33+ Books Everyone Should Read Once in their Life


Books are the best friend of human because they never lie. Books open the doors of our minds, allowing us to live a full life and travel the world without moving an inch from our comfort zone.

One of my friends says that everyone should read books because books contain the best part of someone’s life. So, you can take a lesson from the author life and can make your life better. I know everyone has a different story but mistakes can be the same.

Whenever we read books, we step into someone’s life, we see the world through someone’s eyes and visit all the places visually which we didn’t visit practically.

Books motivate us and teach some important lessons of life like love, heartbreak, friendship, happiness and the resilience of human spirits.

There are so many books but there is less time. So we bring the collection of 23 books everyone should read once in their life according to your interest:

Best Self improvement Books

Wanna improve yourself? Wanna take out the best from you? Start reading self improvement books because the sooner you start reading the earlier you realize that there is lots of things to improve yourself.

Kevin Smith says “Any book is a self-help guide if you can take something from it”.

Each book has it own story and journey. Some of them motivate you, some of them help starts your own journey and many more. So here I recommend some of the best self improvement books to read no matter who are you? How old are you?

Book Name Author Name Buy
As a Man Thinketh James Allen Buy Now
The Charisma Myth Olivia Fox Cabane Buy Now
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind Joseph Murphy Buy Now
The 5 AM Club: Own your morning, Elevate your life Robin Sharma Buy Now
Attitude is everything: Change your attitude…Change your life Jeff Keller Buy Now
The first 20 hours Josh Kaufman Buy Now
How to talk anyone Leil Lowndes Buy Now
Outlier – The story of Success Malcolm Gladwell Buy Now
How to win friend and influence people Dale Carnegie Buy Now
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Buy Now
The Diary of A Young Girl Anne Frank Buy Now
Anything You Want Derek Sivers Buy Now
Atomic Habits James Clear Buy Now
Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman Buy Now

1. As a Man Thinketh By James Allen

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As a Man Thinketh is a great philosophical piece was published in 1903 by James Allen. It’s less than the 50 pages and was meant to fit in anyone’s pocket.

This book is very simple in terms of length and language so that everyone could understand the point which the author trying to make about how power over one thought gives the power over one life.

It is an easy and self-help classic, which tells about the key to mastering your life, is based on the power of your thought and helps you to develop the attitude of a positive and successful people.

Here are three great lessons of this book:

  • What do you do is the result of what do you think
  • You shape the world just as much as it shapes you
  • Be careful about what you think, it might make you age faster

2. The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

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This is one of the finest books I’ve ever read in my life. This book taught us how to be more charismatic in our life. It has the number of great wisdom and insight with good psychology and practical advice.

Important Lessons of this book:

  • Charisma is something we all can learn
  • Charisma is presence, power and warmth. Too much warmth is equal to too nice and too much power is equal to arrogant and distant.
  • There can be some negative of charisma like jealousy and isolation: use vulnerability

3. The Power of your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

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It is a spiritual self improvement book which show how to utilize your visualization and other personal system to adjust your unconscious behavior in a positive way.

Here are 3 Great lesson From this book

  • If you can’t decide what you have to do than allow yourself a night to sleep over it
  • Use your Visualization as an approach to exploit the misleading impact in your support.
  • Always wish well for other people because only jealousy in your way.

Best quote From Author:

“Keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best”.

4. The 5 AM club: Own your morning, Elevate your Life by Robin Sharma

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If you’re one of them who wants to wake up early in the morning but feel tired and sleepy then 5 AM club is for you. It helps you to wake up 5 AM in the morning, building morning routine and help you to improve yourself.

Important Lesson of this book:

  • Don’t waste time when you wake up early use 20/20/20 formula to set up your day.
  • Equalization your four “inside realms” to accomplish self-dominance.
  • Waking Up at 5 AM will help you to solitude and improve your brain state to perform like stars.

“5 AM is the time of least distraction, highest human glory and greatest peace” by Robin Sharma.

