A Summer Reading Guide for a Young Single Guy In His 20's; Rediscovering Books.

I tried an interesting experiment this summer. Like most young people these days, I found myself spending my fair share of hours glued to Netflix and television. After a long day, what’s better than laying down to some True Detective or SportsCenter right?

One evening while on my 4th Office episode of the night, I realized I had just spent two hours watching something I’ve probably already seen 3 times which led me to a mind blowing revelation; I might actually be wasting my time!

I decided to dust off a reading list I had compiled during college I never had the time to get to, and vowed to start my first ever summer reading list. There are a number of classics and professional and personal development books I always wanted to read. Netflix, and even my TV, was forsaken in the name of getting down with some good old-fashioned reading.

It wasn’t easy at first, but I knew it was doable [I’ve been a recovering video game addict since freshman year of college — Six years clean and going strong]. After a few weeks I no longer found myself craving the need to watch TV or a movie.

Of course going cold turkey on anything usually doesn’t end well. I had a goal of X number of non-fiction books this summer, but I’ve been mixing in books that I find enjoyable and entertaining as well. My system of one non-fiction, then switching to one fiction or novel I find entertaining, has been working well and keeping me in line with my goals — Full disclosure, I’ve decided my “summer” goes from May through September.

So, if you happen to fall into my demographic, I would highly recommend ditching the lit up screens for awhile and thumbing through some good books. It’s good for your personal, and professional growth. Remember… The average millionaire reads one non-fiction book a month, so get reading!

My Summer Reading List

Thinking, Fast and Slow- Daniel Kahneman

In the Garden of Beasts- Erik Larson

The Power of Habit; Why We Do What We Do in Business and in Life- Charles Duhigg

Legends of the Fall- Jim Harrison

The Defining Decade; Why your twenties matter and how to make the most of them now- Meg Jay, PhD

Men Without Women- Ernest Hemingway

How to Win Friends and Influence People- Dan Carnegie

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald