I once visited a friend in his house. The idea was to make him go out with me to have fun and watch the night go away slowly as we talk to women and watch them walk by. When I got to his house, he was lying in a couch with his head buried in books. From all indication, he was not ready to go out that night.
When I suggested to him that it was a weekend and could have fun outside instead a of lying in couch, he looked at me and pointed to a stack of books beneath his center table and said; “you see those books stacked there, I have only one months to finish before the owner comes for them. Sorry, I can’t waste even a minute outside tonight.”
That was 7 years ago. He made me feel like I’m wasting away precious times. He made me feel like his life was better because he had books to read. I picked one of those books and walked away with it. Two days later, I’d finished reading it. The book was “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexander Dumas. I learned how to forgive and I learned to love after reading the book. I forgave my friend: For making me feel stupid that night.
I fell in love with books. Books are beautiful (not every book though). In today’s parlance I will say book is bae. These books listed below changed something for me. My life was never the same after reading them. At some point I felt like my mind was having an orgasmic pleasure with the kind of information woven into beautiful stories in those books. These books changed my life and at any point in time, I believe who I’d become has a lot to do with these books that I read.
Some of these books are fiction and most of them are non-fiction. Fictions help my story telling. Fictions help my writing. On a bad day, a good fiction is enough to fix my broken self and takes my mind off on a beautiful ride into the mountains with the love of my life where nothing matters apart from being in love and loving it.
That’s what fictions do to me. It tricks my imagination and invites me to play a part of the stories being told. That’s why at some point I feel and actually become a character in the fictions that I read. All my troubles go away when I become a character in the fictions that I read.
I see non-fiction as an invitation to the author’s world where they give you the front seat to watch and learn the things they know: to become part of their adventure. From the start to the finish of a good non-fiction book, I feel the transformation of life and perception. I see my knowledge swell to a point where it explodes into this beautiful tiny light bubbles.
Books change me. If you’ve had the chance to read any of the books listed below, you would agree with me. Here are the list of the 30 books that I remember changed everything for me;
#1. “A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracle” by Marianne Williamson
#2. “Even The Sun Will Die” by Eckhart Tolle
#3. “How To Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
#4. “The Magic Of Reality” by Richard Dawkins
#5. “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell
#6. “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” by Anna Quindlen
#7. “Letting Go” by Maya Banks
#8. “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi
#9. “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson
#10. “The Murder of Cleopatra; History’s Greatest Cold Case” by Pat Brown
#11. “Not Without My Father” by Andra Watkins
#13. “Why Not Me” by Mindy Paling
#14. “The Martian” by Andy Weir
#15. “Command Authority” by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney
#16. “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics” by Charles Kraugthammer
#17. “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green
#18. “The book Thief” by Markus Zusak
#19. “Letters of a Businessman To His Son” by Kingsley Ward
#20. “The Art Of Seduction” by Robert Greene
#21. “While The World Watched” by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George
#22. “A second Wind” by Philippe Pozzo di Borgo
#23. “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Victor Frankl
#24. “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
#25. “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
#26. “5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman
#27. “Unthinking: The Forces Behind What We Buy” Harry Beckswith
#28. “Make Women Laugh” by Martin Merril
#29. “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexander Dumas.
#30. “The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad
#31. “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch
#32. “Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind” by Alex Stone
#33. “Kama Sutra: A Position A Day, 365 Days A Year” by Claudia Blake
As I write this, I’m on page 93 of Robert Greene’s “Mastery” where he said; “Life is short, and your time for learning and creativity is limited. Without any guidance, you can waste valuable years trying to gain knowledge and practice from various sources. Instead, you must follow the example set by Masters throughout the ages and find the proper mentor.”
Books are a way of following the stories of the masters so you can learn. Books provide the sneak peak into the lives of the world’s role models. It’s an invitation to the grand theater where you sit at the front seat and watch the lives of the masters play out. Every character, Every word, every monologue or soliloquy and every act is meant to inspire you, guid you and to improve your life in a special way.
What other books would you recommend for me if I asked you to? What book are you reading now? What book do you intend to read if you had the chance? Share with me in the comment section.