One of the best parts about Thanksgiving, and holidays in general, is the quiet time. Sure, family is around, the house is bustling, but there are also many moments where you can sneak off to a couch somewhere and relax for a bit. When was the last time you did that?

If you haven't read a good book in a while, take advantage of Thanksgiving weekend. It's a great time to dive into a quick read and recharge your batteries. Here are a few fun suggestions:

1. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Not a business book by any means, but a true story that will put things back in perspective. The Glass Castle is one of the most successful memoirs ever written, about a girl who grows up in an offbeat family. Her father is a brilliant dreamer when he's sober, and a mess when he's not. Her mother is artistic and wise, but struggles to bear the burden of running a family. And all the while, the narrator carries the reader through life chapter after chapter, extracting powerful lessons that ended up shaping her into the author she is today. A pleasure read.

2. Brandscaping by Andrew M. Davis

If you are at all interested in branding and marketing, this is a pivotal read. It will change the way you look at brand partnerships and marketing in general. The book is filled with case studies and stories of brands that decided to try something out of the box and ended up winning big time. This book will surely give you ideas for your own business.

3. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

It's astounding how many people struggle with financial literacy--and this book was written as a perfect entry point into understanding the importance of money management. It tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads--his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad--and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. A must-read for anyone interested in having a better sense of how to manage their finances.

4. Art & Fear by David Bayles

Creatives, this is the book for you. Art & Fear speaks to some of the most common (and underlying) issues that often keep the world's most creative talent at war within themselves. Anyone who has an ounce of creativity knows the ongoing challenge of learning to trust yourself what it is you make. This book will help remind you that if you are frightened to share something, it means you're headed in the right direction.

5. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

Surely you've seen the movie, but have you read the book? It's not the shortest book out there, but it is absolutely entertaining--and filled with a lot of anecdotes that don't get covered in the movie. This is the kind of book you find yourself laughing out loud at. It's self-deprecating, witty, and a good hard analysis of what "insane" wealth looks like.

6. [Bonus] Confessions of a Teenage Gamer by Nicolas Cole

And of course, it wouldn't be a book list if I didn't mention my own. When people think of World of Warcraft, they think of a socially awkward, acne-faced teenager with "no life." This story challenges those stereotypes and shows how a kid from a wealthy family with every opportunity at his fingertips ended up finding himself in a video game. This true story draws parallels between sports, music, and video games--and shows how, at the core, they teach many of the same lessons. With a spine surgeon for a father, a music teacher for a mother, and a house full of driven, high-achieving siblings, Confessions of a Teenage Gamer shows how far one boy will go to chase his dream of becoming a professional gamer.

Published on: Nov 23, 2016
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