You know, I really used to hate reading books. I mean, I really truly loathed it. For most of my life I would only read a book if it was assigned for school, and even then I really only skimmed it. Actually, I would only skim it if I couldn’t find the synopsis on Sparknotes. If it was on Sparknotes I would read about it there, but I did it begrudgingly. I despised reading. I would literally have rather done anything else with my time then read a book. That includes chores, going to Church, and giving my neighbor’s angry cat a bath. It wasn’t until my twenties that I learned the benefits of reading, and I wish that I had started earlier.
Reading does much more than give you a nice little story to tuck into the back of your mind. It truly cultures you. If you ever want to impress a pretty young lady at the party, start talking about a book you have read with her. It will definitely set you apart. Reading will also increase your vocabulary which in turn will improve both your written and verbal communication skills. There are so many other underlying benefits to reading that I bet you want to get started already. Here are some books that every guy should read.
The first book that every guy should read is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The book is such a fast read, and it’s easy too. You could read it in a week just during the commute to work and then back home again. Don’t read if you drive though, that’s a bad idea. The book has some clear spiritual themes to it, but you don’t have to be a spiritual person to enjoy the journey and the story. This book is a good one for most guys to read because lots of the ladies read it as well, and it’s not lame like Twilight or anything. Give it a shot, it’s a great book to get you into reading.
The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is without a doubt one of the greatest literary works of not only it’s time, but of all time. However, brace yourself. This book is not only long, it’s also challenging. Do not, read this book as your first book. Despite what you may think, reading is a skill, so don’t go for the tough stuff right away. When you feel ready, definitely tackle this epic story. Many who have read it claim that its words have changed their lives.
Into The Wild
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is an unforgettable story of a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. To sum it up, “He had given $25,000 in savings to charity (what an idiot), abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.” How McCandless came to meet his demise is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.