Shockingly, there is at least one thing I love more than food or wine: books. In an effort to get the clichés out of the way, the only thing I have a hungrier appetite for is reading. I read a diverse cross-section of topics and materials each day, from listicles to magazine articles to long reads. I usually read from a book every night, fiction or nonfiction, and usually finish a book a week. I don't say this to brag in anyway.
Honestly, when people ask me "how do you have so much time to read!?" The answer is: I like reading; I don't do much else.
That said, I get asked for book recommendations a LOT, and like restaurant recommendations, I'm happy to give them! I've written up a number of book recommendations for Fortune lately, so here's an excerpt about New York Times bestseller The Billionaire's Vinegar, by Vanity Fair and New York magazine contributing editor Benjamin Wallace:
When is the last time you splurged on a bottle of wine? How much did you spend? Did it taste how you’d expect? After answering those questions to yourself, now consider the 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, which sold for $156,000 at auction in 1985. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg about this mysterious bottle, of which the taste is probably the least interesting thing about it.
Supposedly once owned by Thomas Jefferson (who apparently didn’t sample it), this Bordeaux wine lived a longer and wackier life, potentially intersecting with more characters throughout history than you could write for a protagonist out of a Hollywood film, à la Forrest Gump or Benjamin Button. Even if you’re not into wine, but you’re into heists and stories about con artists, you won’t be able to resist finding out where this bottle washes ashore next.
Apparently Matthew McConaughey was attached to star in the Hollywood adaptation of this, but given that the most news about that dates back to 2015, looks like this one is stuck in pre-production indefinitely.
Still, it's one incredible true story that you can get in bookstores on online for your Kindles and iPads now. (And never forget the library! I get everything from the library—in digital form.)
Top image: Penguin Random House