My Recommended Books

I believe the more you read, the better you become. Notice that I don’t say if you read “X” books a month or “Y” type of book since the topic of the book is not essential. You’ll always learn something and, hopefully, have some fun, not to mention that reading is a great way to generate good ideas. Below you can find my recommended books based on the ones I’m reading starting in 2020, but not only.

I’ll provide a star rating and a link for you to check it yourself. I thought about doing a review, but I’m always scared of giving something away from the story, and besides, what I like isn’t a guideline for what you may enjoy.

Finally, I’ll only publish books I finish. I start a lot of books, but if I’m not interested, I stop and start with the next one. There are so many good books out there that it doesn’t make sense to waste time in one I’m not enjoying, and there’s no place in my recommended books for the ones I don’t even finish.

I hope you find something you like, and please let me know on Twitter or comment with your thoughts.

Photo by Stanislav Kondratiev on Unsplash

The total number of books: 24

Last update: May 9, 2020


Jump to the section:

  • Science Fiction
    • Isaac Asimov
      • Foundation Series
      • Robot Series
      • Robot Short Stories
      • Fantasy Short Stories
      • Novels
  • Personal Development
    • Dr. David J. Schwartz
    • Seth Godin
  • Fiction
    • Robert J. Crane
      • The Girl in the Box Series
    • Kevin Riley
    • Scott Barron
    • S.F. Lopez

Science Fiction

I love science fiction. Everything about it: the ingenuity of the great masters and they got right or wrong, but the ideas that they bring to the table. Below you can find some of my favorites. Some I read recently and some  I read a while back, but I enjoyed all of them, and I hope you too.

Isaac Asimov

If you’re a science fiction fan, and don’t know Isaac Asimov or never read one of his books, you’re missing out big time! He’s the absolute master and wrote hundreds of books from several topics. My favorite is the Robot Series featured below, but he’s more famous for the Foundation Series, a more complex body of work. Please do yourself a favor and pick one of the books below, and I guarantee that you’ll enjoy yourself.

Foundation Series

Foundation by Isaac Asimov

Foundation
(Book 1)

by Isaac Asimov

For 12,000 years, the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. A masterpiece from the master himself, featuring worlds and kingdoms being formed and broken, politics and a lot of time jumps. Be ready.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Robot Series

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot
The Robot Series

by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot is a fantastic set of short stories or essays based on the three laws of robotics. The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction from 1940 to 1950, and they describe multiple situations all surrounding positronic brains, and Dr. Calvin, Powel, and Donovan all working at U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men Inc.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Positronic Man by Asimov and Silverberg

The Positronic Man
A Novel

by Asimov and Silverberg

A masterpiece about a robot with unprecedented capabilities that wanted to become a real man. Asimov introduced the concept first as a short story called “The Bicentennial Man,” as well as their key characters. Although the short story was good, this novel focuses more on developing the characters and evolution of the robot, some of them referenced in other of Asimov’s books.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov

The Caves of Steel
(The Robot Series)

by Isaac Asimov

A detective story masterfully told by the master of science fiction. Suspense, twists and turns, Spacers, and robots. The first of three books it focuses on a detective that is paired with a robot to solve a murder. The robot is not like others that people have seen since it looks, talks, and mimics human beings. Hostility becomes friendsuniquehip between this unconventional duo.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Naked Sun
(The Robot Series)

by Isaac Asimov

We continue following Detective Elijah Baley, and it’s partner R. Daneel Olivaw to solve a murder, in the strange world of Solaria of the enforced population of 20000 people where almost no one talks physically. Robots outnumber humans ten 10000 to one. Elijah deals with the horrible sensation of open-air (agoraphobia) since his native Earth is now all enclosed and underground.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Robots of Dawn
(The Robot Series)

by Isaac Asimov

Detective Elijah Baley is now famous due to his work on Solaria, mostly because of a dramatization featuring him solving the murder. He’s called, this time to Aurora, to investigate the robotocide of a humaniform robot similar to his friend R. Daneel Olivan. He’s partnered again with him, and with a new one robot, R. Giskard Reventlov, a robot of an earlier model but with skills of its own.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Robot Short Stories

Robot Dreams by Isaac Asimov

Robot Dreams
Short Stories

by Isaac Asimov

Another fantastic set of short stories that feature Dr. Calvin, the chief robopsychologist for U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc while she deals with special robots, one of them that can dream. All other stories appear in other Asimov Collections like the Robot Series or the Multivac (a supercomputer that takes care of many tasks and answers difficult questions) series.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Robot Visions by Isaac Asimov

