Q&A Friday #26: Can You Give Us A Mega RWN Non-Political Reading List

Question: “John, we have discussed your music preferences, So how about your reading? What areas do you enjoy? Obviously political/historical, but what else? Fiction, non-fiction, mystery, crime Sci-fi, fantasy?” — doncos

“In your opinion, what are some “must read” books, outside of the political realm?” — Good_Ol_Boy

So nothing related to politics, no history, or economics but everything else is fair game, eh? Well, I have read a lot — and I mean a lot — of books in my life and here are some of the better ones:


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Books of Blood Vol. 1: Clive Barker
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Andromeda Strain: Michael Crichton
Sphere: Michael Crichton
Prey: Michael Crichton
Everything’s Eventual: Stephen King
Different Seasons: Stephen King
Night Shift: Stephen King
Pet Semetary: Stephen King
Skeleton Crew: Stephen King
Intensity: Dean Koontz
Watchers: Dean Koontz
Relic: Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Fantasy: In this section, because there are so many books to recommend, I have to do things a little differently

Robert Howard: All 12 of the original Conan books starting with Conan
Fritz Leiber: The entire Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series starting with Swords and Deviltry
Michael Moorcock: The entire Elric series starting with Elric Of Melnibone
R. A. Salvatore: The entire Drizzt Do’Urden series starting with Homeland
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman: Dragons of Autumn TwilightTest of the Twins (6 books)

I’m a psych major and because of that I’ve read a lot of self-help / psychology books / communications / business books. Here are some I’d suggest

You Are the Message: Roger Ailes
Rhinoceros Success: Scott Alexander
How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie
How to Have Power and Confidence in Dealing With People: Les Giblin
An End to Innocence: Sheldon Kopp
Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive: Harvey MacKay
Looking Out for #1: Robert Ringer
Unlimited Power: Anthony Robbins
Awaken the Giant Within: Anthony Robbins

Miscellaneous: A few random books that I liked

In the Belly of the Beast: Jack Henry Abbott
Naked Lunch: William S. Burroughs
Ender’s Game: Orson Scott Card
Mindhunter: John Douglas
To Be the Man: Ric Flair
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: Alex Haley
Bored of the Rings: The Harvard Lampoon
A Harvard Education in a Book: The Harvard Lampoon
1984: George Orwell
Animal Farm: George Orwell
The Gates of Fire: Steven Pressfield
Atlas Shrugged: Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead: Ayn Rand
Hell’s Angels: Hunter Thompson

If you want to buy any of these books, you should be able to find them at Amazon.

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