The Best Books I Read In 2018


Since 2015 I have been keeping notes on all the books I have read each year, inspired by Derek Sivers, which I store in a google drive. This exercise has been useful for a few reasons:

  1. Discussion – If you are discussing a book with a friend, if you can pull up some quotes you enjoyed it helps to make the conversation more concrete.
  2. Retention – Reviewing what you read and transcribing the notes helps with retention.
  3. Record Keeping – It is fun to look back on years later, and review anything you have forgotten without having to read the entire book!

Here are the top books I found for each category this year, followed by a list of books that I found worth re-reading, and the rest from 2018. Looking forward to a new year of learning and growing, please share any recommendations you might have!

Top Reads of 2018


Re-Readables From 2018 (good enough that I wanted to revisit the book)

  • The Magic of Thinking Big
  • Ben Franklin’s Autobiography
  • How Win Friends and Influence Others
  • The Obstacle is The Way
  • Ego is The Enemy
  • The Personal MBA
  • Meditations
  • Set For Life
  • Never Split the Difference
  • Extreme Ownership

Other Good Reads From 2018 (no particular order)

  • When Breath Becomes Air
  • Checklist Manifesto
  • Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance
  • Who took my cheese?
  • This is water
  • Stumbling on Happiness
  • Mikey and the dragons
  • Goals (Zig Ziglar)
  • 7 Habits
  • 12 Rules For Life
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad
  • Show Your Work!
  • Speak Like Churchill Stand Like Lincoln
  • The Art of Learning
  • The Compound Effect
  • The Like Switch

Hope you will get around to reading one or more of these books. Please send along any recommendations you may have. As David Foster Wallace once said in his This Is Water speech: Which means yet another grand cliché turns out to be true: your education really IS the job of a lifetime. And it commences: now. I wish you way more than luck.



Book by Dmitry Baranovskiy from the Noun Project


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