I apologize for being MIA for so long. I have really had to focus on school and internships for the last couple months, but I’ll try to grind out some high-quality blog posts while I have this short break! For this post, I wanted to give you all some exceptional books that I suggest EVERY person read. I believe having a decent-size library is one of the many keys to a fulfilling life.
Without further ado:
1. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
This is an amazing fiction novel that has really good quotes you can go back to refresh on with a new perspective each time. I list this one first because I recommended it to a close friend that was picking up the hobby of reading and his outlook on life has DRASTICALLY changed! He was on the border to what most would call being an alcoholic and he knew he had a problem, but nothing really ever changed for an extended period. When he read this though, not only did he completely limit alcohol to just some beers or a margarita on the weekends, but he picked up the habit of working out again, eating healthy, etc. He has a look in his eye now like he has the ambition to take on the world now and that’s no exaggeration. I’m excited to see what he’ll become in life. Long story short, this book is a LIFE CHANGER!
2. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein
I was introduced to this gem by looking at a Business Insider article of books that inspired Elon Musk. This has by far been one of the more enjoyable science fiction novels that I have read. It is about a computer repairman that lives on the moon who works on a computer that gains self-awareness and they just so happen to start a revolution to gain freedom from Earth. Far-fetched, I know. . . but this is a fun and thought-provoking read because of it.
3. The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima
Now, this is not a kind of book that I would typically read. I saw it being recommended on another blog and decided to give it a try since I needed a new fiction novel to read. It is a love story, but I love the distinction of the masculine and feminine by Mishima. The plot is about a young fisherman from a poor family that falls in love with the most beautiful girl who is the daughter of the wealthiest man in the village. It displays the hardworking boy’s struggles to get the girl he wants due to familial differences, village gossip, and other boys’ (betas) jealousy. I believe it is a classic in the way the author portrays the relationship between man and woman. Due to this novel, I am starting to read more by Mishima.
1. The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene
This is a highly informative book and I love the way it ties to real examples in history. That being said, I do not think one should follow all of the rules contained in this book. I think that the reason power has been so volatile in the past is due to following these methods of attaining power. You cannot hold on to power permanently through these means; it is simply not sustainable. Regardless, it is necessary that you know them so you can protect yourself against those that use these ‘laws’ to gain temporary power. Avid followers of the 48 Laws of Power will throw their closest friend under the bus just to save face. Stay safe, friends.
2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki
This book has great insight into what rich parents drill into their children that middle- and lower-class parents just do not have knowledge of. He includes many different tips to get rich from advice like “your home isn’t an asset” to “don’t work for your dollar, make your dollar work for you.”
3. The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham
Can you tell that I just got into investing? This an enormous read compared to what I’m used to reading (it’s almost as thick as some of my textbooks), but it is amazingly concise and packed with knowledge to become an intelligent investor. For those of you who do not know, Benjamin Graham is the investor that taught Warren Buffett, everything that he knows. So if the Oracle of Omaha, the most successful investor who has a net worth of around $85 billion, holds Benjamin Graham’s advice strongly so should we.
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did. If you read them, let me know what you think. Of course, if you have any suggestions please share! I need new books to read so it will be greatly appreciated by me and anyone else viewing the comments.