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The Best Books I Have Read in 2019

I’ve read about 30 books this year – mostly non-fiction. Even though many books had some interesting ideas, I think I would really recommend only a few of them. This is the list of the best books I have read this year and I think you should read them too! I have included links to my reviews for these books and a link to Amazon if you want to buy them or find more information.


Principles is, without a doubt, one of my favourite books of all time. This book teaches you useful principles that will help you better understand yourself, reality and find ways to achieve your goals. This book is very different from most books so I think it may not be for everyone, but I have nothing but praise for it.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Factfulness is a book that uses statistics to prove that the world is getting better. It also explains why we have such a hard time believing this and promotes a science-based way of thinking about the world. I think everyone should read this book.

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus tries to paint a picture of what the future might bring in terms of technological progress. The scenarios in it are interesting and scary at the same time.

Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff

Team Human explores the intricate relationship between humanity and technology. Rushkoff believes there is an anti-human agenda in the tech world that we should be aware of and fight against. He believes that we are social creatures who thrive when we think about others too.

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier

This is the only book you need to read if you want to understand the problems created by social media. Lanier has an informed perspective and he clearly explains why we should be worried about social media. It’s a short book that is bound to make you consider deleting all your social media accounts.

Flourish by Martin Seligman

Flourish is a book about the challenges of depression and the importance of happiness. In this book, Seligman also includes useful exercises to help increase happiness. As all books written by Seligman, the information in it is science-based.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits is a great book that will help you build good habits and break bad ones. If you think this is just another motivational book, you’re wrong. Clear wrote a great book that is well-written, practical and partly science-based. It may make you reconsider the idea of success and inspire you to improve.

The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb

The Upward Spiral is a great book if you are just starting to learn about depression. It will help you understand how your brain is affected by it and what you can do to feel better. He thinks that you need to start an upward spiral to pull yourself out of depression.

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

Building a Story Brand is a great book for anyone interested in marketing. The book is very clear and practical and it can help you tell the story of your brand in a way that makes people want to listen.

The Million Dollar Blog

The Million Dollar Blog is a great book for anyone interested in blogging as a career. It provides a great overview of what you need to succeed in this industry – besides hard work. The book offers some great principles and practical advice to help you get started.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is a book that left me puzzled – in a good way. The book tells the story of a world that was reshaped in a strange, exaggerated way. Yet it feels oddly similar to our world, so it’s bound to make you reflect on some of the trends of our society.