A few books I've really enjoyed reading this past year. In no particular order (other than Sick in the Head being first).
  1. Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow
    I recommend this book to all of my comedy friends as a must read. It's insane how connected Judd has been in the comedy world ever since he was in high school.
  2. The Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff
    Another must read for comedians or comedy nerds. With any profession, and especially with comedy, it's important and helpful to learn about the history of how it all started. Inspired me to raid Amoeba Records' comedy section for older albums like Lenny Bruce and the Marx Brothers.
  3. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    I read too much non-fiction and this was the perfect first step into the world of fiction. So well written. Douglas Adams has an amazing sense of humor and imagination.
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
    Think about how many times you meet someone and immediately forget their name. This book helped me conquer that bad habit.
  5. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
    Maybe the most important book I've read to dates. Habits are everything. Especially for younger people the earlier you attempt to develop good habits the better.
  6. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
    I tried to read it several years ago but I wasn't ready. I finally picked it up again and read it front to back while on a meditation retreat in Big Sur. Very powerful book in that setting. Not for everyone. Needs to be the right time.
  7. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
    Want to understand why it is so difficult to pursue your dreams. Pressfield breaks down resistance. Only audiobook I've listened to twice in a row. Will probably listen a third time soon.
  8. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
    Fascinating book. Most known for the 10,000 hour rule.
  9. Predictably Irrational
    If you're the least bit interested in behavioral psychology or even think you might be this book is for you. Learn how Target preys on pregnant woman and a whole lot more.