Browsing Books

2021 Book Summary.


Since 2010 I’ve taken part in a yearly challenge to read 100 books. For 2021 I read 108 books! My goal for the year was 50 books but I was so close I pushed in December to hit 100.

93% of the books I read were fun books, and 7% were serious. This is 2nd largest imbalance I’ve ever had. I think this is due to two things, first, I use podcasts to get a lot of my skill updates when it comes to marketing, SEO, etc. And two, a lot of what I am doing is within my current skillset, so I just don’t read as many MBA-type books as I did when I was younger and running a large team/company (I do read a lot of newsletters).

I do a big book summary each year too, if you want to take a look at past years for some reading ideas check them out here: 201020112012201320142015201620172018, 2019, and 2021, so what are my top books of the year?

What types of books did I read this year?

I read a lot of historical fiction, fantasy, and mystery/detective. With a little science fiction although I was disappointed with a lot of those picks.

If you only read 3 books this year I recommend the following…

  1. Bruno, Chief of Police series.
    I adore this series. The books are about a French policeman in a small village in the South of France who has to deal with some really interesting crimes. The chracters and environment are wonderful and I can’t wait to visit the area on a future trip. Highly recommended :).
  2.  Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle
    This is a book they should give every high school senior or as a class your first year of college. I know a LOT about burnout and still learned so much from this book. I plan to listen to it again this year as it was one of my first audio books and I recommend it for every human being on this planet who deals with stress. Fantastic read and I got some super useful tips from it. Don’t be put off by the female focus, everything applies equally well to men.
  3. Simon Scarrow’s Eagles of the Empire series.
    I was finally able to read the entire series (I read the first 6 books last year but got stuck as the next book wasn’t on Kindle). This is like Lethal Weapon but set in Roman times. I fell in love with the two main characters and loved their wanderings through the history of this period. I’ve been addicted to Roman historical fiction for some time.

Other Honorable Mentions?

  1. Simon Scarrow also has a series on the lives of Wellington and Napoleon. Over 4 books he traces their lives to their final moments and I found it a very interesting read for a period in history I am very interested in. I love the Sharpe series a little more but this was quite good. It was hard to read about Napoleon as his personality was so disgusting and it seems like in the end he beat himself with poor decision making.
  2. The Charlie Parker series by John Connolly. This is a super dark PI series and don’t read it if you have a weak stomach. I am to book 5 and I LOVE this series as they are starting to dive into subjects I am super interested in such as the book of Enoch, James Bruce, and a lot of other ideas I’ve been playing with for book ideas since I was in college. Great sense of humor and interesting characters.
  3. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I listened to this while doing morning workouts and this is the type of book that hollows you out and you need to sit down to process it all. It is about the Vietnam War and some very powerful fiction from someone who fought there.
  4. In Her Name: Redemption Trilogy by Michael R. Hicks. This was an amazing book that is somewhere between fantasy and science fiction. I highly recommend this series as the characters and world were super interesting. It follows Reza Gard, a young human boy who is kidnapped by aliens at a young age. It gets pretty weird but entertaining after that.

I also reread the Wheel of Time series for the 3rd time. I love those characters and those books. So much fun!

Enjoy your next book :)

posted under Books | Comments Off on 2021 Book Summary.

Shepherd! Just hit 2,000 BBL Pages :)


Shepherd just hit 2,000 published pages today, very cool as that was my goal for the year (hit it a month early). For next year my goal is to hit 6,500 published by the end of the year. That should provide a nice steady pace as we get going.

Added Dec 15th -> We also had an awesome mention by Jane Friedman here which is cool to see :)


posted under Books, Shepherd | Comments Off on Shepherd! Just hit 2,000 BBL Pages :)

This kinda made my day :)


Peter Grose is an amazing author and he has created two awesome lists for Shepherd:

He wrote up a really nice blog post about Shepherd and me. It really made my day as it capture a big part of why I started the website and what I hope it can help impact. I am hopeful that I can play some small role in restoring America, as it has lost its way and no longer represents the values I was raised to believe in.

