Add another one to the list.

The ranks of billionaires, CEOs, and big-name entrepreneurs who have extolled their love of reading seem to be swelling continuously. We've known for awhile that Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Mark Zuckerberg are voracious readers (who sometimes share recommendations). Now Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has joined the party. In honor of World Book Day, and in response to a challenge from an admirer, Branson took to his blog to list 65 titles he thinks everyone could benefit from reading during their lifetime.

Kicking off with a few childhood classics and going on to cover everything from great novels and autobiography to environmental tomes, the list wanders far beyond the business and self-help fare usually recommended to leaders. If you're looking to broaden your bookcase, it's full of great ideas.

  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  2. Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl
  3. George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
  4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  5. Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr Seuss
  6. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  7. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  9. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  11. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson
  12. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  13. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  14. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  15. 1984 by George Orwell
  16. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  17. The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  18. The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
  19. Shantaram by Gregory Roberts
  20. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  21. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder
  22. The Outermost House by Henry Beston
  23. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
  24. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege by Antony Beevor
  25. The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
  26. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
  27. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  28. Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
  29. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela
  30. Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang
  31. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
  32. No Future Without Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu
  33. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
  34. Mandela's Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel
  35. Limitless: Leadership That Endures by Ajaz Ahmed
  36. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
  37. If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: 50 of the World's Most Remarkable People Pass on Their Best Piece of Advice by Richard Reed
  38. Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried
  39. Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  40. One Hundred & One Reasons to Get Out of Bed by Natasha Milne
  41. Letters to a Stranger: A publishing project in aid of MIND by Various
  42. Self Belief: The Vision by Jamal Edwards
  43. The Meaning of the 21st Century by James Martin
  44. Time for New Dreams by Ben Okri
  45. Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard
  46. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  47. The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution by Frank White
  48. Beyond the Blue by Jim Campbell
  49. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis
  50. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  51. The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery
  52. Big World, Small Planet by Johan Rockstrom and Mattias Klum
  53. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore
  54. Necker: A Virgin Island by Russell James
  55. Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford
  56. Arctica: The Vanishing North by Sebastian Copeland
  57. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin
  58. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  59. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  60. In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules by Stacy Perman
  61. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  62. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
  63. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
  64. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  65. Ending the War on Drugs by Various
Published on: Mar 7, 2016
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