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3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Shirley The Nurse, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Angie Thomas, David Mitchell, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume, and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc.

For more info check out: https://www.3books.co

3 Books With Neil Pasricha Neil Pasricha: Bestselling Author

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3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Shirley The Nurse, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Angie Thomas, David Mitchell, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume, and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc.

For more info check out: https://www.3books.co

    Chapter 103: Jonathan Haidt on mirrory misconceptions and morality in the matrix

    Chapter 103: Jonathan Haidt on mirrory misconceptions and morality in the matrix

    Jonathan Haidt is the Professor of Ethical Leadership at NYU’s Stern School of Business and the author of bestsellers The Righteous Mind, The Happiness Hypothesis and The Coddling of the American Mind. He has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, selected as one of the Top 50 Thinkers in the world, and delivered four TED Talks.
     
    I was lucky to be introduced to Jon by our mutual friend Roger Martin, our guest in Chapter 68.
     
    We sit at his kitchen table to discuss his then-in-process 8000-word Atlantic cover story slammer After Babel: How Social Media Dissolved the Social Mortar of Society and Made America Stupid, which doubles as a sneak peak on the book he’s working on now.
     
    I hope your mind is stretched like taffy as mine was when you listen to Jon. There’s a reason Roger Martin warned me “You’ll have to keep up with him. He thinks pretty quickly.” And yet he is incredibly kind, patient, and humble. A consummate teacher.
     
    We discuss: hive culture, the binary divide, the need for constraints, life after Babel, how we make decisions, communication through stories, LSD, the power of explore mode, and, of course, Jon’s 3 most formative books.
     
    Let’s flip the page into Chapter 103 now…
     
    What You'll Learn:
    What is a hive culture?
    What is group level selection?
    What is the difference between social psychology and sociology?
    What does it mean to be tightly bound vs loosely bound?
    Why is too much freedom bad?
    What are the ills of social media?
    What is the story of Babel?
    Why was the Arab Spring such a pivotal moment in history?
    How has Facebook changed the world for the worse?
    What separates the right from the left?
    Why is constraint essential to freedom?
    How do we make decisions?
    Why should we appeal to the elephant?
    Why should we parent using stories?
    How do we better communicate in relationships?
    How should people think about doing LSD and should it be legal?
    What is the mind?
    What are Jon’s favorite podcasts?
    What is the fundamental question in life?
     
    You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/103
     
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      3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Angie Thomas, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Roxane Gay, David Mitchell, Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Chapter 102: Susan Cain on bathing in beauty, books, and bittersweetness

    Chapter 102: Susan Cain on bathing in beauty, books, and bittersweetness

    This is a very unique chapter!
     
    It is a double chapter, in a way.
     
    To begin with I was so lucky to interview Susan Cain at our very first live chapter of 3 Books at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. So many 3 Bookers came out and celebrated on a snowy night just before the pandemic began. (We had no idea!) At the time Susan was deep in the throes of writing her new book Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole but as we discuss a lot of her work in process we didn’t want to scoop the book so held onto this conversation until it was ready for the world.
     
    Well, it’s ready for the world! Bittersweet just came out and debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list! How did we celebrate? By having another conversation, of course! Susan and I partnered with the wonderful indie bookstore Magic City Books of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and just conducted a live book tour stop together.
     
    So Chapter 102 of 3 Books is a double interview! Our first ever. It’s a before and after. Two live conversations with you hanging out between us pre- and (can we say post yet?) post-pandemic.
     
    Listen to Susan and I discuss: bathing ourselves in beauty, the power of reading, exploring identity, honoring our children, the tension between family and art, the benefits of envy, the nature of sorrow and longing, and, of course, the brilliant Susan Cain’s 3 most formative books.
     
    Let’s flip the page into Chapter 102 now…
     
    What You'll Learn:
    How do make reading a family activity?
    How can we manage FOMO?
    How do books allow you to explore your identity?
    How should we think about gender norms?
    How do we go about letting our children feel honored?
    Can family and love coexist with art?
    Why should a question be at the center of all writing projects? 
    How are personality profiles helpful?
    How can envy be a useful emotion?
    What is longing?
    How can we use our longing?
    Where can we find beauty and why should we immerse ourselves in it?
     
    You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/102
     
      Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a future chapter: 1-833-READ-A-LOT.  
     
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    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Angie Thomas, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Roxane Gay, David Mitchell, Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co

    • 2 hr 12 min
    Chapter 101: Daniels existentially explore everything everywhere

    Chapter 101: Daniels existentially explore everything everywhere

    The best movie I have seen in years is called Everything, Everywhere All At Once and it was written and directed by Daniels. Daniels? Yes, Daniels. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, to be specific. Two brilliant artists who met in college and began stitching together short films before working on music videos like Turn Down For What by DJ Snake and Lil John (over a billion views), Simple Song by The Shins, and Tongues by Joywave. Watch those to see their energy and magic.
     
