It goes without saying that men who read, often have a superior intellect in comparison to men who do not. Since I was 6 years old, I've always had a fascination with reading. My long time mentor would always say that "the world is bigger than the block you grew up on." He said "a man should make the world his classroom." I did just that through books. I can truly say that I wouldn't be the man I am today had I not developed a passion for reading.
Aside from expanding my knowledge, reading books has expanded my critical thinking, improved my vocabulary, enhanced my communication and allows me to explore the incredible parts of my imagination. Reading is important for anyone and the benefits are not limited to just the ones I shared. You will be amazed to know how beneficial reading books can be for you.
So if you're new to reading regularly and don't know where to start, I have just the solution. Here are 17 of the top fiction and non-fiction books that I strongly recommend for men to read.
1) Who Moved My Cheese, by Dr. Spencer Johnson
This simple book has a dramatically important message about how to cope with change. People fear change because they believe they cannot control how or when it happens to them. What matters most is the attitude we have about change and how we react and deal with it when it comes.
2) The Secrets Men Keep, by Stephen Arteburn
Secrets are the most dangerous force within a man. Finding a way to deal with the unspoken fears and questions that threaten to undo you is among your most important tasks.
3) The Souls of Black Folk, by W.E.B. Dubois
Essential reading for everyone interested in African-American history and the struggle for civil rights in America.
4) Oh, The Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Suess
Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within.
5) The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon
Among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature. Its subject is the fate of one of the world's greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries – its rulers, wars, society, and the events that led to its disastrous collapse.
6) Holy Bible, Inspired by the Word of God
The Bible is literally "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16). In other words, it is God's very words to us. There are so many questions that philosophers have asked that God answers for us in Scripture. What is the purpose to life? Where did I come from? Is there life after death? How do I get to heaven? Why is the world full of evil? Why do I struggle to do good?
7) The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
One of the most influential books of military strategy ever written. This classic of Chinese philosophy lays out a systematic, rational approach to tactics and strategy that leaders worldwide have applied not only to the military, but also to business, law, martial arts, and sports.
8) The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
Edward Jones has woven a footnote of history into an epic that takes an unflinching look at slavery in all its moral complexities. Set in antebellum Virginia, it examines the issues regarding the ownership of black slaves by both white and black Americans.
9) Legends of the Fall, by Jim Harrison
This powerful story explores the theme of revenge and the actions to which people resort when their lives or goals are threatened, painting an unforgettable portrait of the twentieth-century man.
10) Revolutionary Road, by Richard Gates
The most evocative portrayal of the opulent desolation of the American suburbs. It's the story of a bright, beautiful, and talented couple who have lived on the assumption that greatness is only just around the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and remorseless clarity,