My 2017 Reading List

My Year End Book Review!

In 2017 I read 36 books. Not my best year for reading as I was on pace for a book a week but my reading tailed off here the last couple of months with work/life getting really busy.  I am a big believer in reading and view it as one of the best ways to acquire knowledge and information whether it be reading books, blogs (mine is pretty good if you are looking for one to read regularly), or books on tape through Audible. I wanted to give a quick review of my top 3 reads of 2017 followed by the rest of my 2017 reading list

  1. Shoe Dog – By Phil Knight

This autobiographical look at the birth of Nike from fledgling idea to global shoe behemoth is an amazing look into the challenges and struggles that Phil Knight and his team experienced in the creation of Nike. People know Nike from the iconic Swoosh to the amazing Jordan shoe culture. What people don’t necessarily realize is that Nike was a manufacturing innovator well before its time. The creation story for Nike is a must read even if you are not a Sneakerhead or business junkie. It’s a very intimate look into what makes Nike the amazing company and culture that it is.  Really one of my favorite books of the last 10 years.

  1. Barking Up The Wrong Tree – By Eric Barker

Barker takes a very interesting look at Success and how pretty much everything we think we know about it is wrong. It is an evidence based look full of insight into the journey to “success”. My favorite part was the look into honesty and generosity and the lessons we can learn from pirates and prison inmates. The book will force you to take a good hard look at everything you think you know about success and will turn many of your long held ideas and beliefs upside down and on its head.

  1. Disrupted – Dan Lyons

I don’t even remember why I picked this book up other than my sick fascination with the start up world and the picture on the cover of a dude in a unicorn head.   It was a hysterical view from the eyes of Dan Lyons, a recently fired 50 year old writer, who scored a job with HubSpot. It was both terrifying and hilarious at the same time. It made me realize that I have not gone crazy despite all the insanity I see out in the world.


  1. The Undoing Project – Michael Lewis
  2. Ready Player One
  3. Principles – Ray Dalio
  4. The Four
  5. Running Against The Wind
  6. The Power – Naomi Anderson
  7. Grant – Ron Chernow
  8. The Evolution of Beauty
  9. Start With Why
  11. Jab Jab Right Hook
  12. The Tools of Titans – Tim Ferris
  13. The One Thing
  14. Angel – Jason Calacanis
  15. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
  16. Wild and Outside – Stefan Fatsis
  17. Leonardo Da Vinci – Walter Isaacson
  18. Origin – Dan Brown
  19. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  20. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your World – William McRaven
  21. Tribe of Mentors – Tim Ferris
  22. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F@ck – Mark Manson
  23. Astrophysics for People In a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  24. What Happened – Hillary Clinton
  25. Endurance: A Year in Space – Scott Kelly
  26. No Dream Is Too High – Buzz Aldrin
  27. Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investors Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond – Chris Burniske
  28. How Money Got Free – Brian Eha
  29. The Cryptocurrency Called Bitcoin: Beginners Guide to Bitcoin –
  30. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News – Kevin Young
  31. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in The American City – Matthew Desmond
  32. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  33. The Gene: An Intimate History – Siddahartha Mukherjee