Hugh Jackman Recommended Books & Reading List


Discover and read the best books Hugh Jackman has recommended. Find out what books Hugh Jackman has read, and which ones have inspired and changed his life.

Hugh Jackman has given his top picks for recommended books, but there is also a mix of mentions and suggestions on this reading list.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor. Beginning in theatre and television, he landed his breakthrough role as James “Logan” Howlett / Wolverine in the 20th Century Fox X-Men film series.


1. Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse
Publication Date: November 6, 2015
One of the great philosophical books is Siddhartha. It is a really thought-provoking and exquisitely written tale that starts when Siddhartha, the son of an Indian Brahman, departs from his family and embarks on a lifetime quest for Enlightenment.

The action of the novel takes place in the historic kingdom of Kapilavastu in Nepal. Siddhartha makes the decision to forsake his house in the pursuit of enlightenment via asceticism as a roaming beggar. Together with his closest friend Govinda, Siddhartha abstains from food, abandons his house, gives up all of his possessions, and engages in prolonged meditation before seeking out and chatting with Gautama, the renowned Buddha or Enlightened One. The Buddha’s teachings are then praised for their beauty by both Siddhartha and Govinda. Govinda quickly enlists in the order of the Buddha, but Siddhartha refuses to do the same, contending that the philosophy of the Buddha, while incredibly insightful, does not take into account the unavoidably unique experiences of each individual.

2. The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman

Timothy Ferriss
Publication Date: December 14, 2010
Tribe of Mentors’ game-changing author demonstrates how to achieve your physical peak with the least amount of effort.

The 4-Hour Body is the end product of an obsessional search that lasted more than ten years to use data science to hack the human body. It comprises the combined knowledge of a large number of top athletes, numerous doctors, and countless hours of astounding personal experimentation. From Silicon Valley to South Africa, from Olympic training facilities to illegal laboratory settings, Tim Ferriss was obsessed with one question that would change his life: For everything physical, what are the smallest modifications that provide the biggest effects?

3. Purple Cow : Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

Seth Godin
Publication Date: December 31, 2004
What do Dyson, Pret a Manger, Apple, Starbucks, and Starbucks have in common? How do they expand so dramatically that former trusted companies are left to gasp their last? The three Ps, or pricing, promotion, and publicity, are no longer effective marketing strategies.

Purple Cow describes something extraordinary, something illogical, thrilling, and downright fantastic. Seth Godin advises you to incorporate a Purple Cow into everything you make and do in his latest best-seller if you want to produce something that stands out. It serves as a manifesto for anybody who wants to contribute to the development of goods and services that are valuable enough to warrant marketing.

4. The Overstory

Richard Powers
Publication Date: April 3, 2008
A wonderful, thrilling tale about nine strangers who become friends as a result of a developing natural disaster. The ideal literary getaway.

A hundred years’ worth of photographic pictures, all of which are of the same dying American chestnut, are given to an artist. In the late 1980s, a hard-partying college student electrocutes herself, dies, and is then brought back to life by air and light beings. A scientist who has trouble hearing and speaking learn that trees communicate with one another. During the Vietnam War, an Air Force crewmember is blasted out of the sky and only survives by tumbling onto a banyan tree. This is the tale of these six strangers, each called by the natural world in a unique way, who come together in the final stand to prevent disaster.

5. The Gene: An Intimate History

Siddhartha Mukherjee
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
A fascinating history of the gene and an authoritative description of how human brains have painstakingly, cleverly dissected what makes us tick come from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies.

The book traces the development of gene and genetic study from Aristotle through Crick, Watson, and Franklin to the scientists who sequenced the human genome in the twenty-first century. The book addresses how genetics can influence a person’s qualities and general well-being. It also serves as a warning against allowing one’s genetic makeup determines their destiny, a mindset that the author claims was responsible for the historical emergence of eugenics.

6. Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

Esther Perel
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
The paradoxical relationship between domesticity and sexual desire is explored by a New York City therapist, who also discusses how to bring lust into the house.

Perel analyzes the challenges of maintaining desire by drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a couples therapist. The book shows how more stimulating, playful, and even poetic sex is achievable in long-term partnerships through case studies and vibrant conversation. Mating in Captivity is a spectacular book that will change the way you live and fall in love. It is wise, humorous, and as revelatory as it is clear.

7. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela
Publication Date: October 8, 2003
Nelson Mandela, a global hero whose lifelong commitment to the struggle against racial discrimination in South Africa earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the president of his nation, was one of the greatest moral and political figures of his time.

His stirring and thrilling autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, ranks among the best biographies of history’s most important individuals. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela shared his incredible life narrative here for the first time; it was an epic of struggle, setback, fresh hope, and ultimately triumph.

8. This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life

David Foster Wallace
Publication Date: April 14, 2009
Discover David Foster Wallace and how he came to be the guy that he was in this unique look into the private life of the author of multiple best-selling books.

Only once did David Foster Wallace address the general audience, at the Kenyon College commencement in 2005. This is Water contains a reprint of the speech and was published after his death in The Wall Street Journal and the London Times, which was frequently commented on blogs, and was passed by email from friend to friend.

9. The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck
Publication Date: March 28, 2006
The epic history of the Great Depression that won the Pulitzer Prize and inspired (and occasionally infuriated) millions of readers. The Great American Read on PBS has chosen this book as one of the nation’s favorite reads.

The Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s is recounted in Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression, which also follows the tale of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who were forced to leave their homestead and head west in search of the promised land of California.

10. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life

Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
The Element author, a New York Times bestselling book, offers readers a motivational and useful manual on happiness, creativity, and personal transformation.

This book is for you if you’re looking for your Element, no matter where you are, what you do, or your age. Finding Your Element comes at a crucial time as concerns about the environment, the economy, and education continue to escalate. There has never been a more pressing need for us to tap into our unique abilities and interests.

11. The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

David Brooks
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Everyone advises you to live for something greater than yourself, but how do you actually do that? The Road to Character’s author discusses what it takes to live a meaningful life in a selfish society.

David Brooks examines the four commitments that characterize a life of significance and meaning in The Second Mountain; to a spouse and family, to a profession, to a philosophy or religion, and to a community. How well we select and carry out these commitments will determine our level of personal fulfillment. Brooks examines a variety of individuals who have led fulfilling, devoted lives and who have accepted the value and allure of dependence.

12. Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health

Mark Hyman M.D.
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Dr. Mark Hyman, the #1 bestselling author, has developed a groundbreaking diet plan based on the latest scientific research that demonstrates the role of fat in weight loss and overall health.

Numerous people have heard for a very long time that fat makes us fat, causes heart disease, and generally degrades our health. The huge health and weight-loss benefits of a high-fat diet rich in eggs, nuts, oils, avocados, and other delectable superfoods are now being revealed by a rising body of research that is eliminating our fear of fat.

13. Banker To The Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

Muhammad Yunus
Publication Date: January 8, 2009
The inspiring account of how Nobel Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus created microcredit, established the Grameen Bank, and changed the lives of millions of people living in poverty all over the world.

The most underprivileged members of his community were generally ignored by the financial system, according to Muhammad Yunus, a professor of economics in Bangladesh. No one would give them any loans. Yunus came up with the idea of microcredit, a new type of banking that would give extremely tiny loans to the most vulnerable individuals without requiring any security and teach them how to handle and use their loans to start profitable small companies. Based on his conviction that access to credit is a fundamental human right and not the privilege of the wealthy few, he launched Grameen Bank, which now offers $24 billion in microloans to more than nine million families.

14. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

Sir Ken Robinson Ph.D.
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
The New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element, Ken Robinson, offers a revolutionary readjustment of how to educate our children and young people.

Robinson shows the way forward at a time when companies that sell standardized tests are making enormous profits, when many schools are having financial difficulties, and when kids and teachers are feeling the pressure everywhere. In order to engage all students, foster a love of learning, and prepare them for the real challenges of the twenty-first century, he makes the case for ending our antiquated industrial educational system and suggests a highly personalized, organic approach that makes use of today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources.

15. Cloudstreet

Tim Winton
Publication Date: June 6, 2002
A book on locating one’s place in the world and looking for meaning in life is Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. Due to different disasters, two country families migrate to the city where they end up living together in Cloudstreet, a huge, breathing, shuddering place where they start their lives over again.

