Best New Books of 2019 - Recommended by The CEO Library

Most of the books I read are not recently published books. I don’t know why, but with the exception of some biographies, I wait for the community at large to confirm it’s worth my time reading them.

Still, 2019 brought some books that the community of The CEO Library thought they are worth reading as soon as possible. The list below is a list of those books (10 or so).

If you want to see how we selected the books, we mentioned the details in the list of the best non-fiction books of 2019.

Also, if you are interested in some fiction books to break the rhythm a little bit, there’s a list for those as well: best fiction books of 2019.

That’s it, here’s the list you came for:


Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

This book has everything: new ideas, bold insights, entertaining history and convincing analysis. Not to be missed by anyone who wants to understand how ideas change the world.
Daniel Kahneman
Nobel Prize Winner, Author

Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models

Super Thinking is meant to be a comprehensive collection of mental models needed for good personal and professional decision making, most of which are not effectively taught in schools. I believe if you can master these 300 concepts — yes, it is a lot, but they are very interrelated — you will completely level up your thinking. It’s the book I wish someone had given me earlier in my career, but it is good for anyone. As the anonymous saying goes, “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” It comes out 6/18 and you can pre-order it now and find out more info (including the full list of models). They are grouped into nine narrative chapters, each with its own theme (e.g. time management, people management, unintended consequences, etc.) so it is easy to digest and refer back to.
Gabriel Weinberg
Founder & CEO/DuckDuckGo

Stillness Is the Key

Some authors give advice. Ryan Holiday distills wisdom. This book is a must read for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the frenetic demands of modern life.

Cal Newport

The Leader You Want to Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self – Every Day

Amy Jen Su's helpful frameworks apply to the complicated issues we all grapple with as leaders. The Leader You Want to Be enables readers to show up as their best selves at work, at home, and as they go out into the world.
Jim Massey
Global Vice President / AstraZeneca

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad

Such a phenomenal guy and it's a great, great book.
Todd Henry
Founder/Accidental Creative

The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

Melinda Gates's book is a lesson in listening. A powerful, poignant, and ultimately humble call to arms.
Tara Westover

The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)

That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

An essential book for anyone trying to think, work, or live better.
Ryan Holiday
Media Strategist, Author, Founder/Brass Check