Recommended Reading List
A good portion of my life is spent reading books and soaking up as much knowledge and wisdom as I can from them. I created this page specifically to share some of my favourite books from the areas I like to read about.
Each of these books has given me important life lessons, insights or moments of inspiration that have changed my life for the better. It's my hope that they will do the same for you.
I've separated my recommended books into the following categories:
- Writing & Creativity Books
- Leadership Books
- Martial Arts Books
- Philosophy Books
- Personal Development Books
Also, before you delve into the below list it's important for me to disclose that some of the books in this list contain affiliate links, which means that if you choose to purchase one or more, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please do not spend any money on these books unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Recommended books on Writing & Creativity
A fundamental book on breaking through creative blocks and learning how to express yourself as a creative person. Pressfield shares his own personal battles and frustrations with the craft and delivers timeless wisdom that will stay with you long after you are finished reading.
If you enjoy the War of Art you will definitely love Turning Pro. The follow up to his first book, this one is a manifesto on professionalism - on taking yourself from the realms of the amateur and putting yourself in the arena as a full time pro.
This is a personal favourite of mine, because It's the first book I can honestly say that made me want to become a writer. The way Gladwell was able to convey ideas and unfold them through a story or character in this book was unlike anything I had ever read before. I was hooked and read all of his books shortly after (which I would also recommend). Just read the introduction on the Biblical battle of David and Goliath and I guarantee you will be hooked.
An incredibly helpful resource full of practical guidance from one of the leaders in the content creation field. This book will give you the clarity and strategy you need to create a range of high quality written content for any platform.
Another fantastic resource for anyone who writes. Mark Forsyth dissects the language and rhetoric tools we never learned in school and delves into how they have been used in some of the most impactful ways. Want to know why Yoda's dialogue is so memorable? What is so appealing about the lyrics to Hotel California? Or what Charles Dickens and Katy Perry have in common? It's all explained in this book.