The 60 Books I Read In 2018 (with ratings)

January 4, 2019

In 2018 I challenged myself to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I may have gone a bit overboard...

 

Below you'll find all the books with a rating and one-sentence summary. (The books with pictures were my favourites)

 

 

 

Fiction (mostly fantasy)

 

 

1. Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss

 

 

 

10/10

The anti-hero Kvothe continues his journey to hunt down the elusive Chandrians - if you read one fantasy series in your life, make it this one.

 

 

2. The Way of Kings: Part 2 - Brandon Sanderson

9/10

The stories of Kaladin and Shallan evolve in this massive world-building epic.

 

 

3. Words of Radiance: Part 1 - Brandon Sanderson

9/10

The journeys of Kaladin and Shallan begin to intertwine, introducing deep historical storylines and opening the series to a larger scale.

 

 

4. The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson

 

 

10/10

I went to the library to borrow the next in the previous series but they didn't have it, by luck I stumbled across Sanderson's other amazing fantasy series.

 

 

5. The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

7/10

Felt as though this book was a filler between the first book and the third, not a lot happening compared to The Final Empire.

 

 

6. Arcanum Unbound - Brandon Sanderson

6/10

A bunch of short stories which didn't make the cut for his other series (they still add value for a fan).

 

 

7. Mythos - Stephen Fry

6/10

Witty and sarcastic but not as epic in the storytelling as I'd hoped.

 

 

8. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

 

 

9/10

Even if you've seen the movie the book is different enough to keep you entertained and engaged (literally read it in two days).

 

 

9. Passage - Justin Cronin

6/10

For a book about surviving vampires in a post-apocalyptic America, spanning 1200 pages, it was painfully slow-paced.

 

 

10. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky

5/10

Tried to read something older and not fantasy - didn't work

 

 

11. Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

8/10

A simple tale of human resilience and the meaning of life.

 

 

12. The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

8/10

Pratchett is a master of fun writing, his Discworld series will always be my go-to for short, chuckle-filled reads.

 

 

 

 

Non-Fiction (for that self development)

 

 

Business/Finance

 

13. I Will Teach You to be Rich - Ramit Sethi

 

 

9/10

Exactly the advice you need as an introduction to the world of finance (would be a 10 if it was made with Australian references rather than US)

 

 

14. Making Money Made Simple - Noel Whittaker

8/10

Will have to read again as it contained more complex investment, real-estate, super and financial advice.

 

 

15. Barefoot Investor - Scott Pape

9/10

Essential reading for the entire Australian population.

 

 

16. 24 Assets - Daniel Priestley

6/10

I'm not quite at the stage of business this book was written for #oneday.

 

 

17. Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki

 

 

10/10

Gamechanger in my mindset towards money, career, investment and lifestyle.

 

 

18. The E-Myth Revisited - Michael Gerber

8/10

A god-send for any small business owner highlighting the difference between working on your business and working in your business.

 

 

19. Key Person of Influence - Daniel Priestley

 

9/10

Third time reading this simple method of become an industry leader.

 

 

20. The Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason

7/10

Similar to Rich Dad Poor Dad, based on the principles of money rather than tips and tricks.

 

 

21. Built to Last - Jim Collins

6/10

Interesting read to find what all extraordinary companies have in common but a bit beyond where I currently am.

 

 

 

Marketing/Writing

 

22. Crushing It - Gary Vaynerchuk

5/10

Wasn't what I was hoping for unfortunately.

 

 

23. Why Do You Hate Money - Joey Percia

 

 

10/10

Any person interested in the business of fitness must read this.

 

 

24. Viralnomics - Jon Goodman

6/10

A few gold nuggets but left a lot to be desired for.

 

 

25. This is Marketing - Seth Godin

 

 

10/10

A masterpiece in the new age of marketing where it's all about genuinely caring about your customer.

 

 

26. On Writing - Stephen King

9/10

I found it fascinating to read King's background and philosophy on writing.

 

 

27. Elements of Style - William Strunk Jr

8/10

A bible on how to write gooder.

