Books We Love

We stand on the shoulders of giants. 


In a way, everything’s a remix.

Our personal philosophies and writing have been heavily influenced by the following books and authors. We may not agree with every word written in these books, but we highly recommend you read them.

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(Cody’s pick)

How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World by Harry Browne

My friend, J.D. Roth gave me a copy of this book and it profoundly impacted my life for the better. It was out of print for some time so it was quite expensive. It looks as if it’s back on the market. I should stock up on them since I recommend it so often.


(Cody and Tali’s pick)

BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you ever want a creative kick in the pants, this is it. My wife, Tali, and I read this together in small bite-sized pieces before bed for about a year. It was a pulling force that helped me to see my book through to completion. (And not stress over any deadlines or potential responses to the book!) If you’re a creative-type- get this book. If you’re not a creative-type, you probably are but just don’t know it. You should also get this book.


  (Cody’s pick)

Skin In The Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

This book has a way of making you see truths for the first time as if they were obvious all along. Taleb’s writing style is a joy to read. I’ve had one family member describe him as arrogant. I suppose so, but since I agree with so much of what he has to say, I found his arrogance to be more humorous than off-putting. Like him or not, this book will reveal some extremely valuable insights that can help you judge reality for what it is. If you’re an intellectually curious person, you will enjoy this book!



Many more books are on this list, check back soon to see them as we continue to develop this page!

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