Recommended Books

In the past 5 years I've been reading a shit ton of books.  Maybe even 2 or 3 shit tons. I'm not quite sure because I didn't measure them exactly.

What I am sure of, is that at least 1/2 shit ton of those were either replaceable and generic, full of filler (as in: smearing out an idea that could fit into a small blog post over 200-300 pages) or just pure crap presented in an attractive way.

This includes a lot of the books that get recommended over and over everywhere.  The problem is that just like people, you also can't judge a real book by its cover.   So I compiled this little list for you that includes ONLY the books that I consider the most useful or mind-blowing I've ever read.

do receive a small percentage of any sales made through this page, so buying them here can help you support this blog, but I promise I'll never include any book here just to make money.  If it's here, it's worth reading twice (at least).  Enjoy 😉

 

Awareness / Consciousness / Spirituality

A Course In Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace (once you get over the "bible-ish" language of this book , you'll see it's full of valuable insights about yourself, your ego, the behavior of the people around you and even the nature of reality itself)

Mindfulness In Plain English by Bante Henepola Gunaratana (meditation made simple)

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle (consciousness, workings of the ego on a global scale)

Oogklepdenken by Ruben Mersch (great book about all the flawed logic we often use, including in "scientific" research, and how people sometimes even use it deliberately to get the desired results out of their study - only exists in Dutch & German ATM, but I'll replace the link as soon as I find a translated version)

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (read this one if you ever worry about anything at all in your life - in other words: if you're human, read it NOW 😉 )

Power Vs. Force by David R. Hawkins (levels of consciousness, applied kinesiology)

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (short story jam-packed with wisdom & truth, you can finish this book in an hour)

Return from Tomorrow by George Ritchie (detailed account of one of the longest near death experiences ever recorded)

The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer (aligning with the flow of life)

Transcending the Levels of Consciousness by David R. Hawkins (happiness, raising your consciousness)

 

Business / Marketing / Sales

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth by Chris Brogan (entrepreneurship for misfits, weirdos and world dominators)

Influence by Robert Cialdini (sales, persuasion)

The Lean Start-Up by Eric Ries (entrepreneurship, innovation)

Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen (social media marketing)

The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman (basically anything about running a business you can think of)

Start With Why by Simon Senek (leadership, marketing)

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (hypes, social phenomena)

Tribes by Seth Godin (leadership, creating a movement)

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris (business automatization)

 

Dating / Relationhips / Sexuality

Models by Mark Manson (attracting women through honesty instead of using manipulative tactics)

Opening Up by Tristan Taormino (making nontraditional relationships work)

Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha (the primitive origins of modern sexuality, evolution of society in general)

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirschenbaum (finding out whether you should end a relationship or not)

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida (manliness and male sexuality from a spiritual angle - don't expect any actionable advice in this one, but if you're open to it it will be one of the best books you'll ever read as a man)

 

Facing Fears / Other Stuff That's Holding You Back

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks (self-esteem, the hidden fear of success we all have)

Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho (facing your fears, courage, consciousness)

Feel the Fear ...and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers (This is the only one on the list of which I'm not entirely sure if it deserves a spot. I generally found that most of the information wasn't very helpful and the book could be explained in 5-10 pages, but still there's a couple of concepts in it that I keep referring to for myself and others.  Decide for yourself 😉 )

Frogs Into Princes by Richard Bandler & John Grinder (NLP)

Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden (should be a required read for every fucking person on this planet)

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle (learning and practicing any skill efficiently and effectively)

Using Your Brain for a Change by Richard Bandler (NLP)

 

Getting Shit Done / Productivity / Time Management

Getting Things Done by David Allen (productivity, time management)

The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony Schwartz (managing your mental/physical/emotional/spiritual energy to get more done in less time)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (personal effectiveness)

 

Health

The Ultramind Solution by Mark Hyman (how to cure depression/anxiety/concentration or memory problems through your diet)

Wheat Belly by William Davis (this book goes so deep on the effects of wheat consumption that you'll be forever convinced "gluten-free" is not just a hype)

The 150 Healthiest Foods On Earth by Jonny Bowden (self-explanatory, but extremely detailed about the specific benefits of every food)

 

Science

The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene (quantum physics explained in a way that's very easy to understand - lots of scientific concepts that can be linked to spiritual ideas here)

The Mating Mind by Geoffrey Miller (evolutionary psychology)

 

Social Skills

Body Language: How to Read Others' Thoughts and Gestures by Allan Pease (body language, obviously)

Give and Take by Adam Grant (how focusing on helping others is the most succesful strategy)

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (social skills)

 

Society

The Best That Money Can't Buy: Beyond Politics, Poverty & War by Jacques Fresco (ideas for a new economic system)

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (dystopian novel that taught me a lot about how social conditioning is employed in our society)

Island by Aldous Huxley (the utopian counterpart of "A Brave New World")

 

Misc.

Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss (doomsday prepping, read it for entertainment, turned out to be surprisingly full of thing I realized I wanted to learn more about)

Gandhi: An Autobiography (freedom, power)