It's not eighth grade, and Mrs. Beesley isn't going to tell you to read David Copperfield, dissect it, and then craft a powerpoint presentation until you want to jump out of a window. Now, you can read whatever you want. Whether it's a book that gives you a new perspective or a book that solves that problem in front of you, reading is good medicine. More book reccomendations coming soon.
Levels of The GAME, BY JOHN MCPHEE
It's one thing to write about a crazy murder case, and turn into captivating writing. It's another thing entirely to write a book about a simple tennis match (from start to finish), and make it read like a thriller, while providing insightful commentary on the psychology of the people playing it.
Letters Of A STOIC, SENECA
Life is hard. But Seneca's was harder. He went through slander, exile, and finally, near the end of his life, was ordered to commit suicide by the very student he mentored growing up (the tyrant king, Nero). Yet, through it all, he had a sense of himself, a sense of who he wanted to be, and rose above the times he lived. This is philosophy at it's best: real, practical, and the kind of stuff you base your entire life on.
OPEN, ANDRE AGASSI
This is one of the best autobiographies I've ever read. And here's why: because there's nothing quite like it. It's a searingly honest portrait of a man who hated tennis, and—at the same time—became one of the best to ever play the game. Gripping, thrilling, and heartbreakingly real. Highly reccomend.