Sadly, reading is becoming more and more of a rarity. Many people own books, but very few people actually read very often. However, we can start changing that! There is no reason to not read… Why not pick up a book today and start reading? It helps pass the time while traveling or while just sitting around! Today, I’ve assembled a few of the best life-changing books… Because if you’re going to read, why not read a few of the very best books that have been written? Don’t waste your time with lesser books! You deserve to know the very books that you can be reading… So let’s get started! Here’s our official list of the best books to read!
The first one on our list is The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. Now, you might think that this is just a children’s book, and that is where you would be wrong! This book is an easy read, it’s true; but the message of this book is one of giving, and the different ways that people display their gift-giving spirit. The giving tree gives to the child, without regard to what it will ever get back. This strong message of selfless love in this book makes it a rare treat in a world that is all too often defined by selfishness.
Ok, here’s a slightly more advanced example: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.” This 2013 book explores advanced ideas about how to get into a great “work flow.” His premise is that getting into a “flow” state is the reason that we find our work satisfying. You will learn a lot from this book about why you like the work that you do, or dislike different types of work. You will learn a lot about yourself in the process… Does your work give you a good flow state, or do you need to start changing the work that you do? This book raises a lot of questions for you to answer, and will likely cause you to think differently about work.
Maybe I was a weird kid, but when I was young one of my favorite parts of taking a trip was the fun that I had choosing books to read while me and my family travelled. It was always amazing; I had the time to spend several hours at a time just lost in the worlds that the authors took me through. I loved the feeling of being totally detached from the real world and getting lost in the story, and the feeling of slight sadness when I was done reading. Here are a few of my favorite books to read while traveling!
“The Hobbit” is NOT just a movie series! It is the introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” saga. “The Hobbit” was written originally as a children’s book, but the movie made it far grittier. This book is a fairly easy read, and is one of the most fun books in the entire Lord of the Rings series. This quiet wittiness of the book is one of its best selling points; the combination of adventure with quiet jokes makes this book one of the best enduring classics for a reason!
If you have never read the Harry Potter series… Shame on you! You have more than likely seen the movies or AT LEAST heard of them… But believe me, the books are far better! They are in a way marketed as children’s books, but I read them early in college and appreciated them far more than I would have as a child. J.K. Rowling’s 7-book magical epic really gives one of the best reading experiences that I’ve ever had.
Along the same lines, the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series is one of the single best book series that I have read; I had more fun reading this series than I did reading Harry Potter. This series is about the Greek gods living in modern times, having children with mortals. The resulting “demigods” seem like normal children, but they have amazing powers; children of Zeus can throw lightning, children of Athena are amazingly wise and great fighters. This series is also marketed as a children’s series, but it is a whole lot of fun!
One of my favorite authors from reading on trips is Stephen King, the master of the horror novel. Read one of his books like “IT,” “Salem’s Lot,” or “The Shining…” his characters are amazing and his stories are shocking and a lot of fun!
If you prefer to travel by car on land or on a boat on the high seas, these books will be provide you with hours of amazing entertainment. And if you’re traveling by car or boat, I would recommend getting a high-quality LED light bar from blackoakled.com to help you find your way; check out my favorite marine light bars I use on my small boat! No matter what you end up reading on your next adventure, I wish you a happy and amazing trip!