Aha! Books

There are moments in your life when you pick up a book that rocks your (socks) mind and being to its foundations. I’m sure there are many names for these types of mind openings moments. I like to call these aha! books. Any book that stops you in your tracks (aha!) and opens you up to new possibilities, opportunities and ways of seeing and thinking about your life and the world. 

Aha! moments are addicting.
I read because I love learning and experiencing new places and imaginative ideas, but the reason you’ll always find me with a book (or four) is that I’m seeking more aha! moments in my life. 

My first aha book moment was with regards to food. I don’t know what drove me to pick up Gary Taubles book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, but I’m glad I did. I­t­ opened me up to a world I had known nothing about. The idea that what we eat directly effects how we look (and ultimately how we feel) was a completely foreign concept to me. It and other impactful ones (The Four Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, Foodist by Darya Pino Rose) change my life for the better.

I’m looking at my bookshelves right now as I’m writing this post. I don’t like to keep books that haven’t impacted me in some way (or I hope they will in the future), but if I were to choose my biggest aha books I­t­ would be:

Live Your Truth by Kamal Ravikant

The Crossroads and of Should and Must by Elle Luna

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield 

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff 

Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

Meditation by Marcus Aurelius 

Resilience by Eric Greitens

The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss 

Crush I­t­! by Gary Vaynerchuk

Linchpin by Seth Godin

Mastery by Robert Greene


My hope (and goal) is that in the future  my books will be on someone’s aha! book list too.

What’s on your aha! book list?
What are your aha moments?


Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner