Classic – a book which people praise and don’t read.
Some of these are classics, like Mr. Twain mentions above, but most are just great books. Reading for enjoyment and discovering something you couldn't conceive of otherwise is really special. You shouldn't just read for utility, you should read for enjoyment and self-discovery. I'll keep this one short and sweet, and add over time.
Not all of these descriptions were written by me - some are from the authors themselves.
My statements are in (regular) text format, and quotations from the authors are in (italic) format.
- East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
- Not thou shalt, not do thou, but thou mayest.
- The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
- Vengeance is an empty endeavor.
- Travels, by Michael Crichton
- Are you too smart to learn?
- American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis (read at your own risk)
- A reservation at Dorsia on a Friday night? Good luck.
- The Stranger, by Albert Camus
- Can we ever truly understand another?
- Zero to One, by Peter Thiel
- Before getting swept up in the competitions that define so much of life, ask yourself whether you even want the prize on offer.
- When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi.
- Honor your life by enjoying your time. It could be over soon enough.