Some of my favourite books

Some of my favourite books

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The Book Blog.

Stuck for a non-fiction motivational fix? Sick of old-school self-help titles 'telling you what to do'?

I update this (very) occasionally with details of books that I’ve read and recommend, across various genres. To save your time I’ll only include books that I’ve really enjoyed. Savoured, even. I’m partly doing this for selfish reasons, basically so I remember some of the brilliant books that I’ve read. But I hope you might be inspired to try some of them too. Please do let me know what you think below in the comments below.

This blog started life as Six books you must read. But I decided to keep updating it, so it's now just Some of my favourite books.

Papillon by Henri Charriere

Some people just never give up. And Papillon is one of them. Roland Macy famously failed with seven different department stores before he opened his Macy's department store. That's nothing compared to our wrongly convicted hero who is determined to escape, at all costs. He is the man who takes try and try again to a new level. This book sat on my book shelves for seven years, ever since I was first recommended it. Now I've picked it up, I just can't leave it alone. 'Papi' is a motivating figure, for his simple refusal to give up against all the odds. Not a personal development book as such, but I bet you'll feel inspired after reading.

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10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story

Good introduction to meditation for sceptics. Good Morning America TV anchor Dan Harris had an on-air breakdown. This book is his story of how discovering meditation didn't change his life, but made him 10% happier. This book really resonated with me. Dan really knows how to tell a good story. His book has been a huge bestseller all over the world and he's also a forthcoming Zestology guest.

 Tony Wrighton Dan Harris Meditation

Tony Wrighton Dan Harris Meditation

Bit of a Blur. Alex James

For a book about the superficial world of rock and roll this has a surprising amount of depth to it. Alex James fully appreciates the ludicrousness of being a rock star, whilst gloriously indulging. (Hmm. I obviously enjoy reading tales of excess.)

His passion for life shines through. He truly lives life in the present. He behaves outrageously, of course, but like his millions of hangers-on, you can’t help but love him too.

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Alex James - Tony Wrighton book blog

 The Chimp Paradox

The Chimp Paradox

Connect with your inner chimp - that pesky animal in your head who fills your head with all kinds of unhelpful chatter. And then tame him, so the real you can succeed. Written by Dr Steve Peters - the brains behind British cycling success at London 2012.

The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet. Robb Wolff.

 The Paleo Solution

The Paleo Solution

You've heard everyone rave about the Caveman diet. Maybe it's time to find out what the fuss about? I've just read this book, and it is incredibly well researched. It's a fun read too. Watch out for the section on sleep, it may well shock you into going to bed a bit earlier tonight. (Only quibble. Who spells Rob with a double b?)

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. Tim Ferriss.

 The 4-Hour Work Week

The 4-Hour Work Week

Who wouldn't love to work four hours a week? What do you do with all the spare time? If you're Ferriss, head to Argentina, learn to tango, and get into the Guinness Book of Records on a tango-related success.

Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety. Charlie Hoehn

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Play It Away

The personal development book being talked about a lot at the moment - it was only published on February 10th 2014. It's short, and low on substance (being essentially the author's personal story), but I like the parts on having fun, and sleep. Putting the iPhone into airport mode and plugging it in as far away from the bed as possible = good idea.

Push at Open Doors - mindfulness for success, health, wealth, and happiness. Dr. Stephen Simpson.

 Push at Open Doors

Push at Open Doors

Interested in achieving that elusive quiet mind? My friend Doc Steve has lived in war-torn Angola, the swamps of Nigeria, the steppes of Kazakhstan and the deserts of Oman, and is highly qualified in both medicine (obviously) and NLP. He is an iTunes bestseller and I loved this book.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Robert Cialdini

 National Bestseller Influence

National Bestseller Influence

The granddaddy of books on persuasion, sales, marketing, getting on in the world, and uh, anything really. Just read it.. it's awesome, and will teach you how to be persuasive without being creepy, (important, right?).

What would you recommend? Let me know below?

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Does stress make you grey? (hint: YES) with Good Housekeeping Beauty Editor Sam Escobar #55

Outstanding connections and awesome relationships with author, presenter and pitch doctor Paul Boross #54

Outstanding connections and awesome relationships with author, presenter and pitch doctor Paul Boross #54