10 Epic Books Every Man Must Read

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There are books that you read, and there are books that change your life. The list compiled below is an indication of some that every man must read. From an infinite list of books, these 10 are ones that have defined generations and inspired countless authors.

So Gentlemen, here is the list:

1. The Count Of Monte CristoAlexandre Dumas

The epic adventure of Edmond Dantès and how he spent 14 years in a dungeon for a crime he didn’t commit will keep you hooked to the point where your friends and family will be concerned for your well-being. This story takes you through the journey of Edmond Dante the boy growing up to become The Count Of Monte Cristo.

2. The Screwtape LettersC. S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters is an utterly original book by C. S. Lewis, writer of the Chronicles of Narnia. This book is told from only one perspective, that of the demon Screwtape who writes letters to his novice nephew Wormwood instructing him on how to tempt and corrupt a human soul. This short book (just over 200 pages) is not like any other you will read.

3. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde

A great book about the dangers of holding on to vanity and pride, The Picture of Dorian Grey is a remarkable book filled with moments of great self-reflection, we see Dorian Greygo on a sensual quest and the outcome of that is the final twist in the book.

4. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

One of his most autobiographical books, Ernest Hemingway tells the story of the lost generation after World War I. It follows a group of friends through the night life of Paris and the bull fighting rings of Spain. One if his masterpiece works, the Sun Also Rises is a great read for everyone who wants to experience living a life of unfulfilled dreams and unrealized love.

5. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

A spiritual book bases loosely on the life of Buddha (check 10 Life Changing Quotes by Buddha hereSiddhartha tells the story of a Brahmins journey in search of ultimate reality. This beautifully simple book has touched millions with its integration of Eastern and Western mythology and philosophy. Along with Damien, this book is a must read for any Herman Hesse fan.

6. The Arabian Nights – Tales From 1001 Nights – Richard Burton

The Arabian Nights is considered to be one of the greatest classic and historical texts of all time. According to WikipediaThe work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature. This classic piece of literature includes some of the most well-known stories such as Ali Baba and The Forty Theives, Alladin, and Sinbad the Sailor.

7. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

Meditations, written by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius for himself as a source of his own guidance and self-improvement. They illustrate how the emperor struggled to understand himself and the universe but offered a stoic philosophy as the solution to his internal struggles. A great insight into the mind of such a powerful man.

8. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The story of Santiago, the young shepherds journey from Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of The Alchemist highlights the notion of everyone’s personal legend. Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is”. After over 30 Million copies sold, The Alchemist has become one of the best-selling books in history.

9. The Lord Of The Rings – J.R.R Tolkein

Calling Tolkeins Trilogy and epic masterpiece would be an understatement. At over 150 million copies sold worldwide, the story of Frodo Baggins and his companions journey into the shadows of the dark lord to save the world is filled with adventure and courage. The Lord of The Rings is an extraordinary work and if you haven’t seen the movies yet, make sure you read the book first.

10. The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss

With the slogan of Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, The 4-Hour Workweek tells us to forget about the old-fashioned notion of the retirement plan and deferred living. There is no need to wait and in unstable economic times, we have to change the way we work and live. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.


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