As the immortal Dr. Seuss wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Here are just a few of the books that have affected me, inspired me, or in some cases changed my life. Maybe they will change yours, too!
Work and Professional Development
Reading for Pleasure
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
This classic work by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho is now in it’s 25th Anniversary edition, and for good reason. This is a work which is so fascinating because it can be read on several layers. How do you know when you are on the search for your personal treasure? Do you know what your personal treasure is? These are some of the thought provoking questions that come from this concise work. A highly recommended read for anyone who has ever pondered these questions, or for anyone who just loves a good adventure story.
A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
Published posthumously in 1964, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast truly captures Paris. Being in Paris when I read the book only served to deepen my appreciation for this book. I still read it today whenever I’m nostalgic for La Ville Lumiere.
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
This collection of essays by self-declared bad feminist by Roxane Gay is entertaining, intellectually stimulating and will raise your blood pressure all in one neat book. With insightful and nuanced looks at everything from sexism to gender politics to race issues, Roxane manages to capture a portrait of modern life that shows how much progress we have made, as well as how much farther we have to go. Plus, there are quotes in this book that had me pumping my first in the air in total agreement! One of my favorites? “For every step forward there is some a**hole shoving progress backward.” You tell ’em, Roxane!