 

 

28. Influence - Robert Cialdini

 

 

9/10

The innate, unconscious ways we respond to certain situations and stimuli can be manipulated for good or evil.

 

 

29. Perennial Seller - Ryan Holiday

6/10

I'll be reading this again before I start writing my book.

 

 

 

Personal Development

 

30. Man Up - Bedros Keuilian

6/10

Nothing new, simply the power of persistence. 

 

 

31. Tools of Titans - Tim Ferriss

10/10

A book to highlight the hell out of with an incredible amount of random, useful info bites.

 

 

32. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k - Mark Manson

 

 

10/10

A must read for every human on Earth.

 

 

33. Conscious Coaching - Brett Bartholomew

4/10

A great book for team sport coaches, which I am not.

 

 

34. Focus - Daniel Goleman

4/10

Tended to dribble on a lot without giving many useful takeaways

 

 

35. N1 Nutrition - Phil Learney

5/10

From someone with an active interest in nutrition he lost me in the first 20 pages.

 

 

36. Algorithms to Live By - Brian Christian

3/10

Putting computer science to work on simplifying our daily decisions sounds interesting right?... Wrong.

 

 

37. Every Day is Game Day - Mark Verstegan

7/10

I love the idea behind every day being a day you strive to be your best like it's the Superbowl.

 

 

38. 12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson

 

 

9/10

The deepest dive into human nature I've ever read will need to be reread multiple times to absorb it's lessons.

 

 

39. King - Elliot Hulse

8/10

Becoming the king of your own body and mind will always be a winner in my eyes.

 

 

40. Mindset With Muscle - Jamie Alderton

7/10

Developing a healthy body and mind put in very simple terms.

 

 

41. To Sell is Human - Daniel H. Pink

7/10

A good take on selling for people who don't like selling.

 

 

42. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday

 

 

10/10

The 3rd time I've read this book always inspires me to keep going.

 

 

43. CEO Strength Coach - Ron McKeefrey

5/10

Written for strength coaches in the competitive US job market.

 

 

44. Principles - Ray Dalio

 

 

9/10

How one of the most successful men in the world systemises his business and life.

 

 

45. School of Greatness - Lewis Howes

7/10

Good concepts and format but nothing new.

 

 

46. High Performance Habits - Brendan Burchard

9/10

Detailed stories and directly applicable ideas for high-performers.

 

 

47. How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

8/10

Oldie but a goodie (should be required reading in high school)

 

 

48. Own The Day, Own Your Life - Aubrey Marcus

7/10

Methodical layout on how to improve every aspect of your life from the moment you wake up to the moment you close your eyes at night.

 

 

49. The Perfect Day Formula - Craig Ballantyne

 

 

10/10

A straightforward book in creating the discipline and structure of a perfect day.

 

 

50. Back, After the Break - Osher Günsberg

8/10

The first autobiography I've read about the downward spiral of depression with no punches held back.

 

 

51. The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

 

10/10

A written for anyone wanting to create something in the world - letting them know what they're in for and how to overcome resistance.

 

 

52. A Short History of Almost Everything - Bill Bryson

8/10

Making the facts of universal history mildly exciting, even for someone not interested in history.

 

 

53. The Way of the Superior Man - David Deida

7/10

The interactions between masculine and feminine energy.

 

 

54. Grit - Angela Duckworth

3/10

Very little useful information, more focused on highlighting what a superstar the author is.

 

 

55. The 12 Week Year - Brain P. Morgan

7/10

Strategies to think bigger and be more productive.

 

 

56. Atomic Habits - James Clear

 

 

10/10

Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.

 

 

57. Unstoppable - Craig Ballantyne

7/10

A guide to overcoming anxiety with advice on business, health and life.

 

 

58. The Laws of Human Nature - Robert Greene

9/10

An immensely deep and eye-opening dive into why we do things.

 

 

59. Habits of Highly Wealthy Online Trainers - Jon Goodman

6/10

Good little guide, nothing new.

 

 

60. Your Best Year Ever - Michael Hyatt

8/10

A new way to set goals by first looking at the previous year and going from there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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