Book recommendations from 130+ top performers

Applying the philosophy of Digital Minimalism to my daily life opened a lot of free time in my schedule.  I decided to put this time to good use and read a book every week; kicking off with Tribe of Mentors. In Tribe of Mentors, author Tim Ferriss interviews 130+ top performers, from professional surfer Kelly Slater to historian, philosopher and best-selling author Yuval Noah Harari. One of Tim’s standard questions is:

“What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or wat are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?”

I decided to create a reading list containing the most mentioned books and my personal favorites. You can find these lists below.

Books with +3 mentions

Seven books are mentioned more than three times in Tribe of Mentors. I’ve compiled these into a list, including names of who recommended the books, how it’s rated on GoodReads, the top-3 genres from GoodReads, and a description.

1. Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
Recommended by Terry Crews (actor), Jimmy Fallon (television host), Dr. Micheal Gervais (performance psychologist), Jim Loehr (performance psychologist), Aniela Gregorek (weightlifting champion), Jerzy Gregorek (weightlifting champion), Fedor Holz (professional poker player) and Turia Pitt (athlete)

Rating: 4.36/5 stars (291.800+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Non-fiction, psychology, philosophy

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.

2. Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu
Recommended by Dr. Micheal Gervais (performance psychologist), Rick Rubin (producer), and Josh Waitzkin  (Ju-Jitsu black belt and Chess Prodigy)

Producer Rick Rubin writes: “The wisdom in it is timeless: how to be a good leader, a good person, a good parent, a good artist – how to be good at anything. It’s a beautiful read that awakens aspects of the brain in a really nice way”.

Rating: 4.31/5 (97.500+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Philosophy, non-fiction, classic

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3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Harari
Recommended by Ashton Kutcher (actor), Naval Ravikant (co-founder and CEO AngelList), and Ryan Shea  (co-founder BlockStack)

Rating: 4.45/5 (267.000+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Non-fiction, history, science

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power … and our future.

4. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker
Recommended by John Arnold (former hedge fund manager), Stewart Brand (writer), and Ben Silbermann (co-founder and CEO Pinterest)

Quote from Ben Silbermann: “Most news is about things that are going wrong. It can be discouraging and makes people feel powerless. This book takes a long view and shows the long-term decline in violence that has occurred”.

Rating: 4.19/5 (19.500+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Non-fiction, history, psychology

Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species’ existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind’s inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker’s exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.

5. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Recommended by Kelly Kevin (founding executive editor of Wired magazine), Tim Urban (founder Wait But Why), and Jesse Williams (actor)

Rating: 3.86/5 (275.000+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Fiction, classics, philosophy

The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.

This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite…of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy…and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand’s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction—that man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress…

“A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly…This is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall.”—The New York Times.

6. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Recommended by Daniel Ek (co-founder and CEO Spotify), Eric Ripert (chef, author), and Ryan Shea (co-founder BlockStack)

Quote from Eric Ripert: “The Alchemists speaks of everyone having an ultimate goal in life, but most of us are too afraid to pursue it. The encouragement to fulfill your dreams is very inspirational”

Rating: 3.85/5 (1.750.000+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Fiction, classics, fantasy

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

7. The 4-hour workweek, Timothy Ferriss
Recommended by Maurice Ashley (chess grandmaster, author), Mark Bell (powerlifter), and Laura R Walker (CEO New York Public Radio)

Rating: 3.87/5 (100.000+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Fiction, classics, fantasy

What do you do? Tim Ferriss has trouble answering the question. Depending on when you ask this controversial Princeton University guest lecturer, he might answer: “I race motorcycles in Europe.” “I ski in the Andes.” “I scuba dive in Panama.” “I dance tango in Buenos Aires.” He has spent more than five years learning the secrets of the New Rich, a fast-growing subculture who has abandoned the “deferred-life plan” and instead mastered the new currencies-time and mobility-to create luxury lifestyles in the here and now. Whether you are an overworked employee or an entrepreneur trapped in your own business, this book is the compass for a new and revolutionary world.

My personal favorites

Below my personal to-read list (excluding the books above) consisting of twenty-three books. The list is based purely on personal preference, there are a lot more books mentioned in Tribe of Mentors. You will find a lot of books about Stoicism and Taoism in my list.

1. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
Recommended by Arianna Huffington, co-founder The Huffington Post, author

Quote from Arianna Huffington: “He spent 19 years as the emperor of Rome facing nearly constant war, a horrific plague, an attempt at the throne by one of his closest allies and an incompetent and greedy stepbrother as co-emperor, and he still had the presence of mind to write one of my favorite quotes, “People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills. There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind… So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”

Rating: 4.23/5 (85.000+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Philosophy, classics, non-fiction

Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe.

Ranging from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus’ own emotions.

But while the Meditations were composed to provide personal consolation and encouragement, in developing his beliefs Marcus Aurelius also created one of the greatest of all works of philosophy: a timeless collection of extended meditations and short aphorisms that has been consulted and admired by statesmen, thinkers and readers through the centuries.

