The BroBible Book Club: 6 Books You Bros Should Read Right Now
For those of you who read, you already feel me on this. Go ahead and skip down to the books and get yourself some real top shelf stuff, you savages.
For those of you who don’t read, why did you click on this article? It’s because you aspire to be better, that’s why. You know it, I know it, and science (fuck yeah, science!) has proven that people who read are more successful in life than those who don’t. Odds are if you don’t enjoy reading, it’s simply because you haven’t read the stuff that does it for you. You were probably forced to do it when you were young, had a bad experience, and now have an aversion to it, much like house cleaning or butt play. It’s another medium of entertainment.
Music, books, movies, videogames, television, theatre. These are forms of entertainment that make life better, some more than others. Books arguably second on the list to music in the category of ’good for your soul’; but far-and-away #1 in ’good for your mind’. Get yourself some mental reps and become a well-rounded, well-spoken Don Juan Dela Nooch.
Part 1: Fiction
I’m coming out the gate with my favorite book ever. Story’s about an 11-year old kid named Cory growing up in Zephyr, Alabama in 1964. It’s sort of “Forest Gump” meets “Stand by me”. It’s about this kid and his little adventures in his small town with his 3 best bros. There’s a murder, dogs, bully’s, a gunfight, skinny dipping blonde girls, racism, the Klan, bikes, family. How relatable a subject is determines how strong you feel attached to it, and the feels in this book are mighty strong. You can get this book for a God Damn PENNY+shipping.
In 1924, 3 mountaineers investigate the disappearance of a climbing party attempting to summit the unconquered Mount Everest. I think most guys have some level of interest in Mount Everest. Maybe it’s the ultimate physical endeavor, some real man shit. First things first, it’s a fun read with interesting characters, an unpredictable story, in an interesting setting. A books entertainment value is obviously the most important aspect. But secondly, I learned a lot about mountaineering. That’s ammo. That’s one more topic you can have a semi-educated discussion about and impress people with your rare knowledge of this universally interesting subject.
The Boys by Garth Ennis
You don’t want to read a novel just yet? Fine. Baby steps. Here’s a “book” with pit-churs. It’s dope too. What’s it about?
In real life, what would a person with super powers be like? Megalomaniacs. God complex. They would kill somebody when they got annoyed. Kill somebody when they got drunk or angry. Kill somebody when they got bored. They would take anything they want, when they want, including women, because who can stop them? That is to say not all people in society are bad. If you or I received superpowers right this second, I doubt either of us would become some vicious maniac. For sure I would abuse the shit out of my abilities, but certainly I wouldn’t hurt anyone. But think about how many douche bags you know in your real life, and give them super strength, invisibility, power of flight. It wouldn’t be cute. This series is as dark and brutal as they come. The Boys is about a crew of 5 artificially enhanced, CIA-backed bad asses who straighten out those who can’t handle their abilities. Tune them up if need be. Kill them if need be. Helluva good time reading this series. Violence, sex, dark humor, and the Boys themselves are characters you care about.
The entire series is complete and available in 12 Volumes you can get for pretty cheap on Amazon.
Part 2: Non-Fiction
When you get the reputation “Greatest War Novel ever”, you know you a bad bitch. Dispatches is about ‘Nam. Michael was a War Correspondent during the Vietnam War, and recounts his experiences and the things he saw. The greatest strength of this book is Mike’s ability to paint a clear image with words. For example, when the Hueys (choppers) rain down a steady stream of Gatling canon on the Viet Cong, soldiers called it “peeing on em” and immediately you have an understanding of what it must be like. This entire book is packed full of fascinating descriptive devises that makes it one of the best reads of one of the most talented writers.
Real quick, this is not some “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” horseshit filled with motivational poster memes. This book is more similar to “Art of War” by Sun Tzu. A book which 2,000 years later, is still completely relevant and applicable to our lives today. Humanity has largely been consistent throughout its existence; which is what I really like about T&GR. It was published in 1937. Before technology as we know it, and so all of the points are meat & potatoes type, basic, yet extremely important principles. It teaches you simple, actionable steps you can take to growing your career and your wealth over time. It has a very strong reputation amongst the “Level Up” community (people who read mostly self-improvement books), which is a pretty considerable accolade. It’s important you get the 1937 version, not the new version which has been bastardized to be another get-rich-quick scheme.
Don’t be a nard and own this for the sole purpose of accidentally leaving it out for guests to stumble across and be impressed. It’s humbling for the fact that some random old samurai-farmer a millennium ago is infinitely more intelligent than you, internet-owner. And that all the knowledge this guy spits is real. If you can apply just a handful of these principles to your life, you’ll have an edge on everyone around you.