The 20 Best Books on Life, Philosophy, and Business

by Alexander Heyne · 5 comments

Books that are important to share:

General:

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  (I love this book so much I buy copies to give away)

2. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.



3. The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence by Gavin Debecker

4. Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts

5.1,000 Places to See Before You Dieby Patricia Schultz

 

Philosophy:

6. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

7. Tao Te Ching(Gia fu feng and Jane English Translation)

8. Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits by Bill Porter

9. Walden; Or, Life in the Woods (Dover Thrift Editions) By Henry David Thoreau

10. This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

Classic Business Related:

11. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

12. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!by Al Ries

13. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

14. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber

15. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Books that will (literally) save your life:

16. Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain by Pete Egoscue

17. The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf

18. Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About Itby Gary Taubes

19. Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health (Vintage)by Gary Taubes

20. Fiber Menace: The Truth About the Leading Role of Fiber in Diet Failure, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, and Colon Cancerby Konstantin Monastyrsky

Other Awesomeness:

21. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

22. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

23. The Memory Book: The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School, and at Play by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas

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catherine September 7, 2011 at 1:38 am

great list! I was looking for new books to read and all of these themes are themes I am interested in reading more about. love the blog, looking forward to reading more from you! :)

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afheyne September 7, 2011 at 10:09 am

Thank you! Yeah, some of these books are really my all-time favorites. I have a massive library at home.. so be sure to see a lot more added soon.

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Sarah P | The Travel Spotlight April 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

Good list – although I’ve got alot of reading to do! I’ve only read The Alchemist on your list!!

If you’re interesting in passive income / financial independence, I’d recommend Rich Dad, Poor Dad too (: It kinda revolutionized the way I thought about money.

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Alexander Heyne April 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Hey Sarah —

I agree it’s an amazing book :) Since I wrote that post, I’ve read a loooooooot of books on financial independence and money :). Have any other recommendations? I love to read, especially when traveling.

– Alex

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Sarah P | The Travel Spotlight April 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I haven’t read a whole lot but I hear 4 hour work week by Tim Ferris is pretty good! Planning to read that soon! Will let you know if I come across any more good reads (:

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