I am a very optimistic person and it takes a lot to phase me. But, I had a terrible day this month when an author was incredibly abusive. It was a very weird experience and they were obviously dealing with something that caused them to react in such a way. I ended up having to cut them off and it was a bad day. I am always grateful for people like Peter and the 99.999% of authors who are supportive, kind, and respectful.

posted under Books | Comments Off on This kinda made my day :)

Shepherd officially launched into beta!


Fun day, Shepherd is officially launched into public beta :)

A TON of data entry and editing over the last 4 to 5 weeks. 409 book lists, 2305 books along with all the data and cover images, and 2,452 author profiles.

Lots more to come :)

btw, a really nice writeup here by the awesome Marton who built this :)

And, a short interview with Phil about the project here. And, another one here too. And, a nice podcast interview here on WritersCast. Another one here much later on too in the Oxford Indie Book Fair.

posted under Books, Business | Comments Off on Shepherd officially launched into beta!

2020 Book Summary.


Since 2010 I’ve taken part in a yearly challenge to read 100 books. For 2020 I read 193 books! This is a new all-time record! Between lockdown and a lack of work, it was a good reading year.

94% of the books I read were fun books, and 6% were serious. This is the largest imbalance I’ve ever had, I think a desire to escape reality ran high this year :). I read a lot of historic fiction this year and hit a lot of duds when it came to science fiction.

I do a big book summary each year too, if you want to take a look at past years for some reading ideas check them out here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, so what are my top books of the year?

If you only read 3 books this year I recommend the following::

1. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
This was one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in the last 5 years. It is a memoir of his life, travel, and surfing. It was a fantastic read and just really hit me deep. I will be reading it again down the road. Some of the reflections on travel really resonated with why I love to travel. Amazing read.

2. Who Is Michael Ovitz?
Wow! I am not sure who recommended this book to me but it was AMAZING. It is about Michael Ovitz, the co-founder of the Creative Artists Agency, and an amazing person. Some great life stories about actors and Hollywood, highly entertaining, and one of the best business books I’ve ever read.

3. The Dresden Files
A fantastic fantasy series about a magician in Chicago. There are 17 books and I fell in love with the main character and the universe. Beautiful books and the humor cracks me up. There are some rough bumps in the reading toward some later books, but the last few have cleared up some of that. Highly recommended!

4 Best In Historical Fiction

1. Alex Kovacs Series
There are six books and they are based in the late 1930s in Europe and follow the growing rise of the Nazi party and subsequent outbreak of war. The main character starts in Vienna and takes you on a journey that really illuminates what it felt like to watch WW2 break out. Fantastic reads.

2. Eagle Series
I read books 1 through 6 of this series as it follows 2 Roman soldiers through several campaigns. I LOVE the characters and it is fascinating to go through this period. There are 13 more books but they are not on Kindle in the USA, I emailed the author to hopefully make those available so I can read the rest.

3. Roger of Huntley
This series follows a monk named Roger who flew the priesthood and joins the crusades around 1191. This is a fantastic historical fiction series with a lovable character as you see history through his eyes.

4. Bernicia Cronicles
These are based in AD 633 and following a Viking named Beobrand. The character can be a tad flat at times, but amazing reads and I’ve really enjoyed seeing this world. I pre-ordered book 8.

The 3 Best Fantasy Books

1. Codex Alera
Fantastic fantasy series by the author of the Dresden series. It has an incredible universe, great characters, and while the plot can be familiar at times it has its own unique charm. Highly recommended!

2. The Faithful and the Fallen
Huge and in-depth fantasy series that was a pleasure to read. There were some aspects I found frustrating but overall the cast was fantastic and the world amazing.

3. The 13th Paladin Series
This series is translated from the oringal German and fantastic reads. I’ve read the first two and looking forward to the next three. Great plot and characters so far.

