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Bookworm is dedicated to doing more than just reading books. Joe and Mike read a book every two weeks and discuss ways to apply the authors lessons to their lives.

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28: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

It’s time for a classic that both Mike and Joe have failed to read until now. But they have completed their duty and are no longer in the dark. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 rolls MS111 Mic Switch Mizage – Shush Heil Sound PR 40 Shure BETA 87A Shure BETA 58A Auphonic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Theoretical Accountability My Morning Routine Discourse League The Go-Getter by Peter B. Kyne The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett, Dave Evans Do You Talk Funny? by David Nihill Recommend A Book Bookworm Book List Twitter List of Authors Subscribe on iTunes Discuss on Productivity Guild Mike's Rating: 5.0Joe's Rating: 4.5

1hr 39mins

7 Jun 2017

Rank #1

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38: Mindset by Carol Dweck

Your mindset can change how you respond to pretty much everything. The question is whether or not yours is a good one or a bad one. But there are also ways to change them, which is what Mike and Joe go over this week. Sure Beta 87A Rode Podcaster The (57 Word Title) Cortex The Productivity Show The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Mindset by Carol S. Dweck The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday Billy Beane Lenny Dykstra John McEnroe Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer Hurry Slowly Deep Work by Cal Newport The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Sean Covey The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron Whims That Work Productivity Guild Podcast Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian Work the System by Sam Carpenter Recommend a Book Bookworm Book List Mike's Rating: 5.0Joe's Rating: 5.0

1hr 18mins

19 Dec 2017

Rank #2

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16: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Mike loves his coffee and he’s trying to drag Joe along. But that still doesn’t stop them from talking checklists and the power they hold. Ruby Coffee Roasters Bitsbox – Super Powers Kit The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande BrainChains by Theo Compernolle QBQ! The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller Dave Ramsey Decisive by Chip Heath and Dan Heath Recommend A Book Bookworm Book List Twitter List of Authors Subscribe on iTunes Mike's Rating: 4.5Joe's Rating: 5.0

1hr 16mins

4 Jan 2017

Rank #3

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44: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Knowing your purpose and finding meaning in life can save your life. This episode covers the challenging topic of World War II and escaping concentration camps alive. Headspace Brett Terpstra Macstock Homepod Mike’s Instagram IFTTT Day One Mac Power Users Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi OmniFocus 3 Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl 30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer Night by Elie Wiesel The Tyranny of Convenience – The New York Times Bookworm on The Productivity Project Thou Shalt Hustle by Mike Schmitz The War of Art by Steven Pressfield Asian Efficiency Mike’s statement about the book: Why do we read books? Is it to learn how to do new things? Is it to be inspired by the actions of others? Is it simply to be entertained? I believe we read books for the experience. A good book, even a non-fiction book, takes you on a journey. It tells you a story, and evokes an emotion. A good book does not just speak at you, but it speaks to you. It challenges and motivates you. It makes you wrestle with the question of what would YOU do if you were placed in a similar situation. Would you have the courage to act heroically and save the day? Or would you give in to the pressure, the problems, and the pain? But the best books encourage you that it is at least possible for you to act heroically, that you at least have a chance to make the shot, rescue the princess, or save the day. This book does just that, but I’m not even sure how. It’s not a work of fiction, but at times you wish it was. What I have difficulty comprehending is how Victor Frankly is able to maintain a positive attitude and a will to live in the circumstances that he describes. I’d like to think that I’d be able to act the same way – to help those who are suffering around me – but I’m not qualified to make such a statement. I can only hope and pray for that kind of strength, but Victor shows us that it is at least possible. Not often do I find myself with nothing to say in response to an author, but that is indeed the case here. I am not qualified to challenge any of this great man’s opinions; I can only shut up and listen to what he has to say. And he has earned that right, to speak freely and to have those who are not tested in the fire of adversity pay attention. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and believe that everyone should read this. I am humbled and challenged to do better in my responses to my “problems,” even if they are insignificant compared to what Victor Frankl went through. The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn What’s Best Next by Matt Perman Busy by Tony Crabbe Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker Anything You Want by Derek Sivers Recommend a Book Bookworm Book List Mike's Rating: 5.0Joe's Rating: 5.0

