You’ve got a few days off, right? Besides eating, hanging out with the fam and playing with the kids, there are a few things I enjoy more than a good book.

Even if I only have time to read in the evenings once the kids go to bed.

Here are some of my favourite books I read/listened to this year:

The Road by Cormack McCarthy. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so anxious while reading a book – in a good way. I wanted to start again as soon as I finished.

Heat 2 by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner. Mann’s film Heat from 1995 is my all-time favourite. If you’ve seen the movie and liked it, you’ll like this one too. If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t read this until you have because none of the stuff will make any sense.

Human Mind by Paul Bloom. A super interesting book about all things brain and mind. Bloom is the Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University and has a knack for distilling all his knowledge into an enjoyable and accessible book for us laypeople. Extra points that it’s not a self-help book.

Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are by Robert Plomin. How much does nurture shape us into who we are? Not much, according to this book. A good read for anyone who wants to have a more empathetic way of looking at the world.

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. My attempt to have a better understanding of the basics of economics. This book was first published seven popes ago (I checked) but came highly recommended from various sources. It’s stood the test of time in explaining the principles in simple terms.

Good Inside by Dr Becky Kennedy. It’s not a stretch to call this book a parenting revolution. If this is what it’s like to be in a cult, I am all for it.

Hello, My Name Is Awesome by Alexandra Watkins. In case you need some inspiration for (re)naming your business. It is actionable with an outside-the-box framework that helps you name your business/podcast/whatever in a way that doesn’t make your customers want to die when they see it. It’s also short and free of the typical marketing book bullshit.

The Coaching Business Prescription by Scott Perry. Speaking of business books, this has become my go-to recommendation for someone starting a new service business. But also for the more experienced service business owners who need help with traction. There is so much actionable, fluff-free, down-to-earth value in so few pages. I read it in one sitting.

Merry Christmas, if you’re into it. If not, hope you’re having a stunning Monday.

-J