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As you guys know, Michael loves to read.

Michael has giant stacks of books around the house ( any unique decor suggestions? ). He can finish an entire novel in a single day, it’s impressive!…& part of why I fell in love with him in the first place.

Panicky Susan ( him ) always knows little random facts & history tid bits…& he SWEARS it’s because of all the reading.

Naturally I had to pick Michael’s brain.

Books make GREAT gifts, so give your man, brother, father, or friend, one of these for the holidays. Ok! Time for Susan’s BOOK CLUB.

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Hi guys, it’s Michael. Here are some of my favorite books:

1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

I love this book, everyone should read it more than once in their lives. It is the complete guide to basic strategy that can be applied to every aspect of your life.

2. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Everyone is familiar with the movie starring Christian Bale but few have read this amazing piece of literature by Bret Easton Ellis. I have read this book multiple times and I always finish it completely satisfied. Patrick Bateman is a wealthy, well educated, handsome psychopath earning his fortune on Wall Street during the day while spending his evenings in a tunnel of madness and violence. The book has me laughing out loud at times and completely terrified at others.

3. The ONE Thing by Gary Keller

This book is by far the most important book I have read in 2015. The lost art of staying focused. This book will help you zone in on what is most important to your life and business.

4. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurty

The western of all western books and a Pulitzer prize winning series. The way this story is written is so amazing and it will take you back to a much simpler time.

5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Where did my obsession with slicked hair and leather jackets come from? This book at the age of 12. So slick your hair back throw on a leather jacket and read this book.

6. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Talk about someone with some serious accomplishments in their life. Immigrate to the U.S., become the world’s greatest body builder, invest in multiple businesses, become a leading Hollywood actor and then become Governor of one of the largest states in the U.S. How did he do this? Hard work and reps reps reps. This book inspired me this year to work harder and stay focused.

7. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man by Jerry Weintraub 

How awesome would it be to take Elvis Presley on the road? Wouldn’t it be cool to go back in time and put Sinatra in Madison Square Garden? Want to produce a movie with George Clooney and Brad Pitt? Do you like John Denver? Ever wonder where he came from? Jerry Weintraub did all of these things and lived to tell about it. Read this book!

8. Shogun (and all of the Asian Saga) by James Clavell

If I could pick one fictional writer to read for the rest of my life it would be James Clavell. Shogun which is the first book in the Asian Sage series by Clavell changed my life forever.

9. Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S. Grover 

Take yourself to the next level. Be the best at whatever you do.

10. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins 

A bit controversial for those who don’t believe in Evolution. I really enjoyed the scientific look into our existence and why we are what we are. Not for everyone but I really enjoyed it.

11. Genghis: Birth of an Empire: A Novel (The Khan Dynasty) by Conn Iggulden 

An easy read by a very entertaining author. This series follows the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire and Ghenghis Kahn. Iggulden also wrote a series on ancient Rome which I loved and is currently writing a series on England and the war of the roses.

12. Sam Walton: Made in America 

The man behind the largest retailer in the world. Sam Walton’s book about his life and building the Walmart empire. Talk about needing to step my game up.

Enjoy ( & of course I love Lauryn’s book too ; ) ). xx

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  1. The Sam Walton book you mentioned is nostalgic for me. I was born and raised in Bentonville, AR and just recently moved to Austin, TX a few months ago. Before that, it was ALL about Walmart in my hometown. My mother and father both got to meet Sam in person. He was a great man!

  2. Hi!

    I blog about success all the time so this is RIGHT up my alley – thanks for the list! Art of War has been in the back of my mind forever now. Have you read 48 Laws of Power (Robert Greene) by any chance? It’s been recommended to me and seems similar in a way.

    And to speak to your #5, I read it in fifth grade and STILL hear people all around me making Ponyboy references. Definitely a great pick. I feel like if we read it now it would have a more profound effect than when we did in fifth grade, because we understand so much more.

    If I can make a recommendation, East of Eden by John Steinbeck. The book is about life, which is the way Steinbeck describes it, and is both beautiful and ugly and every thing in between. Based on the Cain and Abel story in the bible, not that I’m religious, but the lessons are insane. About 600 pages though, so maybe it’s a few days’ worth of reading.

    Well, that was a mini-rant if I ever wrote one.

