50+ Legendary Books To Change Your Life


This short list includes the ideas from great authors of all ages to share simple, practical knowledge about the art of living.




[1] Biographies:


Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha - Thich Nhat Hanh

Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

The Autobiography - Benjamin Franklin

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela

The Road To Assisi: St. Francis - Paul Sabatier

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

The Story of My Experiments in Truth - Mohandas Gandhi

The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch

Walden: Life in the Woods - Henry David Thoreau


[2] Classics:


Bhagavad Gita - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki

Essene Gospels of Peace (Dead Sea Scrolls) - The Essenes

Training The Mind - Dalai Lama

The Art of War - Sun Tzu

Cosmic Consciousness - Richard Bucke

The Meaning of Life - Dalai Lama

Self Liberation - John Reynolds

Be Here Now - Ram Dass

Candide - Voltaire

The Iliad - Homer

A Course in Miracles - Helen Schucman

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki

The Way of Hermes - William Wharton

The Allegory of the Cave - Plato

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa

Leonardo's Notebooks - Leonardo da Vinci

The Perennial Philosophy - Aldous Huxley

The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley

The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran

Common Sense - Thomas Paine

Self Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Living with the Himalayan Masters - Swami Rama

The Diamond Sutra - Buddha

The Yoga Sutras - Patanjali


[3] History/Social Psychology:


The Lessons of History - Will Durant & Ariel Durant

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Noah Yuval Harari

Collective Genius - Linda Hill

The Red Book (Philemon) - Carl Jung

Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg

Slow Sex - Nicole Daedone

The Age of Spiritual Machines - Ray Kurzweil

The Secret Teachings of All Ages - Manly Hall

The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life - Drunvalo Melchizedek

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie

Who Rules the World? - Noam Chomsky

Mindset - Carol Dweck

The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin

Sex at Dawn - Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha

The Social Animal - David Brooks

Moonwalking With Einstein - Joshua Foer

Food of the Gods - Terrence McKenna


[4] Making a Life:


Vagabonding - Rolf Potts

Artist's Way - Julia Cameron

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Fluent Forever: Learn Any Language - Gabriel Wyner

What Color Is Your Parachute - Richard Nelson Bolles

Striking Thoughts - Bruce Lee

The Alchemist - Paolo Coelho

How To Be A Gentleman - John Bridges

Art and Fear - David Bayles and Ted Orland

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success - Deepak Chopra

As A Man Thinketh - James Allen

The Road Less Travelled - M. Scott Peck

The Psychedelic Experience - Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzer & Ram Dass


[5] Environmental/Life Science:


Plants of the Gods - Richard Evans Schultes and Albert Hoffman

The Mayan Factor - Jose Arguelles

The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Richard Feynman

Fabric of the Cosmos - Brian Greene

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson

The Green Thoreau - Henry David Thoreau

Wilderness Essays - John Muir

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing - Jennifer Doudna & Samuel Sternberg

Farmacology - Daphne Miller

One Straw Revolution - Masanobu Fukuoka


[6] Fiction:


The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Giver - Lois Lowry

Sum: Tales from the Afterlives - David Eagleman

Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Falling Up - Shel Silverstein

Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss

Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain


[7] Health and Wellness:


You Are Your Own Gym - Mark Lauren

The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety - Alan Watts

Yoga Hygiene Simplified - Sri Yogendra

Gut and Psychology Syndrome - Natasha Campbell-McBride

Eastern Body, Western Mind - Anodea Judith

Pranic Healing - Choa Kok Sui

Intro To Biohacking - Ari Meisel

The Edgar Cayce Remedies - William McGarey

A Revolution in Health Through Nutritional Biochemistry - John Neustadt & Steve Pieczenik

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey

Creative Visualization - Shakti Gawain

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing - Vasant Lad




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