I’ve been crushing books recently; about one a week for the last few months. Some I liked. Some I loved. Some were just kinda okay. I base a large chunk of my decisions on recommendations so I thought you might like to know what I thought of these books. Maybe you can find something awesome here.
Here are the books I’ve read in the last few months:
I liked it. It gave me a lot of energy to hustle when I really needed it a few weeks back. It also scared me because, as much motivation as I have, I know I won’t be Elon Musk. This one also made me realize how small some of our work is. Wouldn’t it be nice to truly change the world? If you’re looking for a good biography, pick this one up.
I really liked it. As you can see from this list, I’ve been on quite the SEAL kick. They give me a lot of motivation to train for and endure GORUCK events. I found this one to be really good because, unlike a lot of other SEAL books, this one concentrates a lot on techniques rather than just saying “push through that shit.” I enjoyed the discussion on focus and meditation. I recommend this one to anyone training hard for a GORUCK event or marathon.
I liked it. It’s the story of a middle-aged DC reporter who gets back into running after many years because his college-aged daughter asked him to run a marathon with her. He did and then kept going, eventually tackling a 50-mile ultra. It’s a great story about running and family. I recommend to all runners, especially older runners and beginners.
I really loved this book. It’s basically an introduction into Stoicism without having to read the ancient writings of Seneca or Marcus Aurelius. How do you stay calm and push through during times of adversity? How do you actually turn your obstacle into power? How do you take all the hard shit from life, learn from it and use it as the tool that helps you kick ass? That’s what this book is all about. I strongly recommend it to anyone going through a tough time, anyone training for a tough event and all entrepreneurs.
It was just blah. This was a short book I picked up before my first marathon because I knew I would hit that wall and want to give up. It’s not that it’s a bad read, but after knocking out a few GORUCK events, I learned nothing new here. I would recommend to anyone who hasn’t done an endurance event but is training for one.
I would say that I really liked it. I am close to loving it, but sometime found it hard to connect with the writer because she’s a woman. She does a great job of breaking down the norms everyone feels and the excuses they tell themselves about why they can’t be a badass and live the most awesome life ever. It’s a great life improvement book. I recommend it to everyone not already being a badass, which is like 98% of you.
Loved it. I read this short book in a day. Mark Cuban is just a badass and his stories made this a page turner. I recommend this one to all entrepreneurs.
Loved it. Two former Navy SEALS tell their war stories and then explain how lessons learned in battle can be used in business. I recommend this one to anyone as fascinated with SEALS as I am and to all entrepreneurs and managers.
Loved loved loved it! This is now one of my favorite books. You’ve probably seen the movie by now, which was phenomenal also. It did the book justice but, for time constraints, couldn’t include much of the awesome detail. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, this is the story of an astronaut stranded on Mars alone after a failed mission. It’s all about the human spirit and survival. It’s also funny as hell. This isn’t some science fiction nerd book. It just happens to be in space. I recommend it to every human.
This book was good. It’s about Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes and his journey to become one of the world’s elite long-distance runners. I liked it but didn’t love it, mainly because I just don’t like Karnazes as much as I like Scott Jurek. His attitude kinda rubs me the wrong way at times. Still, I recommend it to all runners.
I loved this book. It’s funny as shit! It’s all about a successful young businessman who wants to shake up his life, so he invites a Navy SEAL to live with him for 31 days. This SEAL is an Ultramarathoner who holds the world record for pull-ups so, yeah, he’s a badass. He spends a month putting the businessman through hell every day, tailing him everywhere he goes, including business meetings. I have to recommend this book to everyone, especially those who have become complacent in life as well as fitness types like my F3 brothers.
I loved this book. Everyone who has read my favorite book, Born to Run, knows of Scott Jurek. He’s a badass ultra marathoner who accomplishes things that shouldn’t even be humanly possible. And he does it all on a vegan diet. This book is part biography and part cookbook. I strongly recommend it to all runners.
I liked it a lot. Here a Navy SEAL talks about his life and what led him to become a SEAL, where he learned that the world’s troubles cannot be solved with just strength. With strength and power, we must also show love. But unlike what a lot of liberals think, love alone will not fix the world. Love must be backed up by strength and the willingness to kick a little ass. I recommend this book to everyone.
I liked it. Greitens’ second book is a list of letters for his buddy, another former Navy SEAL, who was down on his luck. Here, Greitens explains how to harness the power of resilience to push through the hard times and become a better person. I recommend this book to people who have ever been down on their luck.
I liked it, although I didn’t love it as much as I loved Jurek’s book. I did like it more than I like Karnazes’ book. Rich Roll is another vegan ultra marathoner. He became famous after doing five ironman-distance triathlons on five islands of Hawaii in under a week. This book is about his journey from being a drug addict to being a badass, with a whole lot of veganism mixed in. I recommend this book to all runners.
It was okay. I didn’t love it as much as a lot of runners do. Here, Murakami tells little stories about his journey to long-distance running. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good book. But for some reason it just didn’t suck me in. It wasn’t a page turner. It’s just okay. However, I seem to be in the minority here as it appears on almost every list of “must-read” running books. So, I guess I recommend it for all runners.