I love books. I almost always have. Why? Originally because it was fun. I could escape to other worlds, where bespectacled boys could cast magic, make friends and save the world from evil, or the smallest person could change the course of the future for a whole continent by destroying a ring of evil.
In recent years, my purpose for reading has moved away from escaping life and towards understanding life. I read to learn. I read to understand what is the purpose of life and what makes up a good life. That means I do still read fiction, but I also read books on philosophy, psychology, self-development and history, with plenty of biographies thrown in for good measure.
I’ve found that books are gateways to new paths through life. Each path joins up with previous ones, giving you a journey of self-discovery and development on how to life well. I’ve read over 800 books in my almost three decades on this planet. I hope to read plenty more.
Here is my list of recommended books. Give them a try. They may help you like they have helped me or maybe they won’t. The only way to know is to open them up and explore.
- The Harry Potter Series – JK Rowling
- The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Series – Carlos Ruiz Zafon. These include: The Shadow of the Wind, The Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven, and The Labyrinth of Spirits
- Simon & The HomoSapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
- The Perks of being a Wallflower – Stephen Chabosky
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
- On the Road – Jack Kerouac
- 1984 – George Orwell
- Animal Farm – George Orwell
- Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
- Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
- The Daily Stoic – Ryan Holiday
- Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
- The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday
- Stillness is the Key – Ryan Holiday
- The Prince – Nicolo Machiavelli
- The Subtle Art of not giving a Fuck – Mark Manson
- On Liberty – John Stuart Mill
- Essays – Michel De Montaigne
- Socrates’ Defence – Plato
- Symposium – Plato
- The Last Days of Socrates – Plato
- Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
- Existentialism is a Humanism – Jean-Paul Sartre
- Existentialism & Humanism – Jean-Paul Sartre
Psychology / Counsellor
- The Laws of Human Nature – Robert Greene