Recommended Books

Reading books is my favorite pastime. I try to read books that are both pleasurable and educational. That is, I only read books I enjoy, but I must learn something from them that’s applicable to my life.

Here I’m not going to tell you what you should enjoy reading or what you need to read. I only provide this as a basic template for becoming a better read, wiser individual.

Note: I may update this from time to time.

Greco-Roman Classics

Homer’s “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”

Sophocles’s “Three Theban Plays”

Plato’s “Republic” and “Apology”

Virgil’s “Aeneid”

Aristotle’s “Poetics” and “Ethics”

Seneca’s “Letters from a Stoic”

Cicero’s works

Marcus Aurelius’s “Meditations”

Other Classics

Sir Thomas More’s “Utopia”

Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels”

Dante’s “Inferno”

Cervantes’s “Don Quixote”

The Bible

Epic of Gilgamesh

Shakespeare’s works

Dostoyevsky’s works


Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”

Robert Glover’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy”

Cal Newport’s “Deep Work” and “So Good They Can’t Ignore You”

David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”

David de las Morenas’s “Mindset Mastery”

Mike Cernovich’s “Gorilla Mindset”

James Altucher’s “Choose Yourself”

Rolf Potts’s “Vagabonding”

Biographies and Autobiographies

Plutarch’s “Lives”

Edmund Morris’s Theodore Roosevelt trilogy: “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt,” “Theodore Rex,” and “Colonel Roosevelt”

Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Jon Krakauer’s “Into the Wild”

Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal”

Scott Adams’s “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big”

Non-Greco-Roman Philosophy

Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America”

Pascal’s “Pensées”

Machiavelli’s “The Prince”

Schopenhauer’s “Essays”

Kierkegaard’s “Fear and Trembling” and “Either/Or”

Nietzsche’s “Genealogy of Morals” and “Beyond Good and Evil”

E.F. Schumacher’s “A Guide for the Perplexed”


Lord Tennyson

John Keats

Edgar Allan Poe

Emily Dickinson

Ezra Pound

Walt Whitman

Rudyard Kipling