When was the last time you read a good book? In today’s digital world all that we read are tweets and updates posted on various social media platforms. If you are one of those countless people who don’t read books regularly, you might be missing out a lot. Reading has many benefits which include:
- Stress reduction
- Mental stimulation
- Expansion of vocabulary
- Better knowledge of various subjects
- Improved memory
- Improved focus and concentration and more
In fact, reading gives your brain a workout that is helpful compared to that when you watch T.V or play games on your mobile. A study by the Rush University Medical Center reports, reading a good book can take away years off your mind – as reported by Prevention. This means adults who spend doing creative or intellectual activities like reading experience slower (32 percent slower than those who don’t) cognitive decline. According to the ABC News, adults who engage in reading book regularly or play mental games are two and half times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Overall reading regularly can make you’re a better and smarter person. So guys if you want people to take you seriously start collecting good books and spare some time from your busy schedules to read them.
Here are some books that you can start with:
1. Call of the Wild – By Jack London
The central character is a dog named Buck. He is a domesticated dog living in a ranch in the Santa Clara valley of California. Set in the Yukon during 1890s, the dog gets stolen and sold as an Alaskan sled dog. There he finds his inner self and his ancestral traits get revealed. Buck is forced to live in a harsh environment where he gets treated badly and has to dominate other dogs for an existence. He slows blends into his new environment and emerges as a leader of the wild.
Even though it’s a dog’s story, it has inspired many people to get accustomed in the many adverse situations that they might have to go through in their life and still win every time. This is a must read for all those who think there is nothing they can do about their life.
2. U.S.A (trilogy) – By John Dos Passos
Many great novels have been centered around American politics, but the Dos Passo’s trilogy – the 42nd Parallel, 1919 and the Big Money is one-of-a-kind. It simply talks about politics, at a time when the nation experienced the biggest change. If you are a political guy and are interested to know how the nation evolved to become what it is today, this is a book you must read.
3. The Fortress of Solitude – By Jonathan Lethem
The Fortress of Solitude is a semi-autobiographical novel written in 2003. The story revolves around two teenage friends, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude – one white and the other black, who discover a magic ring. The story explores the racial and cultural issues of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. It also talks about self-discovery and music. This story spans thirty years in the life of the two friends, their families, friendship, love and the entire neighborhood. This is a touching novel that has won many hearts.
4. Women – By Charles Bukowski
Written in 1978 this is a semi-autobiographical novel based on the author’s own life. The Women is based on Bukowski’s later life where he becomes a celebrated poet and writer. The main character of the book Henry Chinaski is a low life writer and an alcoholic who is dissatisfied by the women he meets in his life.
Chinaski later realized there is a poet inside him that can help him achieve everything he wants to. At fifty he enjoys life to the fullest.
5. Modern Romance – By Aziz Ansari
Who does not love reading romantic novels; but how about blending some humor into it? This is what Aziz Ansari has exactly done in his novel the ‘Modern Romance’. Single people have the most options when it comes to romance. With the availability of modern technology, it has become even easier to meet new people and scour through the options. But people are still frustrated to no end.
In this novel Ansari combines humor with the cutting-edge social science to give the readers a new perception of today’s romantic world. If you are one of those who are on a search for the perfect woman, this is a must read for you.
6. The Kite Runner – By Khaled Hosseini
This novel by the Afghan-American author is a heartbreaking story about the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. Amir is the son of wealthy merchant in Kabul and Hassan, his servant is his constant companion. Their eternal friendship ends when Amir decides to break the friendship owing to increasing religious, ethnic, and political tensions resulting from the from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy. This novel has been the bestseller and popularized by many book clubs. It explores the bond of friendship and the price of betrayal. This is an intense novel that everyone regardless of their age must read.
Every man has a taste and preference of his own; but regardless of the genre of book you love, these books are a must read for everyone. Start collecting the books and make reading a regular ritual. Not only will you be benefitted from reading these books, you can empower others with your knowledge and help them rise. Besides, there are a few things more enticing than a man who reads!