People Who Don’t Read Books Are Losers: Recommended Reading List For 2014

“I spend a lot of time reading.”

BILL GATES, The Richest Man In The World

“The Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has just published the story of her life. I confess that it is not in my reading list.”


As anyone who knows me will roll their eyes, laugh and attest to, I read a lot.

By “a lot” I mean there are normally more times during the day that I’m reading than not reading.

Way more.

Like if those two amounts of time, Reading Time Vs. No Reading Time, were to morph into corresponding Time Monsters and battle each other? The fight would just never happen because No Reading Time would look up at Reading Time and just say “F that” and RUN. Reading Time would consider chasing him but then realize it needs to hurry up and morph back so I can get back to reading.

One time I got caught reading while having sex with my wife. As in … she looked up and saw me reading a book about quantum mechanics.

“What the heck are you doing??” she panted.

“I’m moving this book out of the way so we can do that one thing. Relax baby,” I miraculously came up with in the spur of the moment.

I read while I drive, when I work out, while I wait for anything anywhere, during all meals, while reading (meaning I read two books at once – double fisted), for every second I’m on a plane, and even right now I’m tempted to end this article early so I can go read.

I read my mom’s DNA while I was still in the womb because I got sick of waiting to be born and not learning anything. “Nine months. Ugh. Someone let me outta this weird place! Or toss a book in or something!  Boooooriiiiing.” *kick kick kick*

I recently realized that I order approximately one book a day from Amazon. That’s  $600 a month. $7,200 a year.  That’s almost like me putting myself through private school every year except I don’t get to graduate ever and it’s actually useful information.

When people ask me what I do for fun, I say, “I read.” Period. They look at me like I’m a loser, and I just stand there reading their mind because I’m bored with their conversation.

My therapist says there’s technically no name for this disorder in the DSM, but he’ll be voting it in at the next American Psychological Association meeting based on our sessions. So I can check that off my bucket list: “manifest one new mental disorder to share with the world.”

“I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.”

– Steven Wright, comedian

My wife Ashley hates reading.

She definitely wouldn’t like me telling you that, but fortunately for me there’s a better chance there will be ice hockey in hell than her ever reading this article.

It’s not that she’s not interested in what I write; it’s just that she would have to read it in order to find out what it is.

“Isn’t there some other way?” she asks.

But that’s ok. I read enough for the both of us. And believe me, I annoy all the information into her through daily communication which, miraculously, I somehow still have time for given the amount of reading I do.

And come to think of it, she actually has started reading a lot more lately. Her mirror neurons must be kicking in. That means she’s probably going to read this article and get mad.

Hhmmm … to leave the part about my wife in this article or not …

So why do I read so much? And why should you?

Because the more you know, the more you GROW.

And the more you grow, … I’m going to stop rhyming now like I’m Zig Ziglar or something. The more you grow the richer you get. Rich in mind, body, soul and bank account.

“We’re in a knowledge economy. So it just makes sense that the more you read the better off you’ll be.”

Ryan Holiday, best selling author

They say money doesn’t grow on trees?  Well you should see my solid oak bookshelf with a thousand books on it. Those books are MONEY son.

Someone came to my door the other day selling magazines for charity. They took one look at my house and said, “Dang. Man, what’s the #1 piece of advice you could give me so I could have a house like this some day?” I pulled him inside and showed him one of my bookshelves

books2You know you’ve arrived once you have a book ladder

 “Read that many books.”

You wanna be successful?  READ. Read like your life depended on it. It does.

Here’s some Snapple Fun Facts for you:

  •  1/3 of all high school graduates never read another book their entire lives.
  •  42% of college graduates never read another book their entire lives.
  •  32% of American citizens have never been in a bookstore.
  •  15% of Americans are freakin ILLITERATE. And that percent is growing exponentially thanks to our embarrassingly most horrible public school system in the known universe. Raise that by 5% if you live in the Deep South like me.

Is it any wonder I have to travel to specific normally faraway cities to have an intelligent conversation with people who don’t bore the crap out of me?

Why does the income disparity in America surprise anyone? Don’t be shocked. Read. The 1% read. The 99% don’t. It’s not rocket science.

But it’s not just reading in general; it’s what you read. The following is a list of the most important books I’ve ever read that I wish someone would have given me so I didn’t have to read the other 900 books just to find these. Read them in 2014, and you probably won’t be broke in 2015:

The Bible by God (I’ve read it probably 100 times)

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker (read it four times at least)

All of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series books

All of Tim Ferriss’ books

The following three history books will make you smarter than 99.9% of the human race:

A History of the American People by Paul Johnson
Modern Times by Paul Johnson
A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson

All of Paul Johnson’s books

Hypnotic Writing by Joe Vitale

The Wizard of Ads by Roy Williams

Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff (best book on sales EVER)

Covert Persuasion by Kevin Hogan

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

Marketing Outrageously by Jon Spoelstra

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Mastery by Robert Greene (maybe the most important book anyone could ever read)

The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz

The Power of Positive Thinking by Normal Vincent Peale

The Keys to Success by Napoleon Hill

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

Winning Through Intimidation by Robert Ringer

The Inner Game Of Tennis by Tim Galloway

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries

No More Christian Nice Guy by Paul Coughlin

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Emergency by Neil Strauss

The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain

Jesus: An Interview Across Time by Andrew Hodges (one of the best books I’ve ever read)

A$$hole: How I Got Rich & Happy … by Martin Kihn (funniest book I’ve ever read. Plus it’ll teach you something about being an alpha male)

Dave Berry’s Money Secrets by Dave Berry (second funniest book I’ve ever read … reading funny stuff makes you funnier.  The funnier you are the more people will like and trust you … and buy from you)

Aftershock by David Weidemer

Boomerang by Michael Lewis (read this asap and plan accordingly)

The Crash Course by Chris Martenson

Titan: The Life of John D Rockefeller by Ron Chernow

The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker (best book on psychology ever)

No Man Is An Island by Thomas Merton

All of Daniel Goleman’s books

All of Richard Maybury’s books (and his newsletter is incredible)

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton

The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend

The Call by Os Guiness

Finding God by Larry Crabb (read it three times – amazeballs)

all of CS Lewis’ books especially Mere Christianity

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Pain Free by Pete Egoscue

Wheat Belly by William Davis

Games People Play by Eric Berne

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

Iron John by Robert Bly

Intellectuals by Paul Johnson

Epicenter by Joel Rosenberg

Guide to Investing in Gold and Silver by Michael Maloney

Crashproof Prosperity by Kip Heriage

The Creature From Jekyll Island by Edward Griffin

What’s the top three books you’ve ever read?  Leave them in a comment below and I’ll ream them all this week.

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203 Comments on "People Who Don’t Read Books Are Losers: Recommended Reading List For 2014"

  1. Michele Mohammed January 9, 2014 Reply

    The Bible, Awaken The Giant Within, Success is not an accident and Discerning the voice of God.

  2. The Bible

  3. Tammy Richards January 11, 2014 Reply

    Bible. Gone with the wind. And weathering heights.

  4. The Bible

    El Ingenioso Hidalgo y Manchego Don Quixote de la Mancha – Miguel de Cervantes

    One Hundred Years of Solitude (originql Spqnish version) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    The Brothers Karamazov – fyodor Dostoevsky

    Psycho Cybernetics – Dr. Maxwell Maltz

    Thanks for your list Preston

  5. Daniel de Waal January 13, 2014 Reply

    Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years Paperback
    by Diarmaid MacCulloch

    The best on the subject I’ve read.

  6. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
    Rich Dad Series by Robert Kiyosaki
    The Killer Within by Mike Taliaferro

  7. Cory Boatright January 13, 2014 Reply


    Great post…entertainment laced with knowledge (or vice versa).

