Books, especially good books, are best when shared.
I am a reading junkie. Actually I go in waves. For months at a time, there will be a book in my hand every moment of the day. Other times, I will go weeks without looking at a book. There is no real reasoning for the switch, sometimes you have another titled already lined up, or it can just take time to find a new book after you are finished.
I have always kept a top five list in my head; books that if anyone asked me for advice on what to read, I would offer without hesitation. I think sometimes, I would actually offer them without being asked. Sorry.
So I thought that I would share this list with you guys. Listed in order of awesomeness, here are my favorite books I have read so far.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Johnathan Safron Foer
Oscar, the main character, is a pretty cool little kid. So cool in fact, I tried to convince my wife to name our son Oscar (I am not as good of a Salesman as I thought I was). With a vicarious 6 year old in our house who is similar in so many ways it is scary, I can relate with his mom. We have discussed ordering my daughter business cards in the past, as it would make introductions at the park a lot easier.
Hey Nostradamus by Douglas Coupland
I really like a story that is told from several perspectives and jumps around through time. Douglas Coupland has a knack for creating characters just weird enough that you know they are fictional, but not so weird that sometimes you go ‘that could be me’. The reason this book is number 2? How the books ends.
Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffs
A kids book on the list? I hear you thinking that. The story is pretty touching; that boy and penguin really loved each other. I understand a connection like that; I would paddle in an upside down umbrella if I was ever separated from my daughter.
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
‘Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person.’ With an opening line like that, how could you not continue reading? Needless to say, and without spoiling the book, it will change your view on society.
4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss
It is cliché a bit, but this book changed my life. Tim made me look at my body completely differently after reading the first 5 pages. How can you crush a full BBQ Chicken Pizza and measure lower body fat 24 hours later? Seems insane. It isn’t just weight loss, I took his advice about muscle imbalances and evened my body out over a 6 week period. I have been injury free since.
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
You know this one had to be here. As a midfoot runner and believer, I hate Nike after reading this book. Just kidding Nike, if you want to sponsor me, we’re cool. The story was great and the advice he gives about running and efficiency are on point. So much so, the thought of running an Ultra Marathon won’t leave my head.
One additional point: If they make your favorite book into a movie, don’t go see it. You will always be disappointed.
Question: What does your list look like?