Reading is probably one of the most essential things you can do to strengthen your mind. You can learn so much from reading a good book whether it’s a novel, a cook-book, a work of non-fiction, or even a magazine. Below are some books that I’ve either read, have been reading, or are am interested in that I believe will really give you some great insight. It’s important to educate yourself and learn as much as you can about a variety of topics. The more you read, the more you learn, and the more you learn the more you grow. You’d be surprised at how much a single book can really change the way you think, act, and pursue your Self.
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 review of upper and middle class socialist supporters. Despite being a socialist himself, his experiences with the working class people provided a foundation on which he built a deeper understanding of socialist support in pre-war Europe.
I find this book to be so interesting because each half of the book provides a deep, in-the-trenches, look into both sides of the coin. Ultimately, Orwell concluded that while socialism is idealistic, it’s impossible. I’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself what you think.
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 has helped me in ways I never thought it would. 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. It’s basically a book for people who are what I used to be; mad at the world, mad at themselves, and resentful of the state of their lives. To put it frankly, it helped me get my shit together. It put everything in perspective for me; it helped me clean up my room, so-to-speak.
It’s not a stretch to say this book changed my life. Say what you want about the guy, but he sure makes a whole lot of sense to me. It’s about holding yourself accountable and blaming the one person responsible for your life; YOU!
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.