Let’s make binge-reading a thing! There is already binge-watching, that thing you do when you end up cramming a whole season of a show into one day (I know you’ve done it!). So why hasn’t binge-reading taken off? Probably because reading is work. It takes a lot of mental energy to pay attention to the words you’re reading and comprehend them. We prefer watching tv and movies because they are passive, we just stare at the screen, the words and images go into our heads, and that’s it.
Ok, so now you’ve decided you should probably start reading more. If you can’t remember the last book you read, and don’t know if your library card is expired, it’s time to pick up a book. But where to start? If you can’t think of a book you’ve had on your reading list, then look for recommendations. One of the top lists is the New York Times Best Seller List. These books are on their for a reason! If you don’t want to look there try checking out the top books on Amazon, or look at the new releases at your library. There are so many books, I know you will find something.
Do you want my recommendations? Oh, how sweet of you to value my book choices. I hope I don’t steer you wrong. I’m going to offer a range of books for you to take a look at and I bet you’ll find something!
How to Win Friends and Influence People
By Dale Carnegie
The title is cheesy, I know, but it’s a great book! It’s good for those in any field, or those just looking to make friends. I use some of the advice in my daily life, that’s how much I liked this book.
By Andy Weir
This book was just made into a movie starring Matt Damon. Please read the book first! I read the book before they even announced a movie and after I finished I knew they’d do a movie on it. The movie is alright, but the book is so packed with information that just can’t get put into the movie. I highly recommend it to those who enjoy space, science, and books with suspense.
Humans of New York Stories
By Brandon Stanton
This is a bit of a cheat book. It’s not a typical book. It’s a collection of people’s photographs accompanied by quotes or short anecdotes from them. It’s addicting to read! There is also a popular Facebook page which helped make the book possible.
By Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Have you ever wondered if a swimming pool or a gun is more dangerous? Do parents really matter? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? These are some of the crazy questions that this interesting economics book takes a look at. Somehow they make economics something you want to read!
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
By Jared Diamond
This book won a Pulitzer Prize, so already you know it must have something of worth in it. It is a “brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples.”
The Power Broker
By Robert A. Caro
This is a tale of the hidden demons that ambition and power can bring someone. It discusses Robert Moses “the single most powerful man of our time in New York” and how he shaped politics and the physical city itself.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
By Rebecca Skloot
This #1 New York Times Bestseller “tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.”
Outliers: The Story of Success
By Malcolm Gladwell
In this book, Malcolm Gladwell talks about the “outliers” those people who are extremely smart, famous, and successful and why they are the way they are.
A Song of Ice and Fire Series
By George R.R. Martin
If you heard about the Game of Thrones series or watched some of the episodes, you know how good the series is. The show is based off “A Song of Ice and Fire” which is a long series of books encapsulating tons of characters and story lines. The books are so good you will want to binge read them in a week. Currently there are 5 books, and we still await the 6th one from Mr. Martin.