I’m an avid reader. So much so, that since college ended I’ve averaged about two books per month and feel anxious I’m missing out on reading more. My book queue grows all the time, now standing at 11 books I need to read. I read non-fiction, fiction, and everything in between. However, I I find my books through recommendations from friends and mentors. So, to add more complexity and randomness to this blog I wanted to recommend my favorites to you (as I kind of hope we’ve reached that friend status by now). Click on the titles to head over to Amazon and purchase your books today!
In no particular order:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This book changed the way I thought about the path we create for ourselves in life. Philosophical, yet understandable, it’s Paulo Coelho’s finest gem. If you’re not interested in non-fiction philosophical writing, this is the book for you.
Vagabonding by Rolf Potts
Long-term travel is more than where to go. It’s how you go that matters. If you’ve ever been interested in seeing the world through the most natural lens there is, this book is a dynamic read that will change your thoughts forever.
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Criticized by many, I read this book at the end of high school, and the way Ayn Rand curated words to form images in my mind showed me the power of writing. A beautiful and unique story about standing tall to your beliefs, and understanding what healthy selfishness is all about.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The quickest read that puts life into a perspective that needs to be seen. Also, the images bring you back to the days when picture books were acceptable to read. This book, in one hour has the potential to impact deep consciousness. “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
How we define happiness may be how we find happiness. A scientific book full of mind-blowing research that can help you create the phenomenons that are ‘flow-states’ into your daily life.
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
If there’s one book you have to read now, this is the book. Much more than a study on how to be more efficient with your occupation, Tim literally blows your mind with tips on how to optimize your every moment. The only resource in life we can never regain is time, and this book will show you how to make use of every second. I read this once a year to remind myself of what I should be valuing out of life.
Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop
Advocating intelligent doubt and skepticism, Rebel Buddha brings buddhism into the 21st century. For those who want to start their foray into understanding other spiritual realms, this is a great first step. One of my favorite lines: “Our questions get lost in the busyness of our life, but they never really go away.”
Become What You Are by Alan Watts
Full of short stories by a thought-provoking philosopher. Watts is straight-forward with his philosophical concepts, and given that he wrote in the 20th century, his thoughts are relatable to our common day issues.
Letters from A Stoic by Seneca
Hands down the best intro to philosophy you will ever read. Written around the time of the Roman Empire, this is the philosophy of many successful entrepreneurs today. Letters from a Stoic is shockingly understandable given it’s era and if applied, will fundamentally alter your state of subconscious, thus producing higher levels of happiness in your life. If you buy this book and hate it, I will personally refund you out of my Seneca tip jar. Here’s a taste: ““Retire into yourself as much as you can. Associate with people who are likely to improve you. Welcome those whom you are capable of improving. The process is a mutual one: men learn as they teach.”