People often ask me what I'm reading and what I've enjoyed in the past. Here's a list of 40 or so books that have inspired me or that I've found to be particularly interesting. I was inspired by Richard Branson's 2017 Must-Read List.

  1. Footfall – Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  2. The Stand - Stephen King
  3. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  5. The Dead Zone - Stephen King
  6. The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  7. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
  8. The Shining - Stephen King
  9. The Singularity is Near - Ray Kurzweil
  10. The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  11. Misery - Stephen King
  12. The Collected Short Stories - Edgar Allen Poe
  13. The Dark Fields - Allen Glynn
  14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - JK Rowling
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
  17. The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy
  18. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  19. The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe
  20. Dracula - Bram Stoker
  21. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  22. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  23. The War of the Worlds - HG Wells
  24. As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
  25. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer
  26. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
  27. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
  28. Carrie - Stephen King
  29. The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
  30. Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut
  31. Executive Order - Tom Clancy
  32. Talisman - Stephen King and Peter Straub
  33. Get Shorty - Elmore Leonard
  34. At the Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
  35. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  36. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Some other good lists: 


Branson's List

In honor of World Book Day on Sunday, billionaire Richard Branson has put together an eclectic and charming list of 70 "must-read books." His picks range from highbrow ("A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking) to low ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams) and include genre novels and children's literature as well as autobiographies, adventures and contemporary business classics such as "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg.

Not too surprising, perhaps, given that the Virgin Group founder and chairman says J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" is the book that changed his life.

Here's the full list:

1. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

2. Tales of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl

3. George's Marvelous Medicine – Roald Dahl

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

5. Oh, The Place You'll Go – Dr. Seuss

6. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie

7. The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

9. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

10. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

11. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stephenson

12. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

13. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

14. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne

15. 1984 – George Orwell

16. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

17. The Quiet American – Graham Greene

18. The Dice Man – Luke Rhinehart

19. Shantaram – Gregory Roberts

20. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

21. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World – Tracy Kidder

22. The Outermost House – Henry Beston

23. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China – Jung Chang

24. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege – Antony Beevor

25. The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe

26. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex – Nathaniel Philbrick

27. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

28. Travels with Charley – John Steinbeck

29. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela

30. Mao: The Unknown Story – Jung Chang

31. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety – Jimmy Carter

32. No Future Without Forgiveness – Desmond Tutu

33. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time – Dava Sobel

34. Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage – Stengel

35. Limitless: Leadership That Endures – Ajaz Ahmed

36. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam Grant

37. If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: 50 of the world's most remarkable people pass on their best piece of advice – Richard Reed

38. Remote: Office Not Required – Jason Fried

39. Start With Why – Simon Sinek

40. 101 Reasons to Get Out of Bed – Natasha Milne

41. Letters to a Stranger: A publishing project in aid of MIND – Various

42. Self Belief: The Vision – Jamal Edwards

43. The Meaning of the 21st Century – James Martin

44. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill – Matthieu Ricard

45. A Time for New Dreams – Ben Okri

46. A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking

47. The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution – Frank White

48. Beyond The Blue – Jim Campbell

49. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think – Peter Diamandis

50. Ending the War on Drugs – Various

51. The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth – Tim Flannery

52. Big World, Small Planet – Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum

53. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It – Al Gore

54. Necker: A Virgin Island – Russell James

55. Lost Ocean – Johanna Basford

56. Arctica: The Vanishing North – Sebastian Copeland

57. In Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin

58. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer

59. The World Without Us – Weisman

60. In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules – Stacy Perman

61. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto – Michael Pollan

62. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal – Eric Schlosser

63. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson

64. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

65. Cosmos – Carl Sagan

66. Obama: The Historic Presidency of Barack Obama - 2,920 Days – Mark Greenberg

67. Little Wins, The Huge Power of Thinking Like a Toddler – Paul Lindley

68. Black Box Thinking – Matthew Syed

69. Winners: And How They Succeed – Alastair Campbell

70. Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari