Everyone has something in life that makes them happy and helps them unwind. Some people like partying and hanging out with friends. Others would rather recharge when they’re not around people. I fall into this latter category, and the best way for me to recharge is going to the coffee shop with a stack of books!
I typically have a large “to be read” pile and am usually working on 3 or 4 books at once. I don’t really stick to any genre though much of my reading lately is non-fiction and falls into the business or history categories.
I get a lot of use out of my library card, and lately I’ve even been reading electronically on an amazon kindle. My daily reading habits are pretty similar to Michael Hyatt’s (Blogger and CEO of a publishing company).
I read a lot, but I don’t waste my time on bad books. If I start a book and determine that it’s no good, I have no problem stopping immediately. I also don’t have a problem with skimming books if they are repetitive. I get through a lot of books this way.
Some are entertaining and I learn a little bit from others, but the best books are those that make a lasting change in my life. I’ve collected my favorites in a list so I present to you the 10 books that will change your life!
Atlas Shrugged: Explains Ayn Rand’s theory of objectivism through a fictional story. It is a tribute to those who work hard and what they can accomplish in the world.
Mere Christianity: Taught me that you can be a Christian and still be intellectually honest with yourself. Lewis’ work is a joy to read and deeply think through.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Covey’s book helped me find balance in my life and look at the big picture.
Getting Things Done: While Covey’s book focuses on the book picture, Allen’s book will help you get things done more efficiently on a daily basis.
Three Cups of Tea: Tells an amazing story of what one man can do to change the world for the better. It will inspire you to make a difference no matter how small it seems or how hard the task.
Eat, Drink and Be Healthy: A well-researched book by a Harvard MD that cuts through all the diet fads with clear evidence of what is the most healthy way to eat. It changed the way that I eat for the better.
Man’s Search for Meaning: Told in two parts, it is first the amazing story of a holocaust survivor and second how a person can find meaning in their life even in the most troubling circumstances.
Free to Choose: Explains how economic freedom and societal freedom go hand in had, and how government intervention usually leads to problems. Strongly influenced my libertarian political beliefs.
Your Money or Your Life: Helps you realize that you are trading your life for your possessions by breaking down your possessions into how much of your life it took to get them. Will definitely make you think before embarking on that next impulse purchase.
I’d love to hear about any books have significantly impacted others. Also, what books do you have to recommend to me?
We read to know we are not alone -CS Lewis