I believe that all the books from the below list are the most thought-provoking and life-changing ones. After reading many books over a couple of years, I would like to suggest my blog readers and don’t want them to miss reading these masterpieces. They are definitely good reads and stand as the best books of all time.
1. Atomic Habits
Author: James Clear
James Clear explains ways of building good habits and becoming better every day. This book will help you transform your life. You will start focusing on small changes in your daily habits, which will eventually result in compound growth.
2. Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life
Author: Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia
This book is my personal favorite. The author has put together the insights and the practices, which lead to a healthier lifestyle. The concept meant to live a long and happy life. This book has insights and case studies showing real-life stories, where the Ikigai concept was successful. Japanese philosophy worked perfectly for having a lasting body, mind, and spirit.
3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
A fabulous book for all curious readers. You will get to know how our civilization came into inexistence. How religion, currency, caste, education system, economics, politics, were originated. It talks about ancient history and the evolution of humankind.
4. Tuesdays with Morrie
Author: Mitch Albom
The story is about the last few weeks of Morrie Schwartz before succumbing to death. He happened to be a professor and met one of his students, Mitch Albom, in his last few days. This book is a collection of all the life lessons given by Morrie to his student.
5. The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a beautiful, fictional story full of magic. The adventure will surely amuse you. Paulo Coelho has a unique way of storytelling embedded with life lessons. Every page you turn will excite you and take you to different places of adventure. I must say it is one of the thought-provoking and life-changing books.
6. Seneca: Letters from a Stoic
The book is a collection of Seneca’s letters sent to his friend Lucilius, to help him become less emotional, more disciplined, and find the good life. These letters hold the ideals of Stoicism and wisdom to handle life’s setbacks.
7. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Author: Mark Manson
The book preaches not to be positive always. Instead, it urges us to accept and embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties. It says if you think about the pain, you create more pain. Therefore, we should accept and don’t give any importance to it.
8. Steve Jobs
Author: Walter Isaacson
This book is an internationally bestselling biography of the legendary business icon. Walter Isaacson retells the story based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years.
9. 12 Rules for Life
Author: Jordan B. Peterson
12 Rules for Life is an antidote to chaos. It is a self-help book that provides life advice. It summarizes the most essential twelve rules of life that we must practice to achieve peaceful, spiritual, and meaningful living.
10. The Four Agreements
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills
The book provides a sense of freedom from all the self believes which we impose on ourselves. These limitations are the reason to limit us from attaining our desires.
11. Bhagavad Gita
Author: A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad
Bhagavad Gita is composed of the lessons preaches by Lord Krishna to guide Arjun at the time of the Mahabharata. Knowledge of the Gita will help the reader to follow their spiritual journey.
12. Zero to One
Author: Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
This book states that as an entrepreneur, your ideas should be different. If your product is great, you don’t need any advertisement. You build a monopoly and rule the market. You can find out the big secrets of the corporate. Know the business ecosystem and the way it runs.
13. Autobiography of a Yogi
Author: Paramahansa Yogananda
The autobiography of a Yogi reflects the life of Paramahansa Yogananda. This book describes his journey. He becomes a monk, practiced Kriya Yoga meditation, and was on a mission to spread his teachings to the world.
14. Rich Dad Poor Dad
Author: Robert Kiyosaki
If you are the one who wants to know the secret of wise financial decisions. Then, you need to pick this book now. You want to buy your home, start your business, buy a car, or planning your future, this book is all you need. If you are pondering on early retirement, follow the simple guidance from the book on financial freedom.
Author: David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
Pick this unconventional book that will teach you how to rethink and rework. It will change your thoughts and urge you to get started with your business idea the very moment you finish reading this book.
16. Who Moved My Cheese?
Author: Spencer Johnson
The book will amuse you with exceptional life lessons. You will learn how not to resist change and adapt to it. Also, make life more enjoyable and meaningful.
17. Think Like a Monk
Author: Jay Shetty
The book is a spiritual guide for all readers. The author has shared all the techniques to practice and think like a monk. You are happy or sad, old or young, this book will shape your perspective towards life. It will help you to achieve happiness and contentment in life.
18. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Author: Stephen R. Covey
As the name suggests, the book emphasizes on following good daily habits. Small changes in daily habits lead to benefits in the long run. This book gives an insight into the effective habits a person should have, to be a success in this competitive world.
19. Think and Grow Rich
Author: Napoleon Hill
Book will change your mindset. It will teach you to believe in the things you do. Strong desire and action are needed to accomplish any goal. Whatever You think You can achieve. Grab the book and know the secret.
20. The 4-Hour Work Week
Author: Timothy Ferriss
This book teaches you how to escape the 9-5 job. Be different, creative yet productive. Work and live anywhere, and join the new rich. Have a balanced and fulfilling work-life balance.
Which one is on your Reading List?