What I Read When I’m Running Vol. 2


Continuing on with my tradition of publishing what I read when I run, here is Vol. 2 of this – hopefully long-lasting – epic.

In 2017/2018 I took 6,658,330 steps (18,242 a day on average) and read & listened to 53 books (mostly listened).

Lo and behold – this year I took even more steps – 7,714,597 from 2 September 2018 to 1 September 2019 (21,136 steps per day on average).

However, I only read (mostly listened) 43 books.

What’s the catch? The catch is – I got hooked on The Great Courses series (the best of the best college-level courses on everything you need to know about staying healthy, wealthy and wise). These courses are very long and normally I could finish 5-10 books in the same time it takes me to finish one Great Course. But these courses are definitely worth it!

This year, instead of listing all the books I’ve read in a random or chronological order, I’ve split them into three main categories. As many of you know, I have a very simple approach to life – unless something makes our world (and me) healthier, wealthier or wiser, I don’t do it. If it does – I do it… and then it’s just a question of making sure I do it in moderation.

That’s why I don’t do social media, watch the telly or read the news – they don’t fit within my “healthy, wealthy & wise” approach. However, making the world a better place, spending time with my loved ones, reading a lot, running marathons and drinking wine do 😉

This kind of categorisation will hopefully give you a much better idea of what made me tick last year.



1. The World’s Fittest Book by Ross Edgley

2. Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

3. What Doesn’t Kill Us by Scott Carney

4. Feed Zone Portables by Biju Thomas & Allen Lim

5. Nutrition Made Clear by Roberta H. Anding {The Great Courses Series}

6. Grain Brain by David Perlmutter



7. How to Be the Startup Hero by Tim Draper

8. Principles by Ray Dalio

9. The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit by Michael Goldsby {The Great Courses Series}

10. Critical Business Skills for Success by Longenecker, Sussman, Roberto & Hamilton {The Great Courses Series}

11. English Grammar Bootcamp by Anne Curzan {The Great Courses Series}

12. Conscious Business by Fred Kofman

13. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

14. Anyone Can Do It: My Story by Duncan Bannatyne

15. Tycoon by Peter Jones

16. Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

18. The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone

19. Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield

20. Never Wrestle with a Pig by Mark H McCormack

21. How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes

22. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

23. The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick

24. High Growth Handbook by Elad Gill

25. The Founder’s Mentality by Chris Zook and James Allen

26. The Great CEO Within by Matt Mochary

27. “Основы Менеджмента” – Н.И. Кабушкин

28. “Пиши, сокращай” – М. Ильяхов и Л. Сарычева



29. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

30. Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior by Mark Leary {The Great Courses Series}

31. Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills by Steven Novella {The Great Courses Series} 

32. The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

33. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

34. What Everybody is Saying by Joe Navarro

35. Everything All at Once by Bill Nye

36. Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker

37. Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

38. No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

39. Reboot by Jerry Colonna

40. Games People Play by Eric Berne

41. Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement by John Medina {The Great Courses}

42. The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin

43. “Мы здесь, чтобы победить” – Д. Соколов-Митрич

44.  “Усы стригут в полдень” – Марта Гримская


Thank you and stay tuned!


by Roman Grigoriev

P.S. And, of course, once my daughter discovered what Gruffalo Crumble is, I must have read and listened to The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson about 300 times! May be more!

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