Dive into the literary world of Kobe Bryant, Professional Basketball Player.

Kobe Bryant, often regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, was renowned for his scoring ability, tenacious work ethic, and competitive nature. Born in 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kobe spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA, where he won five championships and was an 18-time All-Star. Beyond his achievements on the court, Kobe was also known for his intellectual curiosity and artistic interests, which included film making and writing. His short film, "Dear Basketball," won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, showcasing his creative talents beyond basketball.

Reading the game will make you a good player. Understanding what you are reading will make you a great player, but if you can write the game that others read, you become a champion.❞ — Kobe Bryant

Kobe's interest in reading was well-documented and integral to his approach to personal and professional growth. He was known for reading a wide range of material, from classic literature and histories to modern self-help and sports psychology books. This fondness for reading was part of his broader commitment to what he called the "Mamba Mentality," a philosophy of continuous learning, relentless improvement, and the pursuit of excellence. Kobe believed that reading allowed him to gain insights into other cultures, philosophies, and strategies, enhancing his understanding of the world and providing mental models that he applied both on and off the court.

Kobe Bryant's Favorite Books

Last Updated: June 2024

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The first book in the Harry Potter series introduces young Harry Potter as he discovers his magical heritage, attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and embarks on a thrilling adventure to thwart the dark wizard Voldemort’s quest for immortality.

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho's philosophical book tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids, learning about the wisdom of listening to his heart and following his dreams.
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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

This biography details Abraham Lincoln’s political acumen, revealed through his ability to co-opt his rivals into his cabinet and unite them in a strong team that led the nation during its most perilous period of the Civil War.
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The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

This heartwarming and humorous novel follows Pat Peoples, a man recovering from a mental breakdown, as he attempts to rebuild his life, reconcile with his estranged wife, and navigate a complex relationship with the enigmatic Tiffany, all while maintaining his belief in finding silver linings in life's challenges.

A Feast for Crows

The fourth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series sees the kingdoms of Westeros fracturing further in the aftermath of a brutal war, as characters navigate a complex web of political and personal intrigue.

Sunny

The third book in Reynolds' "Track" series focuses on Sunny, the fastest sprinter on his middle school track team, who grapples with family expectations and finds his true passion, shifting from running to dance as a way to cope with his mother’s death and connect with his emotions.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't

Collins analyzes what makes companies transition from being good to great, identifying key characteristics such as leadership, culture, and strategic focus that have allowed them to sustain remarkable success.

Leadership: In Turbulent Times

Doris Kearns Goodwin explores the leadership qualities of four U.S. presidents—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson—during moments of national crisis, highlighting how their distinct backgrounds and experiences shaped their responses to the challenges they faced.
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LeBron James 

Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA

This autobiography details Butler's remarkable journey from a troubled childhood and early run-ins with the law to achieving his dreams of playing in the NBA, focusing on themes of perseverance, redemption, and transformation.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Gladwell explores the psychology and science behind decision making and explains how some people are able to make accurate judgments in a matter of seconds, suggesting that the snap judgments and first impressions can be educated and controlled.

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Epstein argues that in a rapidly changing world, generalists who cultivate broad interests and experiences are often more successful and adaptable than specialists, due to their ability to integrate knowledge and approach problems creatively.
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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

This memoir provides an insider's glimpse into the founding and building of Nike, as Phil Knight recounts his journey from selling shoes out of his car trunk to running one of the most iconic and profitable global shoe brands.
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A Storm of Swords

The third book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series is marked by brutal betrayals and surprising alliances, featuring pivotal events like the Red Wedding and the death of key characters as the battle for control of Westeros intensifies.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Gladwell explores the science of epidemics in ideas, products, messages, and behaviors and how minor changes in specific contexts can create a "tipping point" leading to significant effects.

A Game of Thrones

The first book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series introduces a medieval fantasy world of intrigue and treachery, where noble families vie for control of the Iron Throne, setting the stage for a complex and sprawling epic.

Moon Witch, Spider King

The second book in the Dark Star Trilogy by Marlon James unfolds through the eyes of the enigmatic and powerful Moon Witch as she tells her side of the story, revealing the depths of magic and mythology in a fantasy Africa, challenging the narrative established in the first novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf.

A Dance with Dragons

The fifth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series follows the entwined stories of several characters in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, with Daenerys Targaryen, now ruling as queen in a foreign land, facing new threats.

Thirty Rooms to Hide In: Insanity, Addiction, and Rock 'n' Roll in the Shadow of the Mayo Clinic

Sullivan recounts his unusual childhood growing up with five brothers in a house full of chaos and darkness, under the shadow of his father’s successful career at the Mayo Clinic and his battle with alcoholism.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

This fable follows a seagull named Jonathan Livingston who is bored with the daily squabbles over food and discovers a higher purpose in life, devoting himself to learning about flight and self-perfection, ultimately reaching a spiritual enlightenment.

A Clash of Kings

The second book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series continues the saga of competing dynasties in a war-torn land, with kings clashing over the right to the Iron Throne, introducing more complexity and magical elements into the epic story.
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