My Top 5 Reads of 2018

My Top 5 Reads of 2018!

Welcome to the first Take FL1GHT blog! What better way to start than with more book recommendations...... 🙄 - I apologies in advance to your amazon account.

In 2018 I read 37 books. A new record! 4 years ago I barely read a road sign. 3 years ago I set a goal to read 24 books and failed miserably finishing 12 (but was 12 more than the year before!). 2 years ago I read 16, and last year I read 37! 

I think the reasons for smashing loads more in 2018 are because the habit to read had been created the previous 2 years. Last year it was easier for me to be reading in my dead time: when travelling, before bed and as as my go to on holiday, rather than going on autopilot and playing Biebers new album every commute. 

Also, reading is serious escapism for me. An easy way out. I went through some dark patches last year and the quickest way to forget is jumping into a book.

Whether for fun, learning or escapism, I hope these suggestions help you on your journey. 

My top 5 books of 2018 (followed by every book I read)

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Be More Pirate  ‍☠️

An epic read that resonated with me so much! Given to me by my bro BSG (who is on episode #007 of the Take FL1GHT Podcast) - The pirate code is one I chose to live by and I’m delighted the author, Sam Conniff, will be appearing on the podcast at some stage this year. Sams book has recently been seen in the hands of Ryan Gosling and the book shelf of Bill Gates, so it’s fair to say it’s getting some attention! You won’t be disappointed with this one! Look out for our episode together on the pod this year!

The Courage to be Disliked

Suggested to me by Drama during my time in LA when I recorded interviews with him and Ed Mylett in September last year. This book lays out the conversation between a wise philosopher and a young student. The student asks all the life questions we ask ourselves and the philosopher answers from the stand point of Adlerian psychology. An incredible book, written in a clever way with mammoth life lesson.  

The 5 People You Meet in Heaven

The first time I have ever read a book cover to cover in one sitting. It probably helped that it was while I was on my mindfulness retreat so literally had fuck all to do. But it’s such an amazing story about life and death (sounds intense, but it’s a happy intense). 



Sick book! The book that has given me the most actionable advice all year. The author, Nick Littlehales, was on the podcast earlier in 2018 (I think episode 12). If anyone is having issues with sleep/recovery/fatigue this book is a god send. Nick also discusses the science behind why we feel tired at certain times in the day, the patterns of sleep our body goes through and how we can better prepare for sleep and get get more deep sleep! A short read & a must read.

The Way of The Peaceful Warrior

Was choosing between this and the Celestine prophecy. Both amazing stories with underlying messages on the meaning of life and universal energy. CP got on the TF bookshelf, so peaceful warrior can get a place here. Loved the story and seriously relate as an ex sportsman trying to find his way in life 🎻 - when you’re ready to go down the spiritual rabbit hole, this is a definite for your reading list (as is Celestine prophecy and the alchemist). 

Thanks for reading guys. Hoping to put out one of these a month. Here’s the full 2018 list of books with rough ratings out of 5.

2018 books 


  • The Magic of thinking BIG, David Schwartz ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Subtle Art of not giving a F*ck, Mark Manson (audiobook) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Screw it, let’s do it, Richard Branson ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Slaughterhouse 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Your Network is your networth, Porter Gale ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Grit, Angela Duckworth ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • The Way of Baseball - finding stillness at 95mph, Shawn Green ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Brain Rules ⭐️⭐️

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, Mark Manson ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (audiobook better)


  • Crushing It, Gary Vee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 


  • Sleep, Nick Littlehales ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Mindset, Carol Dweck ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Mans Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (audiobook) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (this is easy in the top 5 but listened on audio so no pic for the book & it’s on TF Bookshelf)

  • Crush It!, Gary Vee (audiobook) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Essentialism, Greg McKeown ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • Miracle Morning, Hal Elrod ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Own the Day, Own Your Life - Aubrey Marcus ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • The Third Door - Alex Banayan ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K Rowling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Blink, Malcolm Gladwell ⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • Be More Pirate, Sam Conniff ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • The Artists Journey, Steven Pressfield ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • MaxOut, Ed Mylett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • How to be a footballer, Peter Crouch ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • The Courage To Be Disliked ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Not fade Away, Peter Barton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️️❤️

  • The 5 people you meet in heaven, Mitch Albom ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • The way of the peaceful warrior, Dan Millman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • The next person you meet in heaven, Mitch Albom ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • First Man In, Ant Middleton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️