Fun & Thought-Provoking

These books are all entertaining reads that will make you think.  Less "heavy" than the Foundational ones, they're probably not beach reads, but they're closer to that side of the spectrum.  I highly recommend simply starting one; chances are, you'll get sucked in!

The tools you guys create actually manufacture unnaturally extreme social needs. No one needs the level of contact you’re purveying. It improves nothing. It’s not nourishing.
— Dave Eggers

First up is a work of fiction.  This is a page-turner in every sense, but after reading it, you'll question everything you know about social media.  I haven't met anyone who hasn't been thoroughly entertained by this.

We live so much of our lives pushed forward by these “if only” thoughts, and yet the itch remains. The pursuit of happiness becomes the source of our unhappiness.”
— Dan Harris

This is the book that got me into meditation.  Dan Harris is a well-known news anchor who writes in an immensely relatable manner.  He's humble, down-to-earth, and funny, and his story produces countless life lessons that anyone can adopt.  You won't be sorry you read this.

Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. Create your own. Most people can’t do it.
— Morrie

A classic, short book about a really wise old dude.  It's a super enjoyable story, and it's such an easy read.  Again, I've never met someone who didn't like this.  I still think of the "little yellow bird on your shoulder" every day.  (Want to know what that means?  Read the book!)

People who are optimistic react to setbacks from a presumption of personal power. They feel that setbacks are temporary, are isolated to particular circumstances, and can eventually be overcome by effort and abilities.
— Chade-Meng Tan

What can a nerdy Google engineer teach you about life, work, and compassion?  A lot, it turns out.  Chade-Meng Tan, who has a great TED talk about this subject, is actually quite hilarious. There's also a healthy amount of little comics throughout the book too if you're more of a picture person!