Here is the archive of all of the books I have read in 2015. I set a goal this year of reading 80 books and fell quite short. I still managed nearly a book a week so I’m quite happy with that.

49. The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday

This was my first introduction to ancient greek philosophy of stoicism, in which one is able to endure adversity and obstacles by focusing on what they can control, and turning what could be percieved as negatives into positives. It was chock full of inspirational stories from figures throughout history that survived and overcame difficult situations and impossible odds, and how we can apply their thought processes to get us through our own difficult times. What a great read!

48. Earthing – Clinton Ober

This book outlines all of the benefits of grounding (being in contact with the earth) on general health and wellbeing. Full of actual science and case studies, it gives quite the case for spending time every day grounded, something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my daily routine.

47. Body by Science – Doug McGuff and John Little

Redefining exercise minimalism. There is a mimimum effective dose for getting stronger, building muscle, and improving markers of health and more than likely most of us are doing too much. I loved how the author broke things down into simple scientific principles and easy to understand concepts. I believe their approach has scientific validity, but for me there is a minimum effective dose of exercise needed to keep my mental sanity and it’s far greater than the once a week they prescribe.

46. The Primal Connection Mark Sisson

The leading authority on primal living delivers an excellent read full of tactics to alleviate the stressors of high tech modern life and hearken back to the days of our ancestors. It focuses more on the mental aspect of health that is so often neglected  in today’s society where all we are concerned with is weight loss and looking good. Great applicable stuff in here

45. The Hidden Messages in WaterMasuro Emoto

This was a fascinating look on how different environmental factors and thoughts, images, and sounds can influence the formation of water crystals. The implications of how a positive mindset and environment can contribute to better health are interesting, given that are bodies are 60-70% water.

44. You Are the Placebo – Joe Dispenza

An interesting look at the utilizing the principles of the placebo effect to heal through the reprogramming of your subconscious. A mix of empirical evidence and case studies, this book argues that we possess the power to aid and accelerate our healing from disease both major and minor.

43. Alignment Matters – Katy Bowman

This book is actually a collection of blog posts from Katy’s website. Sure I could go there and track each one down, but it’s nice to have them collected in one area. The book is just another great educational tool about proper body alignment and how our bodies work and move from her.

42. Why We Get Fat and What to Do About it – Gary Taubes

This book is essentially the dumbed down version of Good Calories, Bad Calories. It streamlines the information collected in that tome and makes it much more accessible for the lay person without having to go through all of the studies referenced. If you’re looking for a good science-backed explanation of the human metabolism, start here.

41. Inheritance – Sharon Moelen

A great look at the burgeoning filed of epigenetics. Yes, our genes influence who we are, but our environment has a much greater impact on gene expression that originally thought. This book was an interesting mix of science and case studies, but did not get overly technical so as not to overwhelm the lay person.

40. War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Not much more to say about how much I enjoy Pressfield’s work.  His original treatise on overcoming resistance to fulfill your true potential. Lot’s of good stuff in this one.

39. The Biology of Belief – Bruce Lipton

A look at how our thoughts and beliefs can influence our bodies at a cellular level. Although the book is a little dated, Lipton is one of the first to start delving into the field of Epigenentics which is starting to show that our environment is more responsible for genetic expression than we originally thought. Good informations, but lacking in practical how-to advice.

38. Switch – Chip and Dan Heath

Another good book on behavioral change. I got way more out of this one than Duhigg’s book as they went more into the practical applications of making change and advice for how to direct that change. Evoking change was broken down into a simple 3-part system with examples of how to address each part.

37. The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

Part science, part narrative, this book digs into the how and why of habit formation, and how we can use the power of habits to achieve goals and transform our lives. My biggest takeaways came from the section on individual habit formation (there were also sections on companies and societies), which is at the crux of why certain individuals can succeed with diet and exercise and others do not.