Robot Visions
Short Stories

by Isaac Asimov

A collection of short stories and essays by Isaac Asimov, many of them from other Asimov collections, mainly I, Robot, and The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories. The title story, “Robot Visions”, was written specifically for this collection, which combines robots and of time travel. It is the companion book to Robot Dreams and good set of robot stories featuring Dr. Calvin.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Fantasy Short Stories

Azazel by Isaac Asimov

Azazel
Short Stories

by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov shifts a little from science fiction and writes a standalone fantasy short story about a two-centimeter-tall demon. Only one person can only invoke him (George), and he grants wishes at his request but with mixed results. Told from the standpoint of George overall several meals with a friend (potentially Asimov himself) while George always try to escape paying any meal

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Novels

Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov

Fantastic Voyage
A Novel

by Isaac Asimov

A submarine is miniaturized to travel within the human body with a crew of four men and a woman to try to save someone from certain death, by removing a blood cloth from his brain. He has crucial information in the war that is being fought by two factions. Time is limited so they have to hurry and navigate the body’s complex system and reach it before time’s up.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Nemesis by Isaac Asimov

Nemesis
A Novel

by Isaac Asimov

The first book outside the Foundation world based on a planet called Rotor. The population voted to escape from the orbit of earth and move to an unknown red dwarf star that is invisible from earth, but was found by accident by one of their scientists. Earth was not pleased and tries to find them. Also features a girl with a fantastic brain, and a threat to the future of Earth.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

Nightfall

by Asimov and Silverberg

In a world where there’s six suns circling it, there’s never dark, but a cult called the Apostles of Flame warn that darkness is coming and that people will not be able to handle it. Scientists reach the same conclusion but nothing is done to prepare the population. When the day finally comes and people see the stars for the first time, for a few hours, they go insane, or not?

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️


Personal Development

It’s a broad category I’ll give you that, but I don’t want to make too many categories for the sake of segmentation. This category will contain all the books I think will make you a more productive person. However, these may talk about leadership, dealing with people, or any other topic.

Dr. David J. Schwartz

Dr. David J. Schwartz is a motivational writer most famous for his book “The Magic of Thinking Big.” He has helped hundreds of people to achieve their true potential. He was a professor of marketing, chairman of the department, and Chair of Consumer Finance at Georgia State University. As the leading American authority on motivation, his books are full of testimonials and examples of how to apply the concepts explained. Expect to have to do some thinking during and reading his books if you want to take full advantage of his teachings.

The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking Big

by Dr. David J. Schwartz

The Magic of Thinking Big is a self-help book where Dr. David J. Schwartz gives us strategies to be our better selves and success in the areas that we want to succeed. Things like think like a leader, make attitudes your alies and learn how to think positively are some of the techniques in the book that are available to everyone regardless of intellect, talent or money.

Seth Godin

There’s a unique quality to the way that Seth Godin writes, a sort of poetic narrative, that makes you wonder and takes you to places that you were not expecting. It’s quite an experience to read each of Seth’s books, but the information contained can transform the way you think, act, and look at things in life. Also, he tries to break some of the conceptions deeply ingrained in society, and that’s no small feat. This allows you to break free and make art in any area or topic you choose to explore.

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

by Seth Godin
Building a tribe is not easy, but it is essential if you want to go forward. Seth Godin explains to us the importance of a tribe, what is a tribe in the first place, and how we can build one. Building a tribe is the essence of being a leader, of breaking the mold and creating something new that makes people excited, wondering, and following you in your interests. Seth ponders that you don’t need a big following, but a dedicated one can give you the push you need to take you to a place of success.

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin

The Icarus Deception

by Seth Godin
Seth Godin takes us on a journey based on the legend of Icarus that had wings made of wax. His father told him not to get too close to the sun; otherwise, the wings would melt. But the story is missing the critical part. Flying too low would make him close to the saltwater and would ruin them also. Being a cog in the machine, a “factory worker” that follows orders and is average is a thing of the past. He challenges us to make our work a piece of art in the sense that it is different and breaks social convention. Can you do it?


Fiction

Some people argue (with me inclusively) that fiction and science fictions are the same. They say that science fiction is a sub-set of fiction. I respect that, but I don’t agree. And since this is the way I like organizing stuff, this is the way I’m going for. The books are here, so don’t nitpick and enjoy books.