2. Letters from a Stoic, Seneca
Recommended by Jerzy Gregorek (former weight lifting champion)

Quote from Jerzy Gregorek: “I learned self-mastery: to constantly improve myself so I would be ready for any possible disaster. I also learned that when disaster happens, it means that something is being asked of me”.

Rating: 4.32/5 (15.500+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Philosophy, non-fiction, classics

The power and wealth which Seneca the Younger (c.4 B.C. – A.D. 65) acquired as Nero’s minister were in conflict with his Stoic beliefs. Nevertheless he was the outstanding figure of his age. The Stoic philosophy which Seneca professed in his writings, later supported by Marcus Aurelius, provided Rome with a passable bridge to Christianity. Seneca’s major contribution to Stoicism was to spiritualize and humanize a system which could appear cold and unrealistic.

Selected from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, these letters illustrate the upright ideals admired by the Stoics and extol the good way of life as seen from their standpoint. They also reveal how far in advance of his time were many of Seneca’s ideas – his disgust at the shows in the arena or his criticism of the harsh treatment of slaves. Philosophical in tone and written in the ‘pointed’ style of the Latin Silver Age these ‘essays in disguise’ were clearly aimed by Seneca at posterity.

3. The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
Recommended by Soman Chainani (author, filmmaker) and Marie Forleo (life coach, motivational speaker)

Rating: 4.01/5 (55.000+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Non-fiction, self-help, art

Internationally bestselling author of Last of the Amazons, Gates of Fire, and Tides of War, Steven Pressfield delivers a guide to inspire and support those who struggle to express their creativity. Pressfield believes that “resistance” is the greatest enemy, and he offers many unique and helpful ways to overcome it.

4. Sugar Blues, William Dufty
Recommended by Maurice Ashley, chess grandmaster

Rating: 4/5 (1.730+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Health, non-fiction, food

It’s a prime ingredient in countless substances from cereal to soup, from cola to coffee. Consumed at the rate of one hundred pounds for every American every year, it’s as addictive as nicotine — and as poisonous. It’s sugar. And “Sugar Blues”, inspired by the crusade of Hollywood legend Gloria Swanson, is the classic, bestselling expose that unmasks our generation’s greatest medical killer and shows how a revitalizing, sugar-free diet can not only change lives, but quite possibly save them.

5. The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley
Recommended by John Arnold, former hedge fund manager

Rating: 3.98/5 (7.500+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Non-fiction, economics, history

This bold book covers the entire sweep of human history, from the Stone Age to the Internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident assertion that thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change, and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity enhanced. Acute, refreshing, and revelatory, The Rational Optimist will change your way of thinking about the world for the better.

6. Born to Run, Christopher McDougall,
Recommended by Turia Pitt, athlete

Rating: 4.29/5 (145.000+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Non-fiction, sports, health

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

77. The tao of health, sex, and longevity by Daniel Reid
Recommended by Kelly Slater, professional surfer

Quote from Kelly Slater: “It’s a wealth of knowledge, almost like a personal health bible, about real-life things that you can put into practice to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Rating: 4.26/5 (600+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Health, non-fiction, spirituality

With a detailed introduction to the ancient philosophical, ethical, and religious Chinese practice of Taoism, The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity is a unique, comprehensive, and practical self-help guide to live a balanced and positive Taoist lifestyle.

Written by a Westerner for the Western mind, The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity is perfect for the modern reader interested in exploring the balanced and holistic health care system used by Chinese physicians, martial artists, and meditators for over 5,000 years.

Drawing on his extensive personal experience and research from original sources, author Daniel Reid covers all aspects of the healthy Taoist lifestyle, delivering concise information and instruction on diet and nutrition, fasting, breathing and exercise, sexual health, medicine, and meditation.

8. The wisdom of the enneagram, Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
Recommended by Kristen Ulmer, former professional extreme skier

Quote from Kristen Ulmer: “I love this book so much, in fact, that I wouldn’t date or certainly hire anyone unless I knew what their enneagram type was.”

Rating: 4.22/5 (3.500+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Psychology, non-fiction, self-help

A groundbreaking guide centering around the Enneagramthe most popular system for personality typing presents a vast array of insight for determining personality types, from recognizing each type’s WakeUp Call and Red Flag to letting go of self-defeating habits and reactions. Original.

9. The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Recommended by Kristen Ulmer, former professional extreme skier

Quote from Kristen Ulmer: “It was so powerful because it outlines non-dual states-a.k.a. something bigger than my own personal, limited view of the world.”

Rating: 4.13/5 (159.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Self-help, non-fiction, spirituality

Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language. More importantly, within a chapter of reading this book, readers are already holding the world in a different container–more conscious of how thoughts and emotions get in the way of their ability to live in genuine peace and happiness.

