Reading is such a catch 22: You want to learn, but you feel you don’t have the time to read. And then you’re lacking certain information because you didn’t make the time to just read. We all wish we had photographic memory and could easily digest large amounts of information permanently and quickly. But if you’re trying to find a few books that are truly worth your time to sit down and read, here’s some to get you started.
How To Win Friends And Influence People (By Dale Carnegie)
This has changed my interactions with humans in a way that words don’t truly capture. We’re so programmed to react to things in certain ways, that we never stop and truly reflect on whether or not what we do is sensible. This book will teach you to be calmer with those who anger you, make friends quicker and easier, and have a more successful outlook on life, leading to real successes. It’ll easily become your new handbook. I bought it and read it through twice in a month, and there’s hardly a page that I haven’t underlined or folded the corner.
Meditations (By Marcus Aurelius)
This ‘book’ is really just a journal that was kept by the Roman emperor during his invasions of Macedonia. It’s an easier read than other books, because a lot of it is just thoughts and whatever he had time to write down. The language is translated from the 180 A.D. Roman Italian, and can be tough to navigate at parts, but it’s choc full of proverbs and maxims that will help you get through life.
David and Goliath (By Malcolm Gladwell)
Contrary to what you’d think, this is no religious tale. It simply shows the triumphant victory of underdogs, and how sometimes it can be advantageous to have a seemingly disadvantageous handicap. It’s refreshing to see real-life example of stories and breakdowns of how people can come out on top while having the deck stacked against the. Gladwell does a great job of showing different aspects of those who’ve overcome great adversaries, and it will inspire you to don the same. And if you like his work, check out Gladwell’s Box set, which is well worth the purchase. I speak from experience here people.
Walden Pond (By Henry David Thoreau)
I originally bought this at the age of 19 to seem like an esoteric cultured young chap, but in reality this was the toughest thing I’ve ever read. Between the language of the times, mixed with Thoreau’s’ mastery of things, I found myself re-reading passages over and over, having zoned out without realizing it. But if you buckle down and take notes, and like a challenge, you’ll get a lot of great lessons out of it. It took me nearly 3 years of on and off to get through it, but I’m glad I did.
Think & Grow Rich (By Napoleon Hill)
If you love murder mysteries, this is kind of relative to that. Throughout the book, Hill mentions this secret to success that was shared with him by Andrew Carnegie. He talks about mentioning the secret with lots of people, who all agree that it is invaluable. But of course, we never are told directly what the secret is, and we are left to infer it for ourselves. People have speculated over it for years trying to get the answer, and some say that every time they read the book a different answer suggests itself to them. Either way, it’s full of good information about work ethics and relations.
Egghead (By Bo Burnham)
This book may not necessarily change your life, but it’s a good read for other reasons. It’s the first book published by young comedian Bo Burnham. If you know who he is, you already know why this is worth a read. But it’s a collection of poems, that are just silly and fun. Matched with the stylish drawings of Chance Bone, it’s incredibly reminiscent of a Shel Silverstein book, if Shel had made one for adults. It’ll take you less than an hour to read, and you’ll feel better about things after completing it.
The China Study (By T. Colin Campbell)
There’s much controversy these days about diets and what you should or shouldn’t eat. But if you’re going to make a decision over your diet, at least be informed. This great book shows the correlations between meat-based diet and health complications. Take what you will from it, but facts are facts, and it’s a great way to see the things that really go on in the food industry.
Undeniable (By Bill Nye)
You probably don’t need a reason to love the man who introduced you to science. This book is about evolution vs. creationism, so maybe steer clear if you’re set in your ways. But the facts and evidence provided, along with his ability to tell it in an enjoyable manner, make this put a hard one to put down, and at the very least, cause you to think. Which is a rare thing these days.