Growing up, I was not much of a reader.

5th grade- sitting in the back of my closet, pure excitement in anticipation to read the first Harry Potter book that all my other friends were reading, quickly dissipated with boredom and inability to focus on the plot line for more than a few pages at a time.

Sparknotes became my best friend in high school and college. In fact, I don’t think there was a single book from school I read from start to finish.

This changed when I started to gain interest in the stock market. The first book I read from cover-to-cover was A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing (if you’re interested in the stock market, but not familiar – it’s worth it).

The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor is a shorter, more concise version.

Every since then, I realized science-fiction, fiction and all other books of that nature, were not in my blood.

I read for self-improvement… more so to glean insights, and test different strategies. FAIR WARNING: These types of books can get often push more bullshit than good – but I wanted to share my knowledge on the good and the bad in case you are wanting to do the same.

Book 1 – Choose Yourself!, by James Altucher

Audience: Entrepreneurs/wanna-be entrepreneurs

My Suggestion: Must-Read

Synopsis: James Altucher takes a unique approach as someone who has been through the ups-and-downs in life. He helps you realize that, ultimately, you are in control of your own destiny – and it starts with how you handle your everyday life.

Get it here: Choose Yourself!, by James Altucher

Coming Next: Rework, by founders of 37 Signals