The top ten business books in September 2018

Is it really possible that we are heading into the final quarter of 2018? How’ve you done with your personal reading goals so  far this year? There are all sorts of articles out there suggesting we aim to read something like 50 books a year. In my opinion, it’s better to read one book and properly reflect on the lessons it teaches and implement what you learn, than to play a numbers game. So if you have read anything above five I’d say you are doing well.

As you know, our top ten list is created using aggregated data – so these are not all books we have read or recommend.  However, if there is ONE book you read before the end of the year, make it 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. Check out our review here.

Stay curious.

Retire Early With Real Estate

Retire Early With Real Estate by Chad Carson

Number one this month is brand-new and we’re intrigued. Chad Carson shares his tried and tested investment strategies in real estate to get you out of a 9-5 slump. Who wouldn’t want to retire at the age of 37?

Bad Blood

Back at the top end of the list after a one-month break, Bad Blood continues to please. We all love a good scandal story, after all. John Carreyrou tells the formidable story of the rise and fall of Silicon-Valley startup, Theranos.

Dichotomy of Leadership

This is another brand-new publication from the same authors of Extreme Ownership, which is repeatedly in the top ten. Now, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin explore the multiple dichotomies that pull leaders in opposite directions.


This book has continually been in the top ten for four months now. Bill Gates calls it ‘one of the most important books [he’s] ever read’ and it seems clear why. Hans Rosling is here to show us how and why things really aren’t as bad as they seem.

Extreme Ownership

Bringing ideas over from the US Navy SEALs to the business world, Willink and Babin’s incredible theories have revolutionized corporate leadership.

Winners Take All

Anand Giridharadas exposes the truth about supposed ‘do-gooders’ of the rich and powerful. This one is sure to get you reassessing philanthropic celebrities.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

This is Yuval Noah Harari’s much awaited third book. We are big fans of his work. This book contains 21 lessons for navigating a very uncertain future. Our review is here.

Billion Dollar Whale

Number eight this month is another scandalous true story, this time, about Jho Low. He managed to pull off one of the biggest heists the world has seen and is now an international fugitive.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

We think we’ve raved enough about this book and then it creeps back into the top ten again! It is a all-time classic and must-read for any entrepreneur.


Here, Daniel Pink explains how most of what we believe about motivation isn’t true and that its three main elements are autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

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