My Year in Books

Thanks, Edwin for sharing this! It’s neat to reflect back to see which books I enjoyed and which ones I have shared my beliefs with and the things I care about.


According to good reads, I have read 19,852 pages across 65 books.

These were my top ten books that I’ve read this year in no particular order.

  1. Ernest Hemingway on Writing
  2. Erik Larson: The Devil in the White City
  3. Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown: Lauren Hilgers
  4. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man: James Weldon Johnson
  5. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m dead: Jerry Weintraub
  6. Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery: Scott Kelly
  7. No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach
  8. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End: Atul Gawande
  9. Howard Hughes: The Untold Story : Peter Harry Brown
  10. A People’s History of the United States: Howard Zinn

These were my top business books

  1. Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business: Danny Meyer
  2. Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Keep, and Nurture Talent: Nolan Bushnell
  3. The Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story About a Most Persuasive Idea
  4. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time: Keith Ferazzi
  5. Marc Benioff: Behind the Cloud: the untold story of how salesforce.com went from idea to billion-dollar company- and revolutionized an industry
  6. Marc Benioff: Trailblazer- The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change
  7. The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea: Bob Burg
  8. The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life: Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
  9. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company: Robert Iger
  10. The Go-Giver Leader: A Little Story about What Matters Most in Business : Bob Burg

These were my favorite self-development books of the year

  1. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
  2. The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning: Scott Galloway
  3. Levels of Energy: Frederick Dodson
  4. The Courage to Be Disliked: How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life, and Achieve Real Happiness
  5. Living with the Monks: What Turning Off My Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude, and Focus
  6. Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet
  7. Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside OutMarci ShimoffCarol Kline
  8. The Science of Getting Rich: Wallace Wattles

These are some recommended journals that I enjoyed using this year

  1. The Mindfulness Journal: Daily Practices, Writing Prompts, and Reflections for Living in the Present Moment: Barrie Davenport
  2. Zen as F*ck: A Journal for Practicing the Mindful Art of Not Giving a Sh*t: Monica Sweeney
  3. The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Designing the Future: Ryder Carroll
  4. Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self- Exploration: Meera Lee Patel

The bolded ones are the ones I would start with if you want my favorite recommendations.

Does anyone have any other books that you would recommend for me based on the books I have shared that I’ve read this year?

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People leave with the ability to land their dream job, have autonomy and flexibility with their lifestyle, travel the world, and create from their heart and soul.


Davidson was once broke, insecure, low-confidence, and frustrated by doing all the wrong activities. Addicted to drugs, validation, and wallowing in self-pity. No relationship to family, and at the mercy of other people’s suggestions and opinions.

It was hell.

After spending $100k hiring different coaches, traveling the world doing workshops around the world, reading>1000 books, and through curiosity, have created the most effective system to remove people from that situation. My life’s work is to bring joy and abundance to people who as on a similar path as I was and bring back the joy and abundance of their life.

Through shared experiences and storytelling, I inspire and model behaviors that lead to a richer, more fulfilled life full of joy, experiences, passion, and ecstasy from the richness of relationships and being able to experience the depths of the human experience.

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