Here you'll find some of the books that I am currently interested in or have read recently. I've really been trying to be a better reader because it's a healthy hobby that I've always been kind of careless about. At the moment I have more books on my list than I can really handle but am slowly working my way through them.
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
George Orwell is perhaps most famous for his prophetic novel 1984 and the satirical Farm Animals. Wigan Pier is a non-fictional account of Orwell's travels through the industrial districts and mining towns in post-WWI England.
I'm working my way through the first half of this document right now which is a first-hand telling of the day to day life and hardships of the working class people. Orwell put himself in their shoes by visiting the coal mines, crawling to the coal faces, and staying in slum-house. It's an investigation of the quality of life for those whose work provided luxury for others.
The second half is a scathing review of upper and middle class socialists. Despite being a socialist himself, his experiences with the working class people provided a foundation on which he built a deeper understanding of the envious hatred that socialist supporters had for the rich.
Two years after this book was first published WWII broke out and paved the way for the atrocities that occurred in the later half of the 20th century at the hands of Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His 12 Rules is seriously helping me in ways I have never even considered. It's full of interesting facts, analysis of the greatest archetypal stories in history, and incredible rants about why you shouldn't interrupt kids when they are skateboarding.
The 12 Rules are simple, yet extraordinarily complex. I've never read a book that has slapped me this hard with perspective. I suggest this book to: everyone, everywhere.
Crash Proof 2.0 by Peter schiff
I took macroeconomics 101 in college and what I remember from that class is the word "repugnance" and that we talked about horse meat being repugnant. That's about all I took away.
This book taught me how GDP numbers are calculated, how inflation is measured, about the dangers of artificially low interest rates, gave me a comprehensive break down of the housing bubble crisis at every step of the burst, taught me about foreign stocks and bonds, and gives the best explanation and historical overview of gold as money that I have ever read. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to understand more about economics, fiat money, inflation, and markets.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The is the book that everyone should go get and start reading right now. Seriously don't even look it up. Just go get it and start reading it. If this book doesn't make you want to chase your dreams then you might have no chance. It's so powerful and relatable with a fun and inspiring story. Go. Now.