Not too long ago, I posted a list of some of my favorite movies. I am adding to the list from time to time. It’s here: https://dwanethomas.com/my-favorite-movies/. Many of you responded with your own recommendations. I am sure I will be adding movies for a while.
One person asked for a list of my favorite books, particularly literature books. What follows is my response.
Personally, I can’t image not having read:
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
- The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. (Some parents object to this series. I get it. There is some controversy here.)
- My girls really like the Anne of Green Gable Series.
I am a big fan of Shakespeare. But, I only found out I liked Shakespeare after college. Never read any in high-school. Back then I was more fit for the mountains and barbarous carves where manners ne’er were preach’d! (Sorry. Couldn’t resist.)
The history I know, I have learned mainly via biographies. All of them far more interesting than anything l learned in college history classes. And, I have a degree in history. Still haven’t used it. Anyone interested in buying a used college degree?
I generally don’t read autobiographies. I just flip the book over and read the “about the author” section.
As for other books, I organize my lists into three main life categories. The categories are based on the old Benjamin Franklin quote: Early to bed, early to Rise, makes a man Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.
- How to Not Die by Dr. Michael Greger. (Dr. Greger is an entertaining writer)
- Superfoods by David Wolfe
- Forks over Knives by Gene Stone, T. Colin Campbell, and Caldwell Esselstyn
- Though not a book, I have enjoyed the documentary: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
- The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
- The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.
- The 12 Life Secrets: Your Ultimate Answers to Getting Everything You Want by Robert Stuberg. (I often listen to the audiobook for a half-hour every morning while getting ready, or while working out.)
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- Pretty much any book by Zig Ziglar
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser
- The Book that Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi (Just need to warn you. There are a few disturbing stories in the book.)
- The Pledge by Michael Masterson (Careful with this one. 95% awesome. There are some adult themed sentences in the book. I honestly would not recommend this one for anyone in high-school. College may be okay. This really is a book written for adults.)
- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
This is not an exhaustive list, of course. I could have added more. In fact, I will likely add more to this list as time goes on.
I know some of you will respond with your own recommendations. Just know that it may take me a while to respond to you. I do try to respond to everyone, but sometimes it takes me a while.
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