Living without a TV for a few weeks now has really helped me in my endeavor to read more. It is so much easier to channel surf than it is to find a great piece of writing to read, but if TV is not an option it makes it a lot easier to choose.
While I do enjoy a good book from the likes of Tom Clancy, Orson Scott Card, or JK Rowling, I have found a new love for non-fiction writers of both books and blogs that have changed my life in many ways. I would like to share some of them with you now.
The first group of writers are all people that write about airplanes or aviation in some way. As this is my greatest passion, I had to include them amongst my favorite writers.
David Parker Brown is the founder and editor in chief of Airline Reporter which is a great site that focuses on the commercial airline industry, but also branches out for some incredibly unique experiences related to aviation. What I love about David, is how his passion comes out in his writing. You can literally feel the excitement in the words that he writes.
Jennifer writes the Tales from the Terminal blog, and is one of the most infectious writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. She is an accountant that works at an airport and takes every chance she gets to look at airplanes. Whether you like planes or not, you should really check out her stuff because it is incredibly real and entertaining.
Ron Rapp is a corporate pilot that writes the House of Rapp blog. He has flown all different types of aircraft and always shares unique perspectives about the different parts of the industry that many people don’t even think about.
That’s right, only airplanes are special enough to get their own section.
Victor E. Frankl is the author of Man’s Search for Meaning which has completely changed the way I look at life. He is an Auschwitz survivor that is also a psychiatrist. The biggest message that I found from his book is that you will never find a meaning to your life in yourself, you can only find it in other people and making their lives better.
James Altucher is the author of Choose Yourself, as well as a bunch of other great books that you can get both on Amazon, and Kindle Unlimited if you are subscribed to that wonderful service. He is a strong advocate for people taking charge of their own lives and looking for new ways to find success and happiness in this life. He also has an amazing podcast where he interviews successful people and learns how they did it.
Marcus Aurelius wrote an outstanding book entitled Meditations that is filled with unique ideas and insights. It is by no means a book that you can just breeze through so I am still working on it, but there are a ton of thoughts that really ring true with me.
Charlie Hoehn wrote a great book entitled Play it Away that talks about how much we are losing when we stop playing as adults. Playing actually pulled him out of a major rut that he fell into, and is now a part of his everyday routine. It really is a unique viewpoint and provides lots of great suggestions.
I really could keep going and going, but these are some of my favorites recently. I have included links to their Twitter accounts where applicable (sorry, so Twitter for the former roman emperor) because they also tweet a lot of good info as well.
I realize that these areas will not interest everybody out there, but even if they don’t, I would encourage you to find your own writers that you find phenomenal.
I mentioned Kindle Unlimited earlier, and it is totally worth it if you want to try and read more. There are tons of books out there that you can read for a small monthly charge now, and it is not just old classics. I recently re-read all of the Harry Potter books on there, and have read many of James Altucher’s books there as well.
The point is that there are tons of great writers out there putting out a lot of great content, and if you aren’t taking advantage of it, you are missing out.
I have had a lot of extra free-time recently, and while I have squandered a fair amount playing useless video games, I have also been enjoying the offerings of people who know way more than I do, which is why today I am grateful for great writers.
Who is your favorite writer? What are you grateful for?