Top 10 Most Impactful Books for 2019

At our last team meeting of the year we played a game which needed a prize. So inspired by a buddy of mine I decided on an impactful book. The winner chooses one of from top 10 most impactful books for the year.

Good idea, but it required me to define my list. Now it is done, I thought I would share it here.

My Top 10 Most Impactful Books for 2019

  1. Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon – Dr. Joe Dispenza
  2. A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle
  3. The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery – Don Miguel Ruiz
  4. The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life – Geshe Michael Roach
  5. Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life – Nir Eyal
  6. Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too – Gary Vaynerchuk
  7. Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling – Matthew Dicks
  8. Climate: A New Story – Charles Eisenstein
  9. Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul – Stuart Brown
  10. Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life – Dave Asprey

Have you read these? And how do they rate for you?

Below I have included my full book list for 2019 so you can see what I had to choose these from. When you look at the list below you will see in the parentheses a few things:

  • The number of times I read it. E.g. >X10L means more than 10 Listens
  • And my initial rating (Top, Great or Good)

I am a big believer that the right book appears at the moment it is meant to, so the following booklist may give you an insight into what was going on for me during this year. I am also hugely grateful for every book author who puts their soul into writing a book. It is a monstrous feat. The wisdom I glean from each is greatly appreciated.

Here’s my full book list for the year as at December 21 2019

  1. Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon – Dr. Joe Dispenza (>X10L, Top)
  2. Killing Floor: A Jack Reacher Novel – Lee Child
  3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari
  4. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari
  5. Past Tense – Lee Child
  6. Let my People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman – Including 10 More Years of Business Unusual – Yvon Chouinard 
  7. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate – Naomi Klein
  8. A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle (X7L, Top)
  9. The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery – Don Miguel Ruiz (X5L, Top)
  10. The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship – Don Miguel Ruiz
  11. Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty – Patrick Lencioni (X2L, Good)
  12. Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life – Dave Asprey (X2L, Good)
  13. Karmic Management: What Goes Around Comes Around in Your Business and Your Life – Geshe Michael Roach, Christie McNally and Michael Gordon (X5L, Great)
  14. The Toltec Art of Life and Death – Don Miguel Ruiz
  15. The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life – Geshe Michael Roach (X6L, H&A, Top)
  16. Ancient Futures – Helena Norberg-Hodge
  17. The Power of Vulnerability – Brene Brown
  18. Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul – Stuart Brown (X2L Good)
  19. The Power of Moments : Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact – Chip and Dan Heath (X2L Good)
  20. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. – Brene Brown
  21. Whale Done! The Power of Positive Relationships – Ken Blanchard
  22. Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work – David Rock
  23. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One – Dr. Joe Dispenza (X3L, Great)
  24. Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds – David Goggins
  25. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want – John Gray
  26. The Laws of Human Nature – Robert Greene (X2L Good)
  27. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know – Malcolm Gladwell (X2L Great)
  28. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People & The 8th Habit (Special 3-Hour Abridgement) – Stephen R Covey (Refresher)
  29. Press Pause: A Young Person’s Guide to Managing Life’s Challenges – Catherine Singer (not for me)
  30. Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To – David A Sinclair (X2L, good)
  31. The Infinite Game – Simon Sinek (X2L Great)
  32. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson 
  33. Blue Moon – Lee Child
  34. Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever – Dave Asprey (X2L Good)
  35. Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope – Mark Manson
  36. Midnight Son – James Dommek Jr
  37. Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life – Nir Eyal (X3L, Top)
  38. Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams – Gabrielle Bernstein
  39. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones – James Clear
  40. Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too – Gary Vaynerchuk (X4L, Top)
  41. Stillness is the Key – Ryan Holiday
  42. The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
  43. What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture – Ben Horowitz
  44. Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling – Matthew Dicks (X4L, pages of notes! Top)
  45. Climate: A New Story – Charles Eisenstein (X2L, Top)
  46. The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) – Joseph Campbell, Stuart L. Brown – foreword, Phil Cousineau – editor
  47. Principles: Life and Work – Ray Dalio (X3L, Great)
  48. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself – Michael A. Singer
  49. The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection – Michael A. Singer
  50. This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See – Seth Godin (X2L, Good)
  51. The Hero With a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
  52. The Power of Myth: Programs 1-6 – Joseph Campbell & Bill Moyers (X2L, Good)
  53. The Alter Ego Effect: Defeat the Enemy, Unlock Your Heroic Self, and Start Kicking Ass – Todd Herman (X3L, Great)

Unfinished:

  1. Persuading Aristotle : The Timeless Art of Persuasion in Business, Negotiation and the Media-  Peter Thompson
  2. Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence – Lisa Cron

I am always keen to read more great books. What have been the most impactful for you this year?

Warmly,
Luke

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I'm Luke Faccini, a brand storyteller and strategist in Brisbane Australia.



I help conscious business people articulate and tell their authentic brand story to connect with their tribe. I love branding, business, and people with purpose.



My purpose is Helping Good Businesses Become Better Brands.

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