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Book Recommendations

We at the Success, Health & Lifestyle Website love books. We write and read blogs and articles, but there is nothing like the long form of a great book to explore the depths of a subject or an author's ideas. Indeed, in our current day, we believe that books are underrated. Becoming an avid book reader will thus give you an advantage.

Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby and overall great entreprenuer and thinker (listen to Derek Sivers on the Tim Ferriss podcast here), maintains a list of his recommended books, which gave us the idea to do the same for books that we recommend in the success, health & lifestyle family (broadly speaking).

We also enjoy the list of books recommended for entrepreneurs by Taylor Pearson, the author of The End of Jobs. And Tim Ferriss has his own book recommendations here, with a limited number of his favorites. Finally, you might like this list of book recommendations for many of the guests on Tim Ferriss podcasts.

We will thus begin listing and describing our favorite books that we hope you will begin exploring yourself. We will include a link so you can purchase them on Amazon. We prefer the old-fashioned form with real pages that we can turn, but go ahead and read them electronically if you prefer.

If you are an avid reader, we recommend that you read our article on the Porfolio Method of Reading.

You can review more detail about each of our book recommendations by clicking on the topics below.

Business, Finance, Investing, and Entreprenuership

Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build for the Future, by Peter Thiel

 The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated), by Timothy Ferriss.

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller, with Jay Papasan

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, by Gary Keller, Dave Jenks, and Jay Papasan


The End of Jobs, by Taylor Pearson


The Art of the Deal, by Donald J. Trump


A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert B. Cialdini, PH.D.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers, Tim Ferriss



Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, by Ryan Holiday


Health, Fitness, Diet, and Nutrition

The Paleo Solution, The Original Human Diet, by Robb Wolf

Perfect Health Diet, by Paul Jaminet and Shoe-Ching Jaminet

The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy, by Mark Sisson

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, by Yuval Noah Harari 

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - For Life, by David Perlmutter, MD

 The BulletProof Diet, by Dave Asprey


Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster--In Just Two Weeks, by Dave Asprey


Writing and Other Skills

On Writing Well, by William Zinsser

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, by Scott Adams

The Art of X-Ray Reading, by Roy Peter Clark

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it, by Chris Voss (with Tahl Raz)


Living, Lifestyle and Philosophy Book Recommendations

Letters from a Stoic, Seneca


Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, William B. Irvine