2 Honorable Mentions

1. Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey was the 4th best book I read this year and just barely missed the best books cut. It is a reflection on his life and wildly entertaining. This guy is 100x crazier than I thought and a really fun read. I read it in one night as I couldn’t stop and told Lindsey so many stories from it. Amazing read!

2. Michael Connelly is one of my favorite authors and I have now read all his books. This year I read his Jack McEvoy series which is a bit darker and follows a crimer reporter who gets entanbgled with serial killers. Great reads!

The Best Science Fiction

This year was a big miss when it came to science fiction. The only one I will mention is the Rise of the Republic series. It is a fun series about finding out how big the universe is. But the characters are rather flat. It does not measure up to the books from previous years so it isn’t getting a ranking. I miss good science fiction. Too many authors seem to be publishing short books with barely any meat and trying to turn them out every few months.

Enjoy your next book! :)

posted under Books | Comments Off on 2020 Book Summary.

2019 Book Summary.


Since 2010 I’ve taken part in a yearly challenge to read 100 books. For 2019 I read 149 books! This is my 3rd highest ever… I read a ton of fantasy this year.

88% of the books I read were fun books, and 12% were serious. This year was a little rough as I feel like I hit a bunch of duds and it was much easier to pick my top choices. I read a LOT of fantasy and historical fiction this year.

I do a big book summary each year too, if you want to take a look at past years for some reading ideas check them out here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, so what are my top books of the year?

If you only read 3 fiction books this year I recommend the following:

1. The Power of the Dog is a stunning 3 book series by Don Winslow that takes you deep inside the drug trade and cartels. They are fantastically written and feel like they are pulled directly from newspaper stories about the cartels. They follow a DEA agent through his career and are amazing.

2. The Gaius Valerius Verrens series is 9 books of stunning Roman historical fiction. The character is fantastic and you follow him through an uprising in Roman Britain, Roman politics, and seeing a lot of Rome from AD 68 through AD 80. The only downside was the last 9 pages were a little off, but the rest were magnificent reading.

3. Thin Air by Richard Morgan one of my favorite authors. This is a gritty detective book set on Mars and just a great read. The main character is fantastic and the story is even better. I hit a lot of duds this year when it came to hardcore science fiction and this helped redeem a lot of those duds.

After top 3 of the year, my fav 3 Fantasy / Sci Fi / Historical Fiction:

1. It starts with the Green Count and is a 4 book Chivalry series by one of my absolute favorite authors (Christian Cameron). It is historical fiction and it follows William Gold starting with his life as a goldsmith’s apprentice in London just after the great plague of 1347 and continues through the Battle of Poitiers and the Savoyard Crusade, as well as the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, right through to the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, covering the history of the period—military, chivalric, and literary—in England, France, Italy, and Greece. Cameron just brings everything to life and like all his books it is hard to read the last book because you don’t want to lose the characters.

2. The Raven Mark Series is the best of fantasy, characters that feel real, that you wish you knew, and a story that leaves you unable to put down the book. This one is set in a postapocalyptic frontier that is half magic and half western.

3. The two-book series the Age of Tyranny are my final pick. They throw you right into the middle of a crazy world with a hilarious dark and messed up main character. Magic, gods, and a deeply disrespectful main character. The author knows how to end a book and I was impressed that the 2nd book was even better than the first (the ending was magnificent).

After top 3 of the year, my fav 3 *Real* Books:

1. The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal. This is a MUST READ, and one of the most awesome and insane true books I’ve ever read. Lindsey and I heard the author on a podcast and the story is insane. Basically about a guy who started a business that was in a bit of a gray area and making hundreds of million dollars and then decided to become an arms dealer, drug smuggler, assassin, etc… insanity.

2. Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain. This was a hilarious travel book about two guys who decided to see how nice the people of the UK are. How did they do that? They went to the southernmost point of the UK, stripped down to their boxers and then had to make it to the most northern point in 20 days on bikes without paying for anything (including bikes). Meaning they had to ask for places to sleep, food, bikes, clothes, etc. Thanks to Tony for the recommendation!

3. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country. A hilarious story that is part travelogue and part cultural exploration. It had me laughing out loud constantly. Highly recommended!

Enjoy your next book! :)

posted under Books | Comments Off on 2019 Book Summary.

Sang Froid…


I was reading a book about the 1800s during British/Napolean times and ran into the phrase “sang froid“. What a great French phrase, it means:

If you have sang-froid, you can keep your cool, even under stress. Your feathers aren’t easily ruffled. Composure, level-headedness, coolness in trying circumstances…

It was used to talk about British officers being in these battles with bullets and shells landing everywhere, and yet they would all measure how well each other could walk in the front lines without batting an eye (despite the fact they were all about to piss themselves). It was treated as very positive as opposed to our modern interpretation of “cold-blooded”.

posted under Books | Comments Off on Sang Froid…

2018 Book Summary.


God, I love reading… it is the best :). Since 2010 I’ve taken part in a yearly challenge to read 100 books. For 2018 I read 170 books! This is a new record versus my all-time high of 157 in 2017. It helps when you are not working full time until late in the year and you have a nice long solo vacation :).

83% of the books I read were fun books, and 17% were serious. Toward the end of the year, I started reading a lot more people analytics and business books.

I do a big book summary each year too, if you want to take a look at past years for some reading ideas check them out here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. So what are my top books of the year?

If you only read 3 books this year I recommend the following:

1. The #1 book of the year is the 6 book series starting with Killer of Men. This is historical fiction based in Greece around 600 BCE and follows the fate of a 12-year-old boy named Arimnestos from Plateau. Arimnestos is an actual historical figure who led the Plataean contingent at the battle of Marathon during the Greco-Persian war and the author builds a backstory around him. I can not stress enough how AMAZING BALLS this book is. I cried a lot and part of the genius of the story is it is him as an old man telling his daughter the story of his life (and, during a key moment in western civilization). You watch him grow up from age 12 to ~40 and the author does such an amazing job with the emotional and intellectual changes as he gets older. It really resonated with my own growth and age. Miles Cameron is an amazing writer who can create a character you love so much you delay reading the last book so you do not have to say goodbye to them. Last year he clinched the top spot with his Red Knight series… and I didn’t start this one for a long time because it was so hard to say goodbye to the characters I love in that one.

2. The Farseer Trilogy and Fool’s series clinch the silver this year. This is another amazing writer and this fantasy world is unique. Similar to Killer of Men you start with a kid and grow the character up over a ton of books until he has kids. I love that pattern as it is like reading about yourself growing up and very introspective at times. My only frustration is how TERRIBLE the main character is at his job of being an assassin (as well as the people around him). It gets better and makes more sense long-term, but it is a tad frustrating at first. Lots of tears in this one too.

3. Robert Crais’ detective series about LA detective Elvis Cole. I read them all and love them, fantastic character and great cases that leave you guessing. They will make you laugh out loud. I read them all on my bike ride in France.

After top 3 of the year, my fav 3 Science ficition / Fantasy / Historical Fiction:

1. The Tyrant series by my favorite author Christian Cameron. This is about 300 years after the Killer of Men series and focused on a brother/sister king/queen near Turkey around the time of Cassander, Ptolemy, and Antigonus. He just does characters so well. The siege of Rhodes was particularly gripping given I have been there.

2. The Throne of Glass series. It got muddled a bit at the end, but that said these were super entertaining HUGE fantasy books that had everything. The last one came out this year and it made for a great ending.

3. Cold Iron. This is book one of a new fantasy series by Miles Cameron. This is heavy fantasy with heavy politics and technical sword fights. Very good and I am looking forward to more…. The author is dominating the awards this year and last year :).

After top 3 of the year, my fav 3 *Real* Books:

1. I read a ton of B2B and lean development model books this year and the best two are Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want and The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback. Both of these books have been supremely helpful as I learn how to do customer dev interviews and try to find a better model to launch a business.

2. Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures. This is a fantastic book about the FBI’s lead art crime agent, a lot of great stories. I really enjoyed this one and super well written.

3. A lot of people have already read this, but Into Thin Air is a gripping read about a climbing disaster on Everest. Hard to read and you can feel the cold and death.

After top 3 of the year, my fav 3 Honorable Mentions:

I read a ton of sequels to books that have won awards in the past years, so I won’t mention those again.

1. Lucifer’s Hammer. This is a fantastic old-school sci-fi about a surprise comet strike on earth and the build-up and what happens after. It actually caused me a little anxiety that I am not prepared :), lol!

2. The Capitol Game – A good thriller about the corruption in the military industrial complex. Good read by an author who also has a series about a JAG lawyer that I read too.

3. Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay. A really really good read. A lot of stuff that makes you say duh and wish every business owner had to read. Take away the dumb rules and make your people happier :)!

I leave you Matilda enjoying a good book.

posted under Books | Comments Off on 2018 Book Summary.

Fantastic 6 book series about Greece and the Greco-Persian wars around 500 BCE…


Christian Cameron is one of my favorite authors. His “Traitor Son Series” about the Red Knight is one of my favorite book series and one where I was sad to even read the last book because I did not want to say goodbye to such amazing characters and have nothing more to read about them. I do not know why I waited so long to read more of his books and the minute I picked up Killer Of Men, the first book in the Long War series, I was thrown into an utterly amazing story. The story starts with a young farm boy named Arimnestos, Arimnestos is a historical figure who was the commander of the Plataean contingent during the Greco-Persian wars. Christian creates a 6 book fictionalized series about him and they are utterly amazing books. I will probably read them again in a few years :).

I highly recommend you read these books. Not only are they amazingly well written with characters you will fall in love with, they walk you through a really interesting period of history. You might even notice Herodutus peak his head in.

posted under Books | Comments Off on Fantastic 6 book series about Greece and the Greco-Persian wars around 500 BCE…

Wow! Already at a 100 books…


I just realized I hit 100 books read so far this year… and July isn’t even over. This is the fastest I’ve ever gotten to 100. It helps that I have been reading mostly fun books where the words just fly. It also helps when work is currently learning and poking around new ideas, it leaves a good chunk of time open.

I just finished a series of fantastic military/legal thrillers by Brian Haig about a JAG lawyer named Sean Drummond. I highly recommend you grab the first one, Secret Sanction.

posted under Books | Comments Off on Wow! Already at a 100 books…

2017 Book Summary.


Since 2010 I’ve taken part in a yearly challenge to read 100 books. I love reading so this is not too hard. For 2017 I read 157 books! This is a new record versus my all-time high of 146 in 2012, and 141 in 2015. It helps when you sell your business in the middle of the year and have time off :).

91% of the books I read were fun books, and 9% serious.

I do a big book summary each year too, if you want to take a look at past years for some reading ideas check them out here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. So what are my top books of the year?

If you only read 3 books this year I recommend the following:

1. The Red Knight series. This has become one of my top 10 all-time Fantasy books. The characters are amazing are amazing. Reading the last one was hard as I did not want to say goodbye.
2. The Bobiverse series… This is the best sci-fi series I read all year. I laughed so hard reading these :). Basically, this guy signs up to be frozen when he dies, then he dies, and then wakes up in a computer and the future sends him out into the stars on a mission. Bob is hilarious.
3. The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity. This book really hit home this year.

After top 3 of the year, my fav 3 Scifi / Fantasy:

1. Stiger’s Tigers and the subsequent series. This is military fiction about a Roman legion in the wild… with a little fantasy thrown in.
2. The Red. A military series about small unit tactics in the future. Great narrative.
3. Books 1, 2 and 3 of the Embers of Illeniel series. Not your typical hero and pretty dark which was a nice change. Kinda like Conan meets Seven Eyes with a weird ending.

