With 2019 I challenged myself to read one-book-per-week for the entire year. I failed miserably however, of the books I did read, I discovered amazing reads.

A few days ago I listed my top three (then four) reads of the year on social media only to be asked by a colleague to list “every book I could think of” that I would recommend. Imagine that?! Should I recommend classics? Scholarly? Self-Improvement? Hmm… I stepped back and really gave it some thought. He, another finance guy like myself, walked the line of scholarly while not interested in solely academic books. I decided, as there are simply too many books to list, to isolate the list to those books I read this year only, followed by a few honorable mentions.

Perhaps I’ll continue this tradition next year and list my favorites of 2020. One thing is for certain, I will reduce the number of projected books to read to something a bit more manageable! As an aside, early in 2019, a Las Vegas gaming consultant recommended a few books to me only to discover he never actually read the books he recommended! He was simply citing articles and things he read online! Seriously??? Every book I list here I’ve actually read, I find valuable and think you will as well.

Now that you have the backstory, below (in no particular order) is Mr. Glitterati’s Recommended Reads for 2019:

The 4- Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki

Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella

Why Gettysburg Mattered: 150 Years Later by Allen C. Guelzo (not a book, super short, and a great read)

The Art of War by Sun Tzu (I read this about once a year, LOL)

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Rich by Thomas J. Stanley Ph.D., William D. Danko Ph.D. (I’ve read this one three times.  I re-read it after recommending it to my girlfriend)

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson (Don’t confuse this one with Sarah Knight’s book)

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight

Honorable mentions from previous years:

Our Final Invention  Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era by James Barrat

The Everything Store Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World by William D. Cohan

Don’t forget my book!  I re-read it again this year too!  The Hood Survival Guide: Make It Out Alive by Ron Jones