If you are only going to read three books...
...these are the books you should read.
I have the old Zoom H2 which seems to not be available from Amazon any more. It's totally kick ass. Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder. This is what I record with when I'm out hiking the trails.
This is the new version of the Zoom H2. Zoom H2n Handy Recorder
There is also the Zoom H4. Maybe more than you need but maybe not. Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder - 2016 Version
For reading e-books I recommend Calibre. https://calibre-ebook.com/
I also recommend not reading e-books. I've talked about why enough times. I'm sure I'll rant about it in the future.
The List Of Most Important Books Ever
- The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young. Not a book, an audio program. Everything you need to know to understand and begin meditation or to deepen your existing practice. No woo-woo, mysticism, religion or bullshit included.
- The Unchained Man: The Alpha Male 2.0: Be More Happy, Make More Money, Get Better with Women, Live More Free by Caleb Jones
- The Rational Male by Rollo Tomassi
- The Rational Male - Preventive Medicine (Volume 2) by Rollo Tomassi
- The Way of Men by Jack Donovan
- The Manipulated Man by Esther Vilar
- Bachelor Pad Economics: The Financial Advice Bible for Men by Aaron Clarey
- Enjoy the Decline: Accepting and Living with the Death of the United States by Aaron Clarey
- Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
- How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff
- Addiction Is a Choice by Jeffrey A. Schaler
Reading Suggestions Broken Down By Topic
Recently read books will go at the top of the list.
There is the normal disclaimer: A book being on the list doesn't always mean I agree with the contents. It means these books are worth reading as they either entertain, inform or challenge.
Red Pill, Man-o-Sphere, Reality and Survival
- Nation of Cowards: Essays on the Ethics of Gun Control by Jeff Snyder
- Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say: Destroying Myths, Creating Love by Dr. Warren Farrell
- Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap -- and What Women Can Do About It by Dr. Warren Farrell
- Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters by Helen Smith, PhD
- Sperm Wars: Infidelity, Sexual Conflict, and Other Bedroom Battles by Robin Baker
- Pushing Rubber Downhill: A journey to manhood via whitewater adventures by Adam Piggott
- Uncle Nick: Diary of a Misanthrope by Frank Cervi
- The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning Behind People's Gestures and Expressions by Allan and Barbara Pease
- SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police by Vox Day
- Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game by Jon Birger. He is right about the results. Half wrong about the cause. Completely wrong about the solution.
- Worthless: The Young Person's Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major by Aaron Clarey
- The Curse of the High IQ by Aaron Clarey
- The Nine Laws by Ivan Throne
- The Freedom Outlaw's Handbook: 179 Things to Do 'till the Revolution by Claire Wolfe
- Three-Somes: Studies in Sex, Power and Intimacy by Arno Karlen. Yes, it's about sex with three people. Very enlightening in a number of ways.
- When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession by Charles Adams
- The South Was Right! by James Ronald Kennedy & Walter Donald Kennedy
- The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
- I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition (Library of Southern Civilization) by Twelve Southerners
Privacy, Security, Internet, Technology and Freedom
- The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom by Evgeny Morozov
- The Internet Is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen
- Desktop Witness: The Do's and Don'ts of Personal Computer Security by Michael A. Caloyannides
- I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy by Lori Andrews
- Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us by Andrew Keen
- The Cult of the Amateur: How blogs, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest of today's user-generated media are destroying our economy, our culture, and our values - Andrew Keen
- The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
- Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier
- You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto by Jaron Lanier
- To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
Philosophy & Ethics
- The Pleasures of a Nonconformist by Lin Yutang
- The Ethics of Climate Change: Right and Wrong in a Warming World (Think Now) by James Garvey. This book is pure bullshit, but it will illustrate just how messed up in the head the global warming wackos are.
- Science and Ethics by Bernard E. Rollin. Bernie talks about himself a lot, but that's just his thing. Don't let it get to you.
- The Importance Of Living by Lin Yutang
- The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate by David Freddoso
- Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and other Boneheaded Bureaucrats are Turning America into a Nation of Children by David Harsanyi
The World We Live In - Culture, Society and Horizontal Enforcement
- The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism by Katie Roiphe
- Freedom from Speech (Encounter Broadside) by Greg Lukianoff
- Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond by Michael Ignatieff
- Michal Moore is a Big Fat Stupid White Man by David T. Hardy & Jason Clarke.