1hr 39mins

17 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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63: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Can small habits really transform your life and deliver amazing results? Author James Clear believes they can. In today’s episode, Joe and Mike revisit a familiar topic to tackle one of Bookworm’s most requested books and see if it lives up to the hype. Links – Bookworm sweatshirt – 10% Happier w/ Gary Vaynerchuk – Bookworm #62: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin – Procourse – Atomic Habits by James Clear – Leadershift by John Maxwell – Will it Fly by Pat Flynn (Audible) – Bookworm #52: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Bookworm #16: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande – Deep Work by Cal Newport – The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan – Bookworm Club – Productivity in Tech interview – Yamaha Method – Streaks – Bookworm #43: Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Personal Retreat Handbook – Bookworm #49: Peak by Anders Ericsson – Personality Test – Faith-Based Productivity – Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport – Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Atler – It Doesn’t Have Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson – Recommend a Book – Book List – Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 5.0Joe's Rating: 5.0

1hr 36mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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61: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Your brain is an incredibly powerful computer, rapidly processing information to help you make better decisions – except when it doesn’t. Should you really trust your first impressions? Join Joe & Mike as they dive into the world of rapid cognition and thinking without thinking. Links – Bookworm shirts – Prodcon – GoodNotes – The Focus Course – Faith-Based Productivity – Blink by Malcolm Gladwell – Bookworm #52: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – Implicit Association Tests – Bookworm #16: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande – Herman Miller Aeron chair – Pepsi Challenge (YouTube) – SCAA Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel – Coffee Grading criteria – The Best Grocery Store Coffees, Ranked by a Barista – Bookworm #56: Hyperfocus by (and with) Chris Bailey – The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin – Atomic Habits by James Clear – Everyday Millionaires by Chris Hogan – Bookworm Club – Book List – Leave a Rating Mike's Rating: 3.0Joe's Rating: 3.5

1hr 32mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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87: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

What causes us to act the way we do? Today’s book offers a comprehensive look into the depths of behavioral science. Join Joe & Mike as they examine their own cognitive biases in an effort to understand why they have a tendency to make dumb decisions. Links Support the Show Mastering Mind Maps (Mike’s new course) Brett Terpstra Faith-Based Productivity Bookworm #84: Indistractable Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Moneyball (film) Bookworm #80: Principles Good to Great by Jim Collins Bookworm #76: Rnage Bookworm #18: Decisive Cortex Die Empty by Todd Henry Bookworm #57: Predictably Irrational It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig Take the Day Off by Robert Morris Join the Club Recommend a Book Book List Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 3.0Joe's Rating: 3.5

1hr 32mins

21 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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68: How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens

It’s been said that for a writer, nothing is as intimidating as a blank page. But the author of today’s book says that doesn’t have to be the case. Join Joe & Mike as they look at how to take better notes and automate the writing process. Links – Support the show – Bookworm Shirts – Macstock (use code FOCUSED to save $70) – Bookworm 67: Quiet – How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens – Zettelkasten – 30 Days to Better Writing – Drafts – Bullet Journal – Bookworm 56: Hyperfocus by (and with) Chris Bailey – Bookworm 38: Mindset by Carol Dweck – How (and Why) I Take Notes on Books That I Read – MindNode – Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – Hook – Bookworm 32: The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli – Notion – Ulysses – Bookworm 42: How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler – Zettelkaasten.de – nvALT – Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman – Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – Company of One by Paul Jarvis – Join the Club – Recommend a Book – Book List – Leave a Review – Faith-Based Productivity Mike's Rating: 4.5Joe's Rating: 2.5

1hr 31mins

24 May 2019

Rank #8

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71: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

For many writers, few things are as intimidating as staring at a blank page – but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you’re looking for some solid writing advice, today’s book is for you. Join Joe & Mike as they confront perfectionism, shine the light on the monsters within, learn to quiet the radio station in their heads, and seek to discover their own unique writing voice. Links – Support the show – Twitter: @bookwormfm – Instagram: @bookworm.fm – YouTube: Bookworm – Bookworm #70: Free to Focus – Send us your library photos – Macstock (use code FOCUSED to save $70) – Spark – Superhuman – Airmail – Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – On Writing by Stephen King – Tim Ferriss – Brain Pickings (Maria Popova) – Patrick Lencioni – Art of Manliness – Craft and Commerce – Mark Manson – Molly Burke – Marie Kondo – Faith-Based Productivity – How to Start Your Own Mastermind Group – Focused – 7 Habits of Highly Successful People – How to Win Friends and Influence People – Day One in Depth – Make Time by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky – The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss – Linchpin by Seth Godin – Essential Manners for Men by Peter Post – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – Join the Club – Recommend a Book – Book List – Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 3.5Joe's Rating: 4.5

1hr 24mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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42: How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler

