".... I drafted up a little list of some of the most important books I’ve read in my life (so far - I assume I have a fair bit more life to live here!).
I’ve broken the list out into five different sections, so you can compartmentalize your selection process as carefully as I’ve divided my interests. The sections are not even, and some are definitely “I read this book at precisely the right time for it to impact me the way that it did.”
Here’s hoping that you get some good mileage and suggestions out of the list. It may not have a lot of the most popular books of many other lists, though there are definitely some popular ones on there. I prefer to vary my reading to just about anything I can get my hands on, rather than a niche or what is popular among the syndication circuits.
I should note, I dual majored in Creative Writing and Classical Studies (with a concentration in Latin) when I was at the University of Maine, in large part because I like learning about these things. You’ll likely note a strong leaning towards history, philosophy, creativity, classics, and essays.
I find fiction to be a vitally important component of any well-rounded reading habit. Tim Ferriss agrees, so I must be right.
Also, I’m American, and many (most) of the writers here are as well. Likely, I identify with their stories and backgrounds a bit better…having a similar story and background by being American. ...."
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