    Daniels made their feature-length debut at Sundance in 2016 with Swiss Army Man also known as the “Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse movie” and then followed it up with this twisting multiverse action flick Everything Everywhere All At Once starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
     
    And how’s this arthouse flick (with a paltry $25 million dollar budget!) doing? Well, it is the highest rated film of the decade on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s being credited with bringing back multiplex crowds post-pandemic. And the people who see it and love it (like I did) end up going back to see it again and again. (You’ll pick up so much more on the second time through and now I’m just itching for a third!)
     
    Daniels create art for art’s sake — that David Foster Wallace Nature of the Fun ethos we’ve talked about before — and the result is this incredibly provocative and non-conformist stuff that just squeezes your mind until the smiles and tears start rushing out.
     
    Let’s flip the page into Chapter 101 now…
     
    What You'll Learn:
    What is the greatest compliment for a film-maker?
    Why should you journal about a project before sharing it with an audience?
    What is the alpha-verse?
    Why is kindness a power?
    How can we evaluate our own projects?
    What is the tension between listening and hubris?
    How do the greats deal with imposter syndrome?
    What is it like to grow up with ADHD?
    How do people diagnosed with ADHD view the world?
    How can we learn to appreciate discomfort in art?
    How do we create visceral emotion in others?
    How do we supercharge our creativity and access ideas?
    What are schools doing wrong?
    What should school curriculums emphasize?
    How can we cultivate creativity in our kids?
    Why should we talk more openly about sex?
    Why should we question what we’ve been taught about relationships and sex?
    How can cartoon strips help us answer big questions?
    Are we living in a post physical world?
    How does what we consume shape us?
     
    You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/101
     
      Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a future chapter: 1-833-READ-A-LOT.  
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    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Angie Thomas, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Roxane Gay, David Mitchell, Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Chapter 100: Neil and Leslie on the creative chaos of craft and the kindness of committed community

    Chapter 100: Neil and Leslie on the creative chaos of craft and the kindness of committed community

    Welcome to Chapter 100!
     
    Thank you for four years of this journey and conversation.
     
    To mark the move into triple digits I thought we could do a reflection and visioning discussion … back in the basement with Leslie just like we did in Chapter 1.
     
    We will discuss some highs and lows, lessons learned, current podcast challenges, and some dreams for the future.
     
    Thank you for being a 3 Booker and joining this heart-forward community of book lovers, writers, makers, sellers, and librarians. Whether you’re a bibliomaniac (like Doug in Chapter 99!) or trying to peel yourself off your screen to read more (like I was!), welcome, welcome, thanks for coming, thanks for being here to discuss life’s biggest themes through the power of reading.
     
    Join us for the Chapter 100 check-in and then let’s keep going…
     
    What You'll Learn:
    How do we think about reflecting and visioning in the middle of big projects?
    How do we learn to accept imperfections?
    What are the pros and cons of creating something independent?
    How do you stay true to a mission?
    What is one of Neil’s three most formative books?
     
    You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/100
     
    Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a future chapter: 1-833-READ-A-LOT.  
     
    Sign up to receive podcast updates here: https://www.3books.co/email-list 
     
    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Angie Thomas, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Roxane Gay, David Mitchell, Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co

    • 48 min
    Bookmark: The Knowledge Project

    Bookmark: The Knowledge Project

    Welcome to Bookmark #5.
     
    Last year we started experimenting with the idea of releasing four extra episodes during the year to mark the spring and fall equinoxes, as well as the summer and winter solstices.
     
    You may recall we released my guest appearance on Nora McInerny’s wonderful podcast, Terrible Thanks for Asking, we then released my SXSW Talk: Building Trust in Distrustful Times, we followed this up with my appearance on Ologies with Alie Ward and we released the annual Best Of 2021.
     
    This year I am curious if the concept is something we should keep doing?
     
    For me, this is another lens, another angle, another perspective to compliment this walk that we are on together, navigating this epic 15 year chapter by chapter journey.
     
    Today I am excited because I am releasing a podcast episode that has done remarkably well: my guest appearance on The Knowledge Project hosted by Shane Parrish of Chapter 60 and the genius behind Farnam Street. He just put out a tweet saying it crossed the mark of 500,000 downloads which is pretty huge. In it we are just hanging out in Shane’s office in Ottawa talking about happy habits.
     
    I hope you enjoy it.
     
    Let’s jump into the Bookmark now…

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Chapter 99: Doug the Bookseller on bookstore belonging and bottomless bibliomania

    Chapter 99: Doug the Bookseller on bookstore belonging and bottomless bibliomania

    Just dial 416-482-5665 and chances are Doug Miller will pick up the phone at Doug Miller Books, an incredible stuffed-to-the-ceiling bookstore that represents a mere sliver of the over 500,000-book collection of self-described bibliomaniac Doug Miller. Why do I say chances are? Well, Doug works in his shop 364 days a week. He comes mid-morning every day and shovels the front walks of six of his neighbors in Koreatown in Toronto, Canada.
     
