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People who know me—family, friends, colleagues, and clients will tell you I am a voracious reader.  Not the casual kind, the obsessive kind.

I read books, book summaries, magazines, newsletters, blogs, websites, junk mail, product labels, and street signs.  I read hardcover and softcover. I read the large print, I read the small print.  I read on airplanes, in the car, waiting in a restaurant, at the grocery store, the barber, or on a street corner.  I read paper and I read electronic. I read books in my hand, on my computer and I read books stored on my PDA phone.

I’m simply an information and knowledge junkie.   

Certainly weekly, if not daily I get asked “what are you reading that’s great”.  It depends on your definition but I read enough to come across a reading list that most if not all will find something of note and value.

Here’s what I’m reading or have read in the last few months that I think is worth you checking out.  Some books are new like “Change or Die by Alan Deutschman, some are classics I’ve read a few times before like “The Law of Success” by Napoleon Hill.  I left out recommendations for fiction, which I don’t read, poetry which I think is too subjective to recommend, and of course junk mail and information from product labels.


  1. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazz
  2. Little Black Book of Connections: 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to Rich Relationships by Jeffrey Gitomer
  1. Meet and Grow Rich: How to Easily Create and Operate Your Own "Mastermind" Group for Health, Wealth, and More by Joe Vitale and Bill Hibbler
  2. The Law of Success, Volume I: The Principles of Self-Mastery by Napoleon Hill
  3. The Master-Key to Riches by Napoleon Hill

Goal Setting:

  1. Goals: How to Get Everything You Want by Brian Tracy
  2. The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Les Hewitt


  1. Change or Die by Alan Deutschman
  2. The Story of You by Steve Chandler
  3. Are You Ready to Succeed by Srikumar S. Rao

Trends and Dynamics

  1. Freakonomics (updated version) by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  2. The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille
  3. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowieki
  5. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More
    by Chris Anderson


  1. The Eighth Habit by Steven R. Covey
  2. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  3. A Simpler Way by Margaret Wheatly

Health, Fitness, and Nutrition:

  1. Staying Healthy With Nutrition, 21st Century Edition: The Complete Guide to Diet & Nutritional Medicine by Elson M. Haas, Buck Levin
  2. The Perricone Promise by Nicholas Perricone
  3. Bill Pearl’s Keys to the Inner Universe by Bill Pearl
  4. Powerlifting for Men and Women: How to Lift Like a Champion by Paul Lewis

Wealth, Finance, and Prosperity:

  1. Billionaire Secrets to Success by Bill Bartmann

Intelligence and Emotions:

  1. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert


  1. The Way of the


    Man by David Deida

Metaphysics and Universal Laws:

  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  2. The Attractor Factor by Joe Vitale

Social Graces, Manners, and Etiquette:

  1. The Modern Gentleman: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy & Vice by Phineas Mollod and Jason Tesauro
  2. Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century by Norine Dresser
  3. Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries by Terri Morrison, Wayne A. Conaway
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Communication, Influence, and Persuasion:

  1. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
  2. Persuasion Engineering by Richard Bandler and John LA Valle
  3. The Power of Persuasion: How We’re Bought and Sold by Robert V. Levine

Yours in Reading Obsession and Borrowed Wisdom,



Tags: Spike Humer, Change, Goals, Decisions, Motivation, Success, Achievement, Mentors, Learning, Self-growth, Leadership