5. Attitude is Everything: Change your attitude…Change your life by Jeff Keller

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This is motivational book which help you to change you wrong habits, to control of your life and take right path to reach your destination. The author of this book show how he use these principle to transition his career from a lawyer to motivational speaker.

Some of the Great lesson of this book:

  • Your attitude is the window of the world.
  • Commitment is the key to success.
  • Positive thinking lead you to the positive results
  • By believe your self and taking right action towards your goal, can help you to overcome all obstacle in way of success and you will achieve what you want.

6. The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman

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If you’re one of them who wants to learn things fast then this book is for you. The First 20 Hours is all about secrets of rapid skill acquisitions.

One of the best quotes said by author of this book that “The best thing can happen to a human being is to find a problem, to fall in love with that problem and to live trying to solve that problem, unless another problem even more lovable appears.”

7. How to talk anyone by Leil Lowndes

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This book is a collection of amazing tips which help you to master in the art of human communication, makes good first impression and make comfortable who around you in all walks of life.

Key points of How to Talk Anyone:

  • A good introduction will always lead to a good chat.
  • Simulate people and empathizing with them always makes easy to them become your friend.

8. Outlier – The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

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Outlier is about success, how successful people became so successful in their life. It is must read book for them who wants to enhance their mind about thought which contribute to success of icons like Steve Jobs, Bill gates and many more.

Outliers define the truth behind the success of people in their field which often collection of lucky events, rare opportunities and other external factors that are out of control.

Some of the important lesson of Outlier:

  • Where you come from is matters like Asian are good in math
  • The month you’re born in also matters
  • After you cross a specific skill limit then your abilities won’t support you

9. How to win friend and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

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This book is all about emotional intelligence. it teaches the number of method & principle which helps you to become most likable person, handle your family & relationship well, win heart of other people and many more.

It totally depends on behavioral psychology, has the number of rules that make you the most liked person, gets the other to do favors and changes their behavior under your influence.

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice is one the most famous book of all time written by Jane Austen. It is all about courtship of two contradicted characters in a world where habits and affability are absolutely critical.

11. The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank

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The book begins on Anna Birthday June 12, 1942 when she get a gifts from her parents as a diary. Anna Frank diary is a story of young girl, when the Nazis take control of her city then she forced to stay hide from Nazis by her family because of the risk of being captured by Nazis. But she believe that the world is beautiful and full of kind hearted people. Read it, this will change your life.

13. Anything you Want by Derek Sivers

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If you want to become an entrepreneur or start your own business then you should read this book. It teaches you how to build a business that bases on who you are and can become anything you want to be rather than following traditional steps of the business. This book has details of author journey and the lesson he learned while building his business of one of the best music company CD Baby.

Important lessons of this book:
-> Improve your ideas before starting a business.
-> Try to start without an investment of money
-> Do Delegate but not too much

Best Quotes from author:
“In the end, it’s about what you want to be, not what you want to have.”

14.Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear

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Atomic habits is all about adapting good habits and break bad because these small habits will have an revolutionary effect on success of your career, relationships and life. Author spent many years to understand the science of habits and that what he explained in this book. He also tells the inspiring story of Olympic gold medalist, scientist and CEOs that how they use the science of small habits to stay productive and happy.

Important lesson of this book:
-> A habit is based on 4 simple pattern of Cue, caving, response and reward.
-> If you wants to make a new habit than you should make it attractive, easy and satisfying.
-> You can track you habits to ensure that you stick to them.

Best lines:
“You should be far more concerned with you current trajectory than with your current results”

15. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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Thinking, fast and Slow is a great book for anyone who is interested in process of thought and Psychology. The Author two ways of though one is fast, instinctive and emotions and another is slow, more logical and deliberative. It analyse the emotional thought vs the logical thought and will surly change how you think.

Best lessons of this book:
-> During making decision about money keep your emotions away
-> You make intellectual error because your brain is lazy.

Best lines:
“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you’re thinking about it”.

1. The Mahabharata by Ved Vyasa

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The Mahabharata is one the most epic book that is 12 times the size of Bible, I haven’t read it completely but I’ll. It is a epic tale combine of Hindu history, war, philosophy, religion and the Great Lord Krishna.

