When’s the last time you read a good book?
The world we live in today has conditioned people to constantly crave new stimuli. This is why everybody and their mother has their nose glued to their Facebook page on their new iPhone. Sadly, this behavior has pushed reading to the back-burner for many, if it even has the privileged to stay on the stove.
Why Men Should Read
In order for a man to live the most fulfilling life, he needs to put down the gizmos and gadgets and pick up a book (unless you’re using a Kindle!). Reading gives us the knowledge and foresight that helps us make decisions and frame our views on life.
Books allow us to venture into far away lands, or to get inside the mind of history’s most brilliant men. One minute we’re whisked away to a castle in Bavaria, the next we’re ruminating about life in an infirmary in Siberia.
Reading must be a fundamental habit for any man who wants to develop his mind and learn more about the world. There are thousands of great books to help you accomplish this, and my mission with Masculine Books is to wade through great books and to give you recommendations to help cultivate your masculinity.
What Types of Books to Read
Many of the books on this site will have been written at least a half-century ago, or will discuss subjects and ideas that came about more than a half-century ago.
Why 50 years?
Books today don’t carry the same weight as they did many decades ago. Perhaps it’s because all the good ideas have been taken. Although the more likely explanation is to pander to the masses.
While there are still many excellent books that are written today, the consistently top selling books include cliche self-help books, and novels that pander to the ‘independent-minded’ women. Don’t even get me started on 50 Shades of Gray.
One reason these books are so popular is because publishers have to entice people to choose reading over video games, which few men are likely to do. This is why most book store shelves are bereft of anything with traces of masculinity, unless you dig through the stacks in the corners of the store.
But again, there are still some great writers out there today, a few of which are featured on our sidebar. Also, with the advent of self-publishing online it has allowed people to write on whatever subject they please without having to get the approval of a publishing house.
How Can I Get Started?
There’s a lot of books out there. In fact, even if you read a book a day it would take you many lifetimes to read all the books ever written.
One problem I have myself is that I’ll go to the library and book store to find a book, and end up leaving with three; it never ends.
My suggestion for where to start is simply pick out a book that is of interest to you. A lot of guys who want to start reading to better themselves start with books by Nietzsche or Dostoevsky because that’s what is recommended so often. The problem is that people will pick up these books, have no clue what’s going on, and then stop reading altogether.
If you start with something you like, you’re more likely to develop the habit of reading over time which is what’s really important at the end of the day. Over time, you can start challenging yourself with tougher reads.
As of this writing this book is in its infancy, so reviews are limited. Over time I plan on having several hundred reviews which will be plenty to choose from. Take a look to see what I have so far and see if there’s anything you like. If you do, get started right away. If not, head to your local library or book store and pick something out.
Please Note: Many of the links on this site are affiliate links. This means that if you purchase a book through a link, we will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you.
Additionally, we often are solicited for book reviews, and many books featured on this site were sent to the writer (Seth Rose) free of charge. Masculine Books has no partnerships or relationships to any of the authors or publishers featured on this site, outside of serving as a platform for these writers.