2017 Books Of Titans Rankings

2017 Rankings


I kept a running ranking as I read each of the 51 books from the 2017 Books of Titans reading list. Here is my final list. This is the list in order of most to least-enjoyable to me. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the overall quality of the book or its importance. Rather, these are the books that moved me, challenged me, or created great joy in me as I read them.

1Man’s Search for MeaningViktor Frankl
2Once an EagleAnton Myrer
3The Right StuffTom Wolfe
4Heraclitean FireErwin Chargaff
5Start with WhySimon Sinek
6The Fourth TurningWilliam Strauss
7GenerationsWilliam Strauss
8About FaceColonel David H. Hackworth
9The Autobiography of Malcom XMalcom X
10DebtDavid Graeber
11The Things they CarriedTim O’Brien
12OpenAndre Agassi
13The War of ArtSteven Pressfield
14The Art of LearningJosh Waitzkin
15The Effective ExecutivePeter Drucker
16Ogilvy on AdvertisingDavid Ogilvy
17Gates of FireSteven Pressfield
18Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern WorldJack Weatherford
19The Old Man and the SeaErnest Hemingway
20One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel Garcia Marquez
21How Proust Can Change Your LifeAlain de Botton
22Deep SurvivalLaurence Gonzales
23The Artist’s Way: Morning Pages JournalJulia Cameron
24WaldenHenry David Thoreau
25West with the NightBeryl Markham
26Bird by BirdAnne Lamott
27Natural Born HeroesChristopher McDougall
28The 22 Immutable Laws of MarketingAl Ries, Jack Trout
29The InevitableKevin Kelly
30The Graveyard BookNeil Gaiman
31The Power of PersuasionRobert Levine
32Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me)Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
33The RepublicPlato
34DuneFrank Herbert
35Show Your WorkAustin Kleon
36Iacocca: An AutobiographyLee Iacocca, William Novak
37Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!Richard Feynman
38Touching the RockJohn Hull
39On the Shortness of LifeSeneca
40OutliersMalcom Gladwell
41Age of PropagandaAnthony Pratkanis, Elliot Aronson
42Maxims and ReflectionsGoethe
43Leaves of GrassWalt Whitman
44HookedNir Eyal
45Think TwiceMichael Mauboussin
46WhoGeoff Smart, Randy Street
47Born Standing Up: A Comic’s LifeSteve Martin
48Stone SoupMarcia Brown
49Buck Up, Suck Up…Foul UpJames Carville / Paul Begala
50VagabondingRolf Potts
51Blood MeridianCormac McCarthy

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2018 Rankings