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My Favorite Books of 2017

In 2017 I read a total of 38 books, here is a list of the 5 that I enjoyed most.

The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

Coming in at the number one spot for my favorite book of 2017! The Master Key System exceeded all of my expectations I had before reading it this year. The book was first written as a lecture in the early 1900's and was later made into a book. 

This was my favorite book this year due to the simplicity of the writing style as well as the complexity of the ideas Haanel describes. The book breaks down the workings of the human mind and is made to be read one chapter per week, with an exercise to practice throughout the week corresponding to each chapter. I plan on returning to this book at least once a year.

Relentless by Tim Grover

In second place for my top ten favorites is Relentless, which I just finished in December. This is another book that has had a major impact on the way I think. Tim Grover was a personal trainer for a wide range of legendary professional athletes including Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

In his book, Grover describes the mentality that these athletes had to adopt in order to achieve their level of greatness. This is a mentality that I think we should all strive for and that is why this is my second favorite read this year.

Warrior of the Light by Paulo Coelho

In third place is another great book by Paulo Coelho. Having previously read The Alchemist, I wanted to explore more of Coelho's work. And I have to say, I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed The Alchemist

This book is written with a very different style than The Alchemist. It is a book that you can read any of the pages in any order, or you can choose to read it all the way through. Ive found myself reading this book over and over again thorughout this last year and have recommended it to multiple friends. 

Rich Habits by Thomas C. Corley

At fourth place is a book that I had been wanting to read for about a year. I had heard many good reviews of this book before reading it for myself and I would have to agree that it is a must read.

Rich Habits is a very small but also very powerful book. It's only about 100 pages and comprises 10 habits that Corley claims just about ever wealthy individual maintains. This has been another book that I have tried to implement into my daily life by practicing each of the habits Corley writes about. I feel this would be another great book for you to start the new year with.

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

My fifth favorite book of 2017 was Ego is the Enemy. I really enjoyed the style of writing that Holiday encorperates in his books. In this particular book, Holiday uses many influential figures of the past to give examples of how to properly handle one's ego as well as showing how some of these individuals improperly handled their ego.

This mix of history and fascinating stories along with the practical application of what they teach is why this book became one of my favorites this year.