Books That Have Shaped My Thinking

My 2019 Reading list

Books I’m reading right now or books that I have planned to read in 2019. My goal is to read one book every month of the year.

1. Rich Enough? A Laid-Back Guide for Every Kiwi by Mary Holm

This book is a dead simple guide to reducing debt and making money work for you, i.e creating long-term investments. The book focuses on automated ‘set and forget’ investments, which can is a perfect way to build wealth without being financially savvy. The information in this book is generally applicable, but will be most useful to NZ residents.

Books I’ve read in 2018

A list of books I read in 2018, ranked by the value they added to my life.

1. The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

The single guide you will ever need to make yur life more efficient, automate your work and oursource what’s left over. I have never read a book that has been so action-packed with useful information, great case studies, and general content that makes me change my mindset on multitude facets of life. Read this book and start designing the lifestyle you want to live.

2. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

This is a great book for anyone who is interested in introducing themselves into the world of investing, of wants to up their financial game. Unlike many predecessors, this book has stood it’s time and even 20 years later is regarded as the holy grail textbook of value investing. This has peaked my curiosity, and I am glad I picked it up. If you or want want to start taking investing seriously, this is the right book for you.

3. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

The book Zero To One is about nurturing the next big idea to build a valuable global company. If you are only following in the steps known entrepreneurs, then the authors believe that you are headed nowhere. The book recalls how certain innovative ideas were incubated and how people behind them dared to dream big and even did realize some of them.

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

How we map out the path to success? Arguably, the best way yo do this is by interviewing people who are successful and plotting a red line. This exactly what the author has done, and he converted the wisdom he learned into a powerful recipe book. Get ready to take out your highlighter and notepad, as this book will take your productivity game to the next level.

5. When Niezsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom

A historical fictional novel that explores an intellectual battle between two aspired thinkers: The eminent physician Josef Breuer is asked to treat Friendrich Nietzche’s suicidal despair after the end of a love affair-without his knowing it. One of the most powerful books I’ve ever read, a deep dive into Nietzsche’s powerful philosophy without having to study complex terminology of the trade.

6. The Schopenhauer Cure by Irvin D. Yalom

Once again Irivin D. Yalom creates a fictional history where sharp minds collide. At the centerpiece is a deeply troubled man that finds solace int Schopenhauers nihilistic teachings. This book will stimulate anyone who is seeking to better understand themselves and the temporal human condition.

7. Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

I have read a lot of books on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and the quality of this one simply blows all the others out of the water. This is a very murky area informationally, and I was frankly shocked at just how good this book is.

Books I’ve read in 2017

A list of books I read in 2017, ranked by the value they added to my life.

1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

If there is one book I could recommend it would be this one. 1000%. This book is responsible for not only changing my entire outlook on life, but my journey into the world of entrepreneurship. Kiyosaki explains how money works – it simple terms. This book shows you how you can achieve financial success without participating in the rat race.

2. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

This is a modern book on geopolitics that takes a bird’s-eye-view on all big regions around the world are the way they are and offers motives for why many states act as they do. If you seek to understand the world and the forces at play a little better, pick up this read.