Who says investors canÃ¢Â€Â™t read sci-fi? Just because youÃ¢Â€Â™re a die-hard trader doesnÃ¢Â€Â™t mean you should only be reading overtly markets-focused literature.
ThereÃ¢Â€Â™s some merit to taking a break from reading hard-core investing books (and, of course, MarketWatch) and curling up with a good piece of historical fiction.ThatÃ¢Â€Â™s at least what famed New York City-based financial advisor Josh Brown will likely be doing this summer.
Brown crowd-sourced a list of 140 suggested books worth reading, and very few of them are the typically investing books you would expect. Brown then narrowed that list down to 24. Ultimately heÃ¢Â€Â™s looking to narrow that list down to 7; thatÃ¢Â€Â™s a book a week during his kidsÃ¢Â€Â™ summer vacation.
ThereÃ¢Â€Â™s Ã¢Â€ÂœCreativity, Inc.Ã¢Â€Â by Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull — a reminder that quants may rule your team, but creativity will take your team to the next level. Or try Ã¢Â€ÂœReady Player One,Ã¢Â€Â a future dystopia that involves playing video games in a virtual reality world. And how about a history lesson courtesy of Henry Kissinger in Ã¢Â€ÂœWorld OrderÃ¢Â€Â?
Here are those 24 books — and very few of them have anything to do with investing:
- Against the Gods by Peter Bernstein
- American Caesar by William Manchester
- Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
- Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
- Dream Hoarders by Richard Reeves
- Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- FortuneÃ¢Â€Â™s Formula by William Poundstone
- The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan
- The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
- ManÃ¢Â€Â™s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby
- Operation Nemesis by Eric Bogosian
- Paradise Now by Chris Jennings
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
- Stalingrad by Anthony Beevor
- The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The DrunkardÃ¢Â€Â™s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow
- The Hour Between Dog and Wolf by John Coates
- The Invention of Air by Steven Johnson
- The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
- Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
- We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider
- World Order by Henry Kissinger