I love reading books, especially biographies. It’s a wonderful way to get insight and understand how great minds like Steve Jobs and Phil Knight works. And once your done reading the book, your brain has established new neurons and glia cells and you have expanded your horizon. Beautiful.

I read about 15 books during 2017, which I suppose is okay, but below my average. Normally, I try to read around 2 a month, but since I had to spend 3 months memorizing a 450-page book about accounting (the Norwegian school system favours memorization), the total number decreased.

However, I managed to find some books that had breathtaking impacts, and I want to share them with you:

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

I devoured this book within two days. A simply astonishing book. What I liked most is the books show us that one doesn’t have to be labeled a “child prodigy” in order to do great stuff. The story tells us that failure is okay–no, even more–it’s necessary. A valuable lesson for so many of us.

You can find the book everywhere, but I downloaded (since I like walking while listening) Storytel for free and listened to it there (Affiliate: only for Norwegians)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari

This book was truly wonderful. In a simple yet accurate way, Yuval Harari guides us from the birth of the world to how we ended up being the species we are today. Again, I’m quite shocked, as in the stock market, by the power of randomness and how little we actually can control. A great read which should be mandatory in schools.

I also used Storytel here, but I really recommend using the English version and not the Swedish (for you Norwegians), because man is that guy a slow talker. I almost went mental at some point.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

What a book! The book was published in 1974, but it’s so profound, so deep that I can’t even begin to describe it. It´s a philosophical journey into the mind of a super intelligent person, but also a journey into the mind of a disturbed human being who can´t really find his place on earth. Breathtaking and beautiful. Highly recommended.

If you’ve already read the books that I mentioned, head over to my Reading List where I’m sure you’ll find something interesting.

Take care,



Tom @ Dividends Diversify · January 6, 2018 at 1:29 pm

Very impressive Mr. Stockles. I’m getting the feeling you are a really well rounded person (reading, hiking, investing, traveling, etc. etc.) Unfortunately for me, I’m just not a book reader. I read the Wall Street Journal. I still get the print edition delivered to my door. I guess I am a dinosaur in that way, but it keeps up to date on business news and current events. My wife reads dozens of books a year. She’s a librarian believe it or not. Anyway, I’m just rambling a bit. Talk to you again soon, Tom

    Stockles · January 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Tom,

    I highly appriciate that comment. You see, for a long time, my idol has been Leonardo Da Vinci. The reason is that I think he understood life and what it´s about, namely becoming good enough in almost everything so that one can appriciate it.

    That´s also my life goal: Becoming good enough in music, art, investing, philosophy and so on that I can appriciate it. I don´t need to best, but as long as I can understand it, I´m satisfied.

    Actually, I don´t read the news. Don´t like it. Well, I suppose the Wall Street Journal is good, same as The Economist, but just random news about deaths, rapes, wars and shit doesn´t do anyone any good. No further understanding, just another reason to stay neutral to the world. I think that´s the main problem about the media today. It teaches us to become neutral and passive.

    Anyhow, you seem to be doing good anyways, and there are many ways to get knowledge.

The Beta Post · January 8, 2018 at 4:12 pm

It’s not often I read books that at not related to finance, but I’ve read Sapies, and agree with you there, it’s my favourite read of 2017! Have you read the sequel book (Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
)? I should add it to my reading list this year.

I’m currently reading Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, which is about stress and what it does to your body. So far it’s a good read, and I’ll write a post about it when I’m finished with the book.

    Stockles · January 8, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Beta Post,

    No, I have not, but it´s a must read this year. Definetly.

    Right now, I´m reading Quiet by Susan Cane. Seems like a really good book so far.

    Looking forward to reading your review. Being the guy I think you are, it should be a great and profound review!

Income Master · January 13, 2018 at 10:33 am

I’ve been trying to get my hands on a copy of Shoe Dog. Have heard so many good reviews about it.

    Stockles · January 13, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Hi Income Master,

    Such a good book. I’d just buy it today and enjoy this fine weekend by getting to know Phil Knight. The book is amazing!

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