Books

These are some of the books that I have found to be the most compelling.

General Fiction & Classics

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • The Assault by Harry Mulisch
  • Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Warton
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Ignorance by Milan Kundera
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • More by Hakan Güday
  • Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
  • Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
  • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  • A Separate Peace by Jon Knowles
  • The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Torrents of Spring by Ernest Hemingway
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card
  • Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card
  • Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
  • Orbital Decay by Allen Steele
  • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  • The Swarm by Orson Scott Card
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin
  • World War Z by Max Brooks

Biography & Memoir

  • The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • A Brain Wider Than the Sky by Andrew Levy
  • Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
  • Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  • Five Presidents by Clint Hill
  • Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler & Jeanne T. Heidler
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
  • Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
  • Naked by David Sedaris
  • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty by Daniel Schulman
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

History

  • An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson
  • Battle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  • A Century of War by John V. Denson
  • Conceived in Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past by Ray Raphael
  • George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade
  • The Great Upheaval by Jay Winik
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  • The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States by Gordon S. Wood
  • Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution by Kathleen DuVal
  • The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War by Fred Kaplan
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Rome: An Empire’s Story by Greg Woolf
  • Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic by Tom Holland
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
  • The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Peter Kuznick
  • Voices of a People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • What Hath God Wrought by Daniel Walker Howe
  • Why American History Is Not What They Say by Jeff Riggenbach

Business, Economics, and Finance

  • All About Asset Allocation by Richard A. Ferri
  • Anatomy of the State by Murray N. Rothbard
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
  • Buffet’s Bites by L.J. Rittenhouse
  • Buffetology and The New Buffetology by Mary Buffett
  • Business Adventures by John Brooks
  • Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits by Philip A. Fisher
  • Economics for Real People by Gene Callahan
  • Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
  • Get Rich with Dividends by Marc Lichtenfeld
  • Human Action: A Treatise on Economics by Ludwig von Mises
  • Man, Economy, and the State by Murray N. Rothbard
  • Security Analysis by Benjamin Graham
  • Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner
  • That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen by M. Frédéric Bastiat
  • The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom

Politics & Political Science

  • The Assault on Reason by Al Gore
  • Declarations of Independence by Howard Zinn
  • The End of America by Naomi Wolf
  • For a New Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
  • A Foreign Policy of Freedom by Ron Paul
  • Good to Be King by Michael Badnarik
  • The Law by M. Frédéric Bastiat
  • Liberty Defined by Ron Paul
  • The Market for Liberty by Morris Tannehill
  • No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry Thoreau
  • The Paranoid Style in American Politics by Richard Hostadter
  • Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice by Mark J. Plotkin

Religion & Mythology

  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong

Sociology

  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • A Short History of Man by Hans Hermann Hoppe
  • The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson
  • Theory and History: An Interpretation of Social and Economic Evolution by Ludwig von Mises
  • Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Psychology, Self-Improvement, and Leadership

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey, Zach Kleinman
  • Mastery by Robert Greene
  • The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results by Bob Knight
  • The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Against the Rest of Usby Martha Stout
  • Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk

Science & Health

  • Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker
  • The Brain Fog Fix by Dr. Mike Dow
  • Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Robert H. Lustig
  • Fit for Life by Harvey Diamond and Marilyn Diamond
  • The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
  • The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
  • Migraine by Oliver Sacks
  • Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
  • Physics of the Future by Machio Kaku

Music

  • Creative Dance for All Ages by Anne Green Gilbert
  • Effective Performance of Band Literature by W. Francis McBeth
  • Evoking Sound by James Jordan
  • Exploring Orff by Arvida Steen
  • Harmonic Materials by Howard Hanson
  • The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia
  • Jazz: A History of America’s Music by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns
  • The Kodaly Method I: Comprehensive Music Education by Lois Choksy
  • Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
  • The New Face of Jazz by Cicily Janus
  • Now’s the Time: Teaching Jazz to All Ages by Doug Goodkin
  • Orff-Schulwerk Today by Jane Frazee
  • Teaching Movement & Dance by Phillis S. Weikart

Poetry

  • The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath
  • Good Poems for Hard Times edited by Garrison Keillor
  • Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Plays

  • The Fifth Column by Ernest Hemingway
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Philoktetes by Sophocles
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Graphic Novels

  • Annihilation: Conquest by Keith Giffen
  • Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Extinction Parade by Max Brooks
  • The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin
  • Nowhere Men by Eric Stephenson
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Silver Surfer by Dan Slott
  • The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  • Whispers by Joshua Luna
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