    I’ve read a book a week for years. i have a system on how to do it
    and teach my students to do the same.

    You’re on-point on this reading thing. It’s more important than most
    people realize.

    The most successful people I know are avid readers too.

    My top 3 favorite books:

    1. Bible (best to get a Parallel one for different versions at the same time of reading)
    2. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
    3. e-Myth Revisited – Michael Gerber

    I could recommend hundreds to thousands more, but those forerunners.

    Keep rocking it out and being a servant leader bro.

    Remember… be a servant,


  8. Like the deep south comment! Okay I am officially inpired to read more.. I already love it. Thank you!!

  9. Three that everyone should read:
    Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki
    Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
    The Art of the Deal, by Donald Trump

    Three more to consider:
    How To Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
    The One Thing: The Surprising Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller

  10. Some of ny favorites
    Tipping Point
    David and Goliath
    Eat that Frog

  11. William Lee January 13, 2014 Reply

    Richest Man in Babylon
    In Cold Blood
    Hitler’s Death Camp

  12. Crime & Punishment, The Corner, 4-Hour Workweek

  13. Jeffrey D. Yuille January 13, 2014 Reply

    Now that’s a great list of books. I’ve read the Bible and many of the Robert Kiyosaki series of books.

  14. The Bible, The E Myth by Michael Gerber, The Dollar Crisis, by Richard Duncan. All others are already on your list. Oh, The One Thing, by Gary Keller. I LOVE to read and learn!

  15. Where someone’s can find the book

  16. john vavalis January 13, 2014 Reply

    I see a lot of reading is instore,if that’s part of what it takes,I am so tired of being broke,I want things sometimes only money can bring.

  17. Vincent Garcia January 13, 2014 Reply

    Preston Ely: Greetings earthling! You stated one single solitary book, not the book shelf, sir. Truely amused by your letter, wow! Not just a reader but a writer as well.
    The title of this extraordinary documentary and author.
    I, too, read quite a bit, not to mention attended a few classes in business during the spring semester 2013, that included 2 online classes, and 2 on campus. Still interested in continuing my education to this day.
    For an earthling you are an interesting fellow and would enjoy speaking with you at leisure….

  18. Joe Sirianni January 13, 2014 Reply

    1. Mere Christianity. C.S. Lewis

    2. The Jesus I Never Knew. Philip Yancey

    3. The Release Technique. Lester Levenson. (Hale Dwoskin)

    Anything by C.S. Lewis!!

    And of course the Bible

  19. The Bible; Thinking For A Change by John Maxwell; Why We Want You To Be Rich by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki

  20. Enrique Alberro January 13, 2014 Reply

    By far the #1 Book The Bible, it makes Game of Thrones look like a silly amateur play and contains the key to the human race salvation, should you choose to accept it…

    I was surprised not to see also Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the World ( but then again I had not heard about Paul Johnson’s books which I will definitely check them out!

  21. From Jesus to Christ: Rudolf Steiner
    How to Know Higher Worlds: R. Steiner
    The Three Years, Emil Bock

  22. Jeff Ringnald January 13, 2014 Reply

    Resolved: 23 Resolutions for Life br Orrin Woodward
    You can’t teach a kid to ride a bike at a seminar by David H. Sandler
    Getting Things Done by David Allen

  23. Great list Preston. I’m going to archive this email for my new reading list. My hat’s off to you. I read two books last year.

    Here are my favorites:

    RDPD series by Kiyousaki
    Og Mansion – all of them
    Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
    As the future catches you – Juan Enriquez
    Hard to believe – John MacArthur
    Accessory to Murder – Randall Terry
    Discrination, harassment, and the failure of diversity training – Hemphill & Haines

  24. Iliad and Odyssey of Ηοmer the basic liturature books of western civilisation

  25. How about psychocybernetics (hope i spelled that correct) by Maxwell Maltz, and Unlimited wealth, the theory and practice of economic alchemy.

    Both eye opening.



  26. Achieving Authentic Success by Dr. Ron Jenson
    Being Better Than Your Best by Danny and Marie Lena
    Winning Without Intimidation by Bob Burg

  27. Great post;

    The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
    Built to Last by Jim Collins/ Jerry Porras
    Grinding it Out Ray Kroc
    D-Day and Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose
    Sometimes a Great Notion Ken Kesey

  28. Psycho-Cybernetics and Self Fullfillment by Maxwell Maltz, MD

    Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell

    The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

    P.S. And I all most of the books listed below in my library. Many times I have given copies of books to people that were searching for something or were looking for help on certain subjects. Rarely has the that person actually read the book. Toobad, but I still give books away because that one book may be just the life changing event that person was searching for.

  29. Hey Preston-

    Right on about Finding God by Larry Crabb- It’s the second best “Christian” book I’ve read, and it’s impossible NOT to read it at least 3 times- It’s that informative, encouraging, and READABLE-

    The FIRST one I would recommend aside form the Bible itself regarding Christain reading is the original COMBAT FAITH by Hal Lindsey (1986)- Forget the Late great Planet Earth stuff, it is the best, most readable, and most soul stirring examination of the Old Testament, and it’s unquestionable connection to the New Testament, that I’ve come across- HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  30. My iPhone and iTunes library have over 60 audiobooks on them. Currently listening to “feel the fear and do it anyway” by Susan Jeffers. I really like listening to Jim rohn, Brian Tracy, tony Robbins, zig ziglar. Also enjoy podcasts by others who are successful in my desired field. Lots of great tips. Zig calls it “automobile university”.

  31. 1. Rich dad poor dad (but others in the series also)
    2. Think and grow rich
    3. The 7 habits of highly effective people

  32. Bill Andrews January 13, 2014 Reply

    Great reading suggestions Preston! Many of my favorite books made the list such as: The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris and How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
    A couple others I’d suggest as some of my all-time favorite life-changing books would be: The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castenada, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, The Game by sleazy but funny writer Neil Strauss (you have his book Emergency listed), The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway, Light in August by Faulkner, and “It” by Stephen King scared the crap out of me.

  33. Dale Iurillo January 13, 2014 Reply

    The Bible ( I’ve read a chapter every night for the last 20 years)
    The Greatest Saleman in the World – Og Mandino
    See you at the Top – Zig Ziglar
    The 7 Levels of Change – Rolf Smith

  34. Mike Minnihan January 13, 2014 Reply

    Hi Preston,

    Great selection of books.

    Readers are much more successful, if they take immediate action on what they learn.

    I read about 5 books at a time because of my adult hyperactive attention deficit disorder (AHADD).

    I like to read a book a day.

    How do I get it done?

    I don’t bother watching the crap on TV or waste my time with the worthless crap on FB or Twitter.

    Here’s some great additions to your book list:

    The Law of Success – Napoleon Hill

    Think & Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

    The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert

    The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Getting Your Shit Together by John Carlton

    The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy

    Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz

    Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins

    The Robert Collier Letter Book by Robert Collier

    The Hobbit by JR Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings by JR Tolkien

    Thanks much


  35. Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
    The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
    Working with The Law by Raymond Holliwell

  36. Jeremy Shuey January 13, 2014 Reply

    Richdad poor dad
    Why we want you to be rich.
    Richdad cashflow quadrant
    Multiple books to my kids.

  37. 3 books: Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
    How To Rule The World From Your Couch by Laura Day
    The Universe In A Nutshell by Stephen Hawking

    Over the last 50 years, I have cleaned out and donated my books several times. What I always keep are Peter Drucker, home construction and home improvement “How To” books.

    Happy 2014 to you!

  38. Three of the best classics

    1. The Bible
    2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad series
    3. Richest Man in Babylon

  39. James Cordova January 13, 2014 Reply

    1. Bible-King James version- a guide or owners manual for life
    2. The Richest Man in Babylon- have read this 4 times, still sinking in!
    3. Crime and Punishment- brilliant writing!

