If you're in the market for a good read, here are my favorite 10 books over the last decade or so in no particular order.
Ben Horowitz - The Hard Thing About Hard. My most recent read and very helpful for tech startup CEOs and founders.
Peter Heller - The Dog Stars. For anyone who loves Cormac McCarty's The Road, Heller may be the new McCarthy.
Haruki Murakami - 1Q84. The person most deserving of a Nobel Prize for Literature (and routinely snubbed) and closest writer style-wise to F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Book of Samuel - The Bible. I grew up going to church almost every weekend with my mother so I was exposed to The Bible mostly by force. As I've gotten older, though, I've been reading The Bible - usually out of order going to particular chapters - and finding a lot of applications to my own life. Most recently, I've really become enamored with The Book of Samuel which chronicles the periods of Samuel, Saul and David. Everyone knows the story of David and Goliath, but there is so much more complexity to David that this book sheds light on.
James Frey - Bright Shiny Morning. Because the controversy surround A Million Little Pieces did nothing to diminish his writing skills which are proved in this amazing LA-based fiction.
David Benioff - City of Thieves. My brother Kahron recommended this to me years ago and I loved it. Great read if you like WWII-era movies since it reads more like a movie because Benioff is a trained screenwriter (Game of Thrones).
Sheryl Sandberg - Lean In. Really can't say anything about this book that hasn't been said. I'm a fan of Sandberg's work.
Paul Tough - Whatever It Takes. For big-time education advocates and people who want to learn more about the phenomenal Harlem Children's Zone project led by Geoffrey Canada.
Farah Jasmine Griffin and Salim Washington - Clawing at the Limits of Cool. For students of music, this is a great book exploring the era of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. My best friend Colby and I have had a long convo about who was better...Coltrane was likely the better pure artist, but Davis was a bigger cultural figure and bandleader in my opinion. Either way, they're both the greatest.
Ron Suskind - Confidence. If I were to rank the books, this would probably be number one just because I love books that explore our political leadership and all their decisions and faults. This one explores the 2008 economic recession and the decisions made by both Washington and Wall Street leaders.