7 Non-fiction Books That Will Change Your Life

I fell in love with reading around two years ago. From reading 1 or 2 books (sometimes 0) I ended up reading almost more than 100 books a year!

But throughout my reading lists, you will hardly find a non-fiction or self-help book!

I loved reading fictional stories and characters. I wanted to laugh or cry after reading certain stories. 

Almost in the middle of 2019, I got to know about this app called Blinkist,  An app that can give you a 15 quick summary of any nonfiction book. You can either read it or listen to it. I love listening to them. Mainly for two reasons; one it’s super convenient when you do something else, second it has amazing narrators. 

It’s because of BLINKIST that  I started enjoying more nonfiction books. Oh, and the best part about the app was I could save some of the best points from the books.

So this year I am planning to dedicate my time to indulge in some of the nonfiction books about creativity, time management, and productivity as well as mental health. 

And guess what I have already finished my VERY FIRST non-fiction by Elizabeth Gilbert in December. The book is called Big magic, a must-read for anyone who wants to explore their creative side! 

So in the year if you are looking for some self-help books here are 7 books everyone should read in their lifetime. 

7 Non-fiction Books That Will Change Your Life

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Big magic-Elizabeth Gilbert

About the author: Elizabeth Gilbert is the #1Newyork Times bestselling author of big magic; Eat, pray, love and several other fiction and nonfiction books. 

About the book: The very first thing that drew me to this book is the Ted talk I listened to months ago by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of this book). The talk is almost the gist of the book she wrote years after. In my opinion, this is the kind of book you can go back to again and again when you need some encouragement to be creative. If nothing feels right or working out, just sit down and read this book. Once you do that I am sure you can get back to your job recharged and full of enthusiasm to create something extraordinary! 


“It’s a simple and generous rule of life that whatever you practice, you will improve at.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert


This book teaches you

  • What it takes to be creative.
  • how to stay focused on your creative journey.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People- Stephen Covey

About the author: Stephen R. Covey is one of the world’s foremost organizational experts and thought leaders. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has sold more than 45 million copies in more than 40 languages around the world. 

About the book: This book has a lot to offer when it comes to guidelines and actionable steps. For instance, in the very beginning, Convey explains why we need to adopt a proactive mindset in order to be effective in life. Instead of saying I can’t or I have to Covey encourages me to take responsibility for one’s life. A proactive phrase such as I can, I will, I prefer, etc can help us to be able to control our lives better. 


“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”

– DR. STEPHEN R. COVEY


This book teaches you: 

  • How to adopt the habits of successful people and how to get more work done.
  • The importance of having a vision for the future along with a comprehensive action plan.

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It- Kelly McGonigal

About the author:  Kelly McGonigal is an award-winning psychology instructor at Stanford University.  She is also the author of The Joy of Movement, The Upside of Stress, and Yoga for Pain Relief

About the book: The book explains the new science of self-control. What really happens to our mind and body when we adopt certain habits or go through various emotions. 


“We need to separate the real rewards that give our lives meaning from the false rewards that keep us distracted and addicted. Learning to make this distinction may be the best we can do.” 

Kelly McGonigal


This book teaches you: 

  • What exactly Willpower is and why does it matter so much?
  • Some of the best solutions to resist temptations, impulsiveness, and procrastination.  

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times-Pema Chödrön

About the author: Pema Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun. She is also the author of numerous best-selling books, including The Places That Scare You and Living Beautifully.

About the book: We all have those days when life just feels miserable. Anxiety hits you so hard that everything feels like it’s falling apart. On those days, this is the book you need to grab. 


“The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves.”

-Pema Chodron


This book teaches you:

  • Life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negativity into habitual ease and boundless joy. 
  • Some of the insights of Buddhism to incorporate in tough times.

Write It Down, Make It Happen: Henriette Anne Klauser

About the author: Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D., is the author of four books. Her books have been selected for Book of the Month Club offerings and translated into several languages, including Japanese and Korean.

About the book: The book reminds you of the power of pen and paper. It’s about writing down the goals we want to achieve along with the unwanted things that you hope to get rid of. 


“Writing separates the dream from the fear; writing about your anxiety makes it an entity existing outside of your goal.” 

-Henriette Anne Klauser


This book will teach you : 

  • How writing things down the things we desire and fear can help us accomplish our goals.  
  • How the act of writing down can turn ourselves into a magnet for our aspirations. 

The Magic of Thinking Big: David J. Schwartz

About the author:  David J. Schwartz was an American motivational writer and coach.  He became well known through his motivational publications and self-help books, especially for The Magic of Thinking Big, published in 1959. 

About the book: From writing a pep talk to “sell-yourself-to-yourself” commercial, the book focuses everything on yourself. The thing that matters most to achieve success is “you”. It’s not being intellectual but being confident and believing in oneself. 


“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to a solution.” 

-David J. Schwartz


This book will teach you: 

  • The importance of making investments in our knowledge and enhancing the power of your mind. 
  • How self-belief can get you anywhere in the world. 

Six Pillars of Self-Esteem- Nathaniel Branden

About the author: Nathaniel Branden was a Canadian-American psychotherapist and writer known for his work in the psychology of self-esteem

About the book: We don’t always understand what exactly the definition of self-esteem is. We know it’s vital but sometimes lack the real purpose in our lives. This book gives us a comprehensive guide to self- esteem along with other important parts that are imperative. 


“What is required for many of us, paradoxical though it may sound, is the courage to tolerate happiness without self-sabotage.”

Nathaniel Branden


This book will teach you: 

  • How self-esteem is essential for our success.
  • What are the six pillars that will guide us in our Physiological development.

Time for your action:

Have you already read any of these books? What do you think of these? I am also eager to know what other books you would add to the must-read list.

Always curious to hear from you,

YBF

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