The Pickle family, who had inherited a large property called Cloudstreet in a suburb of Perth, takes in the God-fearing Lambs as tenants as they struggle to rebuild their lives after being affected by a calamity. The Lambs, who have experienced their own tragedies, decide to survive by opening a food store on the ground floor. In ways no one could have predicted, the shared experiences of the two overpopulated clans between 1944 and 1964—which range from intoxication, adultery, and death to resurrection, marriage, and birth—bond them to one another and to the bustling, haunted house.

16. Amazing Places Cost Nothing

Herbert Ypma
Publication Date: May 1, 2013
Re-discovering the joys of genuine travel by visiting thirty lesser-known locations free of signs, branding, and tourists.

The pleasure of discovery could be lost in travel in a world where package tours and global brands make the top places resemble one another. This book, written by world-traveling travel writer Herbert Ypma, will alter the way we think about the ideal getaway.

17. SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome

Darin Olien
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Darin Olien, a nutritionist and superfoods expert, shares the secret to understanding and utilizing five life forces, the only elements that determine whether or not we will be healthy, fit, and disease-free, in this ground-breaking health and lifestyle guide.

In Superlife, Darin Olien identifies what he refers to as the life forces: Quality Nutrition, Hydration, Detoxification, Oxygenation, and Alkalization. This gives us a completely new way of thinking about health and wellness. Olien provides a thorough explanation of how to sustain these processes and let our bodies take care of the rest. He explains how we may keep a healthy weight, fend off even the most dangerous illnesses, and feel fantastic.

18. Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive

Marc Brackett Ph.D.
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Children’s and adults’ mental health is shamefully deplorable. The reason is clear to Permission to Feel author Marc Brackett. And he knows what we can do.

As an emotion scientist for 25 years, Marc has created a very successful strategy to better the lives of children and adults. This plan outlines how to understand our emotions and use them wisely so that they support rather than impede our achievement and well-being. A wise uncle who allowed him to feel like a child and left him with the foundation of his strategy.

19. Maybe It’s You: Cut the Crap. Face Your Fears. Love Your Life.

Lauren Handel Zander
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Maybe It’s You continues the no-nonsense, helpful guidebook that You Are a Badass left off with, assisting readers in determining not only what they want from life, but also how to successfully get there.

In Maybe It’s You, life coach Lauren Handel Zander reveals how anyone can accomplish remarkable things when we stop lying and ultimately start following the promises we make to ourselves. This unique step-by-step technique has altered the lives of tens of thousands of her clients. Zander’s approach will provide readers with a road map to ultimately get there whether they desire to discover love, thrive at business, mend a broken relationship, or lose weight.

20. Hello, Sunshine: A Novel

Laura Dave
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
A brilliant beach bag essential from Laura Dave, the author of the popular and highly praised novel Eight Hundred Grapes, which is a smart and entertaining book about attempting to live authentically in the era of social media overstimulation.

Sunshine’s downfall is disastrous when her secrets are made public. She loses her apartment in addition to her spouse, performance, and audience. She has worked very hard to forget her estranged sister and her childhood home, but she is obliged to go back there. But Sunshine’s actions in the aftermath of her own demise may end up saving her life.

21. Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel

Laura Dave
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
A story about love, marriage, family, wine, and the perilous terrain where these things all meet, Eight Hundred Grapes is both devastating, humorous, and intensely evocative.

A place to call home is crucial, and Eight Hundred Grapes is a novel about the complicated realities of family and the virtues and flaws of passionate love. This literary triumph will also inspire oenophiles to pour themselves a glass of a recent vintage to savor while reading; it’s a delightful treat for both wine connoisseurs and abstainers.

22. Here is New York

E. B. White
Publication Date: January 1, 1999
The New Yorker called Here is New York “the wittiest essay, and one of the most observant, ever done on the city,” and The New York Times ranked it one of the ten best books about the city.

Here in New York, White describes in great detail several areas of the city and contrasts it with the New York he first saw as a young writer with the New York of 1948. E.B. White was insightful, humorous, and sentimental in his stroll through Manhattan. The classic love letter to the city, penned by one of America’s most renowned authors.

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