Listed below are books that Joe Rogan is currently reading or has recently finished reading. To be more accurate, Rogan prefers listening to books over reading and typically reads only one physical book for every 7 or 8 audiobooks. He says that audiobooks give him something productive to do to fill the “dead time” while he’s driving to and from the podcast studio, The Comedy Store or airport and when he’s trail running. Whenever he mentions a new book that he’s reading we’ll add it to the list.
Can’t Hurt Me
This book will change your fucking life. – Joe Rogan
While running the hills, Joe Rogan has been listening to Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins, a retired Navy SEAL and ultra-endurance athlete. Goggins tells his inspirational life story and provides the motivation to push your limits and reach your full potential. Rogan says it’s outstanding and recommends the audiobook over the physical version because of the additional podcast-like commentary and discussion from Goggins and the narrator. David Goggins was a guest on JRE #1080 and #1212.
It’s an excellent book – Joe Rogan
As mentioned on Instagram (November 29, 2018), the last audiobook that Joe Rogan finished listening to is Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal. It was recommended to him by UFC fighter Ben Askren. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work expands on Kotler’s research on flow states and looks into how people are using altered states of consciousness to achieve peak performance. Steven Kotler was a guest on JRE #873.
It’s fucking great! – Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan recently finished reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. He spoke about it with Joey Diaz in JRE #1190 (October 29, 2018). This is the 2nd Gladwell book Rogan has read this year. Outliers: The Story of Success explores what makes people successful. Gladwell examines how external factors like timing, circumstance and luck can contribute more to a person’s success than intelligence or skill.
The Art of Living and Dying
It’s a surprisingly profound and interesting read. – Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan first mentioned he was reading The Art of Living and Dying in an Instagram post on August 12, 2018. He also brought it up in JRE #1165 with Tom Papa and in JRE #1180 with Everlast. It is one of hundreds of books authored by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh aka Osho, the Indian mystic and leader of the cult-like Rajneesh movement featured in the Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country. The Art of Living and Dying covers Osho’s teachings on dying, death and reincarnation. Rogan seemed genuinely surprised to discover that Osho’s ideas were deeply philosophical and well-reasoned.
The Talent Code
It’s an amazing book. – Joe Rogan
In JRE #1135 (June 25, 2018), Joe Rogan discussed The Talent Code with Ari Shaffir. He likely got the book recommendation from his friend and fellow comedian Bryan Callen who talks about it frequently. In The Talent Code, journalist and author Daniel Coyle details the key elements required to develop talent, maximize potential and optimize performance. He also explains the neurological mechanisms in the brain responsible for growing talent. Rogan thinks that anybody could benefit from reading this book.
The Tipping Point
It’s really great, really interesting! – Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan talked about listening to The Tipping Point audiobook in JRE #1132 with Kyle Kingsbury (June 18, 2018). The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference is Malcolm Gladwell’s first book and a New York Times bestseller. Gladwell writes about the three rules that can make ideas, products, messages and behaviours spread like a virus. Although Rogan thought the book was really interesting, he found it to be a bit repetitive. One of his pet peeves is when someone other than the author narrates the audiobook (unless it’s Stephen King) so he was especially happy that Gladwell did his own narration.
Great book…fucking fantastic…very enlightening. – Joe Rogan
Sapiens is one of the most mentioned books on the JRE Podcast. After several friends and guests recommended it to Rogan he decided to finally give the audiobook a listen. Sapiens is a New York Times bestseller by Israeli historian and professor Yuval Noah Harari. It is quite literally a brief history of humankind. Multiple human species co-existed 100,000 years ago and Harari explores how and why Homo Sapiens became the most successful and dominant species of humans. Rogan seemed to really enjoy the book.