Books Everyone Should Read Once in Their Life
Updated By Staff Writer on March 27, 2020
Reading is a part of life that is so much more important to the human experience than just as a means for education. Some books can cause thought-provoking change in our lives, influencing who we become. Books on business strategy can inspire a vision to propel a fledgling startup organization to levels of success that haven’t even been conceptualized. Thoughtful works of fiction can stir the core of our humanity, giving more meaning to our very existence. The list below is comprised of books that span different genres including business, science, philosophy, and fiction. Of course, there are far more books that are worth reading, but these ten should absolutely be on your list.
How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
This book was an instant best-seller when it was first published in 1936. Carnegie discusses in detail how to read people and understand what is socially acceptable with them in order to communicate with them appropriately to get them on your side. This book and its views are considered a staple to those in the business world, and the lessons learned are applicable to any industry.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
This bestseller has sold more than 15 million copies since it was published in 1989. Covey believes that principles and values become habits that in turn shape our character and behavior. The habits outlined in this book can transform an individual from being dependent to independent to interdependent. Following these habits increases personal and organizational productivity and success.
"War and Peace," by Leo Tolstoy
This epic novel, written in 1860, gives an account of an alternating period of war and peace in Russia in the first two decades of the 19th century. There is an underlying theme of an introspective search for identity and meaning when the lives of the book’s characters are irreversibly overturned by the devastation of war.
The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
Published in 1776, this book is considered to be a fundamental compendium of world economics even in today’s world. Smith’s background as an economist and philosopher gave him a unique perspective that economic systems are self-regulating. Smith wrote this work with his view of what builds a nation’s wealth based on his economic observations during the Industrial Revolution.
The Rights of Man, by Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine was an English political philosopher who studied governments and how they should function to serve people best. In The Rights of Man, published in 1791, Paine illustrates how revolution is born when a corrupt government fails to serve the natural rights of its people.
A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
Written by Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest theoretical physicists of all time, A Brief History of Time explores theories that show how the laws of physics explain the very existence of our universe. This ground-breaking book was published in 1988, and has since become a classic. Hawkins says that the journey of reading this book is a glimpse into “the mind of God.”
The Meaning of Relativity, by Albert Einstein
The Meaning of Relativity was originally published as a collection of Einstein’s four lectures he gave at Princeton University in 1921. His theory of relativity was controversial at the time as it made minor corrections to Newton’s gravitational theory. Einstein’s theory of relativity paved the way for the future scientific fields of atomic physics, nuclear physics, and quantum mechanics.
1984, by George Orwell
This classic work of political science fiction was written after the end of World War II and published in 1949 as a dystopian view of the future. In the fictional nation of Oceania, the people are oppressed by the governing totalitarian political party. Every move the characters make in this technologically advanced society is seen and scrutinized by “Big Brother.” 1984 is a commentary on the overreach of government in the lives of people and the horror that ensues.
The Mature Mind, by Harry Allen Overstreet
Have you ever wondered what stimulates the development of real maturity in the human mind? Harry Allen Overstreet explores the psychological and philosophical components that work together in achieving an authentic view of one’s self and the world we live in.
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning chronicles the author’s experience as an inmate at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Many people who read this book say it forever changes the way they view the world. Throughout Frankl’s experience as a survivor of the Holocaust, he maintains a positive view of the world and never loses hope.
Reading is an exercise that does not become obsolete as we enter adulthood. Reading has been shown to improve your memory, reduces stress, increase your understanding of the world around you, and expand your vocabulary. Take the time to read good books that can be forces for good in changing your life for the better. What are some of your all-time favorite books? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!
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