Essential Reading L...
Clear all

Essential Reading List

2 Posts
2 Users
Aaron Guzman
Posts: 139
Estimable Member
Topic starter

What books would you consider to be essential reading in a student's education? What books impacted your life the most growing up as a student? What books would you like to see included in your child's education?


As for me, I would like to see my child exposed to the following books at some point in his education (no particular order or age):

  • The Bible
  • The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  • Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • The Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi
  • 20,000 Leauges Under the Sea, Jules Vern
  • The Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Animal Farm, George Orwell
  • The Cay, Theodore Taylor
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglas
  • Mila 18, Leon Uris
  • The Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  • Enchiridion, Epictetus
  • Musashi, Eiji Yoshikawa
  • Taiko, Eiji Yoshikawa
  • Patriotism, Yukio Mishima


I am sure there is more to add to this list, but this is all I can come up with at this sitting.

What would be on your essential reading list?

"Illigitime non carborundum"
"Don't let the bastards grind you down"

Posted : 31/10/2021 10:18 pm
Posts: 7
Active Member

Along with the books that Aaron had mentioned I would like to add some fictional stories to the list:

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Stand by Stephen king

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson

The Time Machine by H.G Wells

War of the Worlds by H.G Wells

Dune by Frank Herbert

There are many more novels and short stories I would like to add, but I feel like this is a good start. 

Posted : 03/11/2021 8:11 pm
MGG reacted



A guide, on finding a man who has lost his way, brings him back to the right path—he does not mock and jeer at him and then take himself off. You also must show the unlearned man the truth, and you will see that he will follow. But so long as you do not show it to him, you should not mock, but rather feel your own incapacity.





Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, “This is not enough”.

Tsunetomo Yamamoto