The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading

Reading

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.

 

Happy reading!

 

 

Writing

 

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

 

 

Science

 

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 

 

 

History

 

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

 

 

 

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