After top 3 of the year, my fav 3 *Real* Books:

1. The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World’s Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You. Fantastic book and the author has a great story about her own life straddling China and the USA. The book weaves together the macro and the micro for a really interesting picture. I love her overall message that China’s growth is not a zero-sum game, and together with the USA and other western countries, the two can work together to build a better earth.
2. The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy. Frustrating content, but really well put together. Illustrates the fall of the middle class in the USA and why…
3. Capital without Borders . A really interesting read on how wealth managers operate as told by someone who joined their ranks. Fascinating read on a global group of people who do nothing but help the top 1% hang onto their money and keep it out of the hands of government and other entities. So weird.

After top 3 of the year, my fav 3 Honorable Mentions:

1. The entire Harry Bosch series. I finished them all this year. I can’t wait for the next season of the Amazon tv series.
2. The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival – An insane story about a famous tiger attack in Russia. Crazy!
3. A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II. An AMAZING book about a pilot in the German air force in WW2 and an American bomber crew. This is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve read this year and incredibly moving / heartwarming story about combat.

posted under Books | Comments Off on 2017 Book Summary.

2016 Book Summary.



Since 2010 I’ve taken part in a yearly challenge to read 100 books. I love reading so this is not too hard. For 2016 I read 112 books, and they were mostly fun books given the nature of the year.

I do a big book summary each year too, if you want to take a look at past years for some reading ideas check them out here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. So what are my top books of the year?

If you only read 3 books this year I recommend the following:

1. Red Phoenix is a book based at the end of the Cold War and follows a North Korean invasion of the South and our response. It has echoes of Tom Clancy and I enjoyed it immensely.

2. Dawn of Wonder is an amazing fantasy book and I can’t wait for the second one. The premise is simple, a young boy as he suffers a tragedy and then as he joins a very elite military unit. Beautifully written, great characters, and just fantastic.

3. The Wolf of the North was a fantastic book and I can’t wait for the next one. Solid fantasy and beautifully written story with viking undertones.

Top 3 Scifi / Fantasy:

1. The Lives of Tao series. This is a GREAT science fiction series and very well written. Aliens crashed into earth and have been driving our evolution in order to get to a technology level to enable them to leave. At some point the group split into a group trying to help humanity and improve them, and another that just wants off the planet no matter the cost to earth. The aliens are a symbiotic relationship, and they combine with a human and can talk to them and effectively live forever. Which makes some really interesting topics on history when an immortal alien was inside the human’s head talking to them and giving them advice. Great series, highly recommended and I can’t wait to read more by this author.

2. The Black Gate Series is awesome fantasy and huge in scope. You see the world through a variety of characters that are slowly driven toward each other. Pretty unique world too.

3. The King’s Dark Tidings series. These are not the most complex, but boy are they fun. The main character is like a fantasy James Bond but a monk who seems to kill just about everyone. Fun world and characters, good for the beach.

Top 3 *Real* Books:

1. I was interested in learning how the USA passed a recent constitutional amendment so I picked up
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. It was very well written and fascinating to learn about. I was also curious how it mirrored Cannabis and the path to legalization a lot of states are taking.

2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life . This is a GREAT read and I love his website as well. I wish we passed this out to every student in high school or college.

3. The Rent Is Too Damn High: What To Do About It, And Why It Matters More Than You Think – This was a really interesting look at the cost of housing on Americans and the impact on the economy.

3 Honorable Mentions:

1. I read every book in the Gabriel Allon spy series. They are all very solid books and highly recommended.

2. The First Rule of Ten series, which is a fantastic detective series based in LA. The main character is a Buddhist monk and apart from the newest they are all amazing.

3. Waking the Kiso Road. This is a pilgrimage route in Japan I am thinking of doing and it made for a great read.

posted under Books | Comments Off on 2016 Book Summary.

