Book List 2017

Here is a non-exhaustive list of books I read in 2017. Almost all books I read electronically, the odd one I listen to as an audio book. I’d rather read the real thing, wouldn’t we all, but I consume so much material that it is just cheaper and easier to use my Kindle app. I’ve given away hundreds if not thousands of books over the years and every time it breaks my heart a little. These days I am judicious in the books I purchase in hard copy and keep on my tiny bookshelf, if I really love one I read on Kindle I will buy it and add it to the collection. 


When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

Moon Lander – Thomas J. Kelly

Apollo Pilot – Donn Eisele, Francis French, Susan Eisele Black

Hornet 33 – Ed Denny


China: History of an Empire – Raymond C. Nelson

A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawkins


The Code Book – Simon Singh

How to Day Trade for a Living – Andrew Aziz

The Simple Strategy – Markus Heitkoetter, Mark Hodge

The Long and the Short of it – John Kay

Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki

Beginners Guide to Investing – Ivy Bytes, Alex Frey

Smart Investors Keep it Simple: Guide to Passive Investment – Giovanni Rigters


The Intelligent investor -Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig, Warren E. Buffett

Step by step Dividend Investing – Joseph Hogue

Dividend Investing Guide – Sebastian B.

Space Flight for Beginners – Andrew Motes

Failure is not an option – Gene Kranz

Superintelligence, Paths, Dangers and Strategies – Nick Bostrom


The books I read in May 2017 were really life changing for me. Particularly Gary Taubes’ books and The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris. I totally altered my approach to diet, went keto, then slow carb and eventually ended up at the lowest weight I’d ever been as an adult. 

The Elusive Benefits of Undereating and Exercise – Gary Taubes

Four Hour Body – Tim Ferriss

Four Hour Week – Tim Ferriss

Freakanomics -Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

The Bell Curve – Charles Murray

Good Calories Bad Calories – Gary Taubes

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John Le Carre

How the World Works – Noam Chomsky, Arthur Naiman, David Barsamian

God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens (Audible)

Free Will – Sam Harris (Audible)


Waking Up – Sam Harris (Audible)

Siddartha – Hermann Hesse

Mortality – Christopher Hitchens

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

The things we carried – Tim O’brien (Audible)


Turn the ship around – David Marquet (Audible)

Fat & Cholesterol Don’t Cause Heart Attacks – Malcolm Kendrick, Uffe Ravnskov, Zoë Harcombe, Fred A. Kummerow, Harumi Okuyama, Niamh Hynes, Peter H. Langsjoen, Duane Graveline, David M. Diamond, Paul Rosch

Adventures in Being Human – Gavin Francis (Audible)

If this is a man – Primo Levi


20 rental properties in one year – Graeme Fowler

The New Zealand Property Investors Guide – Lisa Dudson

Property 101 – Matthew Gilligan

How to grow a multi million dollar property portfolio – Michael Yardney

The armchair guide to property investing – Ben Kingsley, Bryce Holdaway

The quantum universe -Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw


Money, Master the Game – Tony Robbins

The Guns of August – Barabara Tuchmann


Command and control – Erich Schlosser

This is a fantastic book I use in the podcast episode The End of the World


Endurance – Scott Kelly

The Third World War – John Hackett (print)


How the mind works – Steven Pinker

The simple guide to feeling better – Susan Kalior

Out of the Blue – Ian Cowie

The Human Predicament – David Benetar

This book inspired the podcast episode Making Babies on antinatalism

Dunkirk – Joshua Levine

What does this button do? – Bruce Dickinson

The cause of death – Cynric Temple Camp (print)

An excellent book which really captures the little known experiences of a pathologist