The 60 Books I Read In 2018 (with ratings)
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
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
The stories of Kaladin and Shallan evolve in this massive world-building epic.
3. Words of Radiance: Part 1 - Brandon Sanderson
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
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
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
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
Witty and sarcastic but not as epic in the storytelling as I'd hoped.
8. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
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
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
Tried to read something older and not fantasy - didn't work
11. Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
A simple tale of human resilience and the meaning of life.
12. The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett
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)
13. I Will Teach You to be Rich - Ramit Sethi
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
Will have to read again as it contained more complex investment, real-estate, super and financial advice.
15. Barefoot Investor - Scott Pape
Essential reading for the entire Australian population.
16. 24 Assets - Daniel Priestley
I'm not quite at the stage of business this book was written for #oneday.
17. Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
Gamechanger in my mindset towards money, career, investment and lifestyle.
18. The E-Myth Revisited - Michael Gerber
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
Third time reading this simple method of become an industry leader.
20. The Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason
Similar to Rich Dad Poor Dad, based on the principles of money rather than tips and tricks.
21. Built to Last - Jim Collins
Interesting read to find what all extraordinary companies have in common but a bit beyond where I currently am.
22. Crushing It - Gary Vaynerchuk
Wasn't what I was hoping for unfortunately.
23. Why Do You Hate Money - Joey Percia
Any person interested in the business of fitness must read this.
24. Viralnomics - Jon Goodman
A few gold nuggets but left a lot to be desired for.
25. This is Marketing - Seth Godin
A masterpiece in the new age of marketing where it's all about genuinely caring about your customer.
26. On Writing - Stephen King
I found it fascinating to read King's background and philosophy on writing.
27. Elements of Style - William Strunk Jr
A bible on how to write gooder.
28. Influence - Robert Cialdini
The innate, unconscious ways we respond to certain situations and stimuli can be manipulated for good or evil.
29. Perennial Seller - Ryan Holiday
I'll be reading this again before I start writing my book.
30. Man Up - Bedros Keuilian
Nothing new, simply the power of persistence.
31. Tools of Titans - Tim Ferriss
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
A must read for every human on Earth.
33. Conscious Coaching - Brett Bartholomew
A great book for team sport coaches, which I am not.
34. Focus - Daniel Goleman
Tended to dribble on a lot without giving many useful takeaways
35. N1 Nutrition - Phil Learney
From someone with an active interest in nutrition he lost me in the first 20 pages.
36. Algorithms to Live By - Brian Christian
Putting computer science to work on simplifying our daily decisions sounds interesting right?... Wrong.
37. Every Day is Game Day - Mark Verstegan
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
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
Becoming the king of your own body and mind will always be a winner in my eyes.
40. Mindset With Muscle - Jamie Alderton
Developing a healthy body and mind put in very simple terms.
41. To Sell is Human - Daniel H. Pink
A good take on selling for people who don't like selling.
42. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday
The 3rd time I've read this book always inspires me to keep going.
43. CEO Strength Coach - Ron McKeefrey
Written for strength coaches in the competitive US job market.
44. Principles - Ray Dalio
How one of the most successful men in the world systemises his business and life.
45. School of Greatness - Lewis Howes
Good concepts and format but nothing new.
46. High Performance Habits - Brendan Burchard
Detailed stories and directly applicable ideas for high-performers.
47. How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
Oldie but a goodie (should be required reading in high school)
48. Own The Day, Own Your Life - Aubrey Marcus
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
A straightforward book in creating the discipline and structure of a perfect day.
50. Back, After the Break - Osher Günsberg
The first autobiography I've read about the downward spiral of depression with no punches held back.
51. The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
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
Making the facts of universal history mildly exciting, even for someone not interested in history.
53. The Way of the Superior Man - David Deida
The interactions between masculine and feminine energy.
54. Grit - Angela Duckworth
Very little useful information, more focused on highlighting what a superstar the author is.
55. The 12 Week Year - Brain P. Morgan
Strategies to think bigger and be more productive.
56. Atomic Habits - James Clear
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.
57. Unstoppable - Craig Ballantyne
A guide to overcoming anxiety with advice on business, health and life.
58. The Laws of Human Nature - Robert Greene
An immensely deep and eye-opening dive into why we do things.
59. Habits of Highly Wealthy Online Trainers - Jon Goodman
Good little guide, nothing new.
60. Your Best Year Ever - Michael Hyatt
A new way to set goals by first looking at the previous year and going from there.