10 Must Read Books

By Aditya Roy

September 22, 2020

” A mind needs books like a sword needs whetstone if it is to keep its edge”

                       – Tyrion of House Lannister

So here is the list of 10 Must Read Books for this month to get you back on the reading  spree. But before that let’s take a look at why book reading is not just necessary but it’s fun as well.

From Martin Luther King to Mark Zuckerburg, From Drake to Bill Gates and many more, who have made it big in their lives have always kept themselves in the shadows of their mentor’s mindsets and habits. And have tried to adapt from them to eventually become as successful as they are today. 

You must be wondering how?. The answer is simple, via books. Books are the ideas, advices and even sometimes experiences of the people wrapped up in form of collection of papers. 

As Martin Luther King read about Gandhi, as Zuckerburg read about Steve Jobs, and as Gates read about Buffet, similarly one must read books not just to think like these geniuses but also stay ahead of time and stay alive just like the smart dwaf from Lannisport has been doing it.


Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling is a story of the secret silent miracle of human progress. It offers a new framework for how to think about the world. This book enunciates the stress-reducing habits of only carrying opinions which are backed by strong supporting facts.

When asked simple questions about global trends what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty, why the world’s population is increasing, how many girls finish school we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future. Hence make at no. 1 in this list of 10 Must Read Books

As A Man Thinketh

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen is a book that’s recommended by all of the self-help guru’s, including Tony Robbins, and many of the worlds most influential leaders and entrepreneurs.The message is simple “As you think, you shall become.” 

The theme of all of Allen’s works is that each one of us has the power to form our own character and to create our own happiness.  The conditions of our lives are closely related to our inner state.  Allen encourages his readers to think positive thoughts, which will inevitably lead them to take positive action

This concept is also what the book The Secret and the whole “law of attraction” is based on.  By focusing on the positive, you attract more positive in your life.  By focusing on the negative, you attract the negative.  But, this book is a lot deeper than that.  James Allen also talks about how disease and health are related to your thoughts.  In fact, everything about WHO YOU ARE is made up by your thoughts.

This Book by James Allen makes at no.2 in this list of 10 Must Read Books.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Rated as perhaps the best book written for people of all ages and working in all domains, This intriguing piece of literature by Daniel Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. 

Kahneman, a Nobel Laureate in Economics exposes the extraordinary capabilities and  also the faults and biases of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior.

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” accomplishes what few books are able to do: educate (it’s a serious look at the science of habit formation and change) while being entertaining (filled with incredible stories). It’s thoroughly enjoyable and provided many “ah ha” moments.

The book covers a wide spectrum from explaining how habits are formed and how the bad ones can be broken, to how information on habits can be used in marketing, management, and social movements. You’ll also learn why the Rosa Parks incident ignited the civil rights movement as well as how Target predicts, with amazing accuracy, the trimesters of their women shoppers.

Besides the compelling stories, Duhigg also provides the prescription for you to change a bad habit. He explains how habits are formed by a cycle of a cue that triggers some behavior (good or bad), then a reward, and then a craving develops to drive a loop of repetitive behavior.

Another important lesson Duhigg teaches is that willpower can be taught, it can become a habit, by choosing a certain behavior ahead of time, and following that routine when an “inflection point” (stress) arrives. Regular rebalancing teaches willpower.

This new york times best seller makes at number 4 in this list of 10 Must Read Books

Life Changers - Dreamers Vs Doers

Robert Harold Schuller (September 16, 1926 – April 2, 2015) was an American Christian televangelist, pastor, motivational speaker, and author.

In his five decades of television, Schuller was principally known for the weekly Hour of Power television program, which he began hosting in 1970 until his retirement in 2010. Schuller began broadcasting the program from the Neutra Sanctuary, with the encouragement of longtime friend Billy Graham after Schuller visited him in 1969. He was also the founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, where the Hour of Power program was later broadcast.

