3 Books With Neil Pasricha

By Neil Pasricha: Bestselling Author

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Do you want to read more? Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world. He has designed the ultimate reading recommendation algorithm. This show! On each chapter of 3 Books he uncovers and discusses the three most formative books of an inspiring individual such as Judy Blume, Mitch Albom, or the world’s greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is published on the exact minute of every new moon and every full moon from March 31, 2018 to September 1, 2031… for 1000 formative books total. Look elsewhere for press tours, talking points, and life stories. Subscribe to find the next book to change your life.

Episode Date
Chapter 6: Judy Blume on bouncing balls, biting breasts, and building bookstores

Did you grow up with Judy Blume?

My mom says I “found my voice” reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to my sister in the bathtub when I was a little kid. Well, I grabbed that tattered copy and carried it with me down to Key West, Florida where I had the extreme privilege of sitting down with the one and only Judy Blume (@JudyBlume).

Join us as Judy shares her three most formative books, how they inspired her, and we pull out some themes relevant to today.

Judy and I met on a hot and sweaty day in her Books & Books bookstore … where she works! I’m not joking. Step off your cruise ship and Judy Blume will ring up a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey if you like. We grabbed a little circle table, set it up in front of the bestseller wall you see behind us, and then talked about her most formative books.

(As a special bonus, near the end of the chat we get up out of our seats and Judy gives us a walking tour of her store!)

In this chapter, Judy and I discuss censorship, why sexy scenes should be kept in books, how to get kids to love reading, the role of bookstores in a community, and a surprise reveal on which book Judy says is the only one she has left to write... 


  • What is one of the greatest gifts parents can give their children?
  • How can a writer create a world that readers can easily fall into with relatable characters?
  • How does Judy free her mind in order to come up with incredibly imaginative stories?
  • What book could Judy not put down in her 20s?
  • Why does Judy prefer not to reread books?
  • How do you recommend the right books to encourage children to love reading?
  • Why aren't there sex scenes in books anymore?
  • What do Judy and Neil disagree on?
  • What's the first thing Judy does once her books are published?
  • What's the only book Judy has left to write?
  • What book did Judy steal... and why?
  • What was Judy's household policy on reading censorship?

Leave us a voicemail! Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT 

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/6

Jun 13, 2018
Chapter 5: Gretchen Rubin on pinpointing personal patterns to perfecting our paths

Welcome to the fifth chapter of 3 Books where I chat with Gretchen Rubin (@Gretchen Rubin) in the Penguin Random House studio in downtown Toronto. 

I met Gretchen ten years ago before her New York Times bestsellers The Happiness ProjectBetter Than Before, and The Four Tendencies took the world by storm with over three million copies sold. And before her fantastic podcast “Happier by Gretchen Rubin” was launched scoring over 40 million downloads.

Back in the day we were just blogger friends who swapped stories and shared meals whenever we were in each other’s hometown. I’ve since watched her become one of the world’s most thought-provoking observers of human nature. Chatting with Oprah, hanging with The Dalai Lama, being the question to Jeopardy answers. You know. That’s just how she rolls now. The point I’m trying to make is I’m lucky she still takes my calls.

In this chapter, Gretchen talks about why she rereads certain books so often, why readers are shifting away from self-help books and towards biographies and memoirs, and why memoirs can effectively inspire us to change. We discuss themes like human nature, life-changing diets, and, of course, formative books...

What you'll learn:

  • What is the lightning-bolt strategy to making change?
  • What bookstore category is growing while self-help shrinks and why?
  • Which book completely changed Gretchen’s diet? (And changed mine, too.)
  • Why should you read certain books over and over and over again?
  • Which book made Gretchen want to play catch with a pig’s bladder?
  • How is the "radical authenticity" trend changing writing styles?
  • Which children's book series provides great value for kids ... and even more for adults?
  • According to Gretchen, what is the most important thing when it comes to writing?

