A reading list of more than 100 great books organized by category. Some are life changing, others are light-hearted feel good books.

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The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

Humboldt’s books, diaries and letters reveal a visionary, a thinker far ahead of his time. He invented isotherms – the lines of temperature and pressure that we see on today’s weather maps – and he also discovered the magnetic equator. He came up with the idea of vegetation and climate …

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Arctic Dreams

The word “Eskimo” is from the French Esquimaux, possibly from eskipot, an Algonquian word meaning “an eater of raw flesh.” Some Eskimos feel this attribution puts them in a poor light with modern audiences and so uses other terms for themselves. “Inuit,” the most widely used of these terms, refers …

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The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

11 Ways to be Unremarkably Average

  1. Accept what people tell you at face value.

  2. Don’t question authority.

  3. Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something.

  4. Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England.

  5. Don’t try to learn another …

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

In 1971, an American physiologist trekked intro the Copper Canyons and was so blown away by Tarahumara athleticism that he had to reach back twenty-eight hundred years for a suitable scale to rank it on. “Probably not since the days of the ancient Spartans has a people achieved such a high …

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Into the Wild

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the …

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Concentrate every minute like a Roman—like a man—on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice. And on freeing yourself from all other distractions. Yes, you can—if you do everything as if it were the last thing you were doing in your …

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Think and Grow Rich

Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.

More than five hundred of the most successful men this …

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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

But why don’t we see leaves as black? Why don’t they absorb all the light? Chlorophyll helps leaves process light. If trees processed light super-efficiently, there would be hardly any left over—and the forest would then look as dark during the day as it does at night. Chlorophyll, …

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The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Old-school “networkers” are transactional. They pursue relationships thinking only about what other people can do for them. And they’ll only network with people when they need something, like a job or new clients. Relationship builders, on the other hand, try to help other people first. They …

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