36. Off Course – Erin Beresini

One woman’s highly entertaining look into the world of obstacle course racing. I connected to the author’s point of view (she is a former endurance athlete too) and realized I really need to do another one of these races

35. The Roll Model – Jill Miller

Another giant tome on mobility and how to “live better in your body.” I’ve been dealing with some nagging minor injuries for some time and absolutely need to become more consistent with mobility work by incorporating more of this “Self Care Health Care.”

34. Whole Body Barefoot – Katy Bowman

What a fantastic, concise, and informative read. Imagine you had your fingers and thumbs tied together with a rope all day. Yeah, that’s what we’re doing to our feet on a regular basis. Feet are a highly proprioceptive body part that should not be confined all day long, but the issue with freeing them is that we can cause harm by doing too much to soon. Katy’s book gives practical exercises and advice for transitioning to minimalist and barefoot living safely.

33. The Sugar Impact Diet – JJ Virgin

There’s no doubt as a society we over consume sugar and that it’s partially to blame for diabetes and other health issue running rampant. JJ’s book outlines a practical method for reducing sugar in the diet and how to recognize the sneaky ways food manufacturers slide it in under our radar. I’ve already cut sugar out of my own diet for the most part, but I was interested to see where she stood on different sweeteners like stevia and sugar alcohols (she’s okay with them, but in moderation) as I occasionally use them to make healthy desserts

32. Brain Maker – Dr. David Perlmutter

The renowned neurologist and author of Grain Brain is back, this time exploring the connection between the mind and the gut. The presentation of scientific evidence linking the health of the brain to the health of the gut is fascinating. There is mounting evidence showing that healing the microbiome of the gut can lead to profound improvements or reversal of neurological diseases. Just further reason to get your gut bacteria in order!

31. Natural Born Heroes – Christopher McDougall

The author of Born to Run is back with a fascinating historical account of a band of resistance fighters on the Isle of Crete during World War II. These fighters survived harsh conditions and performed extraordinary feats of endurance and strength to disrupt the German occupation of the island and ultimately throw a wrench into Hitler’s overall war plans.

30. Poke the Box – Seth Godin

Probably my least favorite Godin book thus far, but still packing a decent message nonetheless. It’s basically a call to stop waiting for permission to start things and get to work creating (and shipping). Sometimes I’m guilty of too much planning when really I should just start something and worry about course correcting later.

29. The Truth About Carbs – Nate Miyaki

With so much conflicting dietary advice out there it was nice to read a book that boils down the literature on this oft-vilified macronutrient and presents it in an easy to read and understand manner. Not a diet book per se, but he does give great advice on how to titrate your own carb intake based on activity levels and your own body’s response.

28. Do the Work – Steven Pressfield

A step by step manual to overcome resistance (his term for your internal excuses, distractions, self-sabotaging thoughts, etc.) and take any project from start to finish

27. Essentialism – Greg McKeown

This book was the perfect complement to the The One Thing. McKeown outlined a system approach of implementing discipline in your life to identify what is absolutely essential and then how to eliminate everything else (the non-essential) so that you can focus. My biggest takeaway was that it is a choice we all have rather than letting other dictate how we spend our time.

26. Turning Pro – Steven Pressfield

I am falling in love with Pressfield’s writing. This book focused on his concept of turning pro, wherein one embraces their life’s work and gets serious about about what it is they are doing. An amateur is fearful, distracted, self-sabotaging among other things. The professional acknowledges these limiting factors, fights against them, and overcomes them. This tiny little book sparked a large amount of self examination. There’s many areas I need to turn pro in and now, being mindful of that, I can begin the difficult journey of doing so.

25. The Calorie Myth – Jonathan Bailor

What a great book! A thorough summation of scientific studies that shows all calories are not created equal and why counting or reducing calories is a flawed approach for most people. The book is easy to read and understand with some fantastic analogies that even the most unscientific person could understand. His approach describes how focusing on food quality over food quantity is a much better weight loss approach and I couldn’t agree more.

24. The Autoimmune Solution – Amy Myers

While I don’t believe I have an autoimmune condition the whole premise behind Dr. Myers’s approach is reduce inflammation in the body, which is not exclusively beneficial to autoimmune sufferers. It is something the entire population can benefit from. I think it will be worth a shot doing a 30 day dietary experiment. There’s just a couple of foods I’ll need to eliminate for awhile.

23. Healing Back Pain: The Mind Body Connection – John Sarno

During my quest to heal my back leading up to the RKC cert I decided to give some alternate “treatments” a try. Dr. Sarno argues that there is an emotional component to back. This book was more theory than actionable ways to address the emotional issues and pain. It was a natural lead in to EFT.

22. The Food Babe Way – Vani Hari

I was a little turned off by the title, but the author is a prominent food activist focused on all of the dangerous chemicals that are allowed in our foods.  Her book outlines what we should be avoiding, including all of the FDA “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) chemicals and additives that have been shown to have negative health effects in studies.  Some of the leaps taken don’t have much scientific evidence (or based in the realms of possibility based on science) and come off as fear mongering, but it all boils down to eating real food and avoiding the processed stuff.

21. Effortless Healing – Joseph Mercola

Simple nutritional and lifestyle tips to vastly improve your health from one of the world’s foremost naturopathic doctors. It was nice to see that I was already employing many of his tips. It did expose me to EFT, which I’m investigating to help out with my back issues

20. The Adrenal Reset Diet – Alan Christianson

Most Americans suffer from some sort of adrenal dysfunction due to the constant stressors of modern living. This book explores a carb cycling approach to reset the body’s natural cortisol rhythm, and thus make it easier to lose fat. Lots of interesting stuff in this one with some sound strategies for getting the adrenals in line. I’m in the camp of calories matter some, but hormones matter much more when it comes to weight loss, especially with us chronic exercisers

19. The Warrior Ethos – Steven Pressfield

The book may have been small but it was chock full of inspirational stories from different warrior cultures throughout history. Learn some lessons about how they lived their lives and find ways to apply that warrior ethos to your own life.

18. Foodopoly – Wenonah Hauter

An in depth look at the giant corporations that control our food supply and the impact they’ve had on farming in the US through a historical account of the politics that shaped this shift. Sad to see how the giant monopolies have pushed out the majority of small farmers and sacrificed the health of Americans in the pursuit of more money.  The book argues that it’s going to take more than the health conscious population simply voting with their forks to reverse the situation.

17. Faster, Higher, Stronger – Mark McClusky

A look at how the role of science and technology are pushing the boundaries of what our elite athletes are able to do. I thoroughly enjoyed the nerdiness of this one and all the myriad applications of how science and technology are influencing sports performance.

16. Linchpin – Seth Godin

Got way more out of this one than Tribes. Loved the first third about how society has indoctrinated us with a viewpoint of work and labor and how to break free from that indoctrination. The concept of viewing work as art was also an interesting analogy explored in the middle third. And finally he concluded with what it takes to become an indispensable leader (linchpin). I highly recommend that everyone reads this.

15. Tribes – Seth Godin

More motivational than informative, Seth’s book takes the concept of establishing a group of followers (your tribe) and leading them to spread your message.  I’ve always been hesitant to grab the leadership role, but if I want get my health and fitness message out there to help others I need to do exactly as this book describes.

14. Spartan Up! – Joe De Sena

I’ve been looking forward to digging into this one from the creator of the Spartan Race series. I’ve heard him do several interviews on podcasts (including his own!) and love his no nonsense attitude towards life and dealing with adversity. This was just chock full of motivational nuggets. Love the concept of “Changing your frame of reference” to put things in perspective to handle how you react to certain situations.

