Your 2019 Motivational Reading List, brought to you by the Best Self Alliance

In need of some fresh reading for 2019, I turned to the ‘Best Self Alliance’; a Facebook community managed by the Best Self Co who develop tools for productivity, goal setting and achieving personal success.

My quest for the group was simple:

“The best and most motivational books you’ve read during 2018…Go! 🤘📚”

Over the next 5 days, over 200 books were listed, resulting in over 170 individual recommendations. So I took the next logical step and popped them all into a spreadsheet and ranked them by the number of times they were recommended.

The refreshing thing about this list is that it doesn’t just contain the usual suspects of ‘must read’ books that will help you win at life. It’s an eclectic mix of old and new titles full of variety.

So, here they are by order of popularity:

1. Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k, Mark Manson (7)
2. 12 Week Year, Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington (5)
3. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Dr Jordan Peterson (4)
4. The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson (4)
5. Atomic Habits, James Clear (4)
6. Dare to Lead, Brené Brown (3)
7. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, Michael E. Gerber (3)
8. Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong, Eric Barker (2)
9. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, 2nd Ed, Patterson, Grenny & McMillan (2)
10. Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday (2)
11. High Performance Habits, Brendon Burchard (2)
12. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie (2)
13. Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek (2)
14. Medical Medium: Life-Changing Foods, Anthony William (2)
15. No Joke, Untethered Soul, Michael Singer (2)
16. So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport (2)
17. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek (2)
18. The Bullet Journal Method, Ryder Carroll (2)
19. The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy (2)
20. The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy, Jon Gordon (2)
21. The Four Agreements. A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Don Miguel Ruiz (2)
22. Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill (2)
23. Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss (2)
24. The Four Hour Work Week, Tim Ferriss (2)
25. The Inside Out Revolution, Michael Neill (2)
26. 10% Happier, Dan Harris (1)
27. 100 Year Life. Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, Lynda Gratton, Andrew Scott (1)
28. 1000 Unforgettable Senior Moments: Of Which We Could Remember Only 246, Tom Friedman (1)
29. 48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene (1)
30. 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni (1)
31. 5 Second Rule, Also a TED Talk (1)
32. A Marriage in Dog Years: A Memoir, Nancy Balbirer (1)
33. A Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes (1)
34. As a Man Thinketh, James Allen (1)
35. Awaken Your Alpha, ADAM LEWIS. WALKER (1)
36. Becoming Supernatural: How Common People are Doing the Uncommon, Dr. Joe Dispenza (1)
37. Becoming, Michelle Obama (1)
38. Being Boss, Kathleen Shannon & Emily Thompson (1)
39. Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hahn (1)
40. Believe Bigger, Marshawn Evans Daniels (1)
41. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (1)
42. Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (1)
43. Billionaire Cab Driver: Timeless Lessons for Financial Success, Joseph J. Tallal (1)
44. Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It (Unabridged), Charlamagne Tha God (1)
45. Blue Ocean Strategy, Renée Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim (1)
46. Bounce, Matthew Syed (1)
47. Built to Sell. Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You, John Warrillow (1)
48. Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins (1)
49. Circle of Life, Mark Drouin (1)
50. Clockwork, Mike Michalowicz (1)
51. Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, Liza Mundy (1)
52. Connecting to Life through F.U.N., Paul J Long (1)
53. Creating a Bug Free Mind, Andy Shaw (1)
54. Creating the Impossible, Michael Neill (1)
55. Daily Stoic, Ryan Holiday (1)
56. Diabetes Fix, Mike Geary, CN, CPT and Catherine Ebeling, RN, BsN (1)
57. Eat That Frog!: Get More Of The Important Things Done Today, Brian Tracy (1)
58. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, Alfred Lansing (1)
59. eSCAPE: The 4 Stages Of A Successful Entrepreneur, Anik Singal (1)
60. Everybody Always, Bob Goff (1)
61. Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink & Leif Babin (1)
62. Finish. Give yourself the gift of done, Jon Acuff (1)
63. Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1)
64. Freedom, INC.: Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth, Brian M Carney (1)
65. Girl wash your face, Rachel Hollis (1)
66. Go Pro: 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional, Eric Worre (1)
67. Grace not Perfection, Emily Ley (1)
68. Great Historical Coincidences: How Good Luck Changed the Course of Science and History, Pere Romanillos (1)
69. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth (1)
70. Growth Mindset, Carol Dweck (1)
71. Guilt is the teacher, love is the lesson, Joan Borysenko P.H.D. (1)
72. Hi Bob! Bob Newhart in Conversation with Famous Friends, Bob Newhart, with Will Ferrell , Jimmy Kimmel , Lisa Kudrow , Judd Apatow , Conan O’Brien , Sarah Silverman , Marc Maron (1)
73. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J. D. Vance (1)
74. Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America, Steve Ross (1)
75. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari (1)
76. How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success, Frank Bettger (1)
77. How to Negotiate Anything, Anywhere, Herb Cohen (1)
78. How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You, The Oatmeal (1)
79. Interrupt the Pattern, Darren Stott (1)
