The 10 Best Books We’ve Read Recently

Before we get back to our regular blog content on Edmonton’s commercial real estate market, we wanted to give you some reading ideas* for 2018.

In no particular order, here are our favorite books we’ve read recently.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

Scott Adams, the cartoonist famous for Dilbert, is also a fantastic writer. It’s sort of an auto-biography as he delves into details about all the different things he failed at yet how he still managed to keep going (and ultimately thrive with one of the most famous cartoons of all time). We can’t say enough good things about this book.

The Obstacle is the Way

Written by Ryan Holiday, who also wrote Ego Is the EnemyThe Daily Stoic and Perennial Seller.  He is a big advocate of stocism, but writes in a modern and engaging style.  We’ve read and enjoyed the other three, but The Obstacle is the Way is his best work.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Written by Mark Manson, who wrote a very popular blog post on the topic.  We’ll link to it with a disclaimer that there are a lot of f-bombs.  A lot.  Like seriously, we can’t over-prepare you for it.  Still interested?  F*ck.  His book is an expanded on version with considerably less profanity.  Light humored but touches on some important topics.

Moonwalking with Einstein

Joshua set out to learn the secrets of memory “experts” and to see if it was something a layman could learn and excel in. It’s the story of his journey to win the world championship in memory. It’s a compelling story, fueled partly by his anecdotes but more so by his sound writing abilities. It’s a fantastic book, we highly recommend it.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Written by Eric Barker, who claims to have 320,000 subscribers on his blog.  Like a number of other books that try to identify what successful people do, Eric argues that it’s not always what we would expect to see.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

This was a bit of an odd choice, but we bought it on the basis solely that we’re fans of Neil Degrasse Tyson. It covers some pretty intense topics and makes you pay attention to virtually every single word. Don’t buy this if you’re looking for a leisurly read but instead if you want a book to take you in a direction you might not have even thought to consider.

Architectural Photography

What stared off as a quest to incorporate professional-level photography into our real estate marketing spawned into a passion. With a fleet consisting of a Canon 5D Mark IV, a 70D and a DJI Mavic Pro, we’re unwavering in our pursuit of the next great photo of Edmonton’s skyline and to ensure we’re showcasing our listings in the best possible light (pardon the photography pun). We’ve read over a dozen photography books in the past few years and this one stands above the rest. It provides an excellent overview of photography basics and goes into depth on topics such as composition and lighting. A great book for beginners and advanced photographers alike.

The Creative Fight

This is the odd-ball book in our list, but sometimes a book you’re not expecting can take you in a whole new direction.  The premise of this book involves things you can do to help with creativity.  It’s not an artsy book per se, but a surprisingly good read on how you can become more creative in every thing you do.  Read this book if you’re bored with what you’ve read lately or simply have a very open mind.

Mastering the Craft of Writing

We’ve written over 150 articles on our blog, and while we might never win a Pulitzer, we do work to ensure we’re always improving. Like photography, we have read dozens of books on the subject and this stands above the rest. Even if you want to improve your emails, this book gives you a solid foundation.

Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation

Just like Re-Engineering Retail (the book we reviewed a few weeks ago), this book ties in with our careers as commercial real estate brokers. With retailers, manufacturers and distributors all striving to provide quick and efficient “last-mile” delivery of products, the author provides a comprehensive analysis of what costs they must incur in the process.

Read This if You Want to be Instagram Famous

If you follow us on social media, you’ll know we love Instagram (and beer). While you might not have plans on becoming Instagram Famous, it does give a great overview on what successful Instagrammers have done to build their following.

Honourable Mention – Remarkable Service by Mike Mack

We would be remiss not to include our good friend Mike Mack’s new book, Remarkable Service. Mike is a training, coaching & consulting industry expert and his book offers stories on customer service from people all over the world.




We are members of Amazon’s Associates Program and earn a referral fee if you purchase any of the books above.  We have at least one copy of each of these books, so if you would rather not spend the money, we will happily give any of them away on a first come basis.  Please send us a message if you want to take us up on it.  Also check out other reviews and don’t just take our word for it.  Deciding to read any particular book comes with the opportunity cost of all the other books you could have read.  Accordingly, we don’t take the responsibility of recommending books lightly, and we encourage you to carefully decide what book you’ll give your attention to.





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Chad Griffiths

Chad Griffiths

Partner, SIOR, CCIM

Chad is a partner with NAI Commercial Real Estate and focuses on the Greater Edmonton area. Chad entered the industry in 2004 and has completed over 400 commercial transactions with clients ranging from small, local companies to large institutional owners. Chad has been a top 15 producer with NAI Canada-wide since 2013.

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown

Partner, BCom, SIOR

Ryan is a partner with NAI Commercial Real Estate in Edmonton and is currently ranked nationally as one of NAI's top advisors. Having executed in excess of $100 Million worth of sales transactions and over 2 Million square feet of lease transactions, Ryan has developed a firm understanding of asset evaluation and an aptitude for building design, functionality, and long-term practicality.

Darcie Bouteiller

Darcie Bouteiller


Darcie is a licensed Commercial Real Estate Agent in the Province of Alberta with a focus on the Edmonton market and its surrounding areas. Darcie accomplishes custom solutions for her clients through her personable nature and results driven attitude. Darcie can help if you are looking to invest in commercial real estate or are looking for representation for a sale or lease transactions.

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