13. Sitting Kills, Moving Heals – Joan Vernikos

Another interesting book on the topic of movement, which I’ve become fascinated with since reading Move Your DNA.  This was written by a former NASA scientist that correlates the effects of sedentary-ism on the body to be equivalent to weightlessness experienced by astronauts. The conclusion: we need more interactions with gravity to maintain our health. In other words, get up and move

12. Die Empty – Todd Henry

Love the premise of this one. Time on this earth is finite. Do not go to your grave with your best work left inside you. Lots of good motivational stuff packed into this one, but it kind of drug its message on with not tons in terms of actionable take aways

11. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – Gary Vaynerchuk

I liked his first book so much I had to pick this one up.  It basically a blueprint for how to market on all of the available social media platforms. I was strongly anti-social media for many years, but I’m quickly coming around to how powerful these tools can be in today’s society when it comes to marketing.

10. Fit2Fat2Fit – Drew Manning

The story of the personal trainer who intentionally put on 75 pounds to better understand his clients struggles. It was interesting to see what he learned. It was good to see him learn that losing weight is not such a clear cut and simple process. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I’ve been in his clients’ shoes so I know first hand the struggles and frustrations so I didn’t find a whole lot of useful takeaways. It did further my conviction that learning about the psychology of change will be incredibly beneficial.

9. The Art of Nonconformity – Chris Guillebeau

This book concentrates on how to buck the common beliefs and conceptions of how life should be lived. The subtitle sums it up well: Set your own rules, live the life you want, and change the world. I found the sections on overcoming fear and how to rewrite the rules of “work” very informative and motivational. The section on travel hacking (which seemed oddly placed), not so much.

8. Enter the Kettlebell – Pavel Tsatsouline

Considered the definitive guide to kettlebell training by many, written by the expert on the subject.  Tons to be learned from this one. Although Pavel is no longer associated with the RKC, this is still in my mind required reading in preparation for the certification. The descriptions and pictures were great, but I still might have to get the DVD of this one.

7. Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod – BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER!!!

How to establish a morning routine to improve all aspects of your life.  I picked up so many tips from this one.  I’ve been consistently waking up at 4:30 in the morning so I can have an hour to myself before heading to work. I am using what I learned to tweak and improve upon my already established morning habit. End of Year Edit: This is the one book I read in 2015 that had the biggest impact on my life. I have engineered my mornings to set myself up for success in accordance with this book’s teaching and I can pinpoint my successes and failures in the past year to times when I either followed or did not follow my morning routine.

6. Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell

I don’t think words can describe how good this book was. What an incredible and inspirational story. An inside look at the Navy Seal elite, an operation that went south, and how the author battled for days to survive. I’m glad I haven’t seen the movie yet as the book was extremely compelling and well written.

5. The Russian Kettlebell Challenge – Pavel Tsatsouline

Written by the man credited with bring the kettlebell to mainstream fitness in America, this was a great short read that was part history, part technique, and part programming.  Given that I am training for the RKC, I will be consuming a lot of Pavel’s work in preparation.

4. Eating on the Wild Side – Jo Robinson

This was a fascinating read that was a little different than I expected.  Each chapter explores a different group of vegetables or fruit. She gives a brief history of its wild origins and how it differs from our modern varieties, then examines the available varieties and which ones have the most phytonutrients, and finishes with preparation techniques for conserving those nutrients. Tons of actionable info!

3. The Bulletproof DietDave Asprey

The concept of bio-hacking is intriguing to me and its application toward diet and fat loss is interesting. I’ve been consuming bulletproof coffee/tea for months (and love it) so I was eager to learn more dietary “hacks.” Some interesting viewpoints on certain food groups, especially ones told not to consume. While I won’t be fully adopting the diet, there are a few intriguing principles that I may experiment with.

2. Move Your DNA – Katy Bowman

A highly informative foray into how our movements on a day to day basis influence the expression of our DNA. Makes a case that many of our health problems can be attributed to our movement (or lack thereof) and offers solutions to begin curing those ailments through doing what our body was meant to do: move. I found this so influential that I wrote this blog post and ordered one of her other books, Alignment Matters

1. Crush It! – Gary Vaynerchuk

The sub-title is Why NOW is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion and this couldn’t be more applicable to my life right now. Motivational and highly insightful. Several good takeaways on building an business and brand and leveraging the internet to promote it