This is my personal list of the best books and readings I’ve come across. My one superpower is the ability to read and comprehend books very quickly. I’ve read hundreds of books as a scholar and businessman.
No book is perfect, but a well-selected one has a few good ideas. My selection process is minimal. Here’s what I look for:
- It’s so good, I want to buy it as a resource book or gift it to someone.
- It’s a text I’d use in college lectures, workshops, or my own writing.
- It’s well-written, highly quotable, and organized.
- It has a great argument or plot with plenty of supporting elements.
- It’s often revered by people I admire (not necessarily influencers).
- It really challenged my thoughts and emotions.
- It added value: ideas for fiction or practical action steps for non-fiction.
What matters most to me is their utility, not necessarily their commercial popularity.
Disclosure: I use affiliate links on this site for stuff I’ve actually bought myself.
What I don’t believe I’ll do is provide book summaries. I hate those unless I’m forced to read a boring book for work. Summaries take all the joy and learning out of reading. My wish for you is quite the opposite.
Books By Life Roles
My book lists are arranged by my quirky classification system I call the 7 Key Roles. So whatever area of life you’re trying to improve right now, there is probably a key life role you’re fulfilling.
Identify the role first and click on the bold-faced heading for the books covering that topic. Happy reading!
- The Scholar: academics + personal growth
- The Producer: vocation/business + special projects
- The Accountant: budgeting & financing + investing & saving
- The Amorist: intimate/spiritual + friends/network
- The Citizen: patriot + occupant
- The Adventurer: travel + fun/entertainment/recreation
- The Healer: physical health + mental health