Many who've read this book would agree that it's simply life-changing in a way that empowers the individual to gain and regain the resolve to take on the challenges of life in a forthright manner.
Peterson's deep knowledge of psychology and storytelling intertwine to create one of the most relatable and necessary reads that one can ever hope to come across.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
A thought-provoking book that looks at an archipelago of issues that currently affect humanity. It seeks at once to improve our focus on those issues and also to encourage a deeper understanding of the world we live in.
A — F
A History of Religious Ideas by Mircea Eliade
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Decades later, this book is still required reading when looking to paint oneself with a wide brush of Objectivist storytelling that strangely borders on magic realism.
Written as a fictional novel, it portrays an interesting paradox of societal exception that can occur (although inflexibly so) when individual success threatens the group ideology.
Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols
A book that makes the interesting and intuitive case for the mental benefits of being near to or in water.
From the sea to the rain, water for me has a tremendous healing element to it; if you've similar inclinations then this book is well worth the deep dive.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
This is the book that Huxley is most well known for, portraying a future that's not unrelatable to inasmuch as it's within the realm of possibility.
I think this can be attributed to the effortlessness in which the book frames human interpersonal relations in the context of a purely rational value system.
Chaos, Creativity, and Cosmic Consciousness by Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham
An staggeringly astute amalgam of philosophy, mathematics, and biology that's written in the form of a conversational trialogue captured in print form that expounds on and interpolates between the very fabric of reality and being.
Create Dangerously by Albert Camus
Like much of Camus' work, this book is acutely relevant decades after it was published. Camus correctly envisioned what society would turn out to be, and the book reads as a hauntingly beautiful reminder of the role that the artist plays in such a society; affecting either its upliftment or its demise.
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
I read this book so long ago I can barely remember it. That being said, it's a touching story that highlights the fragility of the human condition and even more so of the human mind.
Food Of The Gods by Terence McKenna
In this compelling book McKenna expounds on the "Stoned Ape" theory surrounding the evolution of human consciousness, and also the dynamic role that psychedelic mushrooms and plants played in health, well-being, culture and humanity across all continents from antiquity to the present day.
G — L
King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore, Douglas Gillette
This is a must-read for anyone that wishes to orient themselves in the best possible individual manner.
The book delves into the many layers of archetype that define how we interact with the world and other people and as such it's an uncanny self-revelation, page by page.
Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquez
A beautiful book with resounding imagery and personalities that make up the story.
As with many of Marquez's works the entire setting seems almost frozen in time — long enough for deep explorations into the very soul of the characters and finding stories that are undeniable.
Lyrical and Critical Essays by Albert Camus
This book contains prose so beautiful it borders on the poetic; hence the phrase "Lyrical Essay".
One of his masterworks, it's as much a love affair with places he's traveled as it is a love affair with humanity itself.
M — R
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
An absolute gem of wisdom, Stoicism and tenets for simple living that focuses on strategies for happiness, individuation, honor, and how to approach complex interpersonal relations with others.
With opinings that range from living simply to the metaphysics of existence itself, Meditations is a lengthy and timeless masterwork of philosophical thought.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
This science fiction novel has paved the way for a proliferation of pop-culture narratives from The Matrix to Altered Carbon to Cyberpunk 2077.
It's a visual masterpiece that becomes unforgettable once you start to follow the protagonist's precarious balancing act performed across the expanses of a dystopian future and the word that Gibson unendingly championed: cyberspace.
S — Z
Shibumi by Trevanian
I first read Shibumi as a teenager. I've re-read it multiple times since then. To this day, it remains my favorite work of fiction, from any author, for all time.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A wonderful novel forged by the soul, told with a powerful simplicity that makes for an introspective read.
Coelho's masterwork provides an ancient wisdom that wraps around what is above all else a beautiful love story.
The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
A classic book on the stratagems of war that's equally applicable to business and life. I highly recommend getting the unabridged translation by John Minford, that's written as prose and involves the natural world of feudal warfare, instead of the modern rewrite; if only for the literary beauty of that version.
The Double by José Saramago
An intriguing book with a very unique style of punctuation that's refreshing and somewhat necessary as the structure of the book makes for quite a long, tense read.
The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Bulgakov wrote this in the Soviet era, and the implied narratives of power, hope, fate, and salvation are subtly placed amidst a colorful menagerie of characters and a richness of story that few novels can equal. A spellbinding work of magic realism and political (if not philosophical) metaphor.
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Gibran was one of the first few poets I ever read, and his work resonates with subtlety and gentleness that seems otherworldly at times.
The Prophet is definitely a primer for anyone curious to see the kind of literature that can compel across centuries and cultures.
The Summer of Katya by Trevanian
Trevanian weaves a thrilling storyline around love and loss, set in the Basque countryside where antiquity and authenticity are wrapped in an experiential cloth as vividly colored as the culture that wears it.
The Thirty-Six Stratagems by Peter Taylor
Similar in nature to Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War", this is another ancient war-time strategy text that's a bit more Machiavellian in nature.
It offers great stories that give insight into the type of warfare that took place in the China during the Warring States Period, and the translation by Peter Taylor also includes anecdotes of how these strategies can be applied in daily business and modern life.
Zero To One by Peter Thiel
This is one of the first books on entrepreneurship and startups that I ever read, and it's still in my opinion the absolute best book on the subject bar none.
A great exposition on how monopolies work and the market's adjustment to them; both intrinsically and with respect to common patterns of disruption.