The Best Books:
Recommended Reading List

The page is a reading list sharing the best books to read in various categories based on many hours of reading and research. You’ll find more than 100 good books to read, organized by category.

This is a reading list is for people who don’t have time for unimportant books. I only list the best books to read in each category. You can be sure that each one is fantastic and will be worth your time.

Want to keep things simple? Check out the “10 Best” lists under the Start Here section to get some great book recommendations without feeling overwhelmed by all the options.

I. Start Here: The Best Books

Looking for more good books to read? Click the links below to jump to a specific category.

  1. The Best Books of All-Time
  2. 10 Best Nonfiction Books
  3. 10 Best Fiction Books
  4. 25 Best-Selling Books of All-Time

II. Best Nonfiction Books

These are the best nonfiction books to read, listed by category.

  1. Best Art and Creativity Books
  2. Best Biographies and Memoirs
  3. Best Business Books
  4. Best Classic Books
  5. Best Fitness Books
  6. Best History Books
  7. Best Leadership Books
  8. Best Philosophy Books
  9. Best Psychology Books
  10. Best Science Books
  11. Best Self-Help Books
  12. Best Writing Books

III. Best Fiction Books

These are the best fiction books to read, listed by category.

  1. Best Novels of All-Time
  2. Best Fantasy Books
  3. Best Mystery Books
  4. Best Science Fiction Books
  5. Best Thriller Books

IV. Book Summaries

For many of the books I read, I publish my personal notes and write a three sentence summary of the main ideas in the book. (Generally speaking, I only do this for nonfiction books.) You can read these notes on my book summaries page.

V. How to Read More Books

I use a simple process to read a lot of books. If you’re interested in reading books more consistently, you may find it useful.

Get the simple system I use to read more plus a checklist you can use to start your own reading habit by clicking here. It’s a free PDF I’ll email to you.