Bookshelf

Reading is one of the best things you can do to develop your brain and become an overall smarter person.
Take a look at what I’ve been reading lately, and try to find something you like. Click a book for more details.

Steve Jobs

by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs is my role model. He’s the person who has inspired me more than anyone else on this planet, yet I never met him or got the opportunity to shake his hand.

This book will give you the best insight into the life Jobs lead at Apple, into his personal life and struggles with cancer.

This biography shows you the real Steve Jobs in ways some people would never have thought of, and I think really shows the genius that he really was. No matter how unconventional it was.

Kill Me If You Can

by James Patterson & Marshall Karp

Matthew Bannon is just another struggling art student. One who stumbled upon millions of dollars worth of stolen diamonds at a subway station in New York City. This bag would change his, and his perfect girlfriend, Katherine, lives forever.

Unfortunately for them, the true owners of the diamonds are not happy their fortune is in somebody else’s hands. Even worse, it’s the Russian mob, and they will do anything they can to get them back.

The only way out of this is for Matthew to reveal his dark secret that may tear him and Katherine apart, but may also be the key to their survival and dreams of wealth.

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HTML5 for Web Designers

by Jeremy Keith

I’m a web designer, and wow — are the times changing.

There’s this new things called HTML5, and word on the street is that it’s a lot better than the crap languages we used to code websites in.

I figured since I love reading and coding so much, I’d read up on this HTML5 thing and try to wrap my head around it a little better.

The guys from A List Apart wrote it, so you know it’s going to be good. Not only is this really informative, but Jeremy did an amazing job keeping things interesting and entertaining.

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Eagle Strike

by Anthony Horowitz

Eagle Strike is the third book in the Alex Rider series; a regular teenager who finds himself taking the place of his mysterious uncle, who just recently died, as a spy working international cases for a secret government agency.

The books in this series are one of the first I ever read at the age of 14, and have been re-reading ever since.

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Skeleton Key

by Anthony Horowitz

Skeleton Key is the second book in the Alex Rider series; a regular teenager who finds himself taking the place of his mysterious uncle, who just recently died, as a spy working international cases for a secret government agency.

The books in this series are one of the first I ever read at the age of 14, and have been re-reading ever since.

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Stormbreaker

by Anthony Horowitz

Stormbreaker is the first book in the Alex Rider series; a regular teenager who finds himself taking the place of his mysterious uncle, who just recently died, as a spy working international cases for a secret government agency.

The books in this series are one of the first I ever read at the age of 14, and have been re-reading ever since.

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Perfect Little Town

by Blake Crouch

A rich couple doing what they do best: blowing their money on vacationing. Why not, what’s the worst thing that could happen? You come into a quiet, little town with the absolute friendliest people on Earth? You get treated like royalty? Then, later that night, you find out a dark little secret about the town that just might end up…killing you both?

This is a short story by Blake Crouch, and while only about 100 pages long, I found it to be pretty gruesome and disturbing.

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Serial

by Blake Crouch & Jack Kilborn

Most people will tell you the number one rule of traveling: never ever pick up a hitchhiker. For all you know, they could be a crazy serial killer who wants to…well…kill you.

So what happens when you are the serial killer looking to pick up an innocent hitchhiker and…you know…you end up picking up another serial killer?

It’s quite the predicament, and although Serial is only a brief 50 page lead-up story to Serial: Uncut, I was extremely drawn into it and made for a great, quick read.

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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

by Nic Sheff

Tweak is one of the only books I have ever read that actually made my skin crawl each time I picked it up.

It is a memoir of recovered drug addict, Nic Sheff, who wrote about the times he was addicted to drugs and how that addiction affected his life growing up.

It goes a little like this: He uses. He gets clean. He uses again. Gets clean again. Uses again…so on and so forth.

It’s a really eye-opening book, and the perfect way to really understand the power of addiction and why people really turn to drugs. Spoiler alert: it’s not because they like doing it.

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Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process

by Blaine Hogan

Untitled is a great book for those looking to improve their productivity and work flow. The author, Blaine Hogan, uses his own experiences as a creative director and former actor to share his thoughts on getting your “creative juices” flowing.

He breaks down a lot of the small details most of us take for granted, and I think reading Untitled changed the way I see and do my own creative work.

It’s a quick, yet insightful read.

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Desert Places

by Blake Crouch

Ever have one of those days while relaxing at your beautiful lake front property, a letter from an unknown psychopath comes in informing you there is a body buried on your property? And if you don’t do what that psychopath says, he will turn your life upside down and frame you for murder?

Andrew Thomas is having one of those days, and he is forced to leave his comfortable life as a writer of suspense novels to carry out the tasks of a sick serial killer.

This book has a lot of twists in it and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat as I read it.

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Run

by Blake Crouch

Literally overnight, the entire population of the United States is turned against each other and a widespread of senseless murder and genocide is rampant. One half murderous, the other half running for their lives. All changed after seeing a mysterious light in the sky.

Jack Colclough and his family, torn apart by his work and a cheating wife, are forced to stick together as they are chased throughout a country by ruthless murderers who were ordinary people just the day before.

Easily one of my favorite books all-time.

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The Green Mile

by Stephen King

The Green Mile is a recollection of fictional character, Paul Edgecombe’s, prison guard experience at Cold Mountain Penitentiary death row. There was no year like 1932, where a bizarre string of events occurred at the prison.

The year John Coffey came to walk the mile.

The year Percy Wetmore went crazy.

You may have seen the movie, but I’m going to be one of those people to tell you the book is 100 times better.

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