Whether you’re in high school, college, or just beginning your career, there’s one important thing you can do to make you smarter, happier, and more successful: read, read, read. (OK, maybe that’s three things—but you know what I mean.)
I read a lot as a kid, and it inspired me to fill notebook after notebook with my own imaginative stories. Then in high school I got away from it, my imagination muscle atrophied, and I stopped writing all together.
It wasn’t until I became an English major in college that I rekindled my love of reading. Since then I’ve read more books every year (I average about 40/year now), and it’s not only made me a better writer but a more mindful, curious, well-rounded individual.
The following is a list of just a few of my favorite books on important subjects like writing, science, and history. I also included some others that focus on helping you find your particular path and success in life. And I threw in some random titles just for fun, too.
What are some of your favorite books? Leave us a comment and let us know.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
On Writing Well: : An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Forest for the Trees - Betsy Lerner
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose
A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
1776 by David McCullough
Success and Finding Your Passion
Choose Yourself by James Altucher
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Just for Fun
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Aimless Love (Poems) by Billy Collins
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier