2017 in Review: Books Read

 2017 Books

I’m currently dealing with what I think are some frozen pipes in my heating system, so this post will be abbreviated. Trying not to freak out and start cutting up the drywall to thaw the pipes.

I’m pleased to see that I hit a new books read in a year record of 113. For full transparency the vast majority of the books I “read” were actually audio books, however I can read far faster than I can listen. It again is a way to leverage my abysmal commute. Below are my top picks for the year and all of my books read.

Top 3 Books of 2017






Out of Your Mind: Tricksters, Interdependence, and the Cosmic Game of Hide and Seek This is a fantastic set of lectures on big topics. Watts had an interesting perspective that blends both Western and Eastern ideas into something easy to digest and apply in everyday life. I recall having many “ah-ha” moments while reading this and plan to do so again.







The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific

This book will never make you want to complain again. This man went through hell and back and to hell again and survived. Alistair Urquhart was a member of the Scottish Gordon Highlanders. His group was sent to Singapore in 1939 and by December, 1941, the Japanese had seized control. Singapore, Britain’s main outpost in the Far East, fell to an invading force only 1/3 the size of the defenders. Urquhart and thousands of others became prisoners of the Japanese. This began a 3 1/2 year odyssey for Urquhart which saw him endure sadistic treatment at the hands of the Japanese.






The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended This is an awesome book that goes deep on all the health benefits of fasting and intermittent fasting. Long duration fasting (more than 24 hours) has taught me most importantly of all that hunger is usually a result of conditioning more often than true bodily hunger.

2017 Reading List

I’m pleased to report I hit a new yearly book PR of 113 books read.

Beyond Redemption Michael R. Fletcher
The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance Steven Kotler
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions Brian Christian,Tom Griffiths
More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite Sebastian Mallaby
Get Smart!: How to Think and Act Like the Most Successful and Highest-Paid People in Every Field Brian Tracy
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddh Tara Brach
Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results Stephen Guise
Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah
One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives Bernd Heinrich
The Science of Energy The Great Courses and Professor Michael E. Wysession
The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life Piero Ferrucci
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
Money Management Skills The Great Courses, Professor Michael Finke
Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science Dani Rodrik
The Complete TurtleTrader: How 23 Novice Investors Became Overnight Millionaires Michael W. Covel
Lincoln David Herbert Donald
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Tim Ferris
Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry Nicholas Dodman
The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific Alistair Urquhart
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales Oliver Sacks
The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Jason Fung, Jimmy Moore
Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders and the Rigging of the U.S. Stock Market Scott Patterson
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management Roger Lowenstein
Civilization: The West and the Rest Niall Ferguson
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Jonathan Haidt
Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
Full Dark, No Stars Stephen King
Big Sur Jack Kerouac
The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man John Perkins
Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima James Mahaffey
Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You Robb Wolf
Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion Gary Vaynerchuk
The Moviegoer Walker Percy
Profiles in Courage: Deluxe Modern Classic John F. Kennedy
Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting Wayne W. Dyer
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion Sam Harris
Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies Cesar Hidalgo
The Heavens May Fall Allen Eskens
Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor) Mark Lawrence
When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery Frank Vertosick Jr.
The Lost Art of Listening, Second Edition: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships Michael P. Nichols
The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History Thor Hanson
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Cal Newport
The Strangler Vine (A Blake and Avery Novel) M.J. Carter
The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe Joseph E. Stiglitz
Shadowrun 15: Burning Bright Tom Dowd
Becoming a Writer Dorothea Brande
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory Caitlin Doughty
Stories of Your Life and Others Ted Chiang
NPCs (Spells, Swords, & Stealth Book 1) Drew Hayes
Trend Following (Updated Edition): Learn to Make Millions in Up or Down Markets Michael W. Covel
The Hike: A Novel Drew Magary
Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud David Dayen
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict The Arbinger Institute
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War Mary Roach
Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics Richard H. Thaler
The Buy Side Turney Duff
Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life Eric Greitens
The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria) Anthony Ryan
The Solution To Social Anxiety: Break Free From The Shyness That Holds You Back Aziz Gazipura
The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills Daniel Coyle
The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers Matt Bird
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness Edward Abbey
Ubik Philip K. Dick
Hedge Fund Market Wizards: How Winning Traders Win Jack D. Schwager
Mastering Amazon Ads Brian Meeks
Hiroshima John Hersey
What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength Scott Carney
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Jack Weatherford
Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning Benjamin K. Bergen
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero Timothy Egan
Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It Jennifer Michael Hecht
Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History Dan Flores
The Sociopath Next Door Martha Stout Ph.D.
A Perfect Union of Contrary Things Maynard James Keenan
Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body Jo Marchant
Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal Erik Vance
My Favorite Universe Neil deGrasse Tyson
Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them Jennifer Wright
Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman
How to Get Run Over by a Truck Katie C. McKenna
Coilhunter – A Science Fiction Western Adventure (A Coilhunter Chronicles Novel) (The Coilhunter Chronicles Book 1) Dean F. Wilson
The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success Shawn Stevenson
The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy Chris Bailey
Principles: Life and Work Ray Dalio
Men of Affairs Roland Pertwee
Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think Peter H. Diamandis,Steven Kotler
Out of Your Mind Alan Watts
Shadowrun: Nothing Personal Olivier Gagnon
Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System–and Themselves Andrew Ross Sorkin
Shadowrun: The Vladivostok Gauntlet Olivier Gagnon
Arm Size and Strength: The Ultimate Guide Charles R Poliquin
Nightmares: Bedtime Stories for the Wicked Mark Souza
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power Brené Brown
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves Matt Ridley
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It Gary Taubes
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Florence Williams
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Fast-Paced World Haemin Sunim
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Fumio Sasaki
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1) Dennis Taylor
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe Book 1) Neal Shusterman
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined Steven Pinker
Jailhouse Strong Josh Bryant,‎ Adam benShea
Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive Brandon Sanderson
Shadowrun: Fire & Frost Kai O’Connal
The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) Gretchen Rubin
Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks Dave Asprey
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the RadicalRight Jane Mayer
Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind Joe Dispenza
The Internet of Money Andreas M. Antonopoulos


See my 2015 and 2016 years in review below:

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