My Favorite Books

This is a list of some of my favorite books that have profoundly shaped my way of thinking and perception of the world.

I often find book lists and recommendations to be valuable when shared, so I would like to offer my own list to you.

It is important to me to learn about a wide diversity of topics and ideas so that I: (1) continuously challenge my thoughts and beliefs, and (2) build/grow my my skills, habits, and knowledge. I think this makes for a well rounded, independent, critical thinker who is positioned to achieve any goal in life.

I have done my best to categorize my favorite books by theme or subject, though you will find many of them overlap different categories. This is by no means a complete list. I update this list about once a month, so bookmark and check this page regularly for my most recent additions.

Science and Environment

On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

Science in the Soul - Richard Dawkins

The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins

The Mismeasure of Man - Stephen J. Gould

Popper Selections - Karl Popper

Cosmos - Carl Sagan

The Elegant Universe - Brian Greene

Your Inner Fish - Neil Shubin

The Sixth Extinction - Elizabeth Kolbert

The Uninhabitable Earth - David Wallace-Wells

A Life on our Planet - Sir David Attenborough

Walden and Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau

Walking - Henry David Thoreau

Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey

Red - Terry Tempest Williams

The Overstory - Richard Powers

Spirituality and Purpose

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth -  Eckhart Tolle

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz

Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

The Untethered Soul - Michael Singer

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Sri Swami Satchidananda

The Greatest Secret - Rhonda Byrne

When Things Fall Apart - Pema Chodron

Mindfulness in Plain English - Bhante Gunaratana

Health and Wellness

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson

The Biology of Belief - Bruce H. Lipton

Animal Liberation - Peter Singer

The Nature Fix - Florence Williams

Spontaneous Healing - Andrew Weil

Spontaneous Happiness - Andrew Weil

The Human Superorganism - Rodney Dietert

The Complete Guide to Fasting - Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore

The Plant Paradox - Stephen R. Gundry

Molecules of Emotion - Candace B. Pert

Formerly Known As Food - Kristin Lawless

Journey Into Power - Baron Baptiste

Born to Run - Christopher McDougall

Training for the Uphill Athlete - Steve House and Scott Johnston

Light on Yoga - B. K. S. Iyengar

It Starts with Food - Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

An American Sickness - Elisabeth Rosenthal

Bad Pharma - Ben Goldacre

Creativity and Art

The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron

The Practice - Seth Godin

Linchpin - Seth Godin

The Dip - Seth Godin

The War of Art - Steven Pressfield

Turning Pro - Steven Pressfield

Do the Work - Steven Pressfield

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

Mindset and Behavior

The Magic of Thinking Big - David Schwartz

Failing Forward - John C. Maxwell

Atomic Habits - James Clear

The 5am Club - Robin Sharma

Deep Work - Cal Newport

Essentialism - Greg McKeown

Principles - Ray Daleo

Mastery - George Leonard

Essential Zen Habits - Leo Babauta

Relentless - Tim Grover

Grit - Angela Duckworth

Daring Greatly - Brené Brown

Business and Entrepreneurship

Start With Why - Simon Sinek

This is Marketing - Seth Godin

Building a Storybrand - Donald Miller

Attracting Perfect Customers - Stacey Hall and Jan Brogniez

The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau

The Passion Economy - Adam Davidson

Anything You Want - Derek Sivers

The E-Myth Revisited - Michael E-Gerber

The ONE Thing - Gary Keller

Outdoor Education

Wilderness Navigation - Bob Burns and Mike Burns

Desert Survival Skills - David Alloway

NOLS Wilderness Medicine - Tod Schimelpfenig

Fiction (coming soon)

The Monkey Wrench Gang - Edward Abbey

1984 - George Orwell

Animal Farm - George Orwell

The Fountainhead - Ann Rand

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Politics and History

1984 - George Orwell

1984 - Baron Baptiste