17 Books You Must Read This Year to Become a Better Person (One of them is my Absolute Favourite)

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In most people’s lives, there is that ‘one book’ which changed their life. 

Long before the internet existed, books were the single source of valuable information. However, today you can get any information you want within seconds. Hence, books take a backseat in most people’s lives.

But, do you know that with the self-help book in your hands, you can become the master of your own life? And, fortunately, there are thousands of books on every topic out there. 

The cherry on the top is that it is not too late. You can start now, no matter if you are 13 or 80 years old. You have to start somewhere, right?

Here we have compiled a list of books that can help you transform your life and life-transforming books to read to help you find your way and achieve your dreams.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho’s Alchemist is an enchanting novel filled with powerful emotions, strong characters, and tons of wisdom. Alchemist is the story of an Andalusian boy named Santiago, who leaves his homeland to travel to Egypt in the search of treasure. During his journey, he is met with many hurdles, but he keeps going and finally reaches his destination. The message of Alchemist’s story is that you are the master of your destiny. With strong desire and action, you can transform your life from ‘hopeless’ to ‘hopeful’.

Who is it for?

People of all ages, teenagers and adults alike

What will you learn from this book?

The key takeaway from Alchemist is to pursue your dreams by following your heart’s desire. Santiago in the story learns a new lesson every time he crosses hurdles. 

Atomic Habits by James Clear

We are often told that if we want to live a happy life; we have to change our routine. But what if we create a great lifestyle just by making slight changes daily? James Clear in Atomic Habits shows us the importance of making minor changes every day. By taking small actions daily, we can create remarkable results. Using the perfect blend of psychology, neuroscience, and personal stories, the author shows us why bad habits are hard to break. And how you can form lifelong good habits by making minuscule changes every day. 

Who is it for?

  • For people stuck in a never-ending loop of bad habits like smoking or drinking. 
  • For people who want to change their life but find it daunting to improve themselves. 

What will you learn from this book?

You will also learn how you can form good habits by altering your mindset. You will learn about the 1% rule which states that if you succeed by just 1% every day, you will become 37 times better within a year. Overall, a great book to add to your reading pile.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Do you think people don’t like you for some weird reason? The problem is not with you, but with the way you communicate. If you struggle to communicate clearly, then this work is an absolute gem. Using short stories based on real-life, Dale Carnegie shows you the path of becoming a likable person. He lays out the fundamentals of becoming a powerful communicator, improves your relationships, and becomes a likable person. 

Who is it for?

For people who struggle to communicate properly in relationships and daily life.

What will you learn from this book?

The book works on the principle that you can change how other people behave with you by simply changing your behavior.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

In Deep Work, Cal Newport emphasizes the meaning of focusing on one task. The concept of Deep Work is being able to work without distractions. In this competitive world, Deep Work is like having a superpower. If you keep distracting yourself by answering emails and messages while working, your work will be shallow and with no value.

Who is it for?

  • Multi taskers who find it difficult to focus on one task
  • People working in a super-competitive environment
  • Students

What will you learn from this book?

The core message of the book is that deep work is rare. If you master deep work in this competitive world, you will thrive. Deep work is focusing on one task without getting distracted. It produces extremely valuable results.

I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Ramit Sethi’s I will teach you to be rich turns a boring finance topic into an interesting read. The book revolves around making wise financial decisions. This book contains many crucial lessons that many people didn’t learn on time. For example, using credit cards wisely, buying the first car, and investing in the stock market. If you want to have a basic idea of how the stock market, and credit cards work behind the scenes, then this book is immensely helpful.

Who is it for?

  • Beginners in personal finance and money management
  • Young adults in the 20s and 30s.

What will you learn from this book?

  • The key takeaway from the books is to start investing as soon as possible. Doesn’t matter even if it’s $1.
  • Take control over your financial situation. Because if you don’t nobody will.
  • Learn to buy your first car, use credit cards wisely and negotiate like a master.

12 Rules of Life by Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychology professor, wrote 12 Rules of Life after he stopped feeling sorry for himself. This is an entertaining self-help manual for young people who feel lost in life. The book lays out the basic and straightforward principles of living life with discipline, better behaviors, and self-integrity. 

Who is it for?

People of any age who haven’t figured out their life yet.

What will you learn from this book?

The book revolves around fundamental principles of life. The key takeaway from this book is to listen to others carefully before you speak. Always tell the truth, or at least don’t lie. Last but not least, pursue what is meaningful.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Originally published in 1973, Think and Grow Rich is still one of the best self-help classics. The book is based on the premise that our brain and thoughts have power that can help us progress in our careers and life. The author focuses on the principle of ‘Burning Desire’. The principle says that a deep burning desire for something can help you push towards your goal.

Who is it for?

The book is a must-read for entrepreneurs and investors.

What will you learn from this book?

Think and Grow Rich’s takeaway is that our thoughts have the greatest power. Everything starts with a thought. Hence, if you want to succeed in any area of your life, you must channel all your focus in that direction. By building a burning desire within you, you can achieve the impossible.

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Everyone wants to be successful. Everyone wants to be known. But very few people reach that stage. In this book, Simon gives us a tour of why some businesses thrive, and others simply vanish. The book inspires readers to ask a ‘Why’ question. Why does your company exist? Why do you get out of bed every day? Why should anybody care what you do?

Who is it for?

  • Business Owners/ Entrepreneurs.
  • For people who want to start a business or build a brand.

What will you learn from this book?

The key message of the book is to ask the ‘Why’ question to yourself. The author says finding your ‘Why’ is a process of discovery and not an invention.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

This is one of the many self-help books that will touch you deeply. This book depicts the story of Dr. Victor Frankl, who while living in a Nazi concentration camp lost everything. After being freed from the camp, Victor struggled to live. However, in the second half of the book, Frankl teaches you how to use your scars, and your struggles to find meaning in life. 

Who is it for?

  • People struggling with the dark past
  • People who want to find what is meaningful for them
  • People who are battling mental issues such as depression and PTSD.

What will you learn from this book?

The message of the book is no matter how hard you struggle, you can use them to your advantage to create a meaningful life. The book also teaches taking responsibility for yourself and those around you.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson

This is a funny self-help book filled with colorful language. The key lesson of this book is to not give importance to things that do not add value to your life. The author breaks all the common misconceptions that other self-help books assume to be true. For example, not everyone’s dream is to have a large mansion with a wife and three and a half kids. It varies from individual to individual. 

Who is it for?

  • For those who worry about what people think about them. 
  • For those who are clueless about what things are important to them.

What will you learn from this book?

You will learn how to know which things to care about. You will also learn what goals to have.

4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

Are you frustrated with your 9 to 5 corporate job? But don’t know how to break from the chain? In 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris teaches you the system to build your dream life by automating your income. This book focuses on how you don’t need to be a millionaire to enjoy your life.

Who is it for?

  • People working in corporate jobs
  • For those who want to build a profitable passive income stream.

What will you learn from this book?

You will learn how to stay productive no matter where you work from. The book teaches you to create a system also known as ‘DEAL’ which means Definition, Elimination, Automation, and 


The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

If you were to die today, what would you do with your time? The Last Lecture is a real-life story based on Randy’s life, who died of pancreatic cancer. When Randy was sure he was dying, he gave one ‘last lecture’ at Carnegie Mellon University. The Last Lecture covers everything that Randy learned in his life from childhood to just before his death. 

Who is it for?

  • For people who are battling with life-threatening situations
  • For people who find no hope in life.

What will you learn from this book?

In this book, you will learn the importance of achieving your dreams. The book also gives the message that you must follow your dreams, no matter what happens. Never quit. 

Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Many people have a habit of dwelling on the past or thinking about the future. However, it is in the present where your secret power lies. The author suffered depression and suicidal tendencies for many years until something life-transforming happened at 29. This book captures everything that Tolle learned from years of experience and spiritual study. Tolle emphasizes that ‘time is an illusion. The only time at this moment is ‘Now’. Everything that has happened, has been created in ‘Now’.

Who is it for?

  • People who want to explore the spiritual side
  • People who struggle to remain in the present. 

What will you learn from this book?

Time is an illusion created by man. 

Learn how to control your mind instead of letting it control you.

Thanks a thousand by A. J. Jacobs

How many have you thanked your mother for caring for you? How many times did you thank the mail deliverer for delivering your things? This book depicts the journey of Jacobs to thank every person involved in his life. The book opens the reader’s eyes to everything they take for granted. This book teaches us to practice gratitude daily. 

Who is it for?

  • For everyone

What will you learn from this book?

You will learn to practice gratitude every day.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the best-selling self-help books. In this book, Stephen presents the idea that our perception affects the way we see the world. Hence, if you want to change the situation, you must change yourself. But to change yourself, you must be ready to change your perception. Covey found that most people, despite gaining enormous success, remained unsatisfied from within. Hence, he summarises 7 habits that you should follow to be successful inside out.

Who is it for?

  • For those who want to be successful in life
  • Unsatisfied people

What will you learn from this book?

You will learn about the top 7 habits you must follow to be a successful person inside out. You will also learn how your perceptions change the way you see the world.

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

Can’t Hurt Me is a story based on the life of David Goggins. Despite having a tough life, David went from being overweight and depressed to the world’s strongest man alive. After living a miserable life, Goggins stopped making excuses and gave his 100% in everything he worked on. David is also a former Air Force officer and Navy Seal officer. In this book, David teaches us how the hardest things in life teach you the strongest lessons.

Who is it for?

  • For procrastinators

What will you learn from this book?

You will learn how to stop procrastinating and give your 100% always.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements is the best-selling personal self-help book that is based on traditional Toltec wisdom. The book revolves around getting personal freedom by keeping these agreements. According to Miguel, if you follow these four agreements, it will fill your life with peace and unconditional love. 

Who is it for?

  • People who cannot move forward in life because of their limiting beliefs

What will you learn from this book?

You will learn how you stop your growth by self-limiting belief. You will also learn how to transform your life by following four agreements in Toltec Wisdom.

Want to Read More Books Every Year?

Can’t get enough of reading books? Want to learn the secret of reading 1 book per day?

How about reading 1000 words per minute with full comprehension?

We have good news for you. You can learn to read one book per day by the ‘Speed Reading’ technique. It is a technique where you train your mind to read faster than average without losing the meaning of words. 

Final Words 

Self-help books are a great way to expand your knowledge and productivity. In the above list, we have listed the top 17 books to read to transform your life. 

If you think you are a slow reader who can never complete this long list of reading, then read our ‘Speed Reading’ post here. 

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