October 2017 — 2018 Reading Challenge

This oneyear reading list provides fiction and nonfiction recommendations


  1. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business

2. The Graveyard Book

3. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

4. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction


5. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

6. The 50th Law

7. How Will You Measure Your Life?

8. Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

9. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t

10. The 48 Laws of Power

11. The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

12. On the Shortness of Life

13. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

14. Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

15. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies


16. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

17. Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

18. Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want

19. The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

20. Ready Player One

21. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

22. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

23. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

24. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability


25. Logo Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities

26. The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

27. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

28. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

29. The Giver (The Giver, #1)

30. What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

31. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

32. How to Lie with Statistics

33. A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

34. 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management


35. Intellectuals and Society

36. Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of the Tactics Behind China’s Production Game

37. The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company

38. The Little Book That Beats the Market

39. The Fault in Our Stars

40. Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

41. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

42. Confessions of a Public Speaker

43. How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

44. Addiction: A Disorder Of Choice


45. The Stranger

46. The Fire Next Time

47. The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

48. Power Eating: Build Muscle, Increase Energy, Cut Fat

49. Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: Letters of Richard P. Feynman

50. The Power of Full Engagement

51. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

52. One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

53. A Really Short History of Nearly Everything

54. Getting Naked: A Business Fable about Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

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The War of Art: Break Through Your Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles


55. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

56. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

57. Emotions Revealed: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life

58. Scarcity: Why Having too little means so much


59. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

60. Man’s Search for Meaning

61. Meditations

62. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

63. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

64. Between the World and Me

65. To Have or to Be?

66. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

67. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

68. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

69. Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth


70. The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life

71. Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes

72. How To Win Friends and Influence People

73. I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay

74. The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future

75. The Myths of Innovation

76. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

77. That Which Is Seen And That Which Is Not Seen: The Unintended Consequences Of Government Spending

78. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

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This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life


79. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

80. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

81. Choose Yourself

82. User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product

83. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

84. Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin To Munger

85. The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

86. Nutrient Timing: The Future of Sports Nutrition

87. The Personal MBA: Master the art of business

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When Breath Becomes Air


88. Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis

89. The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

90. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big : Kind of the Story of My Life

91. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

92. Ego Is the Enemy

93. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


94. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t

95. Modern Romance

96. Felicity

97. To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

98. Thinking in Systems: A Primer

99. F Wall Street: Joe Ponzio’s No-Nonsense Approach to Value Investing for the Rest of Us


100. The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life

101. The Life We Bury

102. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

103. Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware

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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

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