Matt's Top 20 Reading List

It's a proven medical fact that reading books increases blood flow to the brain, but a good book does more than that. Reading expands your vocabulary, improves communication and analytical skills, and helps boost your memory. 

Books are also a unique storytelling tool. A good book paints scenery descriptively and creates characters that you become emotionally attached to, for better or worse. To put it bluntly, good books contain good stories. And this makes books important. Phillip Pullman once said, "After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world."

If you want to improve the above mentioned categories, such as communication and vocabulary, all while taking in a good story, check out this list of some of my favorite books of all time!

Matt's Suggested Reading:

  1. The Pastures of Heaven - John Steinbeck
  2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  4. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage - Alfred Lansing
  5. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  6. Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer - James L. Swanson
  7. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  9. Farenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  10. Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
  11. The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
  12. The Republic - Plato
  13. The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
  14. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
  15. Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
  16. The Shining - Stephen King
  17. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  18. The Glass Castle: A Memoir - Jeannette Walls
  19. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  20. The Best American Sports Writing 2013 - Glenn Stout

Would you add or take away any of the reads on this list? Post your ideas in the comments below!

By Matt Scofield