About Me (Cody Jay)

My mission is to get Generation thinking. Simple as that. I want to cover topics that affect your lives and get a conversation started.



Reading List


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



The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby

A complete and all-encompassing view of the worlds most famous athlete.


Classic Fiction

Crime & Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov & The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Call of The Wild & White Fang by Jack London

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller  

Perhaps the funniest book I’ve ever read

Animal Farm & 1984 by George Orwell

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


Modern Fiction

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