I love books I also love consuming information through media such as podcasts. However books provide a method of learning complex topics in a way you cannot learn from other media. I wrote an article on the effect of media and critical though on the usethetrivium website.
Below is a list of my most influencial books (and a few podcasts). Every book, video or podcasts on this list has been read and it rocks my world in one way or another
see my finance blog for other recommendations (its a bit screwed because google lost all my images on the blog)