May inmates spend a lot of time reading. There are many that go into prison without having read a book in many years, even decades! But, while incarcerated, have picked up the habit of reading ferociously. Some love to get lost in a really good book of fiction while others strictly focus on non-fiction books.
However, there is also a large percentage of inmates that will read anything they can get their hands on regardless of genre. One thing you may not be aware of is that many inmates do actually use their time to better themselves with the help of non-fiction books. We asked those behind bars about their favorite books and we have their answers here. Take a listen to what they have to say.
“…You know what I’m saying? In the normal society, the, the people on the ups, the uppers, the people on the top, it was just, it was just about the society. It was the craziest read that I ever seen because it was just like, it put like a, almost a haunting kind of, uh, kind of mystique when. but yeah. Yeah, New York….”
“…Yeah. My favorite book is Bible. My favorite book in the Bible. Proverb is the author. God…..”
“…My favorite book is thinking grow rich by Napoleon hill. I read it years ago when I first came into prison and it changed my life because it changed the way I thought I used to think that the only way, you know, we could get money and get rich was be some famous businessman or, you know, be a drug dealer crime, like the neighborhood I grew up in, but then thinking real rich…”
“…I read it back around 2001 and the subject matter is about the power or your thoughts and how we become masters of our own and destiny. When I read that book, it gave me so much more confidence in myself and, and it made me realize the superpower that we all have….”
“…Uh, like the Harry Potter series. Um, one specific book. I don’t know. I, I don’t have a favorite book, but, uh, Reading’s fun, reading is cool….”
“…Another one that I like are all the star wars, um, knowledge that had come out and stuff when George Lucas was doing them, um, there’s a whole bunch of different authors in those…”
“…I like the maze runner by James Dasher. Uh, It’s an interesting adventure and story. Uh, the plot and characters, the setting, and, uh, the movie was really cool. Um, I, I, all the movies were cool and I also like to sell, be sold by grant Cardone…”
“…by Stephen King, uh, and his pet cemetery. Um, like I had some, have somebody read it to me because I have a reading comprehe engine and, uh, that’s the only way I can understand it if somebody reads it to me….”
“…I have started doing college classes with western Nevada College. I’m currently enrolled now and doing quite well. The other thing I’ve done is taken a bunch of classes that the prison has to offer…”