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Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Books to Read

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 by in To Do | 0 comments

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Highly Recommended

  • Walden – The greatest book ever written. I completely reevaluated my life after reading, started focusing on what’s important, and how to really be alive.
  • Lonesome Dove – This one knocked my socks off and sent me in to an existential reevaluation of life and relationships. Tough at first, but hard to put down after it gets started.

Recommended:

  • The Story of World War II – Permanently changed my view of humanity, what people are capable of, and why  sometimes war can be the only choice a rational person can make. It should be required reading for every generation to allow us to recognize and destroy true evil.
  • The Blank Slate – The arguments and data presented are fantastic and forceful. If you want to understand what you are, start here.
  • The Last Ridge – Interesting history of the 10th Mountain Division in WW2.
  • The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome – A fun read, not your average boring history book. Human history seems like a hamster wheel sometimes.
  • The Four Pillars of Investing – Great primer on investing.
  • Before the Dawn – Uses genetic evidence and archeology to put together a roadmap of where we came from, and when, before written histories came about.
  • How the Mind Works – Another interesting book from Pinker on the mechanisms and idiosyncrasies that make us tick.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – I’ve never been a vain person or afraid of old age until I read this book. Interesting content, will make you explore new ideas which may irk you, but worth exploring to gain more insight.
  • Dune – A harrowing adventure through a desert planet, you’ll never look at water the same way again.
  • Ringworld – Good, fun, sci-fi that inspires a sense of Wonder.

On Deck:

I think half of these books I wont agree with, but you must expose yourself to different viewpoints to gain perspective.

  • War and Peace
  • Ulysses
  • The Great Gatsby
  • 1001 nights
  • 100 Years of Solitude
  • Les Miserables
  • Catch 22
  • Moby Dick
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Great Expectations
  • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Hamlet
  • Othello
  • Slaughterhouse‐Five
  • The Republic
  • Brothers Karamazov
  • The Catcher and the Rye
  • The Wealth of Nations
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • The Grapes of Wrath 
  • Call of the Wild
  • Dharma Bums
  • Iliad and Odyssey
  • The Master and the Margarita
  • Bluebeard
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • The Metamorphosis
  • American Boys
  • Into Thin Air
  • King Solomon’s Mines
  • The Idiot
  • A River Runs Through It
  • Malcolm X Autobiography
  • Theodore Rex
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • Lives of the Noble Greeks
  • The Strenuous Life
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Long Goodbye
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • The Killer Angels
  • Benjamin Franklin Autobiography
  • The Histories – Herodotus
  • From Here to Eternity
  • The Frontier in American History
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Self Reliance
  • Another Roadside Attraction
  • The Young Man’s Guide
  • Blood Meridian
  • Seek: Reports from the Edges of America and Beyond
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Steppenwolf
  • The Book of Deeds of Arms and of Chivalry
  • Don Quixote
  • The Divine Comedy
  • The Rough Riders
  • East of Eden
  • Leviathan
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Politics
  • Cyrano de Begerac
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • The Crisis – Churchill
  • The Naked and the Dead
  • Hatchet
  • Tarzan of the Apes
  • Beyond Good and Evil
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Essential Manners for Men
  • Frankenstein
  • The Boys of Summer
  • A Separate Peace
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • The Stranger
  • The Pearl
  • On the Road
  • Treasure Island
  • Confederacy of Dunces
  • Foucaults Pendulum
  • The Great Railway Bazaar
  • Fear and Trembling
  • Undaunted Courage
  • Paradise Lost
  • Cannery Row
  • What Alice Forgot
  • The Stepford Wives
  • Lady Chatterly’s Lover
  • Life With Jeeves
  • Little House on the Prairie
Just for fun, reliving childhood
  • X files ground zero
  • Star Wars tales series – bounty hunters, cantina, jabba

 

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