It’s finally here. An episode about how to read a book. And what better way to cover the topic than to read a book about it. 168 hours by Laura Vanderkam David Sparks on Hyper-scheduling The Kolbe A Index Conative Connection by Kathy Kobe How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Bookworm on The Innovator’s Dilemma Mindnode Mike’s mindnode Maria Popova on the Tim Ferriss Show Bear Blinkist Bookworm on Getting Things Done Deep Work by Cal Newport The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran The Art of Exceptional Living by Jim Rohn Overdrive Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer Dan Sullivan and Strategic Coach Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl Recommend a Book Bookworm Book List Mike's Rating: 4.0Joe's Rating: 5.0

1hr 38mins

31 Jan 2018

Rank #10

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69: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

It can be difficult to measure, but the topic of emotional intelligence is a worthwhile study for anyone with a desire to reach their full potential. In today’s episode, Joe & Mike take a deep look at a different way to be smart. Links – Support the show – Macstock (use code FOCUSED to save $70) – Bookworm 68: How to Take Smart Notes – Vim – Drafts – Notion – Ulysses – zettelkasten.de – nvUltra – Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman – Success Profiler – Research on Soft Skills accounting for 85% of success – Bookworm 67: Quiet – Kolbe Index A – Emotional Intelligence and You (Infographic) – Bookworm #59: Being Mortal – Bookworm #38: Mindset – Bookworm #25: Grit – MoodNotes – Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves – Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt – Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – Company of One by Paul Jarvis – Faith-Based Productivity – Healing Lyme by Stephen Buhner – Join the Club – Recommend a Book – Book List – Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 4.0Joe's Rating: 4.0

1hr 34mins

7 Jun 2019

Rank #11

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78: Ultralearning by Scott Young

Lifelong learning is a noble goal – but is ultralearning really the best approach? Today’s book aims to help you achieve your goals faster, future-proof your career, and maximize your competitive advantage. Join Joe & Mike as they unpack the principles the author promises can help you learn anything deeply and quickly, without teachers or budget-busting tuition costs. Links Support the show Bookworm #77: Creativity, Inc. Instagram (bookworm.fm) Ultralearning by Scott Young Bookworm #63: Atomic Habits Bookworm #21: The Personal MBA $100 MBA Bookworm #73: The 4-Hour Workweek Bookworm #7: Deep Work Aaron Beverly (2019 World Championship of Public Speaking) 10% Happier Headspace Calm Duolingo Duolingo Effectiveness Study Mental Rehearsal and Visualization Research Bookworm #76: Range Bookworm #49: Peak The Man Who Knew Infinity (Netflix) Bookworm #25: Grit Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking Fofused #83: Ideas Over Art with Mike Rohde Instagram (joebuhlig) The Complete Guide to Self-Control (Scott Young) SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal Bookworm #2: The Willpower Instinct Untitled Goose Game Principles by Ray Dalio Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Join the Club Recommend a Book Recommend Margin Book List Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 3.0Joe's Rating: 4.0

1hr 45mins

11 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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79: SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal

Reality is broken. In today’s book, author Jane McGonigal attempts a fix by applying a gameful approach to personal growth. Join Mike & Joe as they examine the idea that playing games can make us better. Links Support the show The Pen Addict (Podcast) Sheaffer 300 (Mike’s fancy pen) Leuchtturm Notebooks Baron Fig James Clear Habit Journal from Baron Fig Rhodia Notebooks Focused #85: The Depth of Our Madness GoodNotes The FOCUSED Calendar (NeuYear) Tools & Weapons by Brad Smith SuperBetter by Jane McGonigal SuperBetter app Sorry! Castles of Mad King Ludwig Bookworm #72: Make Time Bookworm #78: Ultralearning Bookworm #14: 12 Week Year Personal Retreat Handbook Habitica Streaks Bookworm #54: Work Clean Principles by Ray Dalio You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday Join the Club Recommend a Book Recommend Margin Book List Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 4.0Joe's Rating: 4.0

1hr 40mins

1 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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48: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

It’s time for another classic that both Mike and Joe are a bit embarrassed they haven’t read previously. And it turns out to be a book where the title doesn’t do it justice. Discuss on the Club Anything You Want by Derek Sivers Make Your Bed by William McRaven Goulet Pens Bookworm on The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family  EntreLeadership Summit How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen The 30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer Flow by Millay Csikszentmihalyi Peak by Anders Ericsson Put Your Dream to the Test by John Maxwell Bookworm Club Recommend a Book Bookworm Book List Mike's Rating: 4.5Joe's Rating: 5.0

