In 2018 I read a total of 52 books, here is a list of the 5 that I enjoyed most.
Discipline Equals Freedom was my favorite book from last year for a few reasons. The main reason being the ease of implementation and it’s no b.s. writing style.
Discipline is something we can all benefit from and Jocko explains exactly how we can live a more disciplined life in this book. As the title suggests Jocko wrote it as a “field manual” meaning he provides exact diets, exercises, and advice to immediately improve your discipline.
Mastery is my second favorite book from last year and I feel this is a must read for everyone. Robert Greene has become one of my favorite authors due to his immense amount of value he offers in each book he writes.
Mastery is a collection of what Greene found through his observation of great individuals in many different vocations; which includes their similar process of becoming great.
He then breaks this process down into multiple steps that will lead to mastery in any field you wish.
Meditations is a timeless book written by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius in 160 A.D. Aurelius is credited as one of the founders of Stoic philosophy and Meditations is a collection of his thoughts that formed his life philosophy.
I consider this in my top 10 of all time favorites and plan to re-read it many times in the future.
I’m told the best translation is by Gregory Hays, you can purchase it here.
The 7 Habits was a book that I had heard much about but knew very little before reading. With that being said this book far exceeded any and all of my expectations for it.
Throughout most of the book the author discusses integral changes we must make to our character in order to become more productive and successful people. I found all of these habits to be extremely inspiring and look forward to re-reading them again this year.
I had to make sure to include Tuesdays with Morrie on my list, this is one of the best books I’ve read to date. It’s a conversation between Mitch and his old professor who has become terminally ill.
Throughout the book they discuss the things that are truly important in life, which will almost certainly make readers start to tear up.
I cannot recommend this book enough!