As the title suggests, today's post is about what books I enjoy and how I obtain them. Before you dismiss this post, just stick around for a bit you might learn something. At the bottom of this post you will see a preview of my book library, just the electronic ones for now. My physical book library is for another day.
Nine out of ten readers who don't know me personally must think that I buy most of my physical books and eBooks from Amazon. Unfortunately you would be wrong, Amazon is one of the last places that I purchase my books from, especially my eBooks. If you have an android phone or tablet, you will more than likely thank me at the end of this post. Before I purchase books, I must find out what book that I want to read. This is probably the hardest part of the whole book buying experience. There are millions of books out there but finding the right ones can be quite hard. The books that I read fall into five different categories, don't worry there is no extensive equation I just read five types of books.
The first type of books that I read are books about finances, it's never too early to tell your money where to go. The books from this category that I can recommend whole heartily are... The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey, this book will help you get out of debt by learning basics of money and implementing a written budget. The second book from this category that I love telling people about is Money Master the Game 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins. Yes the self help guru has a best selling book about financial freedom, he is not a financial guru but this book has many stars from the financial world. I recommend this book for anyone that is scared to enter the investment world, this is a great starter book to teach things to look out for when investing. Both are great books and should go hand in hand because you need to know where your money goes before you can tell it where to go. To find financial books I look on Amazon for the top 100 financial books.
The next type of book that I read are motivational books, these books can help make you positive in the hard times. There are two books that I can recommend off of the top of my head the first being... Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success by Steve Harvey, this is an amazing book. Many long time readers of this site, know that Steve Harvey has played a major role in my life. I have spoken to Mr. Harvey one time during my senior year of high school, I snuck back stage with some friends I passed through security. I shook his hand and asked him one question as I got pushed back by security. I asked him how to be successful and got told to never give up. The second book that I recommend is Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins, yes another book by the self help guru because it helps. This book helps teach the readers how to change their current state. Mr Robbins has coached many celebrities and athletes, so if his advice helps them why can't it help us? For books like this I look for recommendations based on books I already have read. This sometimes give great reads but sometimes the books are rather bland.
The third type of book that I read are entrepreneur type books, these books help change my mindset to a business mindset. To be an entrepreneur takes thinking out the box and we are not taught to think this way so we must learn to change our mindset. The first book I highly recommend reading is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, it is a timeless classic that is still on every best sellers list. This book is magical and its teachings are helpful to this day, I do not wish to ruin the suspense so read it as soon as possible. The next book that I love is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This book has helped me talk to people better and learn how to lead conversations to my liking. It also has taught me to judge and rather to learn from them. The final book that I want to recommend in this category is Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, this was the first book I had read in this category. This book taught me the basics of thinking out of the box. Mr Kiyosaki has two dads one was his friend's dad and the other his biological dad. The story might surprise you. For books in this category I find them on Amazon and Reddit. But recently I have been grabbing books off of Tai Lopez's book club list. He reads a book a day so his library has many different books.
The fourth type of book that I read is biographies and autobiographies, these books hold an amazing wealth of knowledge. There are so many books from this category that I could go on for paragraphs, but I will try to contain myself. The first book I recommend is Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith, this is truly an Average Joe who has made it. There was nothing special about him yet his drive is what made him become a film director and obtain success. He maxed out his credit cards and made a movie, he saw opportunity and grabbed it and ran with it. The next book that I recommend is Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, this is the first biography that I read for entertainment. Steve Jobs is one of the greatest entrepreneur in our lifetimes. This book is a peak into his mind and how it works. Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger, this book shows that hard works pays off. If you disagree with that statement, then how can you explain Arnold's success. He came to America with a dream and he made that dream come true. For biographies I just look up a celebrity and just purchase their biography. I've read biographies from Asa Akira (porn star) to Sam Walton (richest person in America).
I know that this post has been long but we are almost done, the final type of books that I enjoy are mystery novels. I'm a mystery writer so I must model myself after successful mystery writers. Since the first book that I'm writing is a modern day Hardy Boys book I of course have to mention them. To this day I enjoy the original Hardy Boys book and Nancy Drew books. They brought me joy as a child and still bring me joys to this day as I re read them. I also enjoy darker mystery novels like Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary Wolf. Before you think that it is similar to the movie, you would be wrong this book is dark but a good mystery novel. It is a cult classic but it will keep you guessing until the end. I buy any mystery novel that peaks my interest either from the synopsis or the cover.
Most people purchase their eBooks on Amazon Kindle but i prefer to buy them on Google Play Books. The reason I use Google for my eBooks because I get to use my Play Credit. If you have an android phone or tablet you can download Google Opinion Rewards and take surveys for credit in the Play Store. Another reason I recommend using Google for eBooks is because it syncs between all of my devices. I have two phones, four tablets and one pc so being able to access my eBook library from anyone of my devices and not losing my place is amazing. For my physical books I tend to buy them from Ebay, no special reason other than getting the best price. Sorry for the wrong post but I love books.