My Top 10 Read’s of 2017

Below are my top 10 favorite reads of 2017. There were a lot of great books that didn’t make my “books of the year” for one reason or another. I also read a lot of BAD books. I always finish the books I don’t like because I want to know WHY I don’t like them, and if I ever write a book I want to be sure to not do THAT, whatever “that” is.

If you have any questions about a book or want a recommendation please leave a comment. And if you read any game-changing books in 2017 please share! (Read 2016s Top 10 books here)

Cheers to fulfilling books, good health, and great workouts in 2018!

My Top 10 for 2017

  1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  2. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  3. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Susan Bennett and Adele Faber
  4. Creating Magic by by Lee Cockerell
  5. Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio
  6. Back Mechanic by Dr. Stuart McGill
  7. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  8. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
  9. Conscious Coaching by Brett Bartholomew
  10. Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden and Steve Jamison

Notable Mentions

Explain Pain, Charlie Francis Training System, The Shack, The Upside of Your Dark Side, When I Stop Talking You’ll Know I’m Dead, Bird by Bird, Writing Down the Bones, How to Fly a Horse

All of 2017 Reads

  • Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell
  • Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court by John Wooden and Steve Jamison
  • Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization by John Wooden and Steve Jamison
  • One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Sam Keith and Richard Proenneke
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion In Finding Work You Love by Cal Newport
  • Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood by A.S. Neill
  • Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
  • Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership by Bo Schembechler and John U. Bacon
  • The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by David Bach
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
  • Mating In Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel
  • When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories From a Persuasive Man by Jerry Weintraub
  • Time Warrior: How to Defeat Procrastination, People-pleasing, Self-Doubt, Over-Commitment, Broken Promises and Chaos by Steve Chandler
  • The Tao Of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
  • Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins
  • The Little Book of Coaching: Motivating People to Be Winners by Ken Blanchard and Don Shula
  • The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self–Not Just Your “Good” Self–Drives Success and Fulfillment by Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener
  • The Education of Millionaires: Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How to Be Successful by Michael Ellsberg
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  • Back Mechanic: The Secrets to a Healthy Spine Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You by Dr. Stuart mcGill
  • Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony De Mello
  • Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In by Brett Bartholomew
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (2nd time listening)
  • On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness by James Campbell
  • Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright
  • Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer
  • The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William P. Young
  • How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery by Kevin Ashton
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell
  • The Godfather by Mario Puzo and Robert Smith Thompson
  • The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
  • The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism by Richard Sennett
  • Why Me Want Eat: Fixing Your Food F*ckedupitude by Krista Scott-Dixon
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Susan Bennett and Adele Faber
  • Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris
  • The Path by Pat Rigsby
  • The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey
  • Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal and Tantum Collins
  • The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families by Elisabeth Sheff
  • The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle
  • Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It Hardcover by Chris Voss, Tahl Raz
  • Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond by Deepak Malhotra, Max Bazerman  
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker
  • Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed
  • The Book of Children: Supporting the Freedom and Intelligence of a New Generation by Osho
  • Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
  • Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
  • Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game on the Greens by Dr. Joseph Parent
  • Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty
  • Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Mark Ehrman and Sara Mednick
  • The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull
  • Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers
  • Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Playbook by John Wooden and Jay Carty
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande and John Bedford Lloyd
  • Enchiridion by Epictetus and George Long
  • Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
  • The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
  • Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow
  • Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told – So Far: Why Are We Here? by Lawrence M. Krauss
  • The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey
  • Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business by John Mackey, Rajendra Sisodia and Bill George
  • Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
  • Dick Vermeil: Whistle in His Mouth, Heart on His Sleeve by Gordon Forbes and Ron Jaworski
  • Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton and Don Yaeger
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships by Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive by Tina Payne Bryson and Daniel J. Siegel
  • How to Write and Give a Speech: A Practical Guide for Anyone Who Has to Make Every Word Count by Joan Detz
  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows and Diana Wright
  • It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Crafting Killer Sentences by June Casagrande
  • The Gray Cook Lecture Compendium: A Collection of Gray Cook Lectures by Gray Cook
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Streiss Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
  • Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer and Mike Chamberlain
  • Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
  • The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance by Tom Brady
  • Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio and Jeremy Bobb
  • Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts by Ryan Holiday
  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink
  • Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson
  • Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations by Ezekiel J.
  • Explain Pain by David Butler and PT and Dr. Lorimer Moseley
  • Charlie Francis Training System by Charlie Francis
  • Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours by Pat Williams
  • What a Wonderful Life for Dads: Tackling the Awesome Responsibilities And Joys of Fatherhood by Mark Gilroy
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy
  • Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life with a High-Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet by Nora Gedgaudas and Donna Postel
  • The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman
  • Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation: Integrating Medicine and Science for Performance Solutions by David Joyce and Daniel Lewindon
  • The Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker and Grover Gardner
  • America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System by Steven Brill
  • Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
  • Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston and L. J. Ganser
  • The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6 by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Fred Sanders and Christopher McDougall
  • Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James R. Doty MD and Dan Woren
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan and LeVar Burton
  • The Big Book of Belichick: His Thoughts on Strategy, Fundamentals & History by Alex Kirby and Josh Brogadir
  • The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine PhD and Jo Anna Perrin
  • The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Thing in Sports by Jeff Passan and Kevin Pierce
  • Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results by Mike Rother
  • Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg and Elisa Donovan

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