The Mahabharata is one the longest poem of the world with 200000 lines and more 2 million words. It narrate the story of 18 days battle of Kurukshetra between Kaurava and Pandava prince. It involves the Great Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta which is said by Lord Krishna to Arjuna during war. Its is not possible to summarize this great book in hundreds or thousands of words.

2. Srimad Bhagavad Gita

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If you want to know about life in depth then you should read this book. Read Bhagavad Geeta and follow the life according to the rule of creator of this universe (Shri Krishna) and attain mukti.

In one line its Philosophy of Life.

Famous Quotes of Shri Krishna “If you fail to achieve your goal. Change the Strategy. Not the Goal”.

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

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Despite the fact that the motion pictures are mysteriously long, The Hobbit was initially composed as a short kids’ book. Meet your most loved characters out of the blue as the exceptional Bilbo Baggins navigates the cruel scenes of Middle Earth to challenge a dragon.

2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

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The Lord of the rings is one of the greatest fantasy novel in 20th century that reveals how the smallest heroes can achieve the best deeds.

The story of this book revolve around the war of the ring in the fictional world of Middle-Earth. Now, the free people of Middle-Earth like Men, Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits, must conquer the dim intensity of Sauron by decimating the Ring.

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

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Named as one of the best Fiction of the year by The New York Times, The Oprah Magazine and USA Today.

One of the best suspense thriller writer Gillian Flynn masterpiece Gone Girl about a marriage gone terribly wrong. Marriage can be a real killer.

The novel begins on the morning of Nick Dunne’s 5th wedding anniversary and on the same day his wife Amy has gone missing from their home. And Nick becomes a prime suspect in her disappearances. Under the tremendous pressure of police media and Amy’s parents, Nick parades endless stories of lies and inappropriate behavior but is he really a killer?

Murder in Amaravati by Sharath Komarraju

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It is one the best Indian murder mystery book in the market. From the initial point, the story of this book makes you guessing who is the murder until the end it’s finally revealed. The language is simple and easy to understand, so you don’t need an expert for this.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer Stone by J.K. Rowling

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It is the first edition in the 7 part series of Harry Potter. The story start when he sent a famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he will face lots of adventurous and dangerous events.

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby is true classical literature of 20th century. It is the third novel by F.Scott Fitzgerald published in 1925 which tells the tragic story of Jay Gatsby a self made millionaire and his love Daisy Buchanan.

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

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Stillhouse Lake is a story of a shy midwestern housewife whose life changed forever when a car accident reveals that his husband is a serial killer. Then she turn herself as Gwen Proctor (a warrior mom). But soon a new threat hit her.

Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

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Before I go to sleep is a story a woman who suffered from anterograde amnesia and is unable to form new memories. Every morning she forgets everything and for reminded she keeps a video diary. As she starts uncover things about her past, she starts questioning everything and everyone around her.

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

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Behind closed doors is a story about perfect looking marriage from outside but actually hiding many secrets. Grace Angle married a handsome layer, Jack but soon after their wedding she find that he is a psychopath. The story revolve around the question that – The perfect marriage or the perfect lie?

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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The Book Thief is about a young German girl Liesel, she steals books from the tyranny of Nazi rule. In the meantime, her family hides a Jewish fighter in their basement and passing looks down on the family, portraying our story. Experience courage that is rarely found in this world and companionship that is shaped in the most unlikely of circumstances. The author has written a heartbreaking tale of the power and joy of books even in the darkest days.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee published in 1960. This book is published in more then 40 language and sold more than 30 Million copies. By reader of the Library Journal it was voted as the Best Novel of 20th century.

With the help of the this book Harper Lee explode how poverty cement the misleading idea of society’s race-based class framework. She exhibits how individuals who are caught up in the Jumble of ignorance and poverty go to bigotry to cover their disgrace and low confidence.

3. The Handmaid Tale by Margaret Atwood

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This book tells a stunning story of government takeover by an ultra-outrageous religious gathering ruled by men and supported by their latent spouses. Ladies in the nation of Gilead are oppressed to the job of spouse raiser, maid, sex laborer, or disposable commodity.

1. 1984 by George Orwell

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I read this book last year and it has some amazing content. “George Orwell’s tragic, authoritarian universe of control, dread and lies has never been progressively significant. Dig into the life of Winston Smith as he battles with his creating human instinct in our current reality where distinction, free will and love are taboo.”

2. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

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Written on the Vietnam War The Forever War, follow soldier William Mandella who leaves the earth of battle the mysterious alien race, the Taurans. Because of the time travel on spaceship travel, he ages 10 years while 700 years pass on the earth. Then Mandella return on different planet which he can’t able to recognize.

1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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The Catcher in the Rye novel was published in 1951. This novel has 2 two day story of 16 year old boy Holden Caufiled who has expelled from school. Confounded and disappointed, Holden looks for truth and rails against the “phoniness” of the grown-up world.

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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The Kite Runner is one of the finest book I’ve ever read in my life. It’s a beautiful story of complex situation & character, good, evil, friendship, betrayal and redemption of 2 boy who grown up together in Afghanistan, a war-torn and landlocked country.

3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Of Mice and Men was published in 1937 by John Steinbeck based on the world of Burns “Men and Mice can never make their dreams comes true”. It tells story of friendship of two man George Milton and Lennie small, two migrant worker who travel in search of work in depression era of California. Author explains how little people face difficulties for their little dreams and how they never able to live the life they want.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here are te 10 books everyone should read: the charisma myth by olvia fox, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald, As a Man Thinketh By James Allen, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Mahabharata by Ved Vyasa, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Anything you Want by Derek Sivers.

The Guiness Books of the world record holder Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust is longest book of the world with 9,609,000 characters.

Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci is the world most expensive book with $52.1 million. This book is own by Bill Gates in 1994.

So here is my list of 23 books everyone should read once in their life. If you have read any of the books from the above list then share your thought with us and if I miss your favorite book then let me know in the below comment section.

Hope you love them. Cheers, until next post!!!

  1. aakansha says


  2. Bae Bluez/Tyler Smash says

    I learned all of these things and I’m only 23. What could this mean? The only thing I learned is that, if I don’t meditate, I might burn out. Thank you so much!

  3. Thorn says

    Jasper fforde books are great also

  4. Alex Bobongo says

    ‘1984’ written by George Orwell is the best one ever! It’s the book that might deeply shock you , freak out and make the one who won’t believe in the prosperous future. I do not recommend that for those who suffer from different mental illnesses. Please, take care of your health and mind!

  5. Ellie Presner says

    Good list! My own list would include: “Animal Farm” – an allegory about the rise of dictatorships; “The Power of One” – a *must*-read!; “Night” – by Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, about his nightmarish experiences during the Holocaust; and “To Kill a Mockingbird” – a riveting novel about the true meaning of justice.

  6. Raj says

    My own list would be headed by THINK & GROW RICH by Napoleon Hill and would include Ann Ryand’s The Fountainhead and The Magic of Believing by Claude Bristol.

  7. Rhonda Tallent says

    You should add the Bible to list.

    1. Pursottam says

      Thanks Rhonda for your suggestion, I’ll add

  8. Melissa says

    5 agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

    1. Pursottam says

      Thanks Melissa

  9. Amna says

    I always wonder how bloggers find the drive to update their blogs and come up with such amazingly informative articles like this one. Honestly it inspires me.

  10. Candace says

    I would pick some others.

    Your Perfect Right
    A guide to being assertive.

    Any novels or poetry by Hermann Hesse. E.g. The Glass Bead Game

    Khalil Gibran’s books.

    We The Living by Ayn Rand
    About Russia

    Poetry of Richard Braughtigan

    Poetry of Mirabai

    Poetry of e.e. Cummings

    More I cannot think of at the moment.

  11. Gail says

    I think the Bible should be on the list! After all, no book in history has sold as many copies, whether religious or secular. If you’re wondering why that is, read it! I would certainly do so if another book had the honor.

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