Make It, Peter Buffett
Live Your Truth, Kamal Ravikant
Love Yourself, Kamal Ravikant
My Exile Lifestyle, Colin Wright
Outwitting The Devil, Napoleon Hill
Pivot, Jenny Blake
Playing Big, Tara Mohr
Rebirth, Kamal Ravikant
Reinvent Yourself, James Altucher
Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, Kevin Carroll
Strengths Finder 2.0, Tom Roth
Success Forces, Joe SugarmanThe Art of Possibility, Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
The Choose Yourself Stories, James Altucher
The Crossroads of Should and Must, Elle Luna
The Gift of Being Yourself, David G. Benner
The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris Guillebeau
The Happiness Project, Gretchen Ruben
The Passion Test, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood
The Power of Focus, Jack Canfield
The Power of No, James Altucher
The Rich Employee, James Altucher
The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightengale
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***, Mark Manson
The Success Principles, Jack Canfield
The Think Big Manafesto, Michael Port
Uncommon Life, Tony Dungy
University of Success, Oz Mandingo
Unlimited Power, Tony Robbins
What Got You Here Wonât Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith

Sports

3 Nights in August, Buzz Bissinger
Baseball: The Writer’s Game, Mike Shannon
Best Baseball Writing, Matthew Silverman and Greg Spira
Big Ten Country, Bob Wood
Bless You Boys: A Diary of the Detroit Tigers’ 1984 Season, Sparky Anderson
Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger
Go Gators! Peter Golenbock
Great Baseball Writing, Sports Illustrated
Moneyball, Michael Lewis
Now I Can Die in Peace, Bill Simmons
Opening Day, Jonathan Eig
Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Blunders, Rob Neyer
Saban: The Making of a Coach, Monte Burke
Spring Training, William Zissner
Summer of ‘49, David Halberstam
Ted Williams, Leigh Montville
The Book of Basketball, Bill Simmons
The Bullpen Gospels, Dirk Hayhurst
The Extra 2%, Jonah Keri
Where’s Harry? Steve Stone with Barry Rozner
Wrigleyville, Peter Golenbock

Writing /
Communication Strategy / Content Strategy

A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver
Ca$hvertising, Drew Eric Whitman
Comedy Writing Secrets, Melvin Helitzer
Content, Inc., Joe Pulizzi
Content Rules, Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman
Corporate Conversations, Shel Holtz
Do You Talk Funny?, David Nihill
Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Lynne Truss
Everybody Writes, Ann Handley
How To Tell A Story and Other Essays, Mark Twain
If You Want To Write, Brenda Ueland
My Life in Advertising, Claude Hopkins
Newsjacking, David Meerman Scott
On Writing, Stephen King
Phrases that Sell, Germain Werz
Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, Sarah Stodola
Scientific Advertising, Claude Hopkins
SEO 2019, Adam Clarke
Show Your Work! Austin Kleon
Stories That Sell, Casey Hibbard
Story Engineering, Larry Brooks
Strategic Public Relations, Jennifer Gentry
Tested Advertising Methods, John Caples
The AdWeek Copywriting Handbook, Joe Sugarman (notes)

In Process

Star Wars: Master & Apprentice, Claudia Gray
The Referral Engine, John Jantsch