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Ultimate Book Recommendation List: Expand Your Mind & Find Inspiration

The best books to read

This is a list of books that can expand your mind & completely change the way you think!

Lately, I have been sharing a lot of book recommendations on my social media and I have received a pretty good feedback. It seems that like me, all my reader and social media buddies are bent on reading all the awesome books within their lifetime. That’s actually one of my goals. On the day I die, I want to have the satisfaction of knowing that I consumed ever good book ever written.

In life as you go down new paths, it’s nice to have a mentor. Reading a book is like downloading 20-30 years of life experience. If you read more non-fiction than fiction, it’s like having a mentor guiding your choices. If you’re a fiction reader, life is just one adventure after another.

Mostly, I invest my time into non-fiction now, but for the first 22 years of my life, I have only read fiction. So, In this list of recommendations, you will find books of every kind. I have sectioned them off based on category and type.

This will save me having to create separate blog posts because I can’t see myself ever not recommending books that I love. If you would like for me to add reviews, let me know in the comments section. As I listed my favourites, the list kept growing. I made myself think of what I would recommend to someone if that person could read only one book – That was tough, you should try doing that. So, I watered down the list to the best of the best – Entertaining, Intriguing, and Mind-altering!

I had to take out most of the fiction titles so if you guys want fiction recommendations, let me know. I really do hope this list helps. Also, based on my list, if you want to recommend books to me, please, please do! I am always looking for good book recommendations.

Pick up any list of book recommendations, best-selling books, book of the month, yada, yada – you’ll find these books on it! So, grab a copy and get reading!

Non-fiction/Self-help Book Recommendations

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnman

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

The power of Awareness by Neville Goddard

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Originals by Adam Grant

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

You can Heal your Life by Louise Hay

Everything Happens for a Reason and other lies I’ve loved by Kate Bowler

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

Principles by Ray Dalio

Flow: The Classic Work on how to Achieve Happiness by  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

Fiction Book Recommendations

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

We the Living by Ayn Rand

Fountain Head by Ayn Rand

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Bhagvad-Gita As It Is by Swami Prabhupada

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Exodus by Leon Uris

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

If you want to read a detailed review of some of the books linked above, go to the following posts -

5 must-read books that redefine Success and Growth

5 must-read books for courage and inspiration

If you have any recommendations, do share! Also, if you want me to share a detailed review of any of the books above, let me know. If I can’t do a separate review, I’ll share a brief one with whoever needs it.

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