Reading Lists

My journey to financial independence started with a book; Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. I believe that there is something to learn from every book, even if it is what not to do. Inspiration can be drawn from science, philosophy, biographies and even fiction. Listed below are the books I’ve read or listened to since the start of 2018. I will add images of some books I’ve recently finished and enjoyed. If you click on the image it will take you to the Amazon listing. Using these Amazon links will generate a small commission for me with no extra cost for you.

Recent Recommendations

I can’t adequately say how refreshing this book was and how much I enjoyed it. Set in the 1950s after a meteorite strikes the Earth causing massive devestation, this book follows a young woman in her journey to become an astronaut as humanity strives to explore space. The characters were rich and fully developed, and the setting was new and exciting. I can’t wait to start the sequel.

I devoured this book in just a couple of sittings. Absolutely fantastic. Hilarious and terrifying in equal measure. Frank Brill finds out he is dying of cancer and what follows is just insane. I don’t want to say too much to spoil this book for you, but it is a brilliant, entertaining read.

2021

  1. Leap of Destiny: Not Alone Series – Book 5 by Craig Falconer (audible).*****
  2. Revelations: Not Alone Series – Book 6 by Craig Falconer (audible).*****
  3. A Promised Land by Barack Obama (audible).*****
  4. Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese (audible).**
  5. Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese (audible).**
  6. Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse (audible).**
  7. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek (audible).***
  8. The Remaining: Book 1 of The Remaining Series by DJ Molles (audible).*
  9. The Asshole Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton (audible).***
  10. The Luck Factor by Richard Wiseman (audible).***
  11. My Sh*t Therapist by Michelle Thomas (audible).*****
  12. The List by Siobhan Vivian (audible).*
  13. Of Ants and Dinosaurs by Cixin Liu (audible).*****
  14. The Supernova Era by Cixin Liu (audible).***
  15. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (audible).****
  16. A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger (audible).***
  17. Paranormality by Richard Wiseman (audible).****
  18. The Lying Room by Nicci French (book).****
  19. The Pig That Wants to be Eaten by Julian Baggini (audible).***
  20. Rip It Up by Richard Wiseman (audible).***
  21. What If? by Randall Munroe (book).*****
  22. Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov (audible).**
  23. The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney (book).**
  24. Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferris (audible).***
  25. The Awakening: Not Alone Series – Book 7 by Craig Falconer (audible).****
  26. Weaponised Lies by Daniel Leviton (book).****
  27. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (book).*****
  28. Hidden Wonder: Not Alone Series – Book 8 by Craig Falconer (audible).*****
  29. Endgame: Not Alone Series – Book 9 by Craig Falconer (audible).*****
  30. The Chain by Adrian McKinty (book).****
  31. The Test by Sylvain Neuvel (book).**
  32. Men Who Hate Women by Laura Bates (audible).****
  33. Goldilocks by Laura Lam (book).****
  34. How To Have A Good Day by Caroline Webb (audible).*
  35. Fear The Sky: Fear Saga Book 1 by Stephen Moss (audible).****
  36. Fear The Survivors: Fear Saga Book 2 by Stephen Moss (audible).****
  37. Fear The Future: Fear Saga Book 3 by Stephen Moss (audible).****
  38. Failures of State by Jonathan Calvert & George Arbuthnott (audible).* Note: this book had great content but possibly the worst narration I’ve heard, hence the low rating.
  39. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (book).***
  40. The Fuck-It List by John Niven (book).*****
  41. Aberrations by Darren R. Scothern (book – proof reading a second draft).*****
  42. The Truth by Neil Strauss (audible).*
  43. Infinite by Brian Freeman (book).***
  44. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (audible).***
  45. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke (audible).**
  46. The List by Carys Jones (book).***
  47. The Calculating StarsBook 1 of the Lady Astronaut Series by Mary Robinette Kowal (audible).*****
  48. The Fated Sky – Book 2 of the Lady Astronaut Series by Mary Robinette Kowal (audible).*****
  49. The Relentless Moon – Book 3 of the Lady Astronaut Series by Mary Robinette Kowal (audible).*****
  50. House of Correction by Nicci French (audible).****
  51. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware (audible).****
  52. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (book).*****
  53. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (audible).*****
  54. Not Alone: Origins by Craig Falconer (audible).****
  55. The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood (audible).****
  56. 2034: The Future Laid Bare by Grant Williams (book).*
  57. Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham (audible).****
  58. Primordial Threat by M. A. Rothman (audible).**
  59. The Last Astronaut by David Wellington (audible).**
  60. Ghost Fleet by P. W. Singer & August Cole (audible).***
  61. Project Nemesis by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  62. Project Maigo by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  63. Project 731 by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  64. Project Hyperion by Jeremy Robinson (audible).****
  65. Project Legion by Jeremy Robinson (audible).****
  66. Infinite by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  67. Infinite 2 by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  68. NPC by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  69. Tribe by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  70. The Dark by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  71. Exo-Hunter by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  72. The Others by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  73. Alter by Jeremy Robinson (audible).****
  74. The Distance by Jeremy & Hilaree Robinson (audible).****
  75. Apocalypse Machine by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  76. Unexplained by Richard Maclean Smith (audible).****
  77. Tether by Jeremy Robinson (audible).****
  78. Flux by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  79. The Parasitic Mind by Gad Saad (audible).**
  80. Mirrorworld by Jeremy Robinson (audible).***
  81. The Skeptic’s Guide to Alternative Medicines by Steven Novella (audible).****
  82. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall (audible).*****
  83. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty (audible).***
  84. The Didymus Contingency by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  85. Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson (audible).*****
  86. Proxima Rising by Brandon Q. Morris (audible).**
  87. Proxima Dying by Brandon Q. Morris (audible).**
  88. Proxima Dreaming by Brandon Q. Morris (audible).**
  89. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (audible).*****
  90. Vaxxers by Sarah Gilbert & Catherine Green (audible).****
  91. Hold Up the Sky by Cixin Liu (audible).***

