Here’s What 10 Of Your Favorite Entrepreneurs Are Reading Right Now

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Written by: Jesenia Vargas | August 17

2007 was the year reading enthusiasts proclaimed the inevitable death of the printed word as we knew it. We were well on our way to become a dumbed down America — or so they say.

Then, a new player arrived on the market, and Kindles began an evolutionary rise. Book lovers, typically seen clutching their tattered favorites as they grew torn, were now offered the convenience of a simple tablet that contained their reread novel’s literary cousins.

Today, fears have been reversed as studies now show that the digital age has brought forth a new generation of individuals who are not only eager to learn, but eager to read in print.

In fact, not only are today’s young, social-saavvy group reading more than their elders, they’re also shining in the corporate arena and continue to influence the minds of today’s innovators.

It remains the universal habit of the young and successful and it comes as no surprise that these 10 entrepreneurs under 35 are far from immune from the draw of the published word!

Pull out your pens and Kindles, because here’s a list of 10 entrepreneurs and what they’ve reading right now:

Lena Dunham via Instagram

1. You by Caroline Kepnes

Read by Lena Dunham— Actress, Writer and Director of HBO Girls.

You can read her other top picks here

 

2.  R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt

Read by Alan Schaaf, Founder and C.E.O of Imgur

Check out an interview with more of his favorite things here.

 

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Michelle Phan via Instagram

3. The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov

Read by Michelle Phan— Youtube Personality, cofounder of Ipsy, and creator of the ICON network

Take a look at her summer reading picks here.

 

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4. Not Fade Away: A Short Life Well Lived by Laurence Shames

Read by Adam Braun— Founder of Pencils of Promise.

See what else matters to him on Twitter here.

 

5. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Read by Nathan BlecharczykCo-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Airbnb

Take a look at this interview for more on Nathan and his favorites.

 

6. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley

Read by Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and C.E.O. Facebook.

Keep tabs on his current reading adventures here.

 

7. Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missle Crisis : John F Kennedy

Read by Evan Spiegel, Founder and C.E.O. of Snapchat

Find out how he compares this book with the workplace here.

 

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8. I, Justine by Justine Ezarik

Read by Jenna Marbles, Comedian and Youtube Entertainer

Catch her on Youtube here.

 

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via Twitter

9. Clay Water Brick by Jessica Jackley

Read by Sarah Evans, Digital Correspondent

Keep up with her on Twitter here.

 

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10. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Read by Neil Patel, Co-founder of KISSMetrics

Find him on Twitter here.

 

Whether it’s fiction, fantasy, a techie book or one on Cuban sandwiches— when we read, we immerse ourselves in the minds and thoughts of others.

We share experiences and, as a result, learn from the lessons of others. So pick up a new book and join in on the experimental discovery of new ideas.

What will you read today that will influence your tomorrow?

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Jesenia Vargas

Jesenia Vargas is a writer and graduate from the University of Central Florida where she studied how writers are mad, bad and dangerous and learned the hard way that some dreams are harder to defend than others. After fiercely fighting off a few years of unrelated experiences in a hodge-podge of career fields (from Wizarding World Witch to pointing out reasons you should rent the overpriced, half-person studio) she has claimed her rightful spot on the Ambitious side of the writer’s roundtable. Hobbies include daydreaming at the keyboard of places to travel, gaming like a noob, and sharing thoughtful tid-bits that both inspire and motivate. Her motto? To always “Live Life to the Fullest”. Find her on Twitter or Facebook .

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