- War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality by Deepak Chopra (2011-10-04) by Deepak Chopra & Leonard Mlodinow
- NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
- The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook
- Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave by Adam Alter
History & Military
- The Law by Frederic Bastiat
- A Century of War: Lincoln, Wilson & Roosevelt by John V. Denson
- The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: Unseen Images from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition by David M. Wilson
- Houston: Then and Now
- San Antonio: Then and Now
- Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub
- The Battle of The Buldge, A Graphic History of Allied Victory in the Ardennes, 1944-1945 by Wayne Vansant
- The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
- Loyalty is my Honor Personal Accounts from the Waffen-SS by Gordon Williamson
- 13 Days to Glory: The Siege of the Alamo (Southwest Landmarks) by Lon Tinkle
- Women in the Military: Flirting With Disaster by Brian Mitchell
- The Ecological Indian: Myth and History by Shepard Krech
- The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War by Fred Anderson
- Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future by Ian Morris
Science & Technology
- Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, Updated and Expanded Edition by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery
- The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of Consciousness Explains Our Insatiable Search for Meaning by Daniel Bor
- Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World by Bruce Schneier
- The Greenwash Effect: Corporate Deception, Celebrity Environmentalists, and What Big Business Isn't Telling You about Their Green Products and Brands by Guy Pearse
- Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence" by Robert Bryce
- Adam's Curse: A Future without Men by Bryan Sykes
- Power Hungry: The Myths of ""Green"" Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future by Robert Bryce
- Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science by Michael Brooks
- Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond
Business and Bad Decisions
- Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo! by Nicholas Carlson - discussion in Stating The Obvious episodes 241, 242, 243, and 244.
- The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living by Randy Komisar
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
- In Search of Stupidity: Over Twenty Years of High Tech Marketing Disasters by Jay Chapman - be sure to get the second edition. Or third when it comes out.
Things You Didn't Know
- An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplement to Everything You Thought You Knew out Art, Sex, Business, Crime, Science, Medicine, and Other Fields of Human by Richard Zacks
- Rack Rope and Red Hot Pincers by Geoffrey Abbott
- The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D.
Fiction, Science-Fiction, Horror & Alternate History
- People's Republic by Kurt Schlichter
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- City by Clifford D. Simak
- The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A. E. Van Vogt
- Ackermanthology: 65 Astonishing, Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts edited by Forrest J. Ackerman
- Covenant with the Vampire (Diaries of the Family Dracul) by Jeanne Kalogridis
- Old Venus edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
- Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited by Ken Liu
- Children of the Vampire (Diaries of the Family Dracul) by Jeanne Kalogridis
- Erotica Vampirica edited by Cecilia Tan
- Last and First Men and Star Maker : Two Science Fiction Novels by Olaf Stapledon
- What If?: The World's Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been and What If? II: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been edited by Robert Cowley
- A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
- Heavy Water and Other Stories by Martin Amis: specifically read The Janitor on Mars.
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. A much more realistic and believable look at harvesting body parts from clones. If you think this could never happen then I am certain you are an idiot.
- Heinlein in Dimension: A Critical Analysis by Alexei Panshin. An indepth look at the writing of Robert A. Heinlein and some excellent analysis of the art of writing.
- Dragonhenge by Bob Eggleton & John Grant. The mythology of dragons. Much better stories that I was expecting.
- Anything (actually everything) by Robert A. Heinlien.
- Genesis by Bernard Beckett
- Shark Trouble by Peter Benchley. This is a wonderful book about sharks and other ocean life. I can not recommend this book enough. Try it, you will not be able to put it down.
- I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano
- The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son (Get The Giver Quartet boxed set and have all four) by Lois Lowry
Getting Your Shit Together (because no one else can get it together for you)
- Sampson and the Wizard by Caleb Jones
- Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Getting Things Done by David Allen
- The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential...in Business and in Life by Leo Babauta
- Choose Yourself Be Happy, Make Millions, Live The Dream by James Altucher
- Secrets Of Simplicity - Learn To Live Better With Less by Mary Carlomagno
- Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get A Life by Larry Winget
- It's Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault by Larry Winget
- You're Broke Because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead by Larry Winget
- People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It!: The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself and How You Can Overcome Them [PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS & I CAN PROV] by Larry Winget
- First Things First by Stephen R. Covey
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
- Grow a Pair: How to Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business, and Your Sanity by Larry Winget
- I See Rude People: One woman's battle to beat some manners into impolite society by Amy Alkon
- What's Your Problem?: Cut Through Red Tape, Challenge the System, and Get Your Money Back by Jon Yates.
Reference and Learning
- HTML5: 20 Lessons to Successful Web Development by Robin Nixon
Books that don't really fall into any above category.
- How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor
- This Is Not a Photo Opportunity: The Street Art of Banksy by Martin Bull
Documentaries, Movies, and Visual Entertainments
Hot Coffee, Is justice being served?
World War II Behind Closed Doors, Stalin, the Nazis and the West
We Live In Public - the story of internet pioneer Josh Harris.