The 20 Best Books on Life, Philosophy, and Business

by Alexander Heyne · 5 comments

Books that are important to share:


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



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! :)


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.


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.


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


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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