2020

I did not quite hit my target of 104 books by the end of the year. This was due to a horrible summer in which my mental health was not good. Still, I did read and listen to some amazing books. I’ve rated each book with a star rating out of five.

1. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (audible).*****

2. Things We Never Said by Nick Alexander (audible).****

3. The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley (audible).**

4. The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz (audible).*

5. Normal People by Sally Rooney (book).*****

6. Property Magic by Simon Zutshi (audible).***

7. The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle (audible).****

8. I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brene Brown (audible).**

9. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas (book).***

10. Naked Statistics by Charles Wheelan (audible).****

11. The Happy Brain by Dean Burnett (audible). ****

12. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (book).****

13. The Outsider by Stephen King (audible).***

14. How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis (audible).*

15. 11.22.63 by Stephen King (audible).*****

16. You Then, Me Now by Nick Alexander (audible).*****

17. Rent to Rent: Getting Started Guide by Jacquie Edwards (audible).***

18. The Complete Guide To Property Investment by Rob Dix (audible).*****

19. Principles by Ray Dalio (audible).****

20. The Man Who Solved The Market by Gregory Zuckerman (audible).***

21. Leviathan Wakes: The Expanse Book 1 by James S. A. Corey (audible).*****

22. Caliban’s War: The Expanse Book 2 by James S. A. Corey (audible).*****

23. Abaddon’s Gate: The Expanse Book 3 by James S. A. Corey (audible).*****

24. Cibola Burn: The Expanse Book 4 by James S. A. Corey (audible).*****

25. Nemesis Games: The Expanse Book 5 by James S. A. Corey (audible).*****

26. Babylon’s Ashes: The Expanse Book 6 by James S. A. Corey (audible).*****

27. Persepolis Rising: The Expanse Book 7 by James S. A. Corey (audible).*****

28. Tiamat’s Wrath: The Expanse Book 8 by James S. A. Corey (audible).*****

29. The Complete No-Nonsense Guide to Property Investing by David Tarn (audible) (Re-read).*****

30. The Choice by Claire Wade (book).***

31. The Complete Guide to Property Investment by Rob Dix (audible) (Re-read).*****

32. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (book).*****

33. The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel (audible).*****

34. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (audible).***

35. Rejoice: A Knife To The Heart by Steven Erikson (audible).****

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36. The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu (audible).*****

37. The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (audible).*****

38. Death’s End by Cixin Liu (audible).*****

39. Recursion by Blake Crouch (audible).**

40. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (audible).***

41. The State of Affairs by Esther Perel (audible).*****

42. The Wandering Earth by Cixin Liu (audible).*****

43. Neurotribes by Steve Silberman (audible).*****

44. 1Q84 by Murakami (audible).**

45. Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (audible).*

46. The Shadow of the Wind: Cemetery of Forgotten Books – Book 1 by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (audible).*****

47. The Angel’s Game: Cemetery of Forgotten Books – Book 2 by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (audible).*****

48. The Prisoner of Heaven: Cemetery of Forgotten Books – Book 3 by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (audible).*****

49. The Labyrinth of the Spirits: Cemetery of Forgotten Books – Book 4 by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (audible).*****

50. Fuck It by John Parkin (audible).*

51. Moneyland by Oliver Bullough (audible).*****

52. How To Think Like A Roman Emperor by Donald Robertson (audible).*****

53. Love is not Enough by Mark Manson (audible).*****

54. Dark Towers by David Enrich (audible).****

55. The Practical Guide to Stoicism by Kevin Rhodes (audible).***

56. The Practical Guide to Critical Thinking by Kevin Rhodes (audible).***

57. How To Win by The Secret Footballer (audible).****

58. Done Deal by Daniel Geey (audible).**

59. Everything is Fucked by Mark Manson (audible).***

60. Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup (audible).*****

61. I Am The Secret Footballer by The Secret Footballer (audible).****

62. Tales From The Secret Footballer by The Secret Footballer (audible).****

63. The Secret Footballer’s Guide To The Modern Game by The Secret Footballer (audible).****

64. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (audible).*

65. My Last Supper by Jay Rayner (audible).**

66. The Secret Footballer: Access All Areas by The Secret Footballer (audible).****

67. The Secret Footballer: What Goes On Tour by The Secret Footballer (audible).****

68. How To Be A Footballer by Peter Crouch (audible).***

69. The Billionaires Club by James Montague (audible).***

70. The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton (audible).*

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71. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel (audible).****

72. Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere by Jamie Vardy (audible).****

73. Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins (audible).*****

74. The Gaffer by Neil Warnock (audible).***

75. Disobedience by Naomi Alderman (audible).****

76. Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (audible).****

77. Wake Up by Piers Morgan (audible).***

78. This Land by Owen Jones (audible).****

79. The Greatest Story Ever Told – Until Now by Lawrence Krauss (audible).***

80. Not Alone: Not Alone Series – Book 1 by Craig Falconer (audible).*****

81. Second Contact: Not Alone Series – Book 2 by Craig Falconer (audible).*****

82. The Final Call: Not Alone Series – Book 3 by Craig Falconer (audible).*****

83. Fractured Union: Not Alone Series – Book 4 by Craig Falconer (audible).*****

2019

2019 was my most prolific year in terms of reading. Although I kept a record of all the books I finished, I did not think to rate them at the time.

1. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre (audible). 

2. Artemis by Andy Weir (audible). 

3. Monarchy by David Starkey (audible). 

4. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (book). 

5. The Transition by Luke Kennard (bookchoice audio). 

6. The Art of War by Sun Tzu (book).  

7. The Secret Barrister by The Secret Barrister (audible).  

8. Nod by Adrian Barnes (bookchoice ebook). 

9. The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally (kindle). 

10. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman (book).  

11. The Last Kingdom: Saxon Series Book 1 by Bernard Cornwell (audible). 

12. The Pale Horseman: Saxon Series Book 2 by Bernard Cornwell (audible). 

13. The Lords of the North: Saxon Series Book 3 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

14. Sword Song: Saxon Series Book 4 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

15. The Burning Land: Saxon Series Book 5 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

16. Death of Kings: Saxon Series Book 6 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

17. The Pagan Lord: Saxon Series Book 7 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

18. The Empty Throne: Saxon Series Book 8 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

19. Warriors of the Storm: Saxon Series Book 9 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

20. The Flame Bearer: Saxon Series Book 10 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

21. War of the Wolf: Saxon Series Book 11 by Bernard Cornwell (audible).  

22. Scarcity by Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan (book).  

23. The Humans by Matt Haig (audible).  

24. Property Investing Secrets by Rob Moore and Mark Homer (audible).  

25. Multiple Streams of Property Income by Rob Moore (audible).  

26. The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth (audible).

27. Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd (audible).

28. This Is Going To Hurt by Dr Adam Kay (audible).

29. Kevin Keegan: My Life In Football by Kevin Keegan (audible). 

30. The Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe by SGU (audible).  

31. Chavs by Owen Jones (audible). 

32. Replay by Ken Grimwood (audible).

33. Life Leverage by Rob Moore (audible).

34. The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave (audible).

35. Departure by A. G. Riddle (audible).

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36. Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber (book).

