On average approximately 1 in 4 people in North America do not read books at all. With all the fantastic technology we have at our disposal, it is not surprising that people spend a lot of their time on smart phones, tablets, gaming systems and computers. We live in an era where information is only a click away. However, it is my belief that books can be an important resource for knowledge or a fantastic escape into an alternate reality.
Now some of you may be skeptical and without hesitation state that “you hate reading” or you would “rather watching a movie”. I’d like you to ask yourself, why? Is it because the only book you ever read was the outdated book your teacher gave you in grade school? Perhaps you just didn’t enjoy the last book or thought reading was uncool!
I urge anyone who doesn’t read, to try one more time. Go to the book store and look around. I promise you there is a book for everyone, you just have to find it!
I absolutely love to read and believe that it has improved my life tremendously. I have always read fairly regularly and often have multiple books on that go at any given time. Lately, I have been following a daily goal of 15 pages fiction and 15 pages non-fiction per day. I may have to increase this if I hope to scratch “100 books in a year” off my Impossible List!
I typically only read 1 fiction book at a time. With non-fiction books I try to keep 2-3 on the go depending on my interest at the time.
Keep in mind that non-fictions books may only have a chapter or two that you are actually interested in. Take what you can from the chapters of interest and if you don’t enjoy the rest of the material, move on.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
- Buddha walked into a bar – Lodro Rinzler
- Memories of Ice (Malazan Book of the Fallen #3) – Steven Erikson
- I will teach you to be rich – Ramit Sethi
- Deadhouse Gates (Malazan Book of the Fallen #2) – Steven Erikson
- Jack Reacher (Books 1-2) – Lee Child
- Mitch Rapp (Books 1-4) – Vince Flynn
- The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two) – Patrick Rothfuss
- A Harry Hole Thriller (2 books) – Jo Nesbo
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
- The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One) – Patrick Rothfuss
- Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) – Steven Erikson
- Sword of Truth Series (Books 1-15) – Terry Goodkind
- The Dresden Files Series (Books 1-15) – Jim Butcher
- The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
- Game Of Thrones (Books 1-4) – George R.R. Martin
- The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises – Adam Campbell
- How to Win Friends & Influence People – Sale Carnegie
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
- The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
- The Wheel of Time (Books 1-11) – Robert Jordan
- Harry Potter (Books 1-7) – J.K. Rowling
- An assortment of books by – Preston & Child
Note: I’m sure that I have left quite a few books out, but I have included as many as I could think of.
Books I tried to read but gave up on:
Some books just don’t catch your interest. Try as you might, you just can’t seem to get through them. I usually just ditch those books and move on. However, there are some books that do catch my interest, but after reading half of the books I realize that only a few of the chapters were of interest to me.
- The Road Less Traveled – M. Scott Peck, M.D.
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari (going to try this one again soon)
- 4-hour work week – Timothy Ferris