When I was young, you couldn’t get me to read a book, maybe it had something to do with the fact that no one thought books were COOL! But sports, on the other hand, was cool!

The first-ever book I read of my free will, at age seventeen was non-other than the legendary How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Okay!! Hold up!! why did no one ever tell me books were so good!! That marked the beginning of my reading journey. Since then i have read countless books and i thought it about time I made a list of the books that were not only the most influential but changed my life. The list below is not in order.

1. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek is the step-by-step blueprint to free yourself from the shackles of a corporate job, create a business to fund the lifestyle of your dreams, and live life like a millionaire, without actually having to be one.

I used this book to design my life. I was able to quit my job, work reduced hours and i am just getting started. I mean if this is not life-changing, what is? In Addition to The 4-hour workweek, Tim Ferriss also wrote The 4-hour Body. Which is also worth a read, maybe not life-changing.

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2. The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

The Alchemist tells the story of a young shepherd named Santiago who is able to find a treasure beyond his wildest dreams. Along the way, he learns to listen to his heart and, more importantly, realises that his dreams, or his Personal Legend, are not just his but part of the Soul of the Universe

The Alchemist is one of the most charming books i have ever read. You could never make a top 10 book list without the alchemist. A friend recommended the Alchemist, at first look, it didn’t sound too promising, but i am glad i read it anyway.

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3. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

The code of the Extraordinary Mind explores the idea of: Everything we know about the world today follows an invisible set of rules-how we work, love, parent, spend our money, and define success. But what if we could remove these outdated ideas and start anew? What would our lives look like if we could redefine the meaning of happiness, purpose, and success?

The book breaks down everything from the social norms and what is expected from us, it’s when you start questioning these norms, that is when the magic happens. It is a brilliant read.


By Aneeqe A. Khan