12 BOOKS TO READ IN 2022

Updated: Jan 21

If your goal is to read more this year, here is a list of my top recommended books I've read from last year.


1) Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins (Audiobook).


Can’t Hurt Me book cover by David Goggins

Rating: 5.0 (Must read recommended list)

Topic: Non-fiction/biography.

Bio from Goodreads

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse coloured his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes.


The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him "The Fittest (Real) Man in America."



Who Should Read This Book?


This book is for anyone interested in topics like mental toughness, overcoming life's obstacles, and self-discipline. David Goggins is a living example of what you are capable of overcoming by getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. This book is full of inspiration to anyone going through challenging times.


What can you expect?


You can expect to listen to an incredible story and some great takeaways in the book like;

The 40% Rule, the accountability mirror, the taking soul's concept and how to callus your mind.


Why is this book Helpful?


Personally, I read this book at the right time. Every winter, I really struggle with the lack of sunlight and get pretty depressed. After reading this book, I found myself wanting to go for runs, during -10 degrees weather, taking cold showers and asking for a pull-up bar for Christmas. Highly enjoyed the audiobook and teachings from this book. I will definitely reread this book more than one time.


Suggestions


If you want to get the full experience of this book, listen to the audiobook while going for runs/walks! I found myself wanting to go for runs every time I wanted to hear this book. It made it easier to get back into the habit of exercising plus, getting extra motivation along the way.


Read this book to go deeper into the topic of mental toughness in action. Learn how to overcome the struggles from the past and train the mind to get used to uncomfortable situations.


2) $100M Offers: How to Make Offers So Good People Feel Stupid Saying No by Alex Homozi.


$100M Offee book cover by Alex Hormozi

Rating: 5.0 (Must read recommended List.)

Topic: Non-fiction (Sales)

Bio from Amazon

Not that long ago though, my business had gotten so bad that I literally couldn’t even give my services away for free. At the end of each month, I would look at my bank account hoping to see progress (but there wasn’t). I knew something had to change...but what?






Who Should Read This Book?


If you are interested in learning more about sales and marketing, this is a go-to book packed with valuable information! A must-read book in its category.


What can you expect?


You can expect to learn concepts like; "The riches are in the niches", the price to value equation, pricing, the delivery cube, scarcity, urgency among many others. Very practical information and comes along with a free online course.


Why is this book Helpful?


If you are learning new skills and sales is one of them, this is an extremely useful book to learn about the principles of sales and how to apply them in your business.


Suggestions


This book is full of valuable information, make sure to make the most out of it by taking action along the way.


3) The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*CK by Mark Manson.


The subtle art of not giving a f*ck book cover by Mark Manson

Rating: 5.0 (Must read recommended List.)

Topic: Non-fiction (Psychology)

Bio from Goodreads

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.



Who Should Read This Book?


This book is definitely not for everyone. If you don't like cursing in books, this is definitely not for you. On the other hand, if you can look past the title and the cursing, you can find very useful concepts from psychology, Buddhism and ancient wisdom. The most common assumption about this book is that people think this book talks about not caring at all, when in fact the main premise of the book is that not caring about anything does not exist. We must care about things but the question is, what should we care about?


What can you expect?


You can definitely expect the word F*ck. Sometimes unnecessary (up for debate), but you can also expect really good concepts such as; Happiness comes from solving problems, choosing your struggle, self-awareness, values, taking responsibility, and the "Do Something Principle".


Why is this book Helpful?


Personally, I am someone who can look past the language and try to dig for the gold and there are definitely some golden nuggets. More notes on a different blog but one of my favourites was;


"We can't choose to not have problems at all, but we can choose the type of problems we want to have. Choose your struggle."


Suggestions


Read this book when you find yourself being overwhelmed by life. At the time, I was burned out and need to remind myself of what was truly important to care about. It was a pretty easy read, and I liked the examples and stories used in the book. Look past the language if needed, or even change it yourself. But don't let the title trigger you. It's just a title.


Note: I think everyone should give it a try and make their own conclusions.


4) Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (Audiobook).


Born a crime book cover by Trevor Noah

Rating: 5.0 (Must read recommended List)

Topic: Non-fiction/biography.

Bio from Goodreads

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison.






Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.



Who Should Read This Book?


If you want to learn more about the world without travelling, this book is just for you. Before reading this book I had no further knowledge of what it must be like to live in another continent such as Africa. Trevor does an incredible job at telling his story of growing up when the act of simply being born was illegal at the time in South Africa. Full of humour and cultural background information this is a must-read book.


What can you expect?


You can expect to laugh, learn and hear shocking true stories of Trevors Noah's upbringing. There is a very funny chapter in this book that made me laugh out loud when listening (You will know which one I am talking about when you hear it).


Why is this book Helpful?


This was a great book to broader your worldview and get to know Trevors Noah's story.


Suggestions


Listen to the audiobook version of the book. It adds a big part of the experience. Trevor Noah does an incredible job at telling his story.


5) Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson.


Sleep smarter book cover by Shawn Stevenson

Rating: 5.0 (Must read recommended List.)

Topic: Non-fiction (Health)

Bio from Amazon

When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That’s what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body, until he decided there must be a better way. Through better sleep and optimized nutrition, Stevenson not only healed his body but also achieved fitness and business goals he never thought possible.




Who Should Read This Book?


This is one of my go-to books when it comes to fixing your sleep. If you are looking to get really practical advice on how to fix your sleep, this is it.


What can you expect?


You can expect to get really practical advice on how to improve your sleep through different strategies such as; Knowing the value of sleep, getting to bed at the right time, fixing your gut to fix your sleep, creating a sleep sanctuary, get it blacked out, calm your inner chatter and more!