When I was a kid, I used to read voraciously. Mostly teen adult books, mind you, but fiction that definitely helped keep my spelling and understanding of English among the best in my class. As a teen, and like many other people, I slowly lost interest as reading became assigned solely to school materials and proofreading assessments, and television and the internet took it’s place as the main source of entertainment.
When I began to look on the internet for answers to my problems regarding relationships, I didn’t realise that the subsequent avalanche of articles, novels and informative books about to be levelled my way would help me become a better man. How could I? This was stuff outside of the television, old and new wisdom reimagined and repackaged for the new generations. From solvemygirlproblems.com to The Rational Male to the rest of the manosphere and back again, I found all of the information I had always touched on in experience but never fully understood. The only catch? I had to start using my brain again and actually read and apply it, instead of watching a short how to Youtube video.
Over the course of over a year now, I have read and digested nearly every Rational Male article I could find as well as Shark’s seminal posts on Game and the Red Pill. Throughout these posts, I have found many references and recommendations for source material to read to better understand the concepts presented. I was encouraged to critically reflect on what I read, see the research linking it, and decide for myself. I began reading additional books, skimmed over case studies looking for evidence of bias or influence, and devoured any information I could find on intergender dynamics. I had unleashed my inner bookworm, and he was starving.
That being said, I still have a long way to go in fitness, understanding the world around me and myself, and most certainly Game.
So with that in mind, I have compiled a series of books in different genres that I intend to read over the course of the next year or so, depending on how fast I finish them. I’m going to try and take a page from Danger And Play’s Don’t Waste Your Twenties;
“In the meantime, make use of your 20′s. Your brains are fast. You won’t realize how fast until they slow down.
Even if your job is demanding, you should be finishing two books each month. Although non-fiction is superior to fiction, reading something is better than nothing. Do not let the best be the enemy of the good.” ~ Danger And Play
The Rational Male by Rollo Tomassi (Always good to refresh)
30 second Psychology by Christian Jarrett
Why Men Need Sex and Women Need Love by Allan and Barbara Pease
The Way Of Men by Jack Donovan
The Gentleman’s Guide to Picking Up Women by Ian Ironwood
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker
What every BODY is saying by Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins
How To Make Small Talk by Mark Yuhas
The James Bond Cold Reading (Speed Learning) by Julian Moore
The Man Plan by James Kerley
Super Memory by Shakuntala Devi
10 STEPS TO BREAKING INTO ACTING by Matt Newton
Acting by Irwin Ossa
Neurobics Create your Own Brain Training Program
Think Smart Act Smart by D Bridger and C D Lewis
150 Things Every Man Should Know by Gareth May
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
The Genesis Enigma by Andrew Parker
Philosophy in Minutes by Marcus Weeks
What does it All Mean? by Thomas Nagel
The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama (Not Buddhist, but it helps to get a different perspective.)
Widening the Circle of Love by the Dalai Lama
How to Live Forever and 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Science by Alok Jha
Science 1001 by Paul Parsons
The Novice by Trudi Canavan
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time) by Robert Jordan
Small Shen by Kylie Chan
Vampire’s Blood by Darren Shan
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson
Enthralled by Marr and Armstrong
Control Point by Myke Cole
Little Vampire Women by Louisa May Alcott and Lynn Messina
Galaxy Battle League Part One by Tim O’Bree
Persuasion by Jane Austen
The Inferno by Dan Brown
The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Needless to say, there are some you will recognize and some you will not. I picked up a lot of these through booksales where they caught my eye, but a few were specifically suggested by popular Manosphere authors, so I’ll probably be knocking those off the list soon.
Depending on how they read, I’ll upload a review once I’ve finished a book. Hopefully that will mean more regular updates for you guys.