37. Sleeping Giants: Themis Files book 1 by Sylvain Neuvel (book).

38. The Power by Naomi Alderman (book).

39. Waking Gods: Themis Files book 2 by Sylvain Neuvel (book).

40. The Planets by Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen (audible).

41. Only Human: Themis Files book 3 by Sylvain Neuvel (book).  

42. Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance (audible).

43. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig (audible).

44. No Money Down Property Investing by Kevin McDonnell (audible).

45. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (audible).

46. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (audible).

47. How To Own The World by Andrew Craig (audible). 

48. Fake by Robert Kiyosaki (audible).

49. The Naked Trader by Robbie Burns (audible). 

50. Trading in the Zone by Mark Douglas (audible).

51. The Complete Turtle Trader by Michael Covel (audible).

52. Financial Freedom by Grant Sabatier (audible)

53. Trend Commandments by Michael Covel (audible).

54. I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi (audible).

55. 100 Side Hustles by Chris Guillebeau (audible).

56. Why We Get The Wrong Politicians by Isabel Hardman (audible).

57. Heroes by Stephen Fry (audible). 

58. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (audible).

59. The Easy Way to Stop Gambling by Allen Carr (audible).

60. The Binge Code by Ali Kerr (audible).

61. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis (audible).

62. End Emotional Eating by Jennifer Taitz (audible).

63. Justice by Michael J. Sandel (audible).

64. Reset by David Sawyer (audible).

65. The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins (audible).

66. The Wall by John Lanchester (book).

67. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko (audible).

68. VOX by Christina Dalcher (book).

69. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin (audible).

70. High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard (audible).

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71. Happy by Derren Brown (audible).

72. The Complete No-Nonsense Guide to Property Investing by David Tarn (audible).

73. Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (audible). 

74. The 4-hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss (audible).

75. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason (audible).

76. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (audible).

77. Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker (audible).

78. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty (audible).

79. Military Quotations: Stirring Words of War and Peace by Ray Hamilton (book).

80. The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz (audible).

81. The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the business of life by Alice Schroeder (audible).

82. The Latte Factor by David Bach and John David Mann (audible).

83. How To Stop Time by Matt Haig (audible).

84. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman (audible).

85. The Education of a Value Investor by Guy Spier (audible).

86. A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston (book).

87. Buddhism for Busy People by Nicholas Bell (audible).

88. Viking Britain by Tom Williams (audible).

89. Start Late, Finish Rich by David Bach (audible).

90. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell (audible).

91. Empire by Niall Ferguson (audible).

92. Forex Trading for Beginners by Brendon Tracy and Brian Burchard (audible).

93. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham (audible).

94. 24 Assets by Daniel Priestley (audible).

95. The Ultimate Jim Rohn Library by Jim Rohn (audible).

96. The Last by Hanna Jameson (audible).

97. Atomic Habits by James Clear (audible).

98. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson (audible).

99. The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters (audible).

100. The Brain by David Eagleman (audible).

101. How to be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott (audible).

102. A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton (audible).

103. A Little History of Religion by Richard Holloway (audible).

104. The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss (book).

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2018

This was the first year I started to record what I was reading but unfortunately I did not record whether I listened to, or read, each book.

1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki.

3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad: Guide to Investing by Robert Kiyosaki.

4. Swimming with Sharks by Joris Luyendijk.

5. A Higher Call by Adam Makos.

6. Shares Made Simple by Rodney Hobson.

7. Seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey.

8. Money by Rob Moore.

9. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

10. 12 Strong by Doug Stanton.

11. Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker.

12. FU Money by Dan Lok.

13. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

14. A Line Made by Walking by Sara Baume.

15. The Obesity Code by Jason Fung.

16. Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestley.

17. Deep Work by Cal Newport.

18. Start Now. Get Perfect Later by Rob Moore. 

19. The Million Dollar Blog by Natasha Courtenay-Smith.

20. The Five Rules For Successful Stock Investing by Pat Dorsey.

21. Mythos by Stephen Fry.

22. In The Zone by Clyde Brolin.

23. Start With Why by Simon Sinek.

24. Entrepreneur Revolution by Daniel Priestley.

25. WTF? by Robert Peston.

26. Football Leaks by Michael Wulzinger and Rafael Buschmann.

27. The Templars by Dan Jones.

28. Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker.

29. The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell.

30. Enemy of God by Bernard Cornwell.

31. Excalibur by Bernard Cornwell.

32. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.

33. The Establishment and How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones.

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