2016 Book list. (with reviews!!)

Gorilla Mindset, Mike Cernovich – This book is easy to read and understand. It made me realize how important “self-talk” is and how negative “self-talk” can stifle you. The book has some easy tactics that you can implement immediately in order to gain control over your mindset. Mentally “checking in,” for example when you are doing things or arriving at a destination and how that helps focus. It’s definitely worth reading. Cernovich also has a huge following on Twitter if you’re so inclined.

Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, Meg Meeker, M.D. – I’ve got 3 daughters so I need all the help I can get. This book has some wonderful ideas and strategies on how to handle dating, relationship advice etc. I definitely recommend this to anyone who has a daughter, no matter what age. If you’re anything like me and you want to be the best Dad possible, then this book will help you get there.

The Investment Answer, Daniel Goldie, CFA, CFP® – This guy essentially shares my stance on investing, which is probably why I like it. This is a book that can be read in a single sitting. (Unless you’re an antsy dude who can’t sit still like me). It’s easy to understand and it’s written in plain English. This book pulls the veil off the active stock management mutual fund industry and the crap they sell you. If you like saving money on fees and getting better performance you will like this book.

Index Funds, Mark Hebner – This book is chalked full of great data. It’s a little more wordy and takes more focus than “The Investment Answer” but it’s a nice and informative read. This particular book was the springboard for my quest of knowledge on the topic of active vs passive stock management. This book is by no means a casual read FYI, so if you’re interested in investing and want detail then this is your book.

Principle Based Investing, Alan Skrainka, CFA – I’ve known Alan’s work, and him personally, my entire career. He’s a regular on CNBC, Fox Business, USA Today as well as other national media outlets. He’s a knowledgeable and trustworthy financial analyst. This book has time tested, simple investment concepts and strategies. This book will teach you NOT to follow what everyone else is doing any why that’s a big mistake. Want to know why bond prices change? Want to know if you should invest today or wait? Want to know why professional management can probably make you more money? If so, this book is right up your alley.

Voices from Chernobyl, Svetlana Alexievich – I’ve always been fascinated with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. I don’t really know why, but I can’t get enough information on what happened there as well as the resulting fallout after the initial disaster. On the recommendation of a client who has actually been there, I bought this. He warned me about this book and how graphic and depressing it was. He was right. It was so disturbing I literally couldn’t finish it. I think I read half of it, maybe less. It contains first hand accounts of survivors and what they saw before, during and after the meltdown. This is not for the faint of heart. Some of the stories haunted me for weeks. I’m not joking.

Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday – I just finished this one. I really enjoyed it. It showed me how one’s ego can really stand in the way of personal growth and the achievement of goals. Not only that, but an unchecked ego can harm relationships as well. I know what the title says, but this isn’t one of those “I’m gonna cut you down to size” type of books. He has a unique take on ego and what it does to people. This isn’t a long book and could be read in a weekend.

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