One of my goals in 2018 was to read twenty books.
As of now, I’m sitting at twenty-one books read.
In my opinion, this was THE most impactful goal this year. After doing some end of the year reflecting, I realized that most of what I accomplished in 2018 stemmed from reading.
Reading has opened my eyes to what this complex world is really about. I recognized that I, and most people, don’t know much about anything, so might as well join me on the reading bandwagon.
I narrowed down my collection of books and created a “top 5 best books read in 2018” list. If you’re interested in purchasing these books, all images in this post link directly to their respective purchasing portal in Amazon. Enjoy!
5.) The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy
- by Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko
- 272 pages
If you look up best or timeless personal finance books ever written, this book will be on both lists. The only criticism you might run into is that it’s outdated, which is incorrect. The principles outlined in this book are timeless.
The Millionaire Next Door‘s principles are derived from Harvard researchers whom studied the spending habits of wealthy citizens in America, and the results will shock you to your financial core.
Many people have no clue what to do with their money besides spend it. Most people’s lack of financial education and spending habits prevents them from finding any sort of wealth in their lifetime.
This book shows how the wealthy actually spend their money, and it’s not what you think.
You can start your path to wealth by reading this book.
4.) Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
- by Robert T. Kiyosaki
- 204 pages
If you are ever curious as to what the personal finance realm has to offer, begin with this entry-level book. This was the first personal finance book I’ve read and can describe it as being “woke” after reading it. The personal finance light bulb went off in my head and I’ve never looked back.
As a teaser, I’ve attached below an image of Robert’s iconic Cash Flow Quadrant:
If you’re curious as to what it means, read this book.
3.) 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
- by Jordan B. Peterson
- 409 pages
It’s hard to tell if this book’s on this list because of the book itself or the author. 12 Rules for Life is a scientifically proven self-help book written by the well experienced and well-educated clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, or as I call him, “the goat.”
If there was someone in modern times that I’d truly want to sit down and have a conversation with, it’s Dr. Peterson. What he’s done for me and so many others is truly aspiring.
He’s the main reason I started this blog, and many of the books I’ve read this year come from his recommended reading list. I’m a huge promoter of his YouTube channel or any interviews he partakes in.
I highly encourage you all to check his work out, and can start by reading this book.
2.) The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
- by Malcolm X, Alex Haley, & Attallah Shabazz
- 460 pages
What’s funny is how I stumbled upon this book. I was scrolling through YouTube one day and one of Malcolm X’s old interviews popped up. No clue how or why, but I gave it a listen and was thoroughly impressed with his mannerisms and how well-spoken he was. This got me curious.
Malcolm X is hardly ever mentioned in history class growing up, and if he was, it wasn’t anything positive about him. I looked up a few books on him, and this autobiography appeared many times, over and over again, with great reviews (five stars on Amazon). So, I bought it.
I never thought this book would have been so great. The transformation this man made throughout his life, whether it was educating himself in prison or changing his viewpoints on what he believed from his own life experiences, were astonishing.
I would have loved to see what this man would amounted to later in life. A 39 year old man believed in his mission, stood his ground, and knew death was upon him. He believed his death would bring his purpose to light and it sure as hell did.
Read this book, especially young men.
1.) Man’s Search for Meaning
- by Viktor E. Frankl
- 184 pages
Viktor E. Frankl details his experience and what it takes to survive Auschwitz (infamous Nazi concentration camp). He pin points what it takes to make it through these horrific environments, a combination of meaning and luck. After his release, he went on and became a well-known psychiatrist and even developed his own practice, Logotherapy.
With so many people today lost in life, this book will wake you up. Dr. Frankl discusses how people need to find meaning in order to make their life worth living. You’re not aiming for happiness, nor pleasure, like most, including my former self, tend to believe. You need a purpose. You need your own, individual meaning.
If there’s one book to read on this list, it’s definitely this one, so go ahead and read it.
I highly recommend setting yourself a reading goal for 2019, and it doesn’t have to be much. If you have no clue where to start, begin with these five books and 2019 will be one to remember.
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“Read in order to live.”
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