A great book has the power to change someone’s life. Unfortunately, these days most people opt for just turning on the T.V rather than investing the time and money into a good read. But there is something to be said about this dying breed of entertainment. Reading has the power to engage you in a way that is completely different and more personal than a show on Netflix or a podcast. Make the time to read and discover something about the world or about yourself through a great book. Here are our top 5 picks every guy should read. Each of these books shares valuable, timeless insights on what it means to be a man.
Catcher in the Rye
This book follows the story of Holden Caulfield, a boarding school student who flunks out of school and spends the next couple days in New York before returning home. Throughout the book, Holden struggles to discover himself and find his place in the world. Catcher in the Rye is a profound and deeply personal look at the feelings of isolation and angst that young men experience. Its look into the human psyche is timeless and applicable to any man’s life, no matter how young or old.
What man doesn’t love a book about survival and overcoming the odds? In The Revenant, Hugh Glass, a fur trapper, finds himself abandoned after a bear attack leaves him near death. Trapped in a foreign land, critically wounded and seething for revenge against the man who left him for dead, the book follows Hugh as he fights to survive. The Revenant is a story that appeals to our most basic fears and emotions and shows the extent that man will go to survive.
Fight Club is arguably one of the most macho books out there. For good reason too, Fight Club connects the reader to the raw violence and hyper-masculinity that is so prevalent in our society today. The story follows a nameless narrator as he struggles to find himself after becoming disillusioned with his life. Everything changes when he meets the charismatic Tyler Durgin. Together, they start a fight club whose popularity sweeps across the nation. Going from seedy basements to rundown houses, Fight Club gives the reader a look into our repressed emotions and the role violence plays in our identity.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
There are tons of pressures on men today. From work life, to dating, to being a well-rounded man, life can be challenging. How to Win Friends and Influence People provides lifelong lessons in treating others and finding success. The book steers clean of manipulation, instead providing genuine and moral advice on how to treat and interact with others.
Set against the backdrop of a dystopian America, Fahrenheit 451 examines the power of a single man against the corruption of society. Firefighter Guy Montage starts fires instead of putting them out. In this age, firefighters are tasked with burning subversive materials, and the worst of those are books. It’s not until a chance encounter that leads to Guy stealing a book that his view on the world starts to unravel. Guy then sets out on a quest, challenging the thoughts that he’s been imbued with since childhood. Fahrenheit 451 delves into man’s quest for knowledge and the need to live a life that is morally just.
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