A few of my favorites:
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Gregory Hays Translation) (5/5)
My favorite book. I read it annually.
The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago (5/5)
An experiment in style and a fun short story.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (5/5)
A classic. Couldn’t put it down.
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (5/5)
Short and full of wisdom.
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (5/5)
Used to watch this cartoon all the time when I was a kid. Read the story to my kids this year, and it’s still great.
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (5/5)
An educated man’s graphic recounting of being kidnapped and sold into slavery. Hard to fathom.
Ring-Necked Pheasants by Lister Flake, Andy Gabbert, Thomas Kirschenmann, Anthony Leif, and Chad Switzer (5/5)
Amazing resource if you’re interested in pheasant conservation in South Dakota.
City of Thieves by David Benioff (5/5)
Amazing historical fiction adventure about a boy’s mission during the siege of Leningrad in WWII.
Deep Work by Cal Newport (4/5)
Great tips for doing more focused work, which is becoming increasingly valuable.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Monson (4/5)
Fits in well with stoic philosophy of not worrying about things you can’t control. Recommends setting values properly and giving f*cks where it counts.
The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino (4/5)
Fun story about a rebellious Italian boy that runs away to live in the trees, for good.
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