Want to be a person like Elon Musk and join the club? Along with various other titles and descriptors, he is a certifiable bookworm. According to him, reading habits played a crucial role in his out of the world success. And that is basically all the motivation that we all need to change our lives.

Since his childhood, Elon has kept his nose buried in books and comics too. Imagine, he completed the entire Encyclopedia Britannica at age nine! Here are some of the books that are highly recommended by Elon Musk to all his followers.

  • The Lord of the Rings 

It is an epic high-fantasy novel and is amongst the best-selling novels ever. It is published in three parts as The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1955), and The Return of the King (1955). It is a saga of heroes who geared up to save their world from consummate evil.

Elon Musk loves this book as it teaches us to be courageous like Frodo or Gandolf or Eowyn. You have to be social while pulling yourself out of the rat race. Another important lesson it teaches is that forgiveness does not represent weakness, rather it is a symbol of strength.

  • Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom

This book revolves around a simple question – What if machines surpass humans in general intelligence? The human brain has distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position in nature. If machines surpass human intelligence, they could become extremely powerful and may go beyond our control.  

This book is nothing less than a reconceptualization of the essential task of our time. Elon Musk tweeted, “Superintelligence is worth reading. We need to super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes.” 

  • Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

Elon Musk referred to Benjamin Franklin as ‘one of his heroes’ during multiple interviews. Franklin was an entrepreneur and he started off nothing, just like a runaway kid. He created his business, and then went to science and also politics. Benjamin Franklin invented many useful things and his research on the nature of electricity earned him worldwide praise.

While writing the biography of Benjamin Franklin, Walter tried his best to make the book lively, readable and affecting. He admired Franklin deeply, and made us admire him, too. 

  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel

A great secret of our time is that there are still new inventions to create. In his book, Zero to One, Peter shows how we can create those new things. This books gives an optimistic view of the future of progress in America along with a new way to think about invention.

The book starts by learning to ask the questions that propel you to find value in unexpected places. Peter Thiel has built various innovation companies and Zero to One summarizes how he did it.

  • Ignition by John D. Clark

Musk wanted to learn and master complicated subjects on his own, and Ignition by John D. Clark helped him get a handle on rockets. This book by John D. Clark is an account of the growth of the field of rockets and a description of how the science works.

You can use the book to explore the right liquid fuel to provide the required thrust to the rocket. Musk used the book’s lessons while working on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket system.

These are some of the books that Elon Musk read and highly recommends to others. Learning from Musk is one thing, but learning from someone he learned from will benefit you even more. Happy reading!