Tolle packs a lot of information and inspirational ideas into The Power of Now. (Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.) Thankfully, he’s added markers that symbolise “break time”. This is when readers should close the book and mull over what they just read. As a result, The Power of Now reads like the highly acclaimed A Course in Miracles–a spiritual guidebook that has the potential to inspire just as many study groups and change just as many lives for the better. –Gail Hudson

10. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Recommended by Strauss Zelnick, founder Zelnick Media Capital

Strauss Zelnick, founder Zelnick Media Capital, writes: “Archaic references and overweening title to the side, it’s actually a great guide to leadership and salesmanship”.

Rating: 4.18/5 (456.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Non-fiction, self-help, business

You can go after the job you want…and get it! You can take the job you have…and improve it! You can take any situation you’re in…and make it work for you!

Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. Dale Carnegie’s first book is a timeless bestseller, packed with rock-solid advice that has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age.

Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

11. Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti, Jiddu Krishnamurti
Recommended by Naval Ravikant, co-founder and CEO of AngelList

Quote from Naval Ravikant: “A rationalist’s guide to the perils of the human mind. The “spiritual book that I keep returning to.

Rating: 4.38/5 (1.000+ ratings)
Top 3 genres: Philosophy, spirituality, non-fiction

Counted among his admirers are Jonas Salk, Aldous Huxley, David Hockney, and Van Morrison, along with countless other philosophers, artist, writers and students of the spiritual path. Now the trustees of Krishnamurti’s work have gathered his very best and most illuminating writings and talks to present in one volume the truly essential ideas of this great spiritual thinker.Total Freedom includes selections from Krishnamurti’s early works, his ‘Commentaries on Living’, and his discourses on life, the self, meditation, sex and love. These writings reveal Krishnamuri’s core teachings in their full eloquence and power: the nature of personal freedom; the mysteries of life and death; and the ‘pathless land’, the personal search for truth and peace. Warning readers away from blind obedience to creeds or teachers – including himself – Krishnamurti celebrated the individual quest for truth, and thus became on of the most influential guides for independent-minded seekers of the twentieth century – and beyond.

12. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
Recommended by Bozoma Saint John (businesswoman, former chief brand officer Uber) and Jesse Williams (actor)

Rating: 4.04/5 (74.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Fiction, Classics, Cultural – African American

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

13. Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
Recommended by Richa Chadha, Indian actress

Quote from Richa Chadha: “It reminds me that human beings are the only species that have become conditioned to doubt survival. Plants grow, trusting nature to provide nutrition; animals thrive in the wild despite dangerous conditions. This book reminded me to have faith at a low point in my life, hence I share it as widely as possible to pull others out of their misery.” 

Rating: 4.23/5 (39.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Spirituality, biography, non-fiction

This acclaimed autobiography presents a fascinating portrait of one of the great spiritual figures of our time. With engaging candor, eloquence, and wit, Paramahansa Yogananda narrates the inspiring chronicle of his life: the experiences of his remarkable childhood, encounters with many saints and sages during his youthful search throughout India for an illumined teacher, ten years of training in the hermitage of a revered yoga master, and the thirty years that he lived and taught in America. Also recorded here are his meetings with Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Luther Burbank, the Catholic stigmatist Therese Neumann, and other celebrated spiritual personalities of East and West.

14. What I talk about When I talk About Running, Haruki Murakami
Recommended by Brain Koppelman, filmmaker, essayist, podcaster

Rating: 3.83/5 (85.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Non-fiction, memoir, biography

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he’d completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, not to mention triathlons and a dozen critically acclaimed books, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and–even more important–on his writing. Equal parts training log, travelogue, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and takes us to places ranging from Tokyo’s Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston among young women who outpace him. Through this marvelous lens of sport emerges a panorama of memories and insights: the eureka moment when he decided to become a writer, his greatest triumphs and disappointments, his passion for vintage LPs, and the experience, after fifty, of seeing his race times improve and then fall back. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is rich and revelatory, both for fans of this masterful yet guardedly private writer and for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running.”

15. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
Recommended by Josh Waitzkin, Ju-Jitsu black belt and Chess Prodigy

Quote from Josh Waitzkin: “Inspired my cultivation of dynamic quality as a way of life”

Rating: 3.77/5 (177.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Psychology, fiction, classics

Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an examination of how we live, a meditation on how to live better set around the narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America’s Northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son.

16. The beggar king and the secret of happiness
Recommended by Maria Yuryevna Sharapova, professional tennis player.

Rating: 4.13/5 (1.281+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Non-fiction, memoir, biography

The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is an altogether original true story about a storyteller who loses his voice and believes he’s lost everything. An encounter with his old teacher shows him that, in fact, he’s been given a great gift. Their meetings lead him on a journey into the timeless wisdom of ancient tales – a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses and buried treasures – and, ultimately, toward the secret of happiness.

17. The 15 commitments of Conscious Leadership, Jim Deter and Diana Chapman
Recommended by Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder Facebook, co-founder Asana

Rating: 4.16/5 (85.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