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For the Love of Books. For the Love of Reading

UPDATED with new titles - December 11th, 2018

This blog post is a collection of books that I love, and would highly recommend. I will continue to add to this collection as I read more books. All for the love of books. Happy reading everyone!

I love reading. I always have.

It inspires me, entertains me, and brings happiness into my life. 


Currently reading  (December 2018):

The God of Small Things                written by Arundhati Roy 'Heartbreaking and indelible.’ - New York Times

Worth Every Penny                            by Sarah Petty and Erin Verbeck  'The breakthrough definition on page 8 will pay for this book all by itself. The rest is worth even more.'Seth Godin

Best Fiction Books

My favorite fiction book ever.

Shantaram 

Gregory David Roberts  

It is narrated by an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas - this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. 

A mesmerizing novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

 An exciting literary debut: the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America. Sshe has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.

An exciting literary debut: the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America. Sshe has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few.

 This is the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings

This is the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings

 An outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

An outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

 This spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show. It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer.

This spectacular debut novel opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram is being held after correctly answering all twelve questions on India's biggest quiz show. It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer.

 Joe Kavalier, a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City.

Joe Kavalier, a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City.

 Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder.  Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers.

Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder. Kafka on the Shoredisplays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers.

 A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. A powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years. A powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

 When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside--but he's not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside--but he's not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls.

Best Nonfiction Books

My favorite nonfiction book.

Steal Like an Artist

Austin Kleon

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself.

That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

  Show Your Work!  is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting  findable , about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples,  Show Your Work!  offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive

 In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

 Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?

 Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion,  Big Magic  cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

 The Art of War meets "The Artist's Way" in this no-nonsense, profoundly inspiring guide to overcoming creative blocks of every kind.

The Art of War meets "The Artist's Way" in this no-nonsense, profoundly inspiring guide to overcoming creative blocks of every kind.

 The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

 What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

 He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the "deferred-life plan" and instead mastered the new currencies-time and mobility-to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now. Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world.

He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the "deferred-life plan" and instead mastered the new currencies-time and mobility-to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now. Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world.

Best Biography Books

 

My favorite biography book.


Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

Richard Branson

When Richard Branson started his first business, he and his friends decided that "since we're complete virgins at business, let's call it just that: Virgin."

Losing My Virginity is the unusual, frequently outrageous autobiography of one of the great business geniuses of our time.

"Oh, screw it, let's do it."

 Serialized in the New Yorker to vivid acclaim, On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King's overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower, and entertain everyone who reads it. "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write."

Serialized in the New Yorker to vivid acclaim, On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King's overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery, and brought him back to his life. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower, and entertain everyone who reads it. "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write."

 From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.  Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography  is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

 An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

I will continue to add to this collection as I read more books. What are your favorite books?