  40. Naeem Joseph January 13, 2014 Reply

    Wow… That’s an incredible list of amazing book. I recalled as a kid before cable television became the IT thing, I used to watch ABC and the had this Motto if you don’t read, you don’t know. Okay, what about the people in third world country that do not have access to books, how do we help them to think and grow rich?

  41. The Wave, Susan Casey
    Hunting Season, PT Deuterman
    The Inner Game of Tennis, Tim Galloway

  42. The Four Hour Workweek:)

  43. Reinventing yourself
    -Mario Alonso Puig.

  44. Richard Hignight January 13, 2014 Reply

    First the Bible
    and then three more books
    1 One minuet millionaire
    2 The holy Spirit Handbook by Dr. Mike Murdock
    3 7 keys to a thousand times more by Dr. Mike Murdock
    ( This one is going to make me RICH )
    All of Dr. Mikes books are good to read ..
    They will be about prosperity ..

  45. Nancy Horanzy January 13, 2014 Reply

    The top three books I have ever read are:

    1. The bible

    2. God’s Plan for Prosperity – Mark Gorman

    3. You Were Born for This – Bruce Wilkinson

    4. Everything written by Dr. Mike Murdock – too numerous to list.

    Great list Preston. I love that there are so many that are Christian based. The bible is by far the best success book ever written.


  46. Marshall Woods January 13, 2014 Reply

    I saw nine out of my top ten, the only one I didn’t see was The richest man in Babylon, by George S. Classon.

  47. Steven Heussner January 13, 2014 Reply

    The best books I have read Are the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and, Approaching Zion by Hugh Nibley. These great books tell us why we are here. Where did we come from; why we are here; where we are going after this life.

  48. Preston
    You are a jewel in the trash heap of humanity !! I too am mentally disordered with an incurable need to read.
    Your book list is well honed and yes, I can attest that getting the information these people share into your mindset will change your whole life. I have read all the books on your short list and found over the years I needed to revisit some of them more than once as age and circumstance tried to take away some of the truths gained from the reading.
    I would like to recommend a few of my recent readings:
    The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson and Less Hewitt
    Change your Brain, Change your Life by Daniel G. Amen MD.
    Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett
    Necessary Endings by Dr Henry Cloud ( he has several other insightful books)
    The Success Principals by Jack Canfield
    Currently working on The Collected Works of Ken Wilbur.
    Keep up the Great Work!
    PS Another BIG benefit of reading is that it is the perfect antidote to The dread disease Hardening of the Attitudes !!

  49. Stranger In A Strange Land bty Robert A Heinlein
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    My Journey To The Other Side by Bonnie W Kaye (I wrote it, and still read it)
    And thousands of others

  50. Kevin Berens January 13, 2014 Reply

    Anything of Les Brown’s, plus the BIBLE. Epicenter blew my mind away.

  51. Sheryl graham January 13, 2014 Reply

    I have had trouble reading most of my life and that has been a bad thing for me I can see ghat now. I hate reading because I always fll asleep tryi g and thatakes me hate reading. By all means. I am. In dire need of a better job and learning is hard I have to drill it deep within me as I forget easy. I am going totally deaf and need to be able to do as much for myself as possible to keep going.
    Thatnk you for your input on this subject you have greatly inspired me inside out to try to help myself more and I thank you for this email I shall keep it forever. And try to read every book title you recommended me. Most appreciated. I could probably. Write a great book on my horrible life too. Would be very interesting to say the least. A anyway. Just to let u know and say thank you for every word you just inspired in me I will give it my best shot.
    Thank you sincerely

  52. Kathryn Kearney January 13, 2014 Reply

    Millionaire mind by T.Harv Eker Rich Dad Poor Dad, and its rising time by Kim Kiyosaki

  53. Based on the list I see up there, I think you will really enjoy these 3 books, which are on top of my list:

    1. 7 habits of highly effective people
    2. Reason for God – Tim Keller
    3. I hope they serve beer in hell – Tucker Max

    ps. Alchemist is my favorite book

  54. The science of success, 17 proven steps to success By Napoleon Hill. 2)Think and grow rich, By Napoleon Hill. 3)On Walden Pond, BY Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have fallen off the path for way to long! Thank You for showing me this. Truly looking forward to rebuilding my life with you. Thanks again!!!!

  55. The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol
    The Magic of Thinking BIG by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D

  56. Preston,

    You might take a look at the actual website of this (hidden) email address…

    I can provide a list of 3 of YOUR Near Future Favorites:

    1) Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It by Mitch Joel

    2) Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

    3) A Seat at the Table by Marc Miller

  57. Preston. I have been thinking about your back all morning..NOT in a weird way. I was praying about it and was wondering if you have ever had an energy clearing done on yourself

  58. Wendell Higgs January 13, 2014 Reply

    The Magic of Thinking Big David Schwartz
    The Bible
    Think and Grow Rich Napolean Hill
    The Science of Getting Rich
    Rich Dad Poor Dad

    These are just a few

  59. connie whitfield January 13, 2014 Reply

    I think that is wonderful and something I can do

  60. Excellent list! Bible #1 everyday! I didn’t see anything by Shad Helmstetter. Great books! “Choices,” “What to Say When You Talk to Yourself,” “What to Say When You Talk to Your Kids.” All excellent. “When Heaven Invades Earth” by Bill Johnson and “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer. Enjoy!!

  61. Thanks for the list. I will never read all of them because I am 76 years old and my eyes are getting weak, (perhaps I could listen to some of them)but your list reminds me of the gift of books. I’m so sorry that so many people spend so much time with TV. I love it when people tell me that they don’t own a TV

  62. Pastor Larry Jackson January 13, 2014 Reply

    The Bible

    As a Man Thinketh

    From Good to Great

    Law of Success

  63. Bunk House Logic, Ben Stein

    Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill

    How I made One Million dollars in my spare time, Wm Nickerson

    Grey Dawn, ?

  64. Add one more Blood and Hope ,Piser

  65. Cory B, What is your system for reading ?

  66. jeffrey hart January 13, 2014 Reply

    The 11th element ( Robert scheinfeld)
    The science of success ( Wallace d wattles)
    How to find your personal path to success( robin chaddock)

  67. Casey Block January 13, 2014 Reply

    Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. One of my fav books ever!

  68. Casey Block January 13, 2014 Reply

    Also, Breaking the Vicious Cycle – (aka Specific Carbohydrate Diet) by Elaine Gottschall.
    This is the best way to eat, very similar to Paleo. Helps with energy, concentration, mood swings, ADD etc. Changed my life and cured my Chron’s!

  69. Susan David January 13, 2014 Reply

    Wow, finally someone else who loves to read as much as me. I have hundreds of books in my library and look forward to reading each day. Wisdom excites me and I crave it above all else. I read the Bible over and over, every day wisdom in this home. Lately I’ve been reading Dr. Mike Murdock’s books. The Law of Recognition, The Assignment (several volumes) Taking America Back by Joseph Farah. Thanks for sharing your love for reading, me too!

  70. The Bible, The Great Divorce (C.S.Lewis, I have read most of his works) and years ago a sales/success book by an author I cannot remember who owned car dealerships in Dallas, Tx. and how he built a hugely successful business in the auto industry. Book is called Customers for Life.

  71. Frances Dougherty January 13, 2014 Reply

    Hi Preston,

    Thank you so much for this. I also love to read and I am defnitely going to be on my way for 2014 for success. I have read the bible many times and continue to read it daily, and apply it to my life. I plan on reading the following books over the next few months:

    1) Brain Influence by Roger Doaley
    2) Covert Persuasion by Kevin Hogen
    3) Crush It by Coary Vaynechuk
    4) The E-myth Revisited by Michale E. Gerber
    5) Good to Great by Jim Collins

    and now the book you recommend; Secrets of the Millionaire mind by T harv Eker, and I am definitely going to look into some of the other books listed above.