In his book Life Changers – Dreamers Vs Doers,  Schuller tell about a locksmith than a magician named Houdini who is invited to unlock the door of an escape proof jail on the British isles. The people leave him to do his work. After pespiring for several hours and getting totally exhausted he leaned against the door only to find it open. The door was never locked, it was only locked in Houdini’s mind. The only place where something is not possible is in one’s thinking – The only place where it is locked. 

This story teaches us to a very important aspect of our lives i.e. Failure does not mean one is a failure, it just means that you haven’t succeeded yet. This self introspective books makes at number 5 in this list of 10 Must Read Books.

Think And Grow Rich

The 1937 classic written by Napolean Hill very well explains the power of visualization. And how a firm determination and a positive frame of mind helps us to achieve excruciating tasks. It tell about how the power of mind is sometimes unfathomable. 

Think and Grow Rich is based on Hill’s earlier work The Law of Success, said to be the result of more than twenty years of study of many individuals who had amassed personal fortunes.

Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book. Hill writes that he was inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and later-philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

This literature which inspires development and self-healing, and personifies the theory of Rags to Riches makes at no. 6 in this list of 10 Must Read Books.

Measure What Matters

The story of how some of the greatest entrepreneurial ventures have sustained so far and so good, has been described in this book by John Doerr.

Measure What Matters is about using Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), a revolutionary approach to goal-setting, to make tough choices in business.

In 1999, legendary venture capitalist John Doerr invested nearly $12 million in a startup that had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. Doerr introduced the founders to OKRs and with them at the foundation of their management, the startup grew from forty employees to more than 70,000 with a market cap exceeding $600 billion. The startup was Google.

Since then Doerr has introduced OKRs(Objectives & Key Results) to more than fifty companies, helping tech giants and charities exceed all expectations. In the OKR model objectives define what we seek to achieve and key results are how those top­ priority goals will be attained. 

This Must Read for young and budding entrepreneurs makes at no. 7 in our list 10 Must Read Books.

What Got You here Will not get you there.

America’s most sought-after executive coach shows how to climb the last few rungs of the ladder The corporate world is filled with executives, men and women who have worked hard for years to reach the upper levels of management. They’re intelligent, skilled, and even charismatic. 

But only a handful of them will ever reach the pinnacle–and as executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows in this book, subtle nuances make all the difference. These are small “transactional flaws” performed by one person against another (as simple as not saying thank youenough), which lead to negative perceptions that can hold any executive back. Using Goldsmith’s straightforward, jargon-free advice, it’s amazingly easy behavior to change. Executives who hire Goldsmith for one-on-one coaching pay $250,000 for the privilege. With this book, his help is available for 1/10,000th of the price.

This tactical and strategical read makes at number 8 in this list of 10 Must Read Books.

Origin Story : A Big History of Everything

How did we get from the Big Bang to today’s staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction?

Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale. He traces how, during eight key thresholds, the right conditions have allowed new forms of complexity to arise, from stars to galaxies, Earth to homo sapiens, agriculture to fossil fuels. This last mega-innovation gave us an energy bonanza that brought huge benefits to mankind, yet also threatens to shake apart everything we have created.

This global origin story is one which everybody would like to read and hence makes at no. 9 in this list of 10 Must Read Books.

An Era of Darkness

Ture, The British brought industrial revolution to the Indian Subcontinent, they brought railways, and conceived a global  marketplace for Subcontinent made goods. But at what expense? 

An era of Darkness by renowned politician and diplomat Sh. Shashi Tharoor is in fact, an expanded take on British exploitation of India that famously carried the day for Tharoor in an Oxford debate not too long ago.

According to Tharoor, there was nothing redeeming in British rule of our country. What India had to endure under them was outrageous humiliation on a humongous scale and sustained violence of a kind it had never experienced before. In short, British rule was, according to Tharoor, an era of darkness for India, throughout which it suffered several manmade famines, wars, racism, maladministration, deportation of its people to distant lands and economic exploitation on an unprecedented scale. 

So that was the list friends. Buy any of the book form the list and begin your journey of brain sharpening and self-enlightenment.

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  1. These books are all very helpful but they are more on the self help side of things… A list of all time favourites or classics or books to help develop a strong reading habit will also be nice

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