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Just as I love to immerse myself in a fictional story of faraway lands or great adventures, I have an equal fondness of books that make me wiser. It is a fondness that has come to me within the last couple of years, as I’ve primarily been fixated on fiction novels in my youth and early 20’s. So just as the Big Read (which I’ve written about in this post), I wanted a similar reading list of 100 top books of a wide range of non-fiction titles.

Fortunately, I have been attending multiple courses of the successful American entrepreneur and book enthusiast Tai Lopez. He reads a lot, in fact, he reads a book a day! So naturally, it must add up to a lot of books.

Read More Non-Fiction!

Tai advices everyone who wants to become successful to read a lot, especially books from which to draw knowledge and gain insight into most aspects of life and the world, in general. In one of his courses, the 67 Steps, he uses his acquired knowledge from his books (and own experiences, obviously) to provide the attendee wth 67 lessons on how to improve your life and gaining success. So it’s not for nothing!

Given the amount of books consumed by Tai, I am of the opinion that he has a certain say when recommending what books to read. And naturally, he has made a list of his top 195 book recommendations.

As a beginning, I have chosen to go for the top 100 books on his list. Since I am completing this list in conjunction with the Big Read and within a set time frame of five years, 195 books besides the 100 fiction titles would be too much of a mouthful (for me, at least). But I am definitely going to read the remaining 95 books after completing the first 100. Perhaps that’s a challenge for the last half of the 2020’s?

Nonetheless, below is the list of the top 100 books of Tai Lopez’ recommendations. I have crossed out the read ones, and added a completion date, so you can follow my progress.

The Top 100 Books

  1. Managing Oneself, Peter F. Drucker (20.01.27)
  2. Evolutionary Psychology, David Buss
  3. Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud (20.03.14)
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  5. Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger (20.02.14)
  6. The Selfish Gene, Richard Dawkins
  7. The Lessons of History, Will & Ariel Durant
  8. Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl
  9. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, Jerry Weintraub
  10. The Folly of Fools, Robert Trivers
  11. The H Factor of Personality, Kibeom Lee & Michael C. Ashton
  12. The One Thing, Gary Keller
  13. The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, Will Durant
  14. The Complete Story of Civilization, Will Durant
  15. Made in America, Sam Walton (20.01.22)
  16. The Decision Book, Mikael Krogerus
  17. Poor Charlie’s Almanack, Peter Kaufman
  18. Disrupt You!, Jay Samit
  19. A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers, Warren Buffett
  20. Michael Jordan: The Life, Roland Lazenby
  21. All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  22. The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt
  23. Salt, Sugar, Fat, Michael Moss
  24. Awaken the Giant Within, Anthony Robbins
  25. The Hiltons, J. Randy Taraborrelli
  26. Grinding It Out, Ray Croc
  27. The Everything Store, Brad Stone (20.02.22)
  28. Inheritance, Sharon Moalem
  29. Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, Alan Miller & Satoshi Kanazawa
  30. Social, Matthew D. Lieberman
  31. Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  32. The Theory of Everything, Stephen Hawking
  33. Contagious, Jonah Berger
  34. Misbehaving, Richard H. Thaler
  35. Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders 1965-2016, Warren Buffet & Max Olson
  36. Attached, Amir Levine & Rachel Heller
  37. President Me, Adam Carolla
  38. Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
  39. Dollars and Sex, Dr. Marina Adshade
  40. The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, David S. Landes
  41. An Autobiography, Mohandas Gandhi
  42. The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan
  43. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  44. Switch, Chip & Dan Heath
  45. The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley (20.01.13)
  46. Holy Cows & Hog Heaven, Joel Salatin
  47. The Evolution of Desire, David M. Buss
  48. Lying, Sam Harris
  49. Eat the Yolks, Liz Wolfe
  50. The Moral Landscape, Sam Harris
  51. I Am Ozzy, Ozzy Osbourne
  52. The Conversion Code, Chris Smith
  53. The Fish That Ate the Whale, Rich Cohen
  54. Willpower, Roy Baumeister & John Tierney
  55. The Essential Drucker, Peter F. Drucker
  56. Beyond Religion, Dalai Lama
  57. No One Understands You and What to Do About It, Heidi Grant Halvorson
  58. Anxious, Joseph Ledoux
  59. Hatching Twitter, Nick Bilton
  60. The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz, Ph. D.
  61. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Robert B. Cialdini
  62. Compelling People, John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut
  63. Personality Psychology, Randy J. Larsen & David M. Buss
  64. Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser
  65. King of Capital, David Carey & John E. Morris
  66. Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore
  67. Cosmos, Carl Sagan
  68. Anthropology, Carol Ember, Melvin Ember & Peter Peregrine
  69. How Google Works, Eric Schmidt
  70. Screw It, Let’s Do It, Richard Branson
  71. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  72. Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson
  73. King Rat, James Clavell
  74. The Art of Strategy, Avinash K. Dixit & Barry J. Nalebuff
  75. Alaska, James A. Michener
  76. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  77. The Self-Made Billionaire Effect, John Sviokla & Mitch Cohen
  78. Bounce, Matthew Syed
  79. Subliminal, Leonard Mlodinow
  80. Socrates: A Man For Our Times, Paul Johnson
  81. Plowman’s Folly, Edward H. Faulkner
  82. Mother Teresa, Kathryn Spink
  83. Great By Choice, Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen
  84. The Winner Effect, Ian H. Robertson
  85. The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life, Alice Schroeder
  86. The Story of Philosophy, Will Durant
  87. Five Easy Decades, Dennis McDougal
  88. Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  89. Fooled By Randomness, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  90. Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
  91. Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb (20.03.09)
  92. The Last Season, Phil Jackson
  93. A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
  94. Principles of Economics, N. Gregory Mankiw
  95. Super Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  96. Tested Advertising Methods, John Caples
  97. Smart Pricing, Jagmohan Raju & Z. John Zhang
  98. How to Get Rich, Felix Dennis
  99. Pitch Anything, Oren Klaff
  100. Confessions of an Advertising Man, David Ogilvy

Also, as I’ve already teased, I’m doing an ultimate reading challenge for the next five years up until the end of 2024? I would love for you to join me! 200 books in five years, ranging from classic fiction and high fantasy to history and biographies. If it’s too much, just stick to the one list – you’re still a badass!

You should definitely join my newsletter, as well, for updates on my progress. And don’t hesitate to tell me about yours on or right here!


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