    Thanks again,


  72. Tyler Nixon January 13, 2014 Reply

    Preston, read

    The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel.

    Thanks for the killer post. Thank you!

  73. Jay Cotton January 13, 2014 Reply

    I’ll leave one for you in particular; “The Vision of the Annointed” by Thomas Sowell. I read it 4 times in close succession and I’m not much of a reader. It has a funny subtitle; “Self Congratulations as a Basis for Social Policy”.

  74. john vavalis January 13, 2014 Reply

    well it seems that it is a stepping stone for all of us .To get on with this new exciting business ,I have to get a business license ,for Alaska ,also have a lawyer ,review the sell contract to see if its good in Alaska? I am forced into doing a good thing sounds weird ,my finances are really bad .

  75. Steve Hard January 13, 2014 Reply

    Pardon and Assurance by Patton. Goals Guts and Greatness
    by Mark Haroldson.

  76. Jeannie Otterness January 13, 2014 Reply

    The Bible – Book of Instructions Before Leaving Earth
    Gone With The Wind
    Think And Grow Rich

    I am an avid reader and love just about any type of book as long as there is little or no violence, sex or bad language!

    Thanks for the wonderful list of reading materials! I have read some of them already, but most are new to me!

  77. Marianne Nelsen January 13, 2014 Reply

    The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck -my favorite book read 5 times, Rich Dad, Poor Dad
    Think and Grow Rich. So many great books!
    I read all day, love reading anything!

  78. "DOC" Wingard January 13, 2014 Reply

    Wow! Someone who actually reads more than I do. My wife said she didn’t think that was possible. as I sit here now there are four books next to me I’m currently reading (not at the same time) and one I just finished.
    My current three favorite books are:
    “Speaking of Jesus, the Art of Not Evangelism”
    “The Harbinger” by Johnathon Cahn
    “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman
    These can rearrange your phychological furniture. Enjoy.

  79. Quantella Owens January 13, 2014 Reply

    I tell everyone I can about the very first book in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony. The rest aren’t worth it, but book one is a great study on talent and its’ successful application. In his later years, Mr. Anthony grew a little bitter and cynical and started naming characters things like “Idaho Potato,” but book one is a masterpiece. I admire the book so much that I wanted to do my senior thesis on it in college, but sadly my thesis teacher changed suddenly and we got stuck doing “The Yellow Room.” Now, I believe that that book would make a great movie, but I doubt the rights could be reasonably acquired.

    Also, Seducing The Boys Club by Nina DiSesa-an absolute must for any woman anywhere and all of the Rebus books by Ian Rankin which give a wonderful look at motive and psychology.

  80. Excellent list, Preston. I’ve read some of these but now I know what my birthday gift card for Amazon is going towards! 🙂

    My three fav’s-

    1. Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard – Completely changed the way I think about love, forgiveness and God.

    2. Primal Body, Primal Mind – Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and Longer Life, by Nora Gedgaudas – hands down, by far the best book on health and nutrition I’ve ever read.

    3. Zero Limits by Joe Vitale – one of the most positive and uplifting books I’ve ever read.

    Enjoy! 😀

  81. Oh! Also, since you’re in Florida you might like to read about/check out The Venus Project – “The Best That Money Can’t Buy: Beyond Poverty, Politics and War” by Jacque Fresco.

    REAL Solutions to the worlds problems… And you’re in a great position to help, Preston!

  82. Melissa Nellum January 13, 2014 Reply

    You are one of the funniest people I have ever read and I am also a writer. I love to read also and one of my goals is to own a library in my house. My books are: The Da Vinci Code, (sorry I can’t remember the author), This Present Darkness, (don’t remember the author) Two Little Girls in Blue, by Mary Higgins Clark. I like murder books, I also have a quest for knowledge and believe you can learn anything from anywhere. I live in New Orleans, La. and if you know about our crime; you may see understand why I like CSI. I also love the in Death Series by J.D. Robb. My son wants to be a police officer.

  83. Hi, don’t forget, Awaken the Giant Within, Tony Robbins, and The secret of the Ages, Robert Collier.

  84. George Dan January 13, 2014 Reply

    Never Eat Alone by

  85. your top three ,the bible ,rich dad poor dad,and the secrets of the millionare mind.

  86. The Bible, Let Go by Fenelon and Mark of The Lion series by Francine Rivers.

  87. ثروتمند کسی است : که بتواند در حد توانش .خدمت نماید.
    او میگفت: از یک کتاب شروع نمودم.خواندم وبعد آن را به دوستی کرایه دادم.همینطور ادامه دادم. هم تجارت نمودم وهم دارای کتابخانۀ بزرگی شدم.امروزه دانشجویانی که قدرت خریدن کتابهارا ندارند در رشته های مختلف به کتابخانۀ من مراجعه میکنند واستفاده میبرند.وبعد زمانی که کمی پولدارشدند.کتابی به کتابخانۀ شخصی من هدیه میکنند..این کتابخانه در خدمت کسانیست که دوست دارند کتاب بخوانند ومنهم ثروتمندم چون در خدمت انسانها هستم…این داستان را تقدیم میکنم برای کسانی که هم دوستدار تجارت هستند وهم میل دارند خدمتگزار همنوعانشان باشند در حد توان..یک داستان تخیلی..با تقدیم.احترام.فتحیه

  88. Control your own destiny or someone else will by Noel M. Tichy and Stratford Sherman
    Integrity Selling for the 21st Century by Ron Willingham
    How Risky is it Really by David Ropeik
    And I will get going on your list of books now
    Thanks Preston Richie

  89. Gregory Lenhardt January 14, 2014 Reply

    Preston,Of course the Bible but also the new absolutes by William Watkins,Under Cover by John Bevere ,God and Government by Chuck Colson and Mentoring by Bobb Biehl

  90. The three books I have read are: The Holy Bible, The Power of Positive Thinking and How to Win Friends and Influence People.

  91. Dave Smith January 14, 2014 Reply


    My number one is the Bible

    1) The Five Pieces to Life’s Puzzle – Jim Rohn
    2) Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason
    3) The Tipping Point – Malcom Gladwell
    4) Wired That Way – Marita Littauer
    5) Patton’s Panthers – Charles W. Sasser

    Sorry, all five books really resonated with me. Thanks for a great blog!! djs

  92. Skipping the ones you mentioned:
    Discovering the Character of God by George MacDonald;
    There were Two Trees in the Garden by Rick Joyner; The Final Quest by Rick Joyner;
    The Fire of Delayed Answers by Bob Sorge.

  93. Dave Smith January 14, 2014 Reply


    Read Sheryl Graham’s 1/14/14 post re her difficulty reading. She may have dyslexia. Recommend she check with the Dyslexia Association in or near her home town. I know this is out of the purview of your blog but it might help toward her success.

    Thanks! djs

  94. Al Arechiga January 14, 2014 Reply

    Try a book by Mark Hamilton Neothik
    The best of all you have read

  95. dont read much, no time. Watch movie every now and then. Best books i read” Mahlale a kopane lekwa(translates wisdom cross at the vaal) Learning C#, And The all time great Bible.

  96. OK, you want to illuminate your mind??

    OK.., read this..,

    The Urantia Book

    Thank me later.., send me all your stuff..,


  97. One Minute Millionaire – by Mark Victor Hansen & Robert Allen
    The Power of Vision – by Myles Munroe
    Think and Grow Rich – by Napoleon Hill

  98. Kelvin Poole January 14, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for the recommendations. I read a
    lot myself

  99. Danna Seale January 14, 2014 Reply

    I read a lot but not as much as you! I’m smart, but not as smart as you: the reason I know that is because I am still doing all of my own work, for lack of funds! I wrote all your list down before going to bed tonight; I kept writing, even though Bill Cosby was on and was hilarious, as usual. I see several that I would like to read. Remember that I am a girl and sometime lean toward a different girly, emotional book.