    All the best and good luck in your pursuits,

    The X Class – A Success Blog

  3. LOVE this book reading list and I am def adding some of these my my reading list! My Michael (twinsies) is also an avid reader, especially while waiting in an airport. He destroys books while traveling for work. Some of our faves that we’ve read are: The Black Swan or Antifragile by Nassim Taleb (Michael’s faves, super intense and will blow your mind), True North by Bill George (my all time fave leadership book), or The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (which is all about capitalism).

    I know this post might not be for everyone, but you killed it.
    xo Annie

  4. Thanks PS for the recommendations which I think are just great. I’m intrigued to read ‘The one thing’ as I find myself lacking focus lately. I’ve never read the American Psycho but I’ve seen the movie countless times. So i’ll check that out too.

    I love how Michael’s way of writing is so straight to the point. He’s definitely a keeper.

    1. The one thing will change your life if you are lacking focus, I highly recommend it. American Psycho is not for everyone but it is definitely one of my favs.

      Thank you for the compliment. Straight to the point is the way to go!

  5. Love this post guys! It reminds me that even though I am super busy…I still need to maketime to read.

    1. I think this is the best thing you can do for yourself. Whenever I find myself wasting time on tv or social media, i tell myself this is a time I could be reading. Even if its only 20 minutes!

  6. Being a book nerd myself I have LOVED every one on panicky susans list. I also love the mix of genres. Maybe make a monthly PS book list? While hes probably already read it if Susan loved the selfish gene he would probably (maybe? hopefully?) enjoy guns, germs, and steel. I’m a bio engineer and that book made me choose my undergraduate path.

  7. SUSAN!!!!!!!!!!! You have the best taste in books!!! As a fellow history nerd, I can’t wait to pick up a few of these.

    If you’re looking for a semi-trashy but still super interesting read, look into “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles. It’s about a town in the South where a ton of racial hate crimes occurred in the 60s and now they’re coming to light. Fictional but such a good page turner. It kills time while travelling like you wouldn’t believe.

  8. Michael has always reminded me a bit of the American Psycho himself! No, not in the serial killer way, just that he looks a lot like younger Christian Bale. You’re welcome in advance, Susan.

    Any newer books (novels preferably) he’s digging? One of my besties is always reading the latest and the greatest, and I’ve yet to get him a gift, oops!

  9. LOL to the comment above! ^^^^

    I love your relationship and the way you interact on snapchat. Relationship goals! Thank you for the list, I’m going to add the western novel to my boyfriends xmas presents!

    Question for Michael: Whats your all time favorite?

    1. The Lonesome Dove Series (Western) is amazing. It’s a tetralogy (4 books). They are all really good.

      I don’t have an all time favorite but for fiction books I would say that the Lonesome Dove series and the Asian Saga by Clavell are hard to beat.

  10. Thanks, PS! You two are my favorite couple ever, I can’t wait to read some of these.

    Have you tried Goodreads? I use it as an online archive of what I’m reading, what I want to read, and books I’ve read throughout the year. It’s a great tool for people who like to juggle multiple books!

  11. My husband literally falls asleep after reading one page so when we try to read books together his slow ass takes months! Doesn’t make for a fun book club to say the least.

    Getting one of these books as an audiobook for road trips would work for us. Thanks for the recs, Michael!

  12. Really enjoying Michael/Panicky Susan’s blog input this week! Defo going to pick up Art of War to put in my husband’s Xmas stocking. Thanks and Merry Christmas to you both!

  13. Great list! I think The ALchemist must be added to this list! My husband and I try to read the same book every few months. It’s a great way to stay connected & add even more interesting conversations.


  14. Michael reading your book and speed reading for dummies in these photos is my favorite thing ever.

    The book by Sam Walton is such a good idea. I think especially for me because there is the view of Walmart and the Walton’s in a negative light but in actuality they represent so much of America and what we’ve stood for for the past 50 years.

    Props boo! Always da best.

    1. ahah thank you! the Speed Reading for Dummies is actually really good. It actually does teach you some useful techniques.

      Sam’s book is great, to build a business that large you really have to be unique!

  15. I love just wandering around the library and seeing what peaks my interest! ! I haven’t been able to read as much in recent years, but I’m trying to make it a point to read more this year.

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