These books have been carefully selected for their entertainment value and the ease with which reading can be resumed after brief intervals.
There are the books you read, and then there are the books that will change your life. We can all look back on the books that have shaped our perspective on politics, religion, money, and love. Some will even become a source of inspiration for the rest of our lives. From a seemingly infinite list of books, we have narrowed down the top 10 books that have shaped our lives and made the skeptics want to put up a book and read it.
1. The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich
Sex, money, genius and betrayal—the title says it all. Thanks to the movie, The Social Network, it’s now a familiar story. Mark Zuckerberg rises to riches as the entrepreneur of Facebook, enjoying the privileges, but suffering some consequences along the way.
2. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black
Christmas and comedy just seem to go together and Lewis Black’s rant looks at the non-religious traditions of Christmas from an entirely new perspective.
3. Machine of Death: A collection of stories about people who know how they will die by David Malki !
Thirty-four tomorrow tales surrounding a mysterious machine that can give people information which will change their lives by predicting how they will meet their end.
4. Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
A collection of four eerie tales from the undisputed master of the macabre.
5. Surprise: An Erotic Fiction Anthology from Racy Pages by Tinder James
These contemporary stories feature explicit sex and a surprise at every turn.
6. Breakshot: A Life in the 21st Century American Mafia by Kenny Gallo
This is Gallo’s own story of leading a double life — a studious, affluent teenager pursuing a life of violent crime and drug trafficking on the side.
7. Life by Keith Richards
Critics are waxing poetic over the memoir of Keith Richards, guitarist in the most exclusive boy’s club the world has ever known.
8. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 by Mark Twain
Mark Twain dictated his autobiography with instructions that it not be seen by the public until he had been dead for one-hundred years. 2010 marks that one-hundred year anniversary and this book commemorates the author and the man who inhabited the name Mark Twain.
9. Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre
Dr. Goldacre, author of the “Bad Science” column in the Guardian newspaper, takes a critical look at how science is often erroneously used to bolster hidden agendas. His hope is that we all look at health stories in the nightly news with a more critical eye.
10. The Bartender’s Best Friend: A Complete Guide to Cocktails, Martinis, and Mixed Drinks by Mardee Haidin Regan
This is one of the most straightforward books on libations that match today’s lifestyles.