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19+ Books For Men In Their 30’s | Books Every 30 Something Man Should Read

Your thirties are a challenging time. You’ve been out of school for a good amount of time now, perhaps you have your own place, you’ve got a career started… You might even be considering starting a family.

Here are 20 books that every man in their 30’s should read.

#1 Wake Up And Smell The Coffee: The imperative of teams

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The deconstruction of the traditional workplace hierarchy, the abandonment of performance appraisal, and the impact of millennials/generations Y and Z all point to a substantial revival of teams and teamwork for the first time in more than 20 years. Leading companies are pushing towards a team-centric model but, for many others, team development remains ad hoc as they fail to recognize that teams hold the answers to increased effectiveness. 

Delivering improved team effectiveness across an organization does not have to be time-consuming. The Team Diagnostic Profiler (TDP) is a methodology and process that is easy to use, self-administering, and can deliver 10 to 20% improvement in team effectiveness when deployed in a corporate team strategy. This book is based on the TDP methodology and the years of research completed by the author. 

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Contributor: Marion Bernstein from LID Publishing

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  1. Wow! This is the best book I’ve read that backs up the need for New Era thinking regarding TEAMs anywhere. Truly well done Simon and thank you…….

#2 Find That Perfect Gift! by Lia Manea

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Easy steps to quickly find a gift for every occasion. A practical and entertaining approach to finding great gifts 

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Contributor: Lia Manea

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#3 Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

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The Principles exemplifies Arianna Huffington's motto: Life-long learning is probably the greatest skill by challenging the reader to evaluate accurately, not kindly by having honest, transparent conversations, in work and life, one can learn from mistakes and turn weaknesses into strengths. 

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Contributor: Gregory Poulin from Goodly

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  1. Dalio’s advice in this piece seemed largely superficial and non-actionable for most people… perhaps worth reading for some though.

#4 You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham

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For any 30-year-old male -- whether it's the one who just got a raise, is moving to a new city for a job, or found out his wife is pregnant again -- You Need A Budget offers the four basic principles of budgeting. Readers have learned how to sidestep saving for their kids' college funds (and still send them to college), get out of living paycheck to paycheck (or worse, get out of debt), and amass serious wealth. Mecham, a dad of six, has been heavily profiled for his novel approach to budgeting and his compatible software that goes along with the book (YNAB.com) 

Quote: This is the difference between dreaming about a better life and actually creating one. The beauty of a (good budget): it lets you see exactly how your spending affects the rest of your life. 

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Contributor: Jesse Mecham from You Need a Budget (YNAB) 

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#5 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

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This book is incredibly thought provoking, surprisingly deep, yet practically applicable. Those who read it (really read it) and take even some of it to heart and apply its principles will become better men. 

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Contributor: Michael Becktel 

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#6 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

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Men in their 30's are ready to benefit from the wisdom and full potential of this book, whether at the workplace, or to better understand couple dynamics, or at home with the wife and kids.

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Contributor: Lia Manea

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#7 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Be ready to have your mind blown and view the whole human species from a new perspective.  

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Contributor: Lia Manea

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#8 How to Win Friends & Influence People

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This book might be old but the communication advice is priceless. Easy to read and easy to follow.  

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Contributor: Lia Manea

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#9 I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

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It's not too late for men in their 30's to apply the actionable steps described by Ramit in order to get their financial act together and secure their future.  

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Contributor: Lia Manea

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#10 Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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As the title suggests, having “true grit” is a trait worth having. Angela Duckworth’s best seller has turned grit into gold as evidenced by over 8 million fans who downloaded her TED talk.

Duckworth’s philosophy on succeeding in school, business and sports are more determined by how resolute one is - not so much based on talent, luck or genetics. Learning to persevere on something that you are passionate about can help students, business leaders and athletes to achieve their goals.

Hopefully, her father has taken back his words he once uttered to her, “You’re no genius” and can now substitute it with “you done me proud, daughter!”