Robert J. Crane

This guy is fantastic. I got the first three books of the Girl in the Box Saga for free on Amazon and thought about giving it a shot to the first book. I ended up reading all three and I wanted more. He writes engagingly and, above all, he believes in character building, something that I like a lot! If you don’t believe me, read the Girl in the Box Saga and go through the first ten books that, according to him, was a good baseline to build the characters.

The Girl in The Box Series

Family (The Girl in the Box Book 4) by Robert J. Crane

Family (The Girl in the Box Book 4)

by Robert J. Crane

The fourth book of the series, a fantastic set of events around a girl with special powers.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Omega (The Girl in the Box Book 5) by Robert J. Crane

Omega (The Girl in the Box Book 5)

by Robert J. Crane

The fifth book of the series, a fantastic set of events around a girl with special powers with some nice twists and turns. Exploration of the strengths and where they may lead her.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Broken (The Girl in the Box Book 6) by Robert J. Crane

Broken (The Girl in the Box Book 6)

by Robert J. Crane

The sixth book of the series, a fantastic set of events around a girl with special powers with some nice twists and turns. Start from the beginning, and don’t be surprised if you can’t stop reading.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Enemies (The Girl in the Box Book 7)

Enemies (The Girl in the Box Book 7)

by Robert J. Crane

Following our young, powerful meta going into a death spiral and taking a position of control. Other metas will follow her, but will she be able to tip the scales in the war that’s occurring between metas to dominate the world.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Legacy (The Girl In The Box 8)

Legacy (The Girl in the Box Book 8)

by Robert J. Crane

With all organizations destroyed, Sienna, a 19-year-old, is forced to gather the team under the supervision of the FBI. She has to lead the few existing metas to fight against Century lead by Sovereign.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Destiny (The Girl in the Box Book 9) by Robert J. Crane

Destiny (The Girl in the Box Book 9)

by Robert J. Crane

With fewer and fewer allies, the fight and salvation of her race stand in the shoulders of Sienna Nealon. After meeting Sovereign and see what he’s capable of, can she fight Century with their 100 best of the best?

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Power (The Girl in the Box Book 10) by Robert J. Crane

Power (The Girl in the Box Book 10)

by Robert J. Crane

The most extended character introduction that I’ve seen. Ten books to show who Sienna Nealon is. I won’t spoil anything, but I have to give it to Robert J. Crane for writing all of then in 2 years.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Kevin Riley

I don’t know much about this author, and I only read one book, but you can know a little bit more about him here.

23 Hours
Short Story

by Kevin Riley

A Zombie short story. Although they are not called Zombies, our hero tries to save a little boy and get him to the hospital before worse happens. Excellent quick read but nothing earth-shattering.

⭐️ ⭐️

Scott Barron

Scott Barron is an American author of fantasy and science fiction books with a twist. If you never read one of his books you don’t understand what I mean. In his books, especially the short stories, he manages to get all kinds of concepts mixed up like characters from fables, zombies, investigators in an amazing combination. While reading you’ll see the absurd of the situations, but you’ll also laugh, be entertained, sometimes shocked and wish each of the short stories would be a full book.

The Best Laid Plans of Mice by Scott Baron

The Best Laid Plans of Mice: An anthology of odd short stories

by Scott Baron

The Best Laid Plans of Mice is a beautiful set of small and quite odd stories that grab you until the end, some of them with quite some twists and turns. If you like strange short stories involving Zombies, Snow White, Love, Drama, and all in between, this is a must book to read. Believe me when I tell you that you won’t be disappointed and it’s always fun to read bitesize stories.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

S.F. Lopez

I had do dig a little bit to find some information about this author. Amazon has him as a “Floridian born, NYC based author. He has been writing since he first learned how to hold a pencil, and nobody has been able to shut him up since then.” With 2 books under his name (at the time of this writing) and this one part of a series, I’m quite delighted by the first one and looking forward to more developments in the series.

The Ghost of Orion by S. F. Lopez

The Ghost of Orion (The Orion Series)

by S.F. Lopez
A lot of time has passed since humanity destroyed parts of the world with nuclear blasts and other wars. One girl’s mission, after her father was murdered, is simple. Survive. But she’s given a chance to something bigger than herself and join her father’s cause called the Ghosts. They are a group of spies and rebels that fight against the “Elites,” a group of people that live lavishly and despise everyone else to the point of trying to wipe them out of existence.