Everyone needs a healthy hobby and curling up with a great book is one of the best ways to nurture your self and expand your mind. Here are some suggestions for books that are guaranteed to entertain, enlighten, or feed your mind, belly, and soul. Purchase (or pre-order) any one or all of the 10 Must Read Books For 2011:
1. Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in 2 to 20 Minutes By Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier
The Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in 2 to 20 Minutes by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier is a must read for 2011. The book provides plenty of wholesome, nature based, simple meals tailored for any low carb, Primal, or paleo diet. This cookbook provides a plethora of delicious meals for a healthy lifestyle guaranteed to fuel your family (even the pickiest of eaters), guests, and yourself.
2. The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting The World By David Kirkpatrick
The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting The World is a great book to add to your 2011 reading list. This book tracks the story of the fastest growing, largest, 350 million user social network. Kirkpatrick, a senior tech writer for Fortune magazine, uses his expertise to accurately portray the rise of Facebook from it's Harvard dorm room roots in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his team, to the super successful organization it is today.
3. The Daily Show with John Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race By Jon Stewart and others
Emmy winning Daily Show host Jon Stewart has been dubbed a "modern day Edward R. Murrow" for his political force, satire, and deadpan humor. Earth was written as an instructional guide for aliens who may land on our planet and is complete with hilarity, color illustrations, and Stewart's distinctive brand of wit. Earth ends with Stewart's impassioned plea to save the human race so "we could overcome the baser aspects of our nature...and give this planet the kind of caretakers it deserves." Earth is deserving of your time and is a must read for this year.
4. Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman and computer scientist for the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks, depicts an insider's look at the Wikileaks organization and it's founder with Inside Wikileaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World's Most Dangerous Website. Domscheit-Berg unravels the mysteries behind the founding, financing, and evolution of WikiLeaks. Domscheit-Berg also reveals his distaste and resignation from WikiLeaks for breaching the very principles of transparency and political neutrality that founded the organization. As the WikiLeaks controversy grows, this book is a must read for 2011.
5. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible By James Frey
James Frey, the controversial author behind A Million Little Pieces, has returned to fuel the fires with his latest book: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. In Frey's latest book, he uses thirteen perspectives of his friends, family, and followers, in a story of Christ's return to 21st century Earth in New York City. The book is sure to outrage many but most certainly addresses the ideas of God, sex, love, and religion in a well researched, imaginative, and interesting "third book of the Bible." Frey's book is a must read for 2011.
6. Halo: Cryptum
Best selling science fiction writer, Greg Bear, has penned a novel pairing one of the biggest video game franchises with his superior, trademark writing style in Halo: Cryptum. The novel is the first of a series of three books weaving an intergalactic horror story of an alien civilization known as the Forerunners, that built the Halos. The book is set over 100,000 years ago and tells the store of the Forerunners, supreme in technology and knowledge, their rise to dominance, and their disappearance. The story is told through the young and rebellious eyes of Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting as he grows, evolves, matures, and experiences life's harshest lessons. Halo: Cryptum will surely entertain as much as the video game and is a must read for this year.
7. You Might Be A Zombie And Other News: Shocking But Utterly True Facts By Cracked.com
The writers at Cracked.com promise that readers will "wish you never picked up this book" and they may be right. You Might Be A Zombie and Other News is an informative, albeit disgusting glimpse into modern lifestyles, diets, animals, drugs, science, and the functions of man. The book also reveals that half of the human population is affected with a parasite that can consume and control the brain, suggesting a zombie apocalypse may happen sooner than we think, since, as the book suggests, our brains make our decisions 10 seconds before we do...
8. The Price Of Everything By Eduardo Porter
The Price of Everything is the true story behind global economics, happiness, and the actual dollar value assigned to living. Edaurdo Porter offers a penetrating look into the "motivating forces shaping our lives" as well as the effects of spending on business, public, and governmental sectors. Backed by years of experience, as a well traveled reporter who refined his talents in Mexico, South America, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and education at London's Imperial College of Science and Technology and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico, Porter's book packs a priceless punch. This book is a must read for anyone who loves books.
9. Sleight Of Hand By Peter S. Beagle
Sleight Of Hand By Peter S. Beagle is a fantasy based collection of short stories about ordinary people struggling with life's greatest lessons. The stories blends the surreal - dragons, monsters, enchanted princess, and shark gods - with themes of possession, forgiveness, life, hate, love, and death. The collection ultimately weaves the tale of the choices people make when everything they know has been stripped by Fate. Sleight Of Hand most certainly belongs in your personal library.
10. The Enterprise of Death By Jesse Bullington
Colorado resident and Pennslyvania native Jesse Bullington has authored a terrific sci-fi novel full of dark energy and the power of folklore. The story centers around a young, female African slave who becomes the apprentice of an ancient necromancer during the Spanish Inquisition during the European Renaissance. The apprentice is cursed by her master and must go on a quest to find a hidden book. Along her journey, the apprentice encounters people who, as she realizes, may be linked to her by more than coincidence. Bullington combines powers of salvation, life, war, and awareness in this mind opening, must read book.