Don't think that just because a book is not a text book, biography, or research that you can't learn anything from it. Fiction books and stories have long been used to teach us valuable life lessons. Usually this is done with metaphors and parables within a novel. These books are great because they are both very entertaining and enlightening. If you still want to learn but hate non-fiction these are for.you. If you're a non-fiction fan, just read it like a text book and take notes on the lessons it teaches along the way. What ever your preference these books need to be read while your young enough to actually use their advice.
5. Ender's Game- Orson Scott Card
If Mark Zuckerburg lists this book on his favorites on Facebook, you should too. This is a great sci fi that features a young man's training to combat an invading alien race. The tactics displayed can teach us a good lesson on finding our strengths and exploiting your enemies weakness. Even if you're not a big sci fi fan, Card does a great job of engrossing you into a story then bringing you along for one scary ride. Be sure to read this before the movie coming out later this year. Get the book at the link below.
4. zorba the greek- Nikos kazantakis
Where do we start with this one? Kikos weaves the tale of Zorba, a carefree Greek that intersects with a straight edge businessman. I like this book because it both entertained me and taught me how to enjoy the little things. Zorba's passion and enthusiasm for life is contagious and will definitely put you in a great mood from reading it. The movie version is also pretty good although a little dated. If you feel too caught up in the rat race of life reading Zorba will help you stop and smell the roses.
3. zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance-Robert M. Pirsig
Okay, I know what you're thinking. I have no interest in motorcycle maintenance. I had the same reaction when my dad gave me this book. The actual, full title explains that it is an inquiry on values. It's really hard to describe or paraphrase this book. It gets really deep and if you blink you'll miss something life changing. The story follows a group of people taking a motorcycle trip across the US. Like most good books, the story is just a vessel to deliver it's true message. Go read this book, you're welcome.
2. The count of monte cristo- Alexandre dumas
One of the most well known works of all time. Yet, many of us have never actually read it. The book spins a tale of a man wrongly accused and his revenge. Although the writing style may be a little hard to read in modern times. It's still more approachable than Shakespeare. This book can teach you about your potential to bounce back from hard times, failure, and wrong doing. Although It may not seem to be beliefs changing, once you realize how Dumas constructed the use of hope, mercy, justice and personal values all through the story. It is one of the best 'coming of age' stories while not force feeding you anything. Plus if you are able to quote Monte Cristo you will for sure be perceived as 10 IQ points higher.
1. The alchemist- Paulo coelho
Over 30 million copies sold. It holds the Guinness Book of World Records most translated languages by a living author (57). This book was actually referenced by Will Smith on some late night talk show I remember watching. The Alchemist is a metaphor for life and what you desire to create or do. It follows the story of a man traveling to Egypt to look for buried treasure. I cannot express the full potential impact of reading this book. You are the designer of the future you want. The story gets much deeper as you go along and is among my favorites of all time.
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