Best of: 40 Selected Books I Read in 2014

Books I read in 2014

40 Selected Books I Read in 2014 I read some really great books in 2014, and many of them are a part of my informal liberal arts education. I have been thinking about this post for a while, and wasn’t sure how I should approach it. I read many books that are frequently found on the best books of all time lists, but I didn’t enjoy them for one reason or another. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that I invested the time to read the books – a few of them were downright depressing, making me feel a sense of hopelessness after reading them. I know that I like what I like, and although I did not enjoy reading them, they are very well written, … [Read more...]

Books that Elon Musk Enjoyed

Elon Musk

Books that Elon Musk Enjoyed When someone does something that’s brilliant, most people want to know how she did it, so he can do it too. But should that be your focus? Is it not more important for you to learn how to generate your own brilliant ideas? Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal, loves reading, and whenever he wants to learn a new subject area, he reads books to teach him what he needs to know. This must be a winning strategy for him, since he has successfully created a few billion dollar companies. But Musk doesn’t just read the books, he studies and devours them so that he can fully understand the content. He reads … [Read more...]

Donald Barthelme: Essential Books for a Literary Education

Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme: Essential Books for a Literary Education Born April 7, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Donald Barthelme was an influential American writer known for short stories, satires, and novels. His stories are interesting because they often border on the absurd and bizarre. He Attended the University of Houston, and worked as a journalist, managing editor, professor, and visiting professor. According to St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers, “In the many collections--where fantasies mixed with mimetic pieces (mimetic, that is, by Barthelme's loose standards; even his most straightforward fiction seemed to conceal … [Read more...]

22 CEOs Favorite Books – Books that Influence

CEO Favorite Books

22 CEOs Favorite Books – Books that Influence Are you looking for recommendations for which books to read next? Twenty-two CEOs reveal the books that have influenced them. The list is eclectic and there is something for everyone. What I would recommend is that you choose books from genres that you like, but to also venture into the world of the unknown and read genres that you are unfamiliar with. Science fiction is a genre that I have never cared for, but a few years ago, I started off with Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, and now I am much more comfortable reading books from the genre. I do not enjoy all of them, but I always learn … [Read more...]

Ernest Hemingway Recommended Books for Writers

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway’s Recommended Books for Writers Born in 1899, Ernest Hemingway was a novelist and short story writer. He was an ambulance driver in World War I and was also involved in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. He worked briefly as a journalist in Toronto and was a correspondent during the Greek-Turkish War. Hemingway spent considerable time in France, Italy, Spain, the West Indies and Cuba, as well as embarked on two African safaris. He was influenced by Stendhal, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Ivan Turgenev, Joseph Conrad and Mark Twain, and their books are in his personal library. In fact, some of their books … [Read more...]