It was a scary moment… the moment I realized that everything I was reading was from a similar genre.  

My thinking, learning and perspectives were becoming redundant and insular.  I was no longer expanding my knowledge base, but reinforcing the current limits of my development.

To remedy this, I began asking great leaders and influencers for a list of the top 10 books that had the greatest impact in their lives. I asked a wide range of people and responses have come in from CEO’s, educators, pastors, engineers, business people, lawyers, politicians, accountants, artists and so many more.  So far I have gathered over 40 lists, and they are fascinatingly diverse.  

The Top 10Book Recommendationsfrom 40 Leaders

Here are the top 10 most recommended books from the lists I have gathered so far:

  1. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville (5 lists)
  2. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis (4 lists)
  3. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fedor Dostoevsky (4 lists)
  4. The Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker (4 lists)
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey (3 lists)
  6. The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren (3 lists)
  7. Spiritual Leadership, Oswald Sanders (3 lists)
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas (3 lists)
  9. The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander (3 lists)
  10. Cry the Beloved, by Alan Paton (3 lists)

What I Am Doing With This Project:

  • I’m Reading Moby Dick: I’m currently halfway through Melville’s classic. It is amazing. When I’m done, I will read the other books on the list that I haven’t read.
  • A One Year Reading Plan:  I will be putting together a one-year reading challenge for 2018… so stay tuned for that challenge in a few months.
  • Sharing the Entire ListClick Here to view the entire list of every book that has been recommended so far.
  • Building a Database: Over the next few months I will be building a database with all of these books and lists and be looking to add many more people’s lists to the project. The goal will be to make this available to anyone who wants to use it to expand their reading options.

My Challenge to You:

  • Challenge 1: Pick one book off of this list this and read it this month?
  • Challenge 2: Send me your list of the 10 most influencial books you have read… help me build this database.


Leave a Comment Below: You can post your lists or the books you will read in the comments below or email your lists to me at Happy reading!



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