Death’s End & The 3 Body Problem


I just finished reading Death’s End, which is book 3 of the Three-Body Problem Series. This is one of the most magnificent hard core science fiction books I have ever read. The author is Cixin Liu, and the book is translated from the original Chinese. His viewpoint on a lot of things is just so different, it is like a 20% shift in culture & thought process. It is hard to put my finger on, but it is so fascinating to read. This is a magnificent series that I highly recommend.

I would love to see Wachowski brothers make this into a movie. Nobody else could.

posted under Books | Comments Off on Death’s End & The 3 Body Problem

The first book I ever read…


I was trying to read this book when I “read” for the first time. I remember this magical moment when the words came alive and I understood them in strings. It is not possible for me to put into words how awesome this was. My one super power in this world is reading and I love books.


PS. As you can probably tell I am moving into our new house, and finding a lot of stuff that has been in boxes for a half decade to decade :).

posted under Books | Comments Off on The first book I ever read…

2015 Book Summary.



Since 2010 I’ve taken part in a yearly challenge to read 100 books, and I met my goal for 2015 with 141 books. I almost broke my all time record of 146 books from 2012. So what did I read? 2015 was not as stressful as 2014, but I still had a lot to shake loose in the first half of the year so I read a lot of “fun” books.

I do a big book summary each year too, if you want to take a look at past years for some reading ideas check them out here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. So what are my top books of the year?

If you only read 3 books this year I recommend the following:

1. The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet. This is written by Ramez Naam who is a great scifi author and someone who makes a lot of interesting blog posts. This book gives an overview of where the world is, threats to it, and the progress so far on solving some of those problems (heavily focused on the environment). I highly recommend reading it.

2. The Three-Body Problem – This book is by Chinese science fiction author Cixin Liu. It is EXCELLENT, not only for the change in perspective, but the story is fantastic! Highly recommended!

3. Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins – My brother gave me this book for Christmas and I was pretty skeptical, but I am a convert :) . The majority of the advice in this book is spot on and helpful for living your life and planning your retirement. He does a great job of explaining the value of money and I highly recommend reading it.

Best Business Books Of The Year:

1. Peter Thiel’s Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. Great read, especially about the loss of optimism and the USA and our inability to plan or attempt BIG things.

2. Clay Water Break: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least – A fantastic book from the co-founder of about her journey.

Top 3 Scifi / Fantasy

1. The Monster Hunter’s International series. Monsters are real and when they get out of control someone has to step in. I also recommend Grimnoir Chronicles by the same author.

2. The Night’s Dawn trilogy by Peter Hamilton. These are massive tomes, super detailed, and weird, but some of the best space opera I’ve ever read. Hamilton is amazing.

3. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. One of the most original science fiction books I’ve read in awhile. It is about a group of people across time who just relive their lives again and again.

Top 3 *Real* Books

1. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. An amazing book that illustrates that class difference money now makes and how American is becoming two Americas.

2. The Happiness Project. I LOVED this book! She has a great sense of humor, well written, and good mix of personal narrative and scientific facts.

3. Alif the Unseen. A cool techno thriller with some mysticism thrown in. It takes place in the middle east with hackers, a dictatorship, and Jinn.

Top 2 Travel Books

1. On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads. This was an amazing book about a dude traveling on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary just like the mongols. This was the BEST travel book I’ve read in years. Highly recommended, just beautiful, and so well written.

2. The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey. The author and his brother go by covered wagon along the Oregon trail.

posted under Books | No Comments »
« Older Entries

This is bwb’s personal blog so he can share his thoughts with the world, however scary or silly they might be. Plus family and friends can track what I am up too, and where I am in the world.

I am pretty simple. I love Mangos. I love the ocean, although mostly at sunset as I’m a ginger. I love to travel, eat exotic food, read, and use my imagination. I love creating and developing ideas into businesses, understanding how all businesses work, and building cool stuff. I am a globalist and see the entire world as my responsibility and playground. And, I am married to an amazing woman who makes life even more fun :)! And, we are now the proud parents of Calico Jack :).