Favorite Books of 2017 - Part 2

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! I hope this holiday season is treating you well and you are able to take some time to reflect on another year. Back in July, I talked about the best books I had read so far this year and provided a full list of my readings. Since I received a lot of positive feedback on the post, I figured I’d continue the trend of providing you an updated list.

With the holiday season here and continued cold weather (and hopefully warm vacations) ahead, maybe you can find a book or two on this list to enjoy. So far in 2017, I have finished a total of 25 books and hope to finish at least one more before the calendar turns to 2018. Some books were new, some old, but all provided me with knowledge. I believe that even if you only take away one lesson from a book, it was well worth the time and money spent.

Here were my favorite books of the second half of 2017:

Your Move by Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi is the founder of the personal finance blog iwillteachyoutoberich.com. I really enjoy Ramit’s writings, as he is primarily focused on the psychology behind how to properly manage your finances to live a great and fulfilling life or a Rich Life, as he calls it. He also wrote a book years ago with the same title as his blog. This time around, Ramit wrote about what it takes to build a successful business. Some may think that it takes a large sum of money to start your own business, but in today’s world, a business can be started with almost $0 and before you even have a website. It’s not easy to build a successful and scalable business, but in Your Move, Ramit provides you with concrete steps to take and examples of his own students that have achieved their dreams.

Favorite Quote: “A successful business is about more than money. It’s about more success, more peace of mind, more time for friends and family.”

The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday has quickly become my favorite author. This year I have read three of his books and enjoy all of them immensely. In July, I listed Ego Is The Enemy as one of my favorites, and could’ve added his newest book Perennial Seller to this list, but decided that might be a little too close to fanboy status. In The Obstacle Is The Way, Holiday provides example after example of how individuals have been faced with an obstacle and been better off for it. The title of the book comes from a quote of the famous stoic Marcus Aurelius, “The obstacle on the path becomes the way.” We all face obstacles on a daily basis, you can either avoid them or take them head on. I suggest the latter, and reading this book.

Favorite Quote: “You will come across obstacles in life -- fair and unfair. And you will discover, time and time again, that what matters most is not what these obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure. You will learn that this reaction determines how successful we will be in overcoming -- or possibly thriving because of -- them."

The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner

In The Blue Zones of Happiness, Buettner summarizes years of research into well laid out description of the happiest places on earth. He describes how the environment we live in, from family, housing type and location, government, diet, and more have a direct effect on how happy we feel on a daily basis. The three happiest places in the world have been found to be Costa Rica, Denmark, and Singapore. What is great about this book is that Buettner gives an exact formula for how we can learn from these locations and implement the lifestyles in our own community.

Favorite Quote: “Set up a weekly family dinner and invite your extended family. If you don’t have many relatives nearby or if your family is boring, invite friends who will make the dinner interesting. Cook good food, be a good host, and make it fun so people will come back. A strongly connected family can serve as not only a social network but also a safety net for when times get tough.”


If you feel so inclined to read these books yourself, I encourage you to check them out at your local public library instead of purchasing online. Most every book I have read this year has been rented from the Green Hills Public Library here in Nashville. It is a real treasure to have easy access to such a great education.

Full list of books read in 2017

  1. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

  2. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley

  3. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

  4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

  5. Autobiography of Malcolm X

  6. Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

  7. The Money Cult by Chris Lehmann

  8. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

  9. A Man For All Markets by Ed Thorp

  10. A Hole In The Gospel by Richard Sterns

  11. Prince of Darkness by Shane White

  12. Black Edge by Sheelah Kolhatkar

  13. Happy City by Charles Montgomery

  14. 10% Happier by Dan Harris

  15. The New Coffeehouse Investor by Bill Schultheis

  16. The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel

  17. Your Move by Ramit Sethi

  18. An American Sickness by Elisabeth Rosenthal

  19. Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

  20. Side Hustle by Chris Guillebeau

  21. Control Your Retirement Destiny by Dana Anspach

  22. The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday

  23. The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes

  24. Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

  25. The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner


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