    When I was growing up, I read Gone with the Wind in less than a week and all of the Russian novels, like Anna Karenina, in a few days. The names were a real challenge!

    I read Secrets of the Millionaire Mind over from time to time. I just finished Forever Cash by Jack Bosch. You will finish that one in 30 minutes! I did get a few new ideas from his book. I am still dancing around the topic of the three best books: I have read several of Robert Allen and Mark Victor Hansen books. I loved Cash in a flash and have started Cracking the Millionaire Code. I have read several of Dan Kennedy’s books and Raymond Aaron’s books. My brother has Alzheimer’s (He was my Real Estate Attorney until about four years ago!) so I tend to read books like Super Brain by Deepak Chopra and the one that we get on line (I think he lives in Florida) – sorry I can’t remember right now. Also The Purpose Driven Life by Rich Warren and Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now. But the book that has influenced me more emotionally and spiritually is Gianna by Jessica Shaver, who is an abortion survivor and goes to schools everywhere, speaking to groups – she was united with her birth mother, who goes with her sometimes.

    Preston, thanks for your list. I hope that I have given you at least one new idea. You have given me a lot of food for thought and a smile on my face as I go to bed!

  100. tony rivas January 14, 2014 Reply

    Here are some books I would recommend. How to tell if your an alien from planet Gerbalito.


    What day is it and why am I in the bar instead of working

    By an anonymous author

    What to do if you shit your pants in public

    By Tony Bolony

    How to beg ,borrow or steel anything you need

    By Kermit The Frog.

  101. Cesar Carattini January 14, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for this article. I hope I can read as much as you can do.

  102. OTAI SAMUEL Mob+256772827990 January 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi, Preston, you are so amazing to me, because when I look at your list, Plus the Ladder, I can,t imagine you have exhausted all that you have listed below. But what determines the TRUTH is the Wealth you have accumulated in relation to READING. I have always tried to buy books for my advancement in Business, Spiritual, Personal Growth, etc. But now that you have given me the Long list,& some are available in our Book Stores. I will try to get most of them in our Main Bookshops in Uganda. I am itching all the time to get started with your either Pro or Elite Business plan in this first 1/4 of 2014. I Love your articles very much.

  103. Do you like any of the “Be your own banker/Bank on yourself” type books. Mine to add to yiur list, “Way of the peaceful warrior. “

  104. Evert Harrell January 14, 2014 Reply

    My faves for the last 6 months:
    Book of Mormon & Bible
    The Compassionate Samurai – Brian Klemmer
    Paradise Lost – John Milton
    Common Sense – Benjamin Franklin
    Ordinary Men Extraordinary Heroes – Dexter Yager & Ron Ball
    Phules Company

  105. paul scott January 14, 2014 Reply

    The millionares path by far the best book I ever read. the Lions Paw from jr high but I still remember the story after 40 plus years . rich dad poor dad series

  106. Invest in debt by Jim Napier

  107. 3 favorites? this will be hard – really difficult – I’ll try.
    Not in any special order:
    ” A Fortune At Your Feet” – A.D. Kessler
    ” Real Estate Money Machine” – Wade Cook
    ” How To Wake up The Financial Genius Inside You” -Mark Haroldson
    ” A Train To Potevka” – Ramsdell
    ” Driven” – Larry Miller
    ” Die Rich and Tax Free – Barry Kaye
    About 4 dozen art books
    A series of Zane Grey westerns
    A couple dozen religious books
    Another 50 or so business books (most of them on your list)
    And my all time favotite, “The Book of Mormon” which I
    now read every day.

  108. John Wells January 14, 2014 Reply

    Top of the list has to be “Bob Griese, Larry Csonka and the Miami Dolphins One Two Punch”. Just kidding. I read that 5 times when I was 9 years old.
    Real list:
    The Bible has to be Barred from the wagering due to fact that it is the Obvious Winner. So I will give you the top 3 after the Bible.

    Win How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale
    Place “The Blessing of the Lord” Kenneth Copeland
    Show “The Power to Be Your Best” Todd Duncan

    Rounding out the Superfecta has to be “Man’s Search for Meaning” By Viktor Frankl.

    Thank you Preston for your list as well.

  109. Thank you Preston, I copied and pasted your list so I can look up all those books, I thought about just memorizing the list, but it would take too much time from my reading.
    My first two favorites are easy,
    The Bible (King James Version)
    The Book of Mormon, (another testament of Jesus Christ)
    Three is not so easy, I love so many books. One I just
    recently read that really impressed me is The Go Giver by Bob Burg, and John David Mann.

    Happy Reading!

  110. Reading and meditating on Psalms…. to find the heart of David… so I can dance like David danced

  111. Bible

    Think and grow rich

    Richest man in Babylon

  112. Steven Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective people
    Napoleon Hill:
    Richest man in babylon

  113. Victor Morris January 14, 2014 Reply

    Proof of Heaven by Evan forgot his last name.

  114. Debbie Hoffman January 14, 2014 Reply

    Believe it or not,I read most of Trump’s books. All of Iris Johansen’s books. A lot of the books that I have read are on your list! And biographies and autobiographies of many famous and renowned people. You can learn great things from many successful minds! Debbie

  115. Paul Simard January 14, 2014 Reply

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad — Stunned me into silence of deep thought for 45 minutes when finished. I found errors by my parents and grandparents glaringly obvious in the text. Also, I learned one of the most basic lacks that has held me back for over 50 years.

    This has inspired me to write my own book once my success is assured so I might pay the debt forward.

  116. Brent Buffone January 15, 2014 Reply

    The 4 agreements
    The 5 love languages
    The Slight Edge

  117. Angela Ladner January 15, 2014 Reply

    You are a nut ! 🙂
    Thank you for that great list of books to read..I love to read sell 😀 help and inspirational books.
    Recently purchased:
    Notes From The Universe and
    Choose Them Wisely , thoughts become things,
    Will be canceling soon after the 30 day free Trial. : /
    Never was able to really get into it…my mom’s got sick and recently passed away o on 12/31, and every time I did through, everything else that also happens in life, try to get in there and get going, couldn’t get the site to cooperate with me, Rosa ?? Said itI prolly needed to use Google chrome… time left..Thanks for the free try…uve been the best..xo. Angie

  118. Go ask alice, Blackgold, & The book on arabians.

  119. “The Third Alternative” by Stephen Covey
    “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill
    “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Suess 😉

  120. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. Read it 3 times.
    Anything by Og Mandino.

  121. That is is genuinely the best book ever. Trust me.

  122. All of Tom Woods’s books on history and the economy.

  123. “Conversations with God” books 1,2,3 by Neale Donald Walsch

  124. I see that you are a reader and have the ability to come up with quick wit in the time of the art of love making how you did it only the High and Lofty One knows. But we’ve read a few of the same books and you’ve read a lot that I’ve never heard of so I’ll get to moving on more of those that hadn’t crossed my path as of yet but I did read Malachi Martin Wind Swept House, Miles Davis Awaken the Giant Within, Dr. William Eugene Scott the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Jack Bosch Forever Cash an so this is to say I need to read a lot more for information purposes thanks for another nugget of get your ass in gear and make it do what it do so from this day forward I’ll take a shot of wheatgrass and a book please have a good day and I’ll hear from you soon P. and I’m out.

  125. I feel really sad for anyone that thinks they can get wealthy by reading the bible. A bunch of fairy tales from thousands of years ago has no bearing whatsoever on success hahahaha.

