10 Must-Read Books on Self-Help (+1 Bonus)

In the last blog post, we discussed the unbeaten benefits of reading. Now that you have learned how productive the habit of reading is, the next question that pops up in your mind is- What should I read?

There are countless books in the market, to begin with. Fiction and Non-fiction, divided into various genres. In this post, we are going to focus on books that will help you to grow. So, here I enlist 10 self-development books you must read. At the end of the list, there is a +1 bonus book, do not forget to read the post till the end.

  1. When breath becomes air

Author- Paul Kalanithi

The biography of Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon at Stanford University, who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Kalanithi tells us not only his story but also shares his ideas on how to approach death with dignity and what it means to be fully alive. It is heartbreaking and beautiful.

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2. The Alchemist

Author- Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is a fable about following your dream. It is a story of a shepherd boy, who teaches us the wisdom of listening to our hearts and following our dreams. There are so many powerful lessons to learn from this well-crafted book.

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3. How To Win Friends And Influence People

Author- Dale Carnegie

Another great book that deserves a place on your bookshelf. It is a classic. Human beings are a social animal and it is essential to learn the art of socializing well. This book is a guide that teaches you how to deal with people and leadership skills, both are necessary for your career and life. The book is clear and concise. Every line is easily understood and can be quickly put to use.  Everyone should definitely read this.

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4. The Artist’s Way

Author- Julia Cameroon

We all are creative but not all of us know it yet. This book by Julia Cameroon offers a course in discovering and recovering your creative self. It aids you to unblock your creativity. If you want to explore your creative side or enhance it, this is the book you need to read. Remember, this book is not only for artists but also for those who wish to become one. Maybe you are a Chartered Accountant who can be a great songwriter as well. Who knows?

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5. Who Will Cry When You Die?

Author- Robin Sharma

When you were born, you cried while the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die, the world cries while you rejoice.

Ancient Sanskrit Saying

It comprises short life lessons that will help you make your life great. It teaches you to become a better person. The small book is written in simple yet meaningful words.

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6. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Author- Robert Kiyosaki

There are many lessons we are taught in schools but not one of them was about money. In the modern world, we require money to live a great life. All the lessons on money that the school skipped are taught by Robert Kiyosaki in his book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad. The language is easy to understand.

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7. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Author- Stephen R. Covey

Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals. As the title suggests, it elaborates 7 habits that can be effective for you. The book is a classic and it will help you a lot. Try it out.

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8. Man’s search for meaning

Author- Victor Frankl

Victor recorded his experiences in the Nazi Concentration camps and lessons on spiritual survival. The author explains that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with refreshed purpose. He holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure but the discovery and pursuit of what we find meaningful.

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9. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.

Author- Mark Manson

“In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely.”

You may have heard about this book. It is a bestseller. The language is lucid and interesting. It includes entertaining stories and ruthless humor. It claims to be a counterintuitive (adj. opposite to what common sense would suggest) approach to living a good life. A no-bullshit approach to living a life that might not always be happy, but meaningful and centered only on what is important to you.  

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10. As a Man Thinketh

Author- James Allen

It is a self-help classic. What you think it has a great significance in your life. The book says “Noble thoughts make a noble person, while lowly thoughts make a miserable person.” The book reveals how you can master your thoughts.

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Since most of the readers of MarkMyLetters are aspiring writers. Here is a bonus for you.

11. Stephen King on Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft

This book is especially for aspiring writers. It is from best-selling writer, Stephen King. In the book, the great author shares his secrets to enhance your writing skills. This one is entertaining non-fiction for you if you wish to learn the craft of writing.

“The book is part biography, part collection of tips for aspiring writers.

The Guardian

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If you want to buy second-hand books, try searching the shops in your area. But if you wish to purchase new books, you can find great offers online.

All the books mentioned above are great, you will find them worth your money and time. Feel free to share your booklist or recommend me books, I would love that.

Happy Reading!

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