5 Books You Should Read Immediately

  1. Meditations – Ryan Holiday recommends this as the best book ever written. You won’t be disappointed. Marcus Aurelias simply wrote about things he learned while living as the most powerful man in the world, and managed to write one of the most profound set of lessons and bits of wisdom ever. This book is one you can read at any point in time and feel as though the writing speaks directly into your particular life situation. If you read only one book in the next year, or 10 years, make it this one.unbroken
  2. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Louis Zamperini should have been the first person to run a mile in under four minutes. Instead, he survived a plane crash, lived over a month on a life raft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and somehow suffered through years in Japanese POW camps during World War II before coming out alive. Reading this account of Zamperini’s life can be so outlandish it feels like reading a novel. The movie comes out soon, so make sure to read the book before you see it.Mastery_Cover
  3. Mastery – We all strive to be good at what we do every day, and Greene lays out a straightforward path, supported by historical examples, towards the mastery of one’s field. The road to true mastery takes years of learning, followed by a period of creative experimentation. Greene argues that the geniuses we revere, the Einsteins of the world, are simply people who have achieved mastery, and that this power can be achieved by anyone who truly devotes the time and energy because it comes from the evolution of our brains to think creatively and find patterns. It will open your mind to the possibilities of human intellect and make you think deeply about what you choose to do with your life.OmnivoresDilemma_full
  4. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Everything we eat is made of corn. And it’s slowing killing us. Read this book because it will open your eyes to the grotesque ways we produce food, the dependence we have on those industrialized processes simply to sustain our population explosion, and the glimmer of hope that can be found within certain people and places who believe there are better ways of eating. It will change the way you look at the grocery store and change the way you make decisions about what to eat every day.American_gods
  5. American Gods – In part, this is just a wonderfully written story. It has everything great about a novel: magic, mystery, travel, zombies. But it also critiques American society and beliefs in a particularly creative way. The story centers around a protagonist who gets mixed up in a war between the old and new Gods in America. The old Gods are those brought to the country throughout history by immigrants – Greek, Norse, and Christian. The new Gods represent those things that Americans now hold so dear – Technology, Cars, Television, Consumerism. The clashing of these two ideas, religion and modern technology, plays out in a way that is both thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking.