Favorite Books of 2017 (So Far)

Happy Fourth of July weekend to you all! I hope you are able to spend time with your loved ones and take a few days off of work to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

In honor of the long holiday weekend, I figure a few of you might be passing the time by reading a book or two. I am a big believer in reading books, as the effort both educates and entertains me on a daily basis.

So far in 2017, I have finished a total of 13 books. I also read in the form of keeping up with blogs and newspapers (web versions), but books are certainly easier to keep a tally on. Here are my favorite books of 2017, so far:

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday does an incredible job telling story after story of how the world’s most successful figures have found a way to put their ego aside to achieve their mission. On the flip side, Holiday provides examples of those in power, who let their ego get in the way and lead their demise, like President Nixon and the Watergate scandal.

We live in a world where self-promotion is around every corner. After reading this book, I have been less interested in how others think of me, and more interested in proving to myself that I am on the right path to achieve my personal mission.

Favorite Quote: “Lacking the ability to examine ourselves, we reinvest our energy into exactly the patterns of behavior that caused our problems to begin with.”

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

The full and detailed story of how everybody’s favorite shoe brand, Nike, came to be. Phil Knight tells the story in chronological order from the day he started selling shoes out of his car to the worldwide powerhouse we know today. If you ever thought building a billion-dollar company was easy, you are in for a real treat. Knight risked his livelihood on building his company by investing every dollar and every ounce of energy from day one. A truly remarkable story to hear firsthand from the founder himself.

Favorite Quote: “Whatever pleasures or gains you derive from the act of running, you must find them within. It’s all in how you frame it, how you sell it to yourself.”

Autobiography of Malcolm X

I knew in brief detail the story of Malcolm X from my school-years, but never the full story. In Malcolm X’s autobiography, I learned in great detail his struggle through childhood in getting caught up in criminal activity, to the adulthood struggle of fighting for equality. Malcolm X was an outspoken leader and brought to light the deep racism that unfortunately still exists in our country today. This is a must read for anyone interested in learning about a transformative time in our country.

Favorite Quote: “Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me from London, asking questions. One was, “What’s your alma mater?” I told him, “Books.” You will never catch me with fifteen minutes in which I’m not studying something I feel might be able to help the black man.”


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. Every book I have read this year has been rented from the Green Hills Public Library here in Nashville, resulting in a total expense of $0 on incredible entertainment. 

Full list of books read in first half of 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


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