For the fourth year in a row, I’ve asked clients, colleagues, and leaders from The Making Magnificence Project® for their most-loved book of the year.

Below is the list that came back, in no particular order.

Happy reading and gifting!


Whistle What Can’t Be Said by Charlotte Matthews

The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs

Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations, William H. McRaven

Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg

The Three-Body Problem Trilogy, Liu Cixin

The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari

The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides

Where We Come From, Oscar Casares

The Last Thing You Surrender, Leonard Pitts

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson

Grant, Ron Chernow

A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix, Edwin Friedman

The Water Dancer, Ta-Nahesi Coates

Just Kids, Patti Smith

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink

A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell

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

The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday

End Times, Bryan Walsh

Factfulness, Hans Rosling

Blowing the Bloody Doors Off: And Other Lessons in Life, Michael Caine

The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates

Dare to Lead, Brene Brown

The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership, Jackie Jenkins-Scott

The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness and Meditation, Andy Puddicombe

The Coddling of the American Mind, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Wild, Cheryl Strayed