If you want to know more about minimalism, defiance, and finding inner peace, the following books are suggested reading. I will update this page periodically as I discover new books that I both recommend and feel have ideas I consider to be essential.
- The Bullet Journal Method, Ryder Carroll. The beauty of bullet journaling is that it can be customized and adapted to meet your needs. I can’t live without it.
- Getting Things Done, David Allen. What I took from this book, and still use, is the method for filtering and prioritizing tasks.
- Atomic Habits, James Clear. Tie a new habit to an established routine, and it makes developing the new habit a lot easier.
- The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss. The concept of finding the minimum effective dose, the least you need to do to get the result you want, was a game-changer for me.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey. The habits are actually a process for changing your perspective in order to achieve your goals.
- Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. A familiar origin story about having the “American Dream” versus having a happy life.
- Essential: Essays by The Minimalists, Millburn and Nicodemus. Essays on how minimalism expresses itself across a variety of topics, not just decluttering and organizing.
- Everything That Remains, Millburn and Nicodemus. It’s not about the things you get rid of. It’s about the things you choose to make room for, because they’re important.
- Love People, Use Things, Millburn and Nicodemus. When we put more emphasis on our relationships than our possessions, amazing things happen.
- The Minimalist Mindset, Danny Dover. Minimalism is about giving priority to your passions, and taking back your freedom so you can do that.
- Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman. We’re addicted to entertainment, to the point where we’re less informed and more prone to manipulation.
- Manufacturing Consent, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky. As people are slowly figuring out, mass media is an effective delivery system for propaganda.
- Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Chris Hedges. What Bradbury predicted in Fahrenheit 451 is coming true, we’re becoming a post-literate culture.
- The Shallows, Nicolas Carr. Yes, the internet affects our reading comprehension and there is evidence that it’s making us dumber. We need moderation.
- Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, E.F. Schumacher. An economist presents logical arguments for building economies around communities, not corporations.
- Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science, Clair Brown, Ph.D. What if economic performance included equity, sustainability, and a meaningful life?
- The New Economics of Sustainable Development, Dr. James Robertson. Conventional economics thinking does not provide the framework to support sustainable development.
- No Logo, Naomi Klein. The rise of “brands”, corporate misconduct, and all manner of dehumanizing things happening in the name of profit and power.