  126. Have you read The Dream Giver by Bruce
    Wilkinson? Sequel to Prayer of Jabez.

  127. Thanks for that comprehensive list … Preston you are da bomb!

    Check out these books – you’ll love them too!
    Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn
    Five People You’d Like To Meet in Heaven
    Natural Cures by Kevin Trudeau

  128. What do you recommend for people to read I can’t seem to read fast enough! If Books and Time had to get into a fight – Books would win! … because there’d be lots more books than time! ha ha!

  129. Great Post. Library @ 500. #Winning. To Growth

    The Companion Bible (enlarged type) – E.W Bullinger
    Bible Mystery Bible Meaning – Thomas Troward
    Edinburgh & Dore Lectures – Thomas Troward
    The Hidden Power – Thomas Troward
    The Law & The Word – Thomas Troward
    God-Man: The Word Made Flesh – George W. Carey
    The Hero with a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
    Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in our Time – C. Quigley
    Public Opinion – Walter Lippman
    Techniques of Persuasion – J.A.C. Brown
    Outwitting the Devil – Napoleon Hill
    The Wisdom of Andrew Carnegie as told to Napoleon Hill
    The Underground History of American Education – John Taylor Gatto
    The Magic of Self Actualization – R.C. Schafer
    Rays of the Dawn – Thurman Fleet
    The Power of Will – Frank Channing Haddock
    The Secret Teachings of all Ages – Manly P Hall
    The Essence of Success – Earl Nightingale
    Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television – Jerry Mander
    Esoteric Anthropology – T.L. Nichols

  130. Lee Gilbert January 15, 2014 Reply

    Atlas Shrugged

  131. When i was in public school my 4th grade teacher Mrs.Scully told me that there are only 4 books you really need to read every day:
    : The Bible
    : a Dictionary
    : an Encyclopedia set
    : an Atlas.

    That is the best advice i have ever gotten when it comes to reading.

    To those four books i’d add The Photoreading Study Course by Dr.Paul Scheele.

    Other books i have read and liked:
    Reminiscences of a stock operator by Edwin Lefebre (Jesse Livermore), and The Predictors by Thomas Bass. Both of these books are as good as The Wolf On Wall Street any day.

    I’ll stop there. I could go on all week – if you know anything about me i’ve read a LOT. of books in my time.

  132. Wendyschild January 16, 2014 Reply

    Good advice! thanks. I’m totally melting down today for various. And I have been addicted to reading the Bible in Hebrew. It has slowed down my English reading, I think I need a new book… But I can recommend one you will sure love, based on your reading list: Destined to Reign , by Joseph Prince. I am reading his new book now”The power of Right Believing’ It’s good too. I read all his email, like I read all yours, Thank You. IT’LL BE GOOD. But I think I will print this list. Thanks

    • Yeah I get it already, She’s fsainattc. and she certainly is but could you please post some of the races she’s won or her trophy (& medal) collection. Can you show her some respect for all the training she’s been doing instead of just ooogeling at her? thanks Man, DarrylHarrisburg, PA

  133. Wendyschild January 16, 2014 Reply

    I read lots of these . My favorite books , not mentioned were by Frances Schaeffer… The God who is there… etc. I thin your wife might like, Captivating, by Stasi and John Eldredge, author of Wild at Heart

  134. That’s a bunch of books!

  135. I would not call them losers, but I am glad that someone did!

  136. D'Clarence Reynolds January 16, 2014 Reply

    ” ” MIRACLE ” ” ”
    ” ” SECRET ” ” ” (ALL OG’S BOOKS)



  137. Petra Keller January 17, 2014 Reply

    Preston, you are totally barmy! Who would brag about how many books they have read? It’s not the quantity but the quality that counts!
    BTW, since you are in a position to do charity, are you helping the illiteracy program or individuals with that problem?
    I agree with you about the state of the US public school system as a whole. Compared to other industrialized nations the US falls short, to say the least. But not only the schools are failing and they should not be held solely responsible but the parents as well. How many parents read with their children? Stick the kids in front of the game console or the internet!
    I found your mentioning of your sex life worse than a lame joke, but something to want to throw about. If you are so bored about your sex life to make jokes about it here is your choice: either spice it up or get out.
    Ypu know, I am a verocious reader myself so I know how you feel.
    But experiences in real life are just as exciting and challenging. At your level of life style why don’t you go to the southpole, on safari to Africa, etc. Shoot video’s about or or WRITE books for a change. Your life is as boring as you make it.
    Or….. you may have written all this on purpose to shamelessly get aq following. I don’t follow anyone, I don’t care who. I am chasing after my own growth, the linear( as opposed to the tail)
    fox. MAKE your life exciting.

  138. D'Clarence Reynolds January 17, 2014 Reply

    p.s Read; “Rich Dad , Poor DAD”, “How to win Friends”, Winning Through Imtmidation”(never get cheated or intimidated again),7 Habits of Highly Effective People. African Wisdom. I found one of the amazing things to eperience is, to re-read a book you haven’t read in 10-20 years and notice how your prespective has changed. “If a mn looks at the world at the age of 50, the same way he did at 20, I’ll show you man who has wasted 30 years” Muhammad Ali

    I suppose it like the wacthing the same movie over again, {Tony Robbins says your a loser if you do} but you see/hear/ and understand things you didn’t the first time. Anyway keep up the struggle to bring back this lost art. Here’s an idea maybe you & I could start a campaign to ‘outlaw’ reading (just for shock value} becuase people always want, what is about to be taken away from them!?!!

  139. Shirley Pierre January 17, 2014 Reply

    Excellent posting – reading is essential to everyone, but few people make good use of it.

    My list of books, those are just a few.

    The Bible, of course (whatever translation)
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    The Power of Positive Thinking by Normal Vincent Peale
    Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
    The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries
    How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    A few of the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series
    The Art of War by Sun Tzu
    Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss

  140. Words have power and we all like to feel in control of where we’re going. Here’s my suggested 3: The Book of Yahweh, The Peaceful Solution Character Education Program series, and The Book of Yisrayl series. I know I had a change of heart and mind after reading.

  141. Book 1 The Bible (you’ve read)
    Book 2 The Prayer of JABEZ
    Book 3 The Bondage Breaker

  142. Is'Stad Plathara Rashadeem January 19, 2014 Reply

    I haven’t done a lot of reading in my day, but the best and most helpful books I have read are :

    Mastery by Robert Greene
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
    The Dictionary

    *The first two books made the third book essential for me*

    And I’m not sure on your take on audio books (which I listen to while working)

    But they include a lot of what’s on your list.

    Love the article, and the comments fellow readers left. This page, in its entirety, possibly contains the best book list in existence.

    -Nice & Wholesome-

  143. the Bible, see you at the top by Zig Ziglar, the Magic of believing by Claude M Bristol

  144. Hazim Niami January 20, 2014 Reply

    I printed all the books you read, so I can read them all before I die

  145. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
    The Celestine Prophecy – by James Redfield
    The Tenth Insight – by James Redfield

  146. Guys checkout It’s a must have for every ENTREPRENEUR! you’ll never need to read another book for the next few years..

  147. rodica stefanbooks January 20, 2014 Reply

    iam a crazy reader myself I am glad you are too;i believe in reading books maka notes the old way three books are:think and grow rich by napoleon hill;the 7 keys to success by napoleon hill;the secret

  148. Jefery Knott January 20, 2014 Reply

    The Bible which you’ve read,The Screwtape Letters,by C.S.Lewis,also High Steel by Jim Rasenberger.

