Welcome to the WattsUP Book Collection. Below is a collection of books I’ve read so far in 2020.
The Calling by Rha Goddess. I read this book in Dec. 2020/Jan. 2021, and I made a statement on our podcast that this would be the last business book I will ever read. If you want a book to inspire taking your life to the next level, The Calling takes care of this for you. Since I read this book, my life has been turned upside-down. It has been demanding and challenging, but I know the result will be worth it. Getting to this new place is quite a journey that I am here to show up for in my life. The book is packed full of exercises on creating the life and business we are meant here to live. I will recommend this book to everyone I know forever.
Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold. If you haven’t seen Free Solo, watch it because Alex Honnold has that strange condition of not processing fear as the rest of us do. He is one of the most excellent rock climbers in the world, and reading about becoming this person is utterly inspiring to me. Alex is a great human being, and I will share his story with anyone. Hopefully, one day I will meet him and have a chat about life on a wall—the freedom.
Becoming by Michelle Obama. Who doesn’t love Michelle Obama? I am sure there are some people, and I am sure they are assholes. At the time of this writing, this is the largest book I have read. I was proud of myself for going through the entire thing. For someone who didn’t like reading anything in high school, I sure have changed that tune over the past few years. Once again, I love reading about people’s journeys and how they ended up doing what they have been doing. And for all of your wondering, Michelle states in the book: she will not run for public office.
American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love and Politics by Dan Savage. Dude, Dan can write some books. I am pretty sure I read this book in 24 hours. I loved it so much—great insights on relationships and how we interact with our partners and the people in our life. If you are a die-hard Bible thumper, this book isn’t that, but you should read it anyway. It is always good to get different perspectives.
More Myself, a Journey by Alicia Keys. There is only one way to read this book: by listening to the album that goes with each chapter. I love the way Alicia told her story about how each album was created and the journey she was on during that time. Alicia is a gift that keeps on giving. I am a huge Alicia Keys fan and a massive fan of this book.
The Rest of the Books:
Radiation Nation – The Fallout of Modern Technology by Daniel T. Debaun & Ryan P. Debaun. To say we aren’t in a situation where our bodies are always in a microwave would be a lie. All the time, I notice my hand that is holding my phone is heating up and uncomfortable. With the wifi and the cell signal, we have no idea what will happen to our bodies with all of this radiation around us. The best thing we can do is to be safe with our devices and the electronics in our life. There are ways to minimize the exposure, and it might be helpful to work on those.
Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game by Abby Wambach. Abby’s book is short and sweet but packed with information on becoming a better leader in the world. She is amazing. Pick it up, people. These are leadership tips from one of the best soccer players in the world.
Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabby Bernstein. We attract what we focus on, this isn’t anything new, but Gabby tells how this worked out for her, and it is a great story to read about. This book is a great reminder to focus on what we want to change in our lives, and the Universe will help us with our challenges.
Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Glennon is hilarious, and I loved this book so much. This book is for women, but it 100% applies to people who identify as men. Buy it, read it, listen to our podcast episode on The Kate & Mike Show. Watch Glennon in IG live and laugh.
The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family by Dan Savage. Relationships are dumb and stressful, so don’t do them. Kidding, these books dive into the entire story of relationships and how they came to be. Honestly, being in a relationship with people changes us in so many ways we could have never imagined previously.
Motley Crue The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Neil Straus. If you want to read about many idiots exploring the world, then this is the book for you. The destruction these men did is entirely unbelievable. I love me some Motley Crue. No explanation is needed for this book.
The Power of Zero Book: How to Get to the 0% Tax Bracket and Transform Your Retirement by David McKnight. Over the past five years, we have made some unusual financial decisions. Nothing fancy and more of a long-term strategy. They have paid off for us, and if you are in the middle of doing something different with your financial life, this book is for you. The biggest thing I have learned about financial clarity is being in charge of your decisions. Having an awareness of what is going on is better than knowing nothing at all.
Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers by Helena Dea Bala. This book is fascinating about how open people will become when you allow them to connect with you. The author posted a request on Craigslist and would meet up with people to hear their stories. There is one central point I have learned about from this book, and it has to do with: if you listen, people will share anything with you. The stories are unbelievable. If you need to check out from reading your usual stories, then this book is for you.