    I have known Doug Miller for over ten years and it was a rare treat to spend an afternoon with him, with you, and with (as you’ll hear) an ever-growing ‘shush’ of booklovers. As we we tip up against Chapter 100 of 3 Books — four years of this conversation! — I thought where better to spend time than in an incredible bookstore.
     
    We discuss why publishers ‘hate’ authors and booksellers, bibliophilia as a lifestyle choice, processing grief, helping reluctant readers, and, of course, Doug Miller’s three most formative books.
     
    I hope you enjoy this aural feast with the incredible Doug Miller.
     
    Let’s flip the page into Chapter 99 now…
     
    What You'll Learn:
    Why do publishers hate bookstores?
    How can we expand ourselves?
    Who was Edward Gorey? William Faulkner?
    What is the real business of selling books?
    What books should we read when we deal with grief?
    How do you get reluctant readers to read?
    Why do we need help picking books sometimes?
    Why is non fiction so popular these days?
    What can small bookstores do that big book chains cannot?
    Why has it never been harder and never been easier to publish a book?
    Why is it so difficult to pinpoint a formative book?
      You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/99
     
    Leave us a voicemail. Your message may be included in a future chapter: 1-833-READ-A-LOT.  
     
    Sign up to receive podcast updates here: https://www.3books.co/email-list 
     
    3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter discusses the 3 most formative books of one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Brené Brown, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Angie Thomas, Cheryl Strayed, Rich Roll, Soyoung the Variety Store Owner, Derek the Hype Man, Kevin the Bookseller, Vishwas the Uber Driver, Roxane Gay, David Mitchell, Vivek Murthy, Mark Manson, Seth Godin, Judy Blume and Quentin Tarantino. 3 Books is published on the lunar calendar with each of the 333 chapters dropped on the exact minute of every single new moon and every single full moon all the way up to 5:21 am on September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show and is 100% non-profit with no ads, no sponsors, no commercials, and no interruptions. 3 Books has 3 clubs including the End of the Podcast Club, the Cover to Cover Club, and the Secret Club, which operates entirely through the mail and is only accessible by calling 1-833-READ-A-LOT. Each chapter is hosted by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, Two-Minute Mornings, etc. For more info check out: https://www.3books.co

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
204 Ratings

204 Ratings

Marilyn098765 ,

Scavenger Hunt

This podcast is such a gem! Neil’s conversations are my dream come true. I live vicariously through Neil’s ability to navigate from small talk to deep dives into how a person became the person they are in this moment because of books.

The Top 1000 has inspired a scavenger hunt for me. I have listened to every chapter, and when a new one drops, I add the new titles to my handwritten list. Writing the titles down helps cement them in my memory. Then, whenever I come across a book from The Top 1000 in a bookstore, I buy it, even if I may not read it. This has become a really fantastic way for me to support local and independent bookstores. Part of my hunt is that I want to come across it in person, as opposed to ordering any of the titles online. It has become my “3 Books” collection, and I suspect it may be a life-long hunt!

As I write this in June 2021, I have 114 books in my collection of the 241 titles on the list thus far. They range from children’s books and sports memoirs to science fiction and Chinese philosophy. I never thought I would be the kind of person that organized their books by color, but the variety of topics makes any other scheme difficult. It looks beautiful!

Neil, I love when you ask the “fast-money”questions, especially the one about how the interviewee organizes their books. Whenever you have the time to do that, it is much appreciated by me!

Keep it up, Neil, I love your passion project and it brings me great joy!

-Marilyn from Smithfield, Virginia, U.S.A

computer science newb ,

Please reconsider spoilers

This podcast was suggested by a friend. I listened to one episode and loved it so much I recommended it to others. But then, I started listening to another with someone I just love, and Neil started talking about the surprise ending of the book. I had read the book as a child, but did not remember the ending so I quickly stopped the show and quit listening. A podcast about books clearly will inspire listeners to read or re-read the books mentioned as formative. Come on! You don’t have to give everything away to have deep and meaningful conversations. Now it seems pointless to listen to this unless I can look ahead and read the books before I listen. But it’s the guest’s mention of the books and their reactions to them that inspires me to read or reread them in the first place. If I want just a list of book recommendations, there are lots of ways to find that without having the book spoiled for me. So I guess I didn’t find a new podcast to love after all.

jmvazquezjr ,

Let Them Speak!

Let me start off by saying I love the premise of 3 Books. The guests are intriguing and from all walks of life, so it’s very interesting hearing where they come from and learning what books they recommend. My big problem with the podcast is the host. Neil…for the love of all that is holy, LET YOUR GUESTS SPEAK UNINTERRUPTED! I just finished Chapter 34 with Kevin the bookseller and I lost count of how many times Kevin was speaking and Neil just jumped in throwing off Kevin’s train of thought. It was incredibly frustrating. I was so interested in hearing Kevin’s explanations, but so many times he was never able to finish them.

This show could be so much better if Neil would just learn to be a better listener. I’ll continue listening, but not sure how much longer I can tolerate the unnecessary interruptions.

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