27 Books that will Change Your Life

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Over the past few years, we’ve talked a lot about our favorite fitness, nutrition, and mindset resources — including how-to guides, tutorials, and blueprints.

What we haven’t done, however, is share our favorite non-resource books under those same categories. Books that will inspire you to take action, but ones you can listen to on the run as an audiobook or enjoy while lounging the beach. No note taking, studying, or memorization required.

Here are our 27 favorite inspirational casual reads … some of which just might change your life.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • What makes for a good casual read?
  • Why Matt hates running books (but Doug loves them)
  • The simplest nutrition book you’ll ever read
  • BONUS: Cookbooks

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  1. Is there a list of the books you mention in text format? I would like to read some of the books you mention but it would be easier if they were listed somewhere.

  2. Agreed @Samantha, that would be really useful to have written just as a simple list would be great! Thanks for putting the recommendations together…

  3. I agree! I usually listen during my commute, and would love a list of these recommendations so that I can actually read some of these books.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Yes! Please compile a list of the books for reference somewhere on your website.

  5. Could we please get a list of books 🙂

  6. Billy Boyle says:

    I paused the episode and came here to see if there was a list. Sadly not. I guess I’ll have to keep a pencil handy while listening

  7. I was hoping the same thing!!

  8. These are the books I heard mentioned. More than 27!

    Way of the Peaceful Warrior

    Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

    Turning Pro & The War of Art

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

    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

    The Alchemist

    Awaken the Giant Within -Tony Robbins

    The Power of Habit

    Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

    Letters from a Stoic -Seneca

    The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

    Meditations -Marcus Aurelius

    Born to Run

    Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph

    Running with the Kenyans

    Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman’s Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

    The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, An Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance

    Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself -Rich Roll

    How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

    Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free -Joel Fuhrman


    In Defense of Food -Michael Pollan

    Eater’s Manifesto -Michael Pollan

    Omnivore’s Dilemma -Michael Pollan

    Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
    -Michael Pollan

    No Meat Athlete Cookbook

    Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home -Mario Batali

    How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food -Mark Bittman

    Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes from Around the World

    Pasta by Hand: A Collection of Italy’s Regional Hand-Shaped Pasta -Jenn Louis

    The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds -Michael Lewis

    Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood -Michael Lewis

    Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

    The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are -Alan Watts

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