1hr 46mins

30 May 2018

Rank #14

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80: Principles by Ray Dalio

What does radical truth and radical transparency have to do with personal and professional success? Everything, argues today’s author. Join Joe & Mike as they dive deep on the systems and principles of life and business in their quest to understand the idea meritocracy. Links Support the show The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek Bookworm #10: Start With Why Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek The Weekly Impulse (Joe’s Newsletter) ScreenCastsOnline MindNode Principles by Ray Dalio Bookworm #38: Mindset Bookworm #66: Extreme Ownership The Best Meditation App (The Sweet Setup) Headspace 10% Happier Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon Focused podcast Bookworm #12: The Productivity Project Bookworm #79: SuperBetter Bookworm #25: Grit Meyers-Briggs Kolbe Type A StrengthsFinder Blinkist Bookworm #15: BrainChains You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha Margin by Richard Swenson Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday Join the Club Recommend a Book Book List Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 5.0Joe's Rating: 5.0

1hr 31mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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14: The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran, Michael Lennington

If you’re looking for a way to set goals and achieve a year’s worth of work in 12 weeks, then The 12 Week Year is an excellent choice and structure to try. The Day On Paper – joebuhlig.com The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington Asian Efficiency Dojo Training Yourself to Get to Work, the Pavlovian Way – Extratextuals BrainChains The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande Recommend A Book Bookworm Book List Twitter List of Authors Subscribe on iTunes Mike's Rating: 4.5Joe's Rating: 4.0

1hr 22mins

23 Nov 2016

Rank #16

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13: Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker

One of the most valuable tasks you can begin is the development of your self-awareness. This week Mike and Joe delve into the questions posed by Peter Drucker that prompt you to learn how to manage yourself. 12: The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey – Bookworm Mike’s Launch Center Pro Journaling Action Sean Wes Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker Cortex – Relay FM Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend Shelf on the App Store The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington BrainChains by Theo Compernolle Recommend A Book Bookworm Book List Twitter List of Authors Subscribe on iTunes Mike's Rating: 5.0Joe's Rating: 5.0

1hr 19mins

9 Nov 2016

Rank #17

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3: The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield

Whether it’s writing or building a business, we all struggle to put in the work to create. Mike and Joe discuss going pro with their art and overcoming resistance. Calm App Calm on the App Store Don’t Break The Chain The War of Art by Steven Pressfield The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D Mike’s Book Joe’s Book Jeff Goins – You Are A Writer Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones Shawn Blanc The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday Essentialism Subscribe on iTunes Mike's Rating: 4.5Joe's Rating: 4.5

1hr 5mins

12 Jul 2016

Rank #18

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73: The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Today’s book promises to help you escape the 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich. But is it really that simple? Join Joe & Mike as they examine what a millionarie lifestyle looks like (with or without the millions) and unpack the concept of lifestyle design in creating a life worth living. Links – Support the show – All Marketers are Liars by Seth Godin – Essential Manners for Men by Emily Post – High Performance Habits by Brendon Bruchard – Make Time by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky – Mike’s iPhone – The Bible App – Echo Prayer App – Calm – MindNode – Day One – Drafts – 10% Happier by Dan Harris – Joe’s fancy new website – The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss – Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss – Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss – Lifeonaire by Steve Cook & Shaun McClosky – Why You Should Define Your Fears Instead of Your Goals (TED talk) – The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey – Dave Ramsey – Your World-Class Assistant by Michael Hyatt – Virtual Staff Finder – Zirtual – Faith-Based Productivity – Duolingo – The Second Mountain by David Brooks – Getting Results the Agile Way by J.D. Meier – The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker – Join the Club – Recommend a Book – Book List – Leave a Review Mike's Rating: 3.0Joe's Rating: 4.0

1hr 44mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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60: The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

Is it true that less is more? When it comes to goal achievement, Gary Keller & Jay Papasan say, “Aboslutely!” In today’s episode, Joe & Mike dive into the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results to see if the answer really is that profound or if Mike is just remembering one of his favorite books through sentimental, rose-colored glasses. Links – Das Keyboard Model S Professional – Mike’s Mac Mini – Synology DS418 – OWC 32GB RAM upgrade for Mac Mini – Bookworm #59: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – Free Agents #63: Lessons Learned – Bookworm #1: Getting Things Done by David Allen – Mac Power Users – Bookworm #50: 2018 Bookworm Draft – Domino Chain Reaction (YouTube) – Goal Setting Workshop (Replay) – Bookworm #56: Hyperfocus by (and with) Chris Bailey – Atomic Habits by James Clear – Bookworm #14: 12 Week Year by Brian Moran & Michael Lennington – Faith-Based Productivity – Bookworm #38: Mindset by Carol Dweck – Personal Retreat Handbook – Bookworm #49: Peak by Anders Ericsson – The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod – 30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer – Blink by Malcolm Gladwell – The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin – The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz – Bookworm Club – Book List – Leave a Rating Mike's Rating: 5.0Joe's Rating: 4.0

2hr 16mins

15 Jan 2019

Rank #20