A few books I consider essential reading for Generation Y. If we want to impact the world, we first have to understand it. One of the best ways to do that is through reading. Building an understanding is great, but don’t forget to apply that knowledge.
*I update this reading list often. Be sure to check back occasionally if you’re after some new book ideas..
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” — Confucius
A story of passion, purpose, eloquence & re-invention. The world needs more men like Malcolm X.
Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson
The ultimate bucaneer entrepreneur. Life has been a grand adventure for Sir Richard and in this book, he takes you along for the ride.
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
Perhaps to be the most important figure of the 21st century. A man of unparalleled drive, determination and vision. Truly incredible what he has already accomplished and what he may be set to accomplish in future.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby
A complete and all-encompassing view of the worlds most famous athlete.
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Perhaps the funniest book I’ve ever read
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip Dick
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Iliad by Homer
“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” –P.J. O’Rourke
An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazi
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Influence by Robert Cialdini
Superfreakonomics by Stephen D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
Peak: How to Master Almost Anything by Anders Ericsson
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The End of Faith by Sam Harris
God is not Great by Christopher Hitchens
Sex at Dawn
Eating Animals by John Safran Foer
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer