If you’re a fan of The Spaniard Show, or have heard me talk, you know I love to read. In order to help you keep track of my favorite books, I’ve compiled them all in one place.

These books have changed my life in one way or another, and I’m confident they can develop you into the person and leader you are striving to be.

Click on the links below to read more about the books and see which are right for you.

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Spaniard’s Reading List

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art – James Nestor

American Serengeti – Dan Flores

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Book 1 (kids) – Jeff Kinney

That Wild Country – Mark Kenyon

Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee’s Wisdom for Daily Living – Bruce Lee (Tuttle Publishing)

The Boy with Two Belly Buttons (kids) – Stephen J. Dubner

I am Sacagawea (kids) – Brad Meltzer

Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport

Cathedral of the Wild – Boyd Varty

The Lion Tracker’s Guide to Life – Boyd Varty

The Lost City of the Monkey God – Douglas Preston

Counting the Stars (kids) – Lesa Cline-Ransome

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris

The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

The Code. The Evaluation. The Protocols. – Jocko Willinck

Grumpy Monkey (kids) – Suzanne Lang

The Real All Americans – Sally Jenkins

Building a Storybrand – Donald Miller

The Masterpiece (kids) – Jay Miletsky

Superfans – Pat Flynn

I am Albert Einstein (kids) – Brad Meltzer

Tess, the Tin that Wanted to Rock (kids) – Jay Miletsky

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast (kids) – Josh Funk

I am Gandhi (kids) – Brad Meltzer

Grateful American – Gary Sinise

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (kids) – Brad Meltzer

Leadership Strategy and Tactics – Jocko Willinck

Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll (kids) – Jay Miletsky

Mission Possible: A Decade of Living Dangerously – Ash Dykes

Her Body Can (kids) – Katie Crenshaw & Ady Meschke

Close Calls: How Eleven US Presidents Escaped from the Brink of Death (kids) – Michael Spradlin

Fly Away Home (kids) – Eve Bunting

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown

The Way I Heard It – Mike Rowe

We’re All Wonders (kids) – R.J. Palacio

The Boy Who Never Gave Up (kids) – Anthony Curcio

Zero (kids) – Kathryn Otoshi

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse (kids) – Charlie Mackesy

The Cool Bean (kids) – Jory John

Loserthink – Scott Adams

Daniel Boone’s Great Escape (kids) – Michael Spradlin

A Green Place to Be (kids) – Ashley Benham Yazdani

Empire of the Summer Moon – S.C. Gwynne

Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave (kids) – Jessica Hische

Stillness is the Key – Ryan Holiday

You  Are My Friend (kids) – Aimee Reid

Why is Dad So Mad? (kids) – Seth Kastle

Natural Born Heroes – Christopher McDougall

The Brain is Kind of a Big Deal (kids) – Nick Seluk

Flip the Script – Coyte Cooper

Vietnam: Valor in the Sky – Medal of Honor Series (kids) – Michael Spradlin

The Giving Tree (kids) – Shel Silverstein

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World – David Epstein

Wrestling the ABCs (kids) – Tom and Veronica Davids

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (kids) – Oliver Jeffers

I Will Teach You to Be Rich – Ramit Sethi

Maybe: A Story About the Endless Potential in All of Us (kids) – Kobi Yamada

The Magnolia Story – Chip and Joanna Gaines

Hidden War – John Nores

Way of the Warrior Kid 3: Where There’s a Will (kids) – Jocko Willinck

Tough As They Come – Travis Mills 

What Do You Do with an Idea? (kids) – Kobi Yamada

Tiger Woods – Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime (Adapted for Young Readers) – Trevor Noah

Hershey: Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dream – Michael D’Antonio

The Untethered Soul – Michael Alan Singer

Way of the Warrior Kid: Marc’s Mission (kids) – Jocko Willinck

The Happiness Hypothesis – Jonathan Haidt

What Do You Do with a Problem? (kids) – Kobi Yamada

Casey at the Bat (kids) – Ernest L. Thayer/Christopher Bing

Educated – Tara Westover

Cavekid Birthday (kids) – Cathy Breisacher

The Good Egg (kids) – Jory John

The Bad Seed (kids) – Jory John

The World’s Fittest Book – Ross Edgley

What Do You Do with a Chance? (kids) – Kobi Yamada

Can’t Hurt Me – David Goggins

Alone on the Wall – Alex Honnold/David Roberts

Holes (kids) – Louis Sachar

American Buffalo – Steven Rinella

You Are Special (kids) – Max Lucado

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson

How to Change Your Mind – Michael Pollan

Wonder (kids) – R.J. Palacio

Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

I Love You Like (kids) – Scott Sutton/Alec Traub

Food Fight Fiesta (kids) – Tracey Kyle

American Wife – Taya Kyle

Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter – Steven Rinella

Mirth Meets Earth (kids) – Michelle Glasser

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) (kids) – Dan Santat

Mikey and the Dragons (kids) – Jocko Willinck

The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown

Coco (kids) – Golden/Disney

Where the Red Fern Grows (kids) – Wilson Rawls

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers – Maxwell King

Unplugged – Brian Mackenzie/Dr. Andy Galpin/Phil White

The Story of Ferdinand (kids) – Munro Leaf

The Dichotomy of Leadership – Jocko Willinck/Leif Babin

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – Neil De Grasse Tyson

The Outsiders (kids) – S.E. Hinton

The Spartan Way – Joe De Sena

I Can’t Make this Up: Life Lessons – Kevin Hart

Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way (kids) – Jocko Willinck

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown

The Breadwinner (kids) – Deborah Ellis

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

Awakening Spirits – Tom Brown, Jr.

Stephen King – On Writing

Rhinoceros Success – Scott Alexander

Hatchet (kids) – Gary Paulsen

A Survival Guide for Life – Bear Grylls

A Curious Mind – Brian Grazer

The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin

Own the Day, Own Your Life – Aubrey Marcus

Born Standing Up – Steve Martin

12 Rules for Life – Jordan Peterson

The Servant – James Hunter

Team Dog: How to Train Your Dog – The Navy SEAL Way – Mike Ritland

The Success Principles – Jack Canfield

Crushing It! – Gary Vaynerchuk

Beyond Grit – Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life – Russ Roberts

Make Your Bed – William H. McRaven

Growth Hacker Marketing – Ryan Holiday

Go for No! – Andrea Walz/Richard Fenton

Ben & Jerry’s: The Inside Scoop – Fred “Chico” Lager

The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams

Resilience – Eric Greitens

Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss

Tribe – Sebastian Junger

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – Al Ries and Jack Trout

The Good Son – Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini

Perennial Seller – Ryan Holiday

Call Me Ted – Ted Turner

The Road to Sparta – Dean Karnazes

Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl

When Pride Still Mattered – Vince Lombardi

The Promise of a Pencil – Adam Braun

The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

Chop Wood Carry Water – Joshua Medcalf

Napoleon Hill is on the Air! – Napoleon Hill

Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy

Legacy – James Kerr

Eleven Rings – Phil Jackson

The Talent Code – Daniel Coyle

Wooden on Leadership – John Wooden

The Score Takes Care of Itself – Bill Walsh

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – Phil Knight

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell

The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson

Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willinck

Start with Why – Simon Sinek

The Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

Sleep Smarter – Shawn Stevenson

The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz

The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod

Choose Yourself – James Altucher

The Power of No – James Altucher

Getting Things Done – David Allen

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness – Gary Vaynerchuk

Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season – Urban Meyer

The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy

Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable – Tim S. Grover

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Eckhart Tolle

Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

And of course…DRIVEN: My Unlikely Journey from Classroom to Cage!