80. It’s Our Ship, Captain D Michael Abrashoff (1)
81. Jailbird, a novel, Kurt Vonnegut (1)
82. Joyful: The surprising power of ordinary things to create extraordinary happiness, Ingrid Fetell Lee (1)
83. Key Person of Influence, Daniel Priestley (1)
84. Last Lecture, Randy Pautsch (1)
85. Laws of Humankind, Robert Green (1)
86. Leveraging the Universe, Mike Dooley (1)
87. Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want, Daniel Harkavy, Michael Hyatt, and Michael S. Hyatt (1)
88. Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson (1)
89. Magic of thinking big, David J. Schwartz (1)
90. Mans search for meaning, Viktor Frankl (1)
91. Measure What Matters, John Doerr (1)
92. Mindset , Carol Dweck (1)
93. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: The Life of Rosa Parks, Douglas Brinkley (1)
94. Navigating chaos: how to find certainty in uncertain situations, Jeff Boss (1)
95. New rules of marketing & PR, David Meerman Scott (1)
96. No Go: The Art of Asking without Demanding, Joe Polite (1)
97. On Fire, John O Leary (1)
98. Opportunity, Eben Pagan (1)
99. Oversubscribed: How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You, Daniel Priestley (1)
100. Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex, Aubrey Marcus (1)
101. Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts, Ryan Holiday (1)
102. PMBoK 6th edition, Project Management Institute (1)
103. Pompeii, a historical novel, Robert Harris (1)
104. Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle (1)
105. Profit First, Mike Michalowicz (1)
106. Radically Happy, Phakchok Rinpoche (1)
107. Reality Base Leadership, Cy Wakeman (1)
108. Rebirth, Kamal Ravikant (1)
109. Results, Jamie Smart (1)
110. Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do With Your Life, Roadtrip Nation (1)
111. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson (1)
112. Skill with People, Les Giblin (1)
113. Smartcuts, Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking, Shane Snow (1)
114. Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets: An Audible Original, Stephen Fry (1)
115. Stop Saying You’re Fine, Mel Robbins (1)
116. Surge, Jay Bernard (1)
117. Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall — and Those Fighting to Reverse It, Steven Brill (1)
118. Take the Stairs, Rory Vaden (1)
119. Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience, Michael Gazzaniga (1)
120. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure, Grant Cardone (1)
121. The 50th Law, Robert Greene (1)
122. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey (1)
123. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (1)
124. The Anatomy of Peace; Resolving the Heart of Conflict, The Arbinger Institute (1)
125. The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer (1)
126. The Art of Dealing with People, Les Giblin (1)
127. The Art of Gathering: How we meet and why it matters, Priya Parker (1)
128. The Art of Habit: Why we Do What We Do, Charles Duhigg (1)
129. The Badass Life, Christmas Abbott (1)
130. The Battle of Valle Giulia, Alessandro Portelli (1)
131. The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level, Gay Hendricks (1)
132. The Big Questions of Philosophy, The Great Courses; taught, Professor David Kyle Johnson (1)
133. The Chosen, Chaim Potek (1)
134. The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy (1)
135. The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea at the right time, Allen Gannett (1)
136. The Dinosaur Hunters: A True Story of Scientific Rivalry And the Discovery of the Prehistoric World, Deborah Cadbury (1)
137. The Go-Getter, Peter B Kyne (1)
138. The Goal, Eliyahu M. Goldratt (1)
139. The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor (1)
140. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin (1)
141. The Lines We Leave Behind, Eliza Graham (1)
142. The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation, Michael Matthews (1)
143. The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz (1)
144. The Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod (1)
145. The Motivation Manifesto, Brendon Burchard (1)
146. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (1)
147. The Power of Zero: How to Get to the 0% Tax Bracket and Transform Your Retirement (Revised and Updated), David McKnight (1)
148. The President Is Missing, Bill Clinton and James Patterson (1)
149. The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity (Unabridged), Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy (1)
150. The Purpose Project, Carolyn Tate (1)
151. The Ragged Edge of Night, Olivia Hawker (1)
152. The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace Wattles (1)
153. The Space Within, Michael Neill (1)
154. The Success Principles, Jack Canfield (1)
155. The Sun Does Shine, Anthony Ray Hinton (1)
156. The Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey (1)
157. The War of Art, Steven Pressfield (1)
158. The Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes (1)
159. Think & Grow Rich, Napolean Hill (1)
160. Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders, L. David Marquet (1)
161. Twin Flames: Finding your Ultimate Lover, Jeff Divine and Shaleia Divine (1)
162. UNSCRIPTED: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship, MJ DeMarco (1)
163. Warrior Goddess Training, Heather Ash Amara (1)
164. Well Designed Life, Kyra Bobinet (1)
165. What Every Body Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People, Joe Navarro with Marvin Karlins (1)
166. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful, Marshall Goldsmith (1)
167. Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love, Esther Perel (1)
168. Who Are You Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality, Brian R. Little (1)
169. Willpower, Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney (1)
170. Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Anana Giridharadas (1)

So, which one will you be reading first? Let me know in the comments.