The Power of Reading

The Power of 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!





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




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