  149. david ninteau January 22, 2014 Reply

    Harry potter 7 jk rowling dolphins of pern and demons don’t dream pierce anthony

  150. If you want to understand geopolitics and money,( the 1% do) read The Shadows of Power by James Perloff and the Creature From Jekyll Island by G Edward Griffin. They will scare the crap out of you if you aren’t very familiar with The Bible and the King of Kings. My whole house looks like a library but I must admit I haven’t made a dent in what’s here…many on your list. Thanks for the reminder.

  151. The Bible for sure it is the most important.

  152. Anthony Yeoman February 5, 2014 Reply

    So many but if I had to choose 3 that really influenced my life and thinking they would be in order:

    1. The Bible (Actually read it all. So much in it that you don’t hear from Sunday morning TV preachers. Favorite books are Proverbs for good everyday wisdom and Matthew for really understanding who Jesus is.)

    2. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki (Totally changed my viewpoint on how money is made. Also ruined me for corporate life FOREVER)

    3. TIE Four Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris and The Spirit to Serve – JW Marriott (OK I lied, I could not pick just 3 books. Tim Ferris’ book taught me so much about setting up systems in your business and taking yourself out of the equation. The Spirit to Serve I actually found in the top drawer at a Marriott in San Francisco. Great book about how to treat your customers and why to be in business. I was going to steal it, but called the front desk instead to see where I could find it. They told me to keep it. Great service, great book.)

  153. God wants you to be a millionaire—-body of crime..MichaelEberhart–=====Net Force…Tom Clancy

  154. Paul Fruend February 28, 2014 Reply

    No matter how smart or dounb you are, you will always be smarter at the end than when you started. What is great about books is, You can learn in a short time what it took someone else their whole life to learn. (That’s worth alot.) The best book ever, that even passed the test of time, is the BIBLE. Howevr, it come with a catch. To unblievers, all they will read is foolishness.
    When Jesus left the earth, He left us three things. GOD’S word (The Bible.) His Holy Spirit, and the unblieveable power of preyer.
    To the believer, The Bible reveals the answer to every problem in life through the Holy Spirit and reveals our only path for redemption and our salvation. Life has a expiration date for each of us. Nothing can be more important than where we spend eternity.
    God gave us free will. (we are not his puppets) That’s why we need to accept and come to him first.
    Payer is our way to talk to the creator of everything.(How great is that?)
    God’s will is always GOOD. His will will always be better than ours. When we pray asking for His will for us to be done, that prayer will always be answered. The best book anybody can give each other is the Bible to learn what real LOVE is.

  155. Cim Layne March 1, 2014 Reply

    Great list, Preston. I read all the comments to see what others were adding as their favorites. Most had The Bible but I was astonished that only one each mentioned Hal Lindon’s or Joel Osteen’s books, both among my favs.

    I’d add: The Incredible Bread Machine by R.W Grant, 1966; Acres of Diamonds, by Russell H. Conwell (1843-1925); I, Pencil: My Family Tree as Told to Leonard E. Read, 1958. All are very short reads but incredibly life-changing–will shift your paradigms regarding success and economics. All are available as free pdf downloads.

    Also, The Four Laws of Debt Free Prosperity by Charles Coonradt (not free).

    Growing up without a father or other male role models, most of my mentors were book authors like Mark Twain, James Michener, Herman Wouk, Edna Ferber–not a man, but her fictional heroes built my character (especially Cimarron, whose name I adopted), and many others.

    I’ve pretty much operated my life under the rules established by Benjamin Franklin in his Autobiography, 1790, and those of Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925. Both of these men were great readers and perpetual students.

    Franklin established the first lending libraries in America by pooling the resources of many wealthy Philadelphians, who contributed either books or money to buy books, mostly so he could gain access to more books than he could get on his own. He was the first American self-made millionaire and in an age where a million dollars was an unimaginable amount of money (probably the equivalent of today’s billionaire). When he wasn’t working, he was reading or discussing the books he’d read. He ritually read two hours (by candlelight) every single night. That’s in addition to whatever time he could sneak in during daylight hours.

    Joy and abundance,

  156. I love your heart and spirit! The Bible, The Gift of Being Yourself by David Bennett, anything by Richard Rohr.

  157. God vs the gavel, the autobiography of mark twain, Dante’s divine comedy

  158. God vs the gavel, the autobiography of mark twain, Dante’s divine comedy

  159. Thank you for sharing this article. Haven’t read much lately. Used to.Took a screen shot and am going to the library later this afternoon. I guess I’ll have to return that long overdue DVD. Whenever I spend too much time reading, however, I feel guilty. (I have been known to read a book in 1 day. ) I could be cleaning & organizing or other pressing things. Don’t watch much TV. Thanks for giving me permission to read and feel less guilty. Books read lately: :There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem” by Wayne Dyer. “Superfoods” by David Wolfe. Oh, I do read my “One Year Bible” somewhat regularly.

  160. Clinton R April 4, 2014 Reply

    WOW Preston now that’s a lot of reading. I guess I better get going. I have only read about five of these books you have listed.




  162. *How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World– Harry Browne

    *Earning Money Without a Job– Jay Conrad Levinson
    (It was written around 1980…I was very young, and had
    probably never heard the word “Entrepreneur.” I remember
    thinking…Is that really possible? It made me realize a
    different kind of life was possible.)

    *The Richest Man in Babylon– I don’t remember the author’s name

  163. I have a theory that every big marketer reads and subsequently rips off “Ca$hvertising” by Drew Eric Whitman… because never anywhere is it cited.

    By far the best book on turning advertising into dollars and cents.


  164. lorette Hunter April 28, 2014 Reply

    The Gabriel Method, by Jon Gabriel was pretty awesome to me. Well written. It is about the diet free way to transform your body or something -but most interestingly, the diet part was the most concise comprehensive tale I’ve read to date!

  165. Veronica Sanders May 2, 2014 Reply

    So many great books to even pick from. There is also a hidden treasure on Youtube for those that don’t make the time to read. Just to name a few eye openers:
    Jordan Maxwell
    Alex Jones InfoWars
    Ben Fuchs Former Pharmacist
    The real matrix
    Just soooo many more on Youtube but these will really open your eyes and show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

  166. Don Hill May 11, 2014 Reply

    Hey Preston,

    You should add the following great books from my Library….

    “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olsen
    “The Radical Leap” by Steve Farber
    “7 Secrets of Bible-Made Millionaires” – Toye Ademola
    “Walking in Dominion” by Toye Ademola

  167. Great article and list!

    Here’s my three books that aren’t on your list.

    -The greatest salesmen in the world, Og Mandino
    – Predictable revenue (good for any sales business)
    – Drive, Daniel Pink

  168. Just discovered and reading now: Physics Of The Future by Michio Kadu

  169. Richard Murphy June 4, 2014 Reply

    Just to start my listof last 18 months
    1a_Right and Wrong Thinking and their results – Aaron MArtin Crane.pdf
    2a_Both Riches and Honor – Annie Rix Milton.pdf
    14_Charles Fillmore – Prosper.pdf
    17_Charles F.Haanel-Mental Chemistry.pdf
    18_Charles Haanel – The Master Key System.pdf
    21_On The Heights – Christian D Larson.pdf
    26_The Ideal Made Real – Christian D Larson.pdf
    32_Elbert Hubbard – A message to Garcia.pdf
    37_Emerson – Compensation.pdf
    38_Emerson – Spiritual Laws.pdf
    42_Creative Mind by Ernest Holmes.pdf
    44_Ernest Holmes – The Science of Mind.pdf
    79_Kahlil Gibran – The prophet.pdf
    89_An Iron Will – Orison Swett Marden.pdf
    119_Russell Conwell – Acres of Diamonds.pdf
    126_The Law and the Word – Thomas Troward.pdf
    157_NEW THOUGHT PASTELS – Ella Wheeler Wilcox.pdf
    159_The Human Machine – Arnold Bennet.pdf
    Annie Besant – Thought Power.pdf
    Arnold Bennett – How to live on 24 hours a day.pdf
    Arnold Bennett – Mental Efficiency.pdf
    Blanchard Yorimoto-Tashi – Common Sense.pdf
    Brown Landone – How to turn your Desires and Ideals into Reality.pdf
    Bruce MacLelland – Prosperity Through Thought.pdf
    David Grayson – Adventures.pdf
    Earl Prevette – How to Turn Your Ability into Cash.pdf
    Elizabeth Towne – Just How to Wake the Solar Plexus.pdf
    Emerson – Compensation.pdf
    Emerson – Spiritual Laws.pdf
    Epictetus – Manual.pdf
    Genevieve Behrend – Attaining Your Desires.pdf
    Genevieve Behrend – Your Invisible Power.pdf
    Harry Kahne – The Multiple Mentality Course.pdf
    Henry Drummond – The Greatest Thing in the World.pdf
    Henry Thomas Hamblin – The Life of the Spirit.pdf
    Henry Thomas Hamblin – The Power of Thought.pdf
    Henry Thomas Hamblin – Within You is the Power.pdf
    Horatio Dresser – The Power of Silence.pdf
    How to finally make money….pdf
    in search of.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 1 – Master Mind.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 2 – A Definite Chief Aim.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 3 – Self-Confidence.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 4 – The Habit Of Saving.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 5 – Initiative and Leadership.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 6 – Imagination.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 7 – Enthusiasm.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 8 – Self-Control.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson 9 – Habit Of Doing More Than Paid For.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson x10 – Pleasing Personality.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson x11 – Accurate Thought.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson x12 – Concentration.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson x13 – Co-operation.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson x14 – Failure.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson x15 – Tolerance.pdf
    Law of Success Lesson x16 – The Golden Rule.pdf
    Mastery of Self.pdf
    Mental chemistry.pdf
    Mildred Mann – How to find your Real Self.pdf
    Napoleon Hill – Think and Grow Rich.pdf
    O. Hashnu Hara – Concentration and the Acquirement of Personal Magnetism.pdf
    Ralph Waldo Trine – Character-Building Thought Power.pdf
    Ralph Waldo Trine – In Tune with the Infinite.pdf
    Ralph Waldo Trine – The Greatest Thing Ever Known.pdf
    Ralph Waldo Trine – The Man Who Knew.pdf
    Ralph Waldo Trine – The Wayfarer on the Open Road.pdf
    Ralph Waldo Trine – This Mystical Life of Ours.pdf
    Ralph Waldo Trine – What All the World’s A-Seeking.pdf
    Rensselaer Dey – The Magic Story.pdf
    Samuel Smiles – Self-Help – National and Individual.pdf
    The Art of Money Getting.pdf
    The Creative Process in the Individual – Thomas Troward.pdf
    The Dore Lectures on Mental Science – Thomas Troward.pdf
    The Edinburgh Lectures – Thomas Troward.pdf
    The Law and the Word – Thomas Troward.pdf
    The Richest Man in Babylon.pdf
    The Science of Being Great.pdf
    The Science Of Being Well.pdf
    Theron Dumont – The Art and Science of Personal Magnetism.pdf
    Theron Dumont – The Power of Concentration.pdf
    Thomas Troward – The Creative Process in the Individual.pdf
    Thomas Troward – The Dore Lectures on Mental Science.pdf
    Thomas Troward – The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science.pdf
    Thoreau – Walking.pdf
    W. R. C. Latson – Secrets of Mental Supremacy.pdf
    Warren Felt Evans – The Mental Cure.pdf
    William Atkinson – Practical Mental Influence.pdf
    William Atkinson – The Secret of Success.pdf
    William Atkinson – Thought Vibration.pdf
    William Atkinson – Thought-Force in Business and Everyday Life.pdf
    WORKING WITH GOD – Gardner Hunting.pdf
    Yorimoto Tashi – Influence.pdf

  170. charles williams June 12, 2014 Reply

    Wow !!!! I love it Preston you have a list of some really good reads.

  171. I’m currently reading “Instinct” By T.D Jakes. I think this might be up your alley. 🙂

  172. Clint Leffingwell July 7, 2014 Reply

    Since you have already mentioned the Bible, I will list #’s 2, 3, and 4:

    1. Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna (the 2nd most influential religious book I have ever read). It probably should have been titled, “The Bible – Part II”.

    2. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (because I hate corporate bureaucracy).

    3. Rigged by Ben Mezrich (because there is no business as sexy as the oil business…not even sex itself). (Runner-Up for kick-ass oil “bidness” book: The First Billion is the Hardest by T. Boone Pickens)

    Clint Leffingwell

    Think and Grow Rich
    Rich Dad Poor Dad
    The Lazy Investor
    The Success Principles
    The Goldmine Effect
    Message to Garcia

    Great List Preston!

  174. Tony Sindone August 14, 2014 Reply

    I’ve read many of the books on your list, Preston. But not all. Thanks for your list. I have some catching up to do! Great advice!!!

    Top three for me:

    “How To Win friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie,

    “An Inquiry Into The Nature And Causes Of The Wealth Of Nations” by Adam Smith,

    “The 4-Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferriss.


  175. Mark Powers August 19, 2014 Reply

    My best books? See:

    The Bible
    The Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ
    Creating a Bug-Free Mind by Andy Shaw
    Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
    Anything written by Neal A. Maxwell
    Anything written by C.S. Lewis

  176. Having read 9 books from the list, I also feel that those books were profound and influential to me. I really appreciate having this list to use as I continue my journey. Most appreciated!

  177. Ones I always turn to:

    Any of Donald Trumps’ books

    Magic of Thinking Big– David Schwartz

    Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff– (because you need to let go of outside “stuff” to concentrate on yourself)

    Also along the same vein: The Magic of Letting Go-Melodie Beattie

    Obviously, the Bible.

    As it says these are just a few that I turn to.

    I will be checking out a lot of the books mentioned in your list and others!


  178. The Book of Mormon
    The Pearl of Great Price
    Rough Stone Rolling – Bushman

  179. Peter Snell November 15, 2014 Reply


  180. Wow Preston, you really have inspired me to read more! Could you please tell me what your daily reading routine is? I want to copy that 🙂 Thank you

  181. Think and Grow Rich
    Rich Man Poor Man
    7 Habits of Successful People

  182. Alice Murphy June 13, 2015 Reply

    Bible, Spirtual Roots of Human Behavior by Stephen R Covet, Logotherapy by Viktor Frankl. I, too, love to read and will certainly add some of your books to my list. Someone, when quoting Merton in a movie, also recommended someone whose name sounded like “Havelle?'” Any ideas? My search has been frustratingly fruitless.

  183. I loved reading this post. As a previous teacher, I wish I had this to share with my students. As an avid reader mostly paying attention to fiction, I think it is time for me to switch over to non-fiction and begin with this list. But, with all that said, I would choose the following to have on a deserted island:
    1. To Kill a Mockingbird
    2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    3. The Satanic Verses

  184. I love that info.u are rite people don’t read but I do so keep me in formed on all the books an ur name an email If I can have it plz.I want all those books sent to email plz.I’m getting them.

  185. Denise Southard October 6, 2015 Reply

    Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

    Diabesity by Francine R. Kaufman, MD – you don’t have to be diabetic to enjoy this book. Her life as a doctor is fascinating.

    The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig – a girl in exile

  186. Kay Garrett October 22, 2015 Reply

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  190. I love your commitment and determination for wisdom,I use to read a lot before and it improved my life.Iam greatly challenged by your list,I actually got a lot of books now but I have not be reading as I used to.I need to get back to reading now and seeking wisdom.
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    #3 Love the only way to victory by Kenneth E Haggin

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