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Contributor: Nicholas Christensen from Lottery Critic

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#11 The Constitution of the United States of America

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You are in your 30’s and have pushed off adulthood long enough. You’ve been voting for over a decade, maybe close to two, but have never actually read our Constitution! It’s not long, it’s not difficult, man up and get a better understanding of the most important document in Western civilization! 

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Contributor: Michael Becktel 

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#12 Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

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It is awful, as bad as you suspect... but it could be infinitely helpful to know what your wife is likely fantasizing about. That said, it may be equally horrifying to know that your mom probably read it too.

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Contributor: Michael Becktel 

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#13 Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

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It's a raw, inspiring, and really cool book that helped me come to terms with some of my own confidence issues and focus on what matters to me and my career. 

From the Contributor: I actually think men could benefit from reading a perspective that rings so true to the feminine challenges of 2018. It would help them see some of the real issues and be better allies to women in the workplace. 

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Contributor: Emily Espinosa from PodSquad 

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#14 Six Billion Shoppers by Porter Erisman

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It's a game changer and a must-read for anyone but in particular men heading into big career decisions. Looking to the future and finding a place for yourself in the world could mean the difference between building an invaluable skillset or painting yourself into a corner. Read up!

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Contributor: Nicholas Kinports from lonelybrand

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#15 8-Bit Apocalypse: The Untold Story of Atari’s Missile Command

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The Untold Story of Atari's Missile Command, Rubens takes a deep dive back forty years to profile the rise and fall of Atari, the creation of one of their most impactful games Missile Command, and just how crazy of a world it was for Gamers in the late 70s/early 80s.

Through interviews with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Missile Command creator Dave Theurer, gamers can finally get the full story behind one of the greatest games ever made for the first time ever and also learn about the ins and outs of the biggest gaming company to ever exist.

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Contributor: Alex from MissileCommandBook

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#16 Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

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An eye-opening book that teaches the importance of financial understanding and how to achieve financial freedom.

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Contributor: Jill Caponera from PromoCodes

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#17 Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups and the New Cajun Cooking

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Named one of the “Best Fall 2018 Cookbooks” by The New York Times and Food & Wine's Most Anticipated Fall Books , in Chasing the Gator Chef Toups, owner of Toups Meatery and Toups South in New Orleans, takes readers takes readers on a journey through Cajun Country with salty stories, tall tales and more than 100 recipes including how to make a damn fine gumbo, boudin, dirty rice, cochon de lait, and his signature double-cut pork chop and the Toups Burger. 

From axe-throwing photos and stories to his whole chapter on boucherie, this is a book full of attitude and flavor for fans of Action Bronson, Anthony Bourdain, and Paul Prudhomme. 

Chasing the Gator shows how–and what it means–to cook Cajun food today. This book makes the ideal gift for the thirty-something male, carnivore, foodie and Southern culture buff. 

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Contributor: Chef Isaac Toups from Toups South

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#18 CRASH: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits

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Crash is a newly-released book giving readers an up-close look of drumming legends and exclusive photos of their iconic kits - a great gift for teens, dads, boyfriends, audio geeks and enthusiasts. 

The hardcover details over 60 drum kits from drummers from KISS, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Ringo Starr, and many more. Award-winning author David Frangioni has worked with many of the drummers in his career as an audio engineer, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the drum kits, including their artistic choices, signatures, wear-and-tear, special features, etc. and the tours they appeared on, from the Super Bowl to the Tonight Show. 

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Contributor: Ashley Collazo from Caster Communications

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#19 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

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This book teaches an important lesson about what not to do when making a big move in life.

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Contributor: Jill Caponera from PromoCodes

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#20 On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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A wonderful tale of adventure and spontaneity that will inspire a man in his 30s to take risks and get up and go somewhere that will open his eyes about life all around us.

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Contributor: Jill Caponera from PromoCodes

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