Best Books I Read Last Year

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Best Books I Read Last Year

I read a lot of books each year. My max is around 150 that I read a few years back. I scaled it back though, because I found that I couldn’t remember as much from the books. Just too much information and not enough time to process and work on it.

Now, I read less, more fiction for enjoyment, and try to work through the non-fiction books instead of just reading them. Sometimes I’m known to read and even re-read a non-fiction book to get more out of it.

Last year I read 45 books. Here are the top gems from that list. They’re not in any particular order.

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. This one came highly recommended from a friend. Because of it, I have an awesome morning routine that really gives me a jumpstart to the day.

Built to Sell by John Warrillow. This is actually the second time I read this book. It’s a business parable, a non-fiction book wrapped inside a fictional story to give it depth and meaning. The book is about gearing up your business to prepare it for a sell. I would highly recommend you read it before you start a business, not after. I reread it again because I’m helping a client plan his exit strategy from his business.

Scream Free Marriage by Hal Runkel. I attended one of Hal’s seminars last year and bought it there. It’s an excellent resource for self-helping your marriage. I also highly recommend any of his parenting resources.

Rise by Cara Brookins. Cara and her kids built their own house, mostly from watching Youtube videos. This book tells her amazing story.

E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. This book has been out for a while, but I never picked it up. Based on a Facebook recommendation from a friend, I grabbed a copy. It’s an excellent adjunct and very similar format to Built to Sell. READ THIS BOOK before you start a business or NOW if you’ve already started one.

My fave fiction for the year-

Any of the Jack Ryan or Jack Ryan Jr. series’ from Tom Clancy

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series


This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Jack Reacher on Military Drifters

I’m a huge fan of the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child. The movies are so-so, but the books are a superb look into the mind of a professional military man turned drifter. For those of you in my age bracket, it’s like The Equalizer meets David Carradine’s Kung Fu.

I recently read The Affair, and there’s a section in the book where Reacher talks about military bums. I want you to read it and feel free to let me know what you think. I served in both the Marine Corps and the Army, and I know exactly what he’s talking about.

“You’re going to blow into town like some kind of aimless ex-military bum. You know the type. You’re going to be the kind of guy who feels right at home there, because it’s the kind of environment he’s familiar with”

“I know the type. Any soldier does. Towns near bases are full of guys who washed out for some reason or other and never got further than a mile. Some stay, and some are forced to move on, and the ones who move on end up in some other town near some other base. The same, but different. It’s what they know. It’s what they’re comfortable with. They retain some kind of ingrained, deep-down military discipline, like old habits, like stray strands of DNA…” p25

This is part of what I try to prevent by coaching veterans after military service. My goal is to help them find their place in life. If that involves the military, that’s fine, but if it doesn’t, then they sometimes need my help pulling away from that atmosphere. If you know someone that could use my help, whether an old salty veteran or someone discharging soon, please pass on my information.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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