“The secret is not to read many books; the secret is to read the best books.” – Paula Ghete
Ever since I started reading more and better books, I knew I wanted to share them with you. So I’ve decided to make a list of the best books I have read – books that are eye-opening, informative and science-based. In short, these are books that can change your life – or, at least, your mind.
This list is quite short because I care more about quality than about quantity. These are the best books I have read so far and probably the only ones I would really re-read and recommend to others at the moment. But I am sure there are many great and life-changing books out there and I’ll continue to search for them. So I will continue to add to this list all the amazing books I find.
I have added a link to each book in case you want to purchase it from Amazon. I also added a link to my book review (for the books I already wrote about).
Feel free to check this list every time you are looking for a good book!
Books About Technology
These books will help you better understand how social media, the internet and technology in general work and what are their effects on ourselves and the world we live in.
Team Human – Douglas Rushkoff
You Are Not a Gadget – Jaron Lanier
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now – Jaron Lanier
Hooked – Nir Eyal
Psychology & Self-help
These books will help you better understand how your mind works, what makes us happy and how to be more productive.
Stumbling on Happiness – Daniel Gilbert
Authentic Happiness – Martin Seligman
Flourish – Martin Seligman
Learned Optimism – Martin Seligman
The How of Happiness – Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Myths of Happiness – Sonja Lyubomirsky
Atomic Habits – James Clear
The Willpower Instinct – Kelly McGonigal
The Upward Spiral – Alex Korb
Getting the Love You Want – Harville Hendrix
Business & Marketing
These books can help you start a business in a way that sets you up for success.
Building a Story Brand – Donald Miller
Zero to One – Peter Thiel
Books that will help you better understand the world
We live in a very complicated world and one book will never help you truly understand it. But these books will definitely help you understand a few things about our world better – and that’s a great start.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century – Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus – Yuval Noah Harari
Cosmos – Carl Sagan
The Theory of Everything – Stephen Hawking
I rarely read novels and when I do, I usually go for a good science-fiction book. Here are some that I found interesting:
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Star of Life – Edmond Hamilton
Citizen of the Galaxy – Robert A. Heinlein
Lion – Saroo Brierley
Books I have yet to read (but that will probably be included in this list)
I expect these 3 books to be truly eye-opening and they will probably be included on the list of the best books I’ve read so far.
Principles – Ray Dalio
Factfulness – Hans Rosling
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
I would probably also include any book on politics by Noam Chomsky.
Keep in mind that this is not a lit of the “best books” out there. I don’t know if anyone can make up such a list, to be honest. But these are the best books I have read so far and I’m willing to bet that almost anyone will find these books interesting and worth reading. I’m sure there are many more amazing books out there and I’m always looking for them!
Have you read any of these books? What other books would you add to this list?