Leave us a voicemail! Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT 

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/5

May 29, 2018
Chapter 4: Sarah Ramsey on beating book blame with brilliant bookselling

Welcome to the first chapter of 3 Books recorded live in an open bookstore!

Book City is in the heart of Toronto's beautiful Bloor West Village neighborhood and that's where I settled into the children's section to talk blame, beauty, and growth with my favorite bookseller in the world -- the one and only Sarah Ramsey.

I love Sarah because she takes the art of bookselling seriously and seemingly reads people’s minds to find the exact book they need to help them grow. As we always say: Humans are the best algorithm.

Listen in to hear us touch on themes of beauty, loss, and honoring ones we love...

What you'll learn:

  • What makes a great bookseller?
  • Who owns grief after loss? 
  • How do you honor a life through storytelling?
  • What Judy Blume book is the first to appear on 3 Books?
  • What is one of the funniest stories I’ve ever heard involving marital guilt, shame, and Kindles?
  • Why are humans the best algorithms?
  • How can books transcend generations?
  • What memoir helped invent the category -- and have we "over-memoired" ourselves?
  • Why can you judge a book by its cover?

Leave us a voicemail! Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT 

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/4

May 15, 2018
Chapter 3: Bestselling author Seth Godin on the stories you tell yourself

I flew down to New York to uncover and discuss the most formative books of the one and only Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) from his Hastings-On-Hudson studio.

Seth is the bestselling author of Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes and many more books and is known as one of the world's biggest thinkers in communities such as TED and the Direct Marketing Association. This year he is being inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. And did I mention he writes one of the most popular blogs in the world? 

In this interview we discuss where Seth sees publishing going and his thoughts on the changes we're seeing in how people read and spend time. Seth shares his opinions on blurbs, acknowledgments, and his unique perspective on work-life balance. He also gives insights into how we can change our own world by changing the narrative inside our heads.

And that's just a taste. I sat in Seth's studio transfixed, mesmerized, and hypnotized by one of the world's best brains. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Big thank you to the kind, generous, and indispensable ... Seth Godin.

What you'll learn:

  • What strange lesson did Seth learn when he gave away 3000 of his own books?
  • How and why does Seth think the publishing industry is a mess?
  • How does Amazon and the “long tail” change the game? 
  • What counterintuitive benefit does Seth see in book blurbs?
  • How do we change our world by changing the story we're telling ourselves? 
  • How do you build trust?
  • What is "post-religious positive business-oriented evangelism?" (And who started it?)
  • What framework does Seth use to decide which "lines of business" he monetizes?
  • Which of Seth's books did The Tipping Point inspire?
  • What happened to Seth on a grounded United Airlines flight which prompted one his most remarkable insights into human nature? (And what is that insight?)
  • How did Seth discover his ultimate mission ... and what is it?
  • Why does Seth think work/life balance is a lie?

Leave us a voicemail! Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/3

Apr 30, 2018
Chapter 2: Frank Warren of PostSecret on understanding your past to control your future

From a sunny balcony in San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Frank Warren of PostSecret and I uncover and discuss his three most formative books and pull out the resonant themes affecting us all. How do we give people a voice? In a flattening world, how do we build trust with new people? And what are the lessons we can take and apply to our own lives from these three life-changing books?

Leave us a voicemail! Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/2

Apr 16, 2018
Chapter 1: Beginning the Hunt for Life-changing Books ... in the Basement with my Wife Leslie

Welcome! This is an unusual first chapter. In every other chapter I'll have a guest, their three most formative books, and a discussion touching on life's biggest themes. But this one? You'll join me and my wife Leslie in an intimate chat in our basement just after we put our kids to bed. I share my idea of starting 3 Books and talk about the rough vision, goals, and values of the show. She asks some surprising questions and you'll hear me struggling with my desires and the shape of the show.  

Leave us a voicemail! Your message may be included in a future episode: 1-833-READ-A-LOT

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: https://www.3books.co/chapters/1

Mar 31, 2018
3 Books With Neil Pasricha: A Podcast Trailer

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Mar 27, 2018