Complete Book Recommendation Guide

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Wondering what to read next?

I’ve got you covered.

Since college, I have scoured bookshelves and blogs looking for the best books in every category. I have gone on stretches where all I read were memoirs. There are months at a time when all I read are historical fictional novels. Sometimes, when I’m particularly busy, I will try to read short books. When I am feeling inspired, I typically turn to books that I believe will improve my writing skills or make me a better freelancer or marketer.

That is the long way of saying that after years of reading across genres, I have put together a guide of recommendations for books that you should read next. Enjoy.


Writing Resources

Books that inspired me to be a better writer.

On Writing by Stephen King

A combination of memoir and practical writing guide, this is a must-read for any writer. I find a quiet spot and read this book about once per year. It’s always able to reset my mind.

Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann

With short chapters, McCann offers advice on virtually every aspect of a writer’s life.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

There’s a reason this book has been required reading for any writer for the last 25 years. Lamott offers humble, valuable advice.

Draft No. 4 by John McPhee

A former journalist for The New Yorker, McPhee compiled an eloquent, personal set of essays that span his life as a writer.


Memoirs

Books that tell powerful, personal stories we can all learn from.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

A dying man grapples with mortality in what should have been some of his most prosperous years. This is a truly powerfully written story.

Educated by Tara Westover

An instant bestseller that has captured the attention of both Bill Gates and Barack Obama, Westover tells the story of an unconventional youth and her quest to understand the world.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

McCourt, a lifelong school teacher, was in his mid-60’s when he wrote the story of growing up in Ireland during the Great Depression. A masterful book.

Finding Chika by Mitch Albom

While Tuesdays With Morrie was Albom’s breakthrough memoir, Finding Chika is a powerful story about love, resilience, and strength. When Albom writes, he breathes eternal life into the little girl who changed him forever.


Professional Development

Books that helped make me a better marketer, freelancer and leader.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Learn the art of negotiation from a master, whether you are a hostage negotiator, in business or just want to get a better deal on that next big purchase.

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger

Life lessons from the former CEO of The Walt Disney Company. As entertaining as it is educational, this book lives up to the Disney quality.

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Ever wonder what it takes to succeed when the odds are against you? Duckworth explores the important intersection of passion meeting perseverance.

Give and Take by Adam Grant

Who are more successful in life: People who give, or those who take? Grant tackles this question to help us understand how to find success for yourself and those around you.


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