The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What to Do Instead by Kristen Ulmer. Fear, we all have it. There is a way to make it work for us instead of us working against it. We look at fear like something is wrong with us, and that frankly isn’t true. Fear is what keeps us sane, and everyone experiences it in their way. I love this book. It was recommended by Gabby and Laird (If you don’t know them, you might want to). Right when I started reading this book, I was learning how to jump a mountain bike. It was the perfect companion when starting something new in my life—overcoming that fear.
The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life by Lynne Twist. There is nothing better than reading about how to have a better relationship with money. This is an ongoing, ever-evolving relationship. Lynne Twist is a master of explaining things that make it better for the world. She is amazing. This book is one to add if you desire to create a better relationship with your money.
Tax-Free Income for Life: A Step-by-Step Plan for a Secure Retirement by David McKnight. I have mentioned a previous book by David McKnight and the way he manages money. This is another one of those books to avoid paying taxes on the money you are investing and making. I would much rather pay taxes on cash now than cash that is delayed into the future. There is no way, as a country, we can continue to keep doing what we have been doing over the past ten years. There is no way taxes aren’t going to increase in the future.
Fauci: The Bernie Madoff of Science and the HIV Ponzi Scheme that Concealed the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic by Charles Ortleb. If coronavirus had a face for its brand, it would be Fauci. I also find it very strange that the man who led the public communication about HIV is the same person leading the charge for COVID-19.
Stormy Daniels: Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels. Stormy’s story is one for the books and the things she has been doing, leading up to the Trump saga. She lived quite a life, and frankly, this is the story of finding people to trust, and people have been taking advantage of her. I hope she lives a great rest of her life where she is doing what she desires to do. I hope she can surround herself with people who support her endeavors. People, don’t judge a book by its cover.
The Birth Order: Why You Are the Way You Are by Dr. Kevin Leman. You are the way you are for a variety of reasons besides when your birthdate is. I found this book fascinating because whatever your birth order dictates how you live your life. This is another tool to understand ourselves better and set ourselves up for success in our endeavors. This book is fantastic for a variety of reasons, and I highly recommend it.
Blue: The Color of Noise by Steve Aoki. One of my best concerts of all time was in a Steve Aoki concert in Portland, Maine. The Aoki family is one of those families that go on to big things. From his father, sister, mother, and Steve, it is quite a family. Also, if you haven’t seen pics of Steve’s house in Vegas, hit up Google. If you enjoy life stories of complete craziness, then this book is one to pick up.
The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis. Jenifer Lewis is a legend. I love her in Black-ish and love her in life. The men’s stories of Jenifer are one main reason to read this book. Her memory and how she remembers all of the details about her experience are tremendous. Also, her success on Broadway and the screen is a movie in itself. Pick up the book, laugh and cry.
41: A Portrait of my Father by George W. Bush. This is a man who wrote about a father and acts like he has the perfect father. People, I stopped over halfway through and couldn’t do it anymore. Don’t bother with this book unless you want to read about a son who was deeply in love with his dad, who could do no wrong. I call BS. Bush Senior had plenty of issues.
NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories by NOFX. Only one of my favorite bands of my teenage years, and still to this day. I love putting on a good record of NOFX and straight jamming out. They are legends in the punk rock world and complete degenerates. The stories are the most out-of-control, besides those of Motley Crue.
Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware. We like to worry about a lot of crap that doesn’t matter at the end of the day. Talking to Bronnie on our podcast gave me a sense of gratitude for those who work in careers where you are caretaking for people. And sitting bedside by the ones that are coming to the end of their life. This isn’t something I have done before, and I am sure it will happen to me one day. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and I hope you can do this along with me.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr: Racing to the Finish by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. & Ryan Mcgee. This story was about Dales’s concussions and how he handled them during his racing career. It is also a story of a man who is keeping his pain hidden. I resonate with this about not telling people around you the pain you are going through. It is time to “man up” and get through it. This is the way men are supposed to handle difficult times. He dives deep into this belief in this book. A man telling the truth is what this book is about.
Books Read: 25
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Thank you so much for taking the time to review my reading list for 2020. Please send me a message on IG, @mikejwatts, for further book recommendations or if you have any questions for me.