10 Books that Changed Our Life and Might Change Yours Too4 minute
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book” – J.K. Rowling.
There’s something special about books and novels. Whether it’s a hard or soft copy, they can be your greatest teachers, friends and mentors. Sitting in a quiet corner, reading a book you love is an experience that is second-to-none.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid reader or not. We’re pretty sure that at some point in life, you’ve read a book that has been inspirational and life-changing for you. At least, that’s been the case with us. However, owing to the digitised world we live in, a lot of people are forgetting the art of picking up a good book. In fact, finding a good book has almost become a challenge.
Well, the good news is that we’ve rounded up 10 must-read books of all time so that you find a little inspiration and are able to translate your reality in the best possible way.
Tip: These books are healthiest for night-time reading.
10 Life-Changing Books Everyone Should Read
1. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
For anyone looking to achieve financial freedom and literacy, Rich Dad Poor Dad is life-changing in every way. The universal life lessons in the book apply to entrepreneurs, employees, investors, or anybody. Robert Kiyosaki says “Don’t be addicted to money. Work to learn. Don’t work for money. Work for knowledge.”
Youngsters today are so busy working for money in high-paying jobs that they almost forget to learn and lose out on opportunities that will actually help them grow. What is the best way to maximise financial success? Is it learning from the people around you or getting insights from someone who is living your desired life?
Through various anecdotes, Robert reveals how wealth depends more on the actions you take with the money you have. The book is an excellent pick for anyone looking to create a happy, financial life.
2. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Robin Sharma
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma is a must-read for anyone who believes that financial and material success is the only key to happiness. The book beautifully explains what it means to attain true success and happiness in the form of a fictional story.
The story opens with the success of a lawyer but ends with the prosperity of a man. Julian Mantle, the lawyer had everything but nothing made him happy. He was rich, famous, and got to fight cases only for the affluent. He had everything at his feet (including a Ferrari) but satisfaction and happiness were missing from his life.
One fine day, he woke up, sold everything including his car, and settled in the Himalayan range where the monks resided. The story then reveals the seven biggest principles of life.
From understanding the purpose of life to living with kindness, the book unveils one’s real existence on this planet.
3. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
An international bestseller, The Alchemist is truly a book that will stay with you forever. It is life-changing and a simple tale of discovering one’s own destiny without losing faith. It teaches us that when you listen to your heart and let intuition guide you, you’ll discover more than just a treasure.
There’s a line in the book which reads, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” If you’re someone who is afraid to think big, this book will change your thought process. It will give your life perspective and encourage you to pursue your dreams.
4. Tiya: A Parrot's Journey Home – Samarpan
Tiya: A Parrot’s Journey Home is a beautiful story of human destiny through the tale of a bird. Imagine if you’re asked to leave your home without any intimation, how would you feel? You would be shattered, right? That’s exactly what happens to the perky parrot, Tiya. His life turns upside-down when he hears an unknown voice urging him to leave his home that is the old Banyan tree.
What happens after that? Does he stop living or lingers on with hope to lead a better life? The book is an ode to the journey of a bird and how he experiences numerous shades of life. When the parrot is displaced, he learns about his strengths and weaknesses and questions his existence on earth.
The experiences of Tiya are an eye-opener for anyone who is looking for the real purpose of life. The underlying theme of the story broadly speaks of one’s journey to salvation.
5. Women Who Think Too Much – Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
In today’s fast-paced world, we all seem to be too overwhelmed by our thoughts. Women especially overthink to such a level that they tend to lose their ability to lead a satisfying life.
Written by renowned psychologist Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Women Who Think Too Much is a must-read for anyone who is suffering from uncontrollable negativity and moodiness. The author provides concrete strategies to escape these negative thoughts to lead a fulfilling life. It is a self-help classic for any woman who is consumed by her thoughts and wants to get a grip on her life.
6. Lady, You're the Boss – Apurva Purohit
Lady, You’re the Boss highlights the author’s personal experiences and reveals how women have a habit of settling for less. This book is a must-read not only for all women but men too. With real-life anecdotes, Apurva provides tips on dealing with discrimination at the workplace and how it is to live in a patriarchal society.
She even chalks out an action plan for women by which they can resist stereotypes and call out biases. The best thing about this book is that every chapter starts with an empowering quote. The meaning of the quote is revealed as you read through every chapter.
If you’re looking to discover the unconquered opportunities of life and become the best version of yourself, don’t give this gem of a book a miss.
7. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
The Secret is one of the best-selling self-help books. Each time I read it, I do so with a fresh mindset. The key message of the book is that everyone can write their own destiny. It is centred around the law of attraction and claims that our thoughts shape our reality. In short, it repeatedly tells us that we are masters of our own destiny and we are what we think.
It explains to the readers that positive energy attracts positive things into life. If you want something to happen, think about it, work towards it, and manifest it. Once you ask and believe you can accomplish something, you will receive it.
The book teaches us that it all starts with visualisation. The Secret is a must-read for anyone who wants to change the way they think and approach life.
8. Get Your Sh*t Together – Sarah Knight
How many times have you told yourself you’re going to do something but end up procrastinating? Happens all the time, right? If you’re someone who is guilty of having the lack of commitment to achieve certain things in life, the book Get Your Sh*t Together is for you.
In the book, you will learn how to harness the power of negative thinking, how to allocate time to achieve realistic goals and how to lead a healthy lifestyle by strategically doing nothing.
The book teaches the reader the importance of goal setting and how to break them into manageable tasks. Getting things together isn’t tough, it’s all about being consistent.
If you want to declutter your mind, pick up this book.
9. Atomic Habits – James Clear
As the name suggests, the book revolves around habits and how they get formed. It talks about conscious and unconscious habits and how they affect our well-being.
It explains how small improvements accumulate into remarkable results. The book is a must-read for anyone whose life is in a mess and wants to embark on the path of building better habits.
When you work towards building good habits, you will be more motivated and get better control of your life. Atomic Habits also emphasizes the importance of saving, exercise and meditation to fix any kind of bad habit.
The best way to put the lessons of the book to work is by experimenting as you read. For example, start with the two-minute rule by implementing it in your daily life. Advance to the next step and repeat as you notice visible improvements in your life.
10. The Miracles of Your Mind – Dr. Joseph Murphy
Though the Miracles of Your Mind is fairly a short book, the lessons it teaches you are enormous. It will change your life and help you understand the power of the subconscious mind.
It will add substance to your life and put you on the right path. Whether it’s overcoming a bad habit, the urge to become more successful, or achieving goals that you think are impossible, the book will beautifully unleash the miracles of your mind.
Hence, this was our list of the 10 best books to read. If there are any other books that changed your life, mention them in the comments section below.