Reading List

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”
— Jim Rohn

The Library

This is everything I’ve read over the last year or so (plus a few from further back) and I’ll continue to update it as I read more.

In ‘the library’ you’ll find a wide range of topics from health and fitness to crime thrillers and self-improvement to autobiographies. I try to read about lots of different topics, for fun and for interest.

I firmly believe reading is one the best ways to spend your free time and and hope these books bring you as much joy as they did for me.

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Current Reading

I usually read 2 - 3 books at a time; one before bed, another first thing in the morning before starting work and the third when I’m travelling or commuting.

Sometimes I taken notes, sometimes I bend corners of pages as a reminder and sometimes I just enjoy the experience.

Here’s what I’m currently reading, they’ll be added to the list once I’m done;

Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler

the tattooist of auschwitz by heather morris

david and goliath by malcolm gladwell


When breath becomes air by paul kalanithi

Paul’s story is one of courage in the face of unthinkable circumstances and the honesty with which he has marked these pages is inspiring.

One minute he’s a doctor on the verge of completing 10 years of neurosurgery training and the next he’s diagnosed with operable lung cancer.

He holds nothing back as he explores his personal journey from one side of the fence to the other. I could not recommend this book more highly.


The Undoing project by Michael Lewis

In 1969 two men met, they could not have been more different, yet somehow they bonded closer than most.

They were called Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky and author Michael Lewis masterfully tells the tale of how these men’s obsession with the human mind would change the way we see the world forever.

I found this book absolutely fascinating, the intertwined story of these two men’s lives is all at once funny, exhilarating and ultimately tragic.


The Secret Life of the mind by mariano Sigman

I’ve always been interested in how the mind works, what makes people tick and how we as humans make our decisions.

The secret life of the mind begins to lay some of this bare, so we too can get a better understanding of ourselves, others and the world around us.

I found this book to an insightful and entertaining look at the human mind.


Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan.

This memoir documents Knight’s journey from making $8,000 in his first year to over $30 billion in the present day and it’s all told in a captivating, funny and disarmingly honest way.

No punches are pulled in this personal account of his journey to the top.


Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

“Assume nothing, question everything” is the core of this book in which an economist and journalist band together to answer some of life’s more peculiar questions.

Ever wondered why drug dealers still live with their mums? How the Ku Klux Klan are like a group real estate agents? or what schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, this book will not disappoint.


The Alchemist by paulo Coelho

A book about following your dreams, the Alchemist is a poetic and thought provoking adventure about finding meaning in life.

In this fable you follow the story of a young shepherd who longs for more and embarks on an adventure in search of something different.

This is probably one of my most gifted books, I hope you enjoy it too.


Ego is the enemy by ryan holiday

This book explores the potentially destructive force ego can have on our lives if we do not understand how to recognise and avoid the dangers.

With practical advice based on examples for literature, philosophy and history, Ryan lays out a path for us to follow in our humble pursuit of our aspirations and goals.

An interesting read and an ever present reminder to work from a place of confidence and not ego.


Friday night lights by H. G. Bissinger

The book that spawned a movie and hit TV series documents Bissinger’s time in small town america where football is religion and, life.

Hailed as one of the best sports ever written, its raw, honest and fascinating from start to finish.

This book is so much more than American football, it’s a book about life, relationships and the binds that hold us together.


Deep work by cal Newport

In a world of ever increasing distractions that place a drain on your time, how do you continue to focus?

This is the question, and answer at the heart of Cal’s book, which explores techniques for staying focused and producing quality work despite the noise and distraction that surrounds us.

Whether you’re self-employed or working in an office this book is packed with actionable advice to help you do more ‘deep work’.


tools of titans by Tim Ferris

Sold as “the tactics, routines and habits of billionaires, icons and world-class performers” this book does not disappoint.

Whilst not all of it is applicable or practical for any one person, there is a lot to learn from the paths to success others have taken.

This is without a doubt one on my most bookmarked books due to the sheer amount of actionable advice that you’ll find inside.


bigger, leaner, stronger by Mike Matthews

The very first fitness book I ever bought and easily the best.

Mike Matthews was the first person to really open my eyes to how fitness could and should be. Reading this book was the first time I properly realise that you don’t need to spend hours in the gym or training everyday to get results.

Although I haven’t followed this guide for years now, as far as I’m concerned Mike Matthews is a go to source for fitness information and a role model in the industry of how to do things right.


the war of art by Steven Pressfield

Every time I sit down to work, whether it’s writing and scheduling blogs, updating content or one of a million other tasks I need to do for Lift Learn Grow I often feel stuck.

Steven’s book not only put this feeling into words but gave me a road map for dealing with and overcoming ‘resistance’.

If you’re struggling to overcome the barriers between you and the work you know you can achieve then this book is a must read.