I thought it might be fun to maintain a list of books that I have found entertaining, informative, or useful in some way to me. This is not a comprehensive list of everything I read and like by any means and it never will be. I will continue to update it over time though as I either read something new or remember something that I might have missed in the past that I feel was important.
- The Man Who Quit Money – This is probably the first book I read that got me thinking that maybe there are other ways to live than just the standard lifestyle most people aspire to. The story described takes the alternative to the extreme but is very interesting nonetheless.
- Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology (P.S.) – The previous book led me to this one, or maybe it was the other way around. This one is a story of a bit more reasonable approach to living outside the modern rat race of today although it is still more extreme than I am likely to go.
- Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World – This is the first book by Joel Salatin I read and I was pretty well hooked on him immediately. He is a great storyteller with a great underlying message as well.
- Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front – Another great read from Joel Salatin. I would also recommend having a look online to see some of the videos of Joel speaking live. He seems to be a never ending source of great information on difficult and complex topics which he delivers in a very accessible and entertaining manner.
- The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer – Yet another great book by Joel Salatin. I saw him speak in person at the Mother Earth News Fair and he did not disappoint. Go see him speak if you get a chance.
- Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe – This is an extremely interesting book that takes a different approach to understanding what the universe and existence actually are. The basic principle is that observation by consciousness is what brings the universe itself into existence in the state that we perceive it. I know that sounds a bit odd and mystical but it is a very interesting idea written by well respected scientists. I am not saying I agree with everything posited within the pages of this book but it is certainly worth the read to give you a different perspective on the world and make you rethink what you think you know.
- The Big Fat Surprise – This is a very well researched and footnoted look at the history of dietary recommendations in the United States and how we may have had it all wrong for so long. The story is interesting even if you are not interested in the science or changing your diet. If you are a geek, like me, the footnotes and references are extensive enough that you could probably continue researching the topic for many years and not exhaust them.
- Sugar Crush – Fairly short and easy read abut the dangers of excess sugars in our diets including accessible explanations of the underlying physiological problems caused by it.
- The Righteous Mind – The subtitle of this book by Jonathan Haidt is subtitled Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion and will make you think about how you make decisions and view the world. You may think you are in control but perhaps, if Haidt is correct, you don’t have as much control as you think. Knowing this might help though. This is an interesting and provocative read but very accessible. I will likely read more of Haidt’s work.