Broyhill Book Club – 2015’s Top Twelve And The Complete List

Broyhill Book Club – 2015’s Top Twelve And The Complete List

A list of the top twelve books of 2015 and the complete list of the Broyhill Book Club collection.

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"If I were rich I would have many books, and I would pamper myself with bindings bright to the eye and soft to the touch, paper generously opaque, and type such as men designed when printing was very young. I would dress my gods in leather and gold, and burn candles of worship before them at night, and string their names like beads on a rosary. I would have my library spacious and dark and cool, safe from alien sights and sounds, with slender casements opening on quiet fields, voluptuous chairs inviting communion and reverie, shaded lamps illuminating sanctuaries here and there, and every inch of the walls concealed with the mental heritage of our race. And there at any hour my hand or spirit would welcome my friends, if their souls were hungry and their hands were clean. In the center of that temple of my books I would gather the One Hundred Best of all the educative literature in the world." -- Will Durant

Last year, I made a conscious effort to spend less time in front of the screens. With the help of Goodreads, I set a goal of reading one book per week. What follows is certainly not a list of the “One Hundred Best of all educative literature in the world.” It is simply one man’s attempt at shifting his lifestyle away from online diversions and optimizing his return on time invested. As it turns out, substituting television (the occasional Netflix binge permitted) and email for an Amazon Kindle has extraordinary implications for mindfulness and clarity of thought.

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All good investors appreciate the need to read extensively, but few recognize the benefit of reading broadly. The temptation to click on every email notification or enticing “breaking news” story too often leads us down a never-ending Google rabbit hole. The art of focus is lost in the 21st century. Instead, we spend the majority of our time in front of the screens erratically chasing the latest headlines rather than adopting a more attentive and comprehensive approach to learning.

The Roman Stoic philosopher, Seneca, described a well-ordered mind as one able to remain in a single place and linger among a limited number of master thinkers.

“So you should always read standard authors; and when you crave a change, fall back upon those whom you’ve read before . . . and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day.”

After devouring 74 books in 2015, I plan to spend more time in the New Year digesting the works of a more limited number of “master thinkers” and organizing those connections across multiple disciplines. Many of last year’s book were new additions to the Broyhill Library, but some of the most valuable lessons learned originated from falling back on standard authors. All knowledge is
cumulative. Successful investors compound their wisdom through broad reading over a lifetime.

The following pages illustrate my Year in Books, along with twelve of my favorites (just too hard to stop at ten). I enjoyed the journey just as much as I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with friends. Clients of Broyhill are welcome to choose one book for their own library - it’s our way of saying “thank you” for giving us the motivation to come into the office every morning smarter than the previous day.

- Chris Pavese

Broyhill Book Club - This Year's Top Twelve

Creativity, Inc

Elon Musk

Learn or Die

Letters from a Stoic


Sh*t My Dad Says

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)

Tell My Sons

The Lessons of History

The Wright Brothers

Where Good Ideas Come From

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Broyhill Book Club - Complete List

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

101 Things I Learned in Engineering School

A Brief History of Time

Benjamin Franklin

Born Standing Up

Bruce Lee

Charlie Munger

The 4 Hour Body

The 4 Hour Chef

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Art of Learning

The Catcher in the Rye and J.D. Salinger

The Dhandho Investor

Double Your Profits

The Education of a Value Investor

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

Ernest Hemingway on Writing

The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright


The Everything Store

God's Debris

The Great Minds of Investing

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

How to Deliver a Great Ted Talk

How to Design TED-Worthy Presentation Slides (Black & White Edition): Presentation Design Principles from the Best TED Talks

How to Lie with Statistics

How to Read a Book

In Case I Die Before You're Born

In Praise of Slowness

In the Cause of Architecture

In The Plex


The Innovator’s Dilemma

The Innovators


Jim Henson: The Biography

Mind Gym

Mindful Work

My Brief History

The Opposite of Spoiled

Pebbles of Perception

The Perfect Store

The Prince

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Laws of Simplicity

The Little Book That Still Beats the Market

Love Works

The Magic of a Name

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition

The Time Machine

The Art of Stillness


Walt's Revolution!

We Learn Nothing

What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars

Where Are the Customers' Yachts

Sam Walton: Made In America

Simple Rules

Sit Like a Buddha

Stoicism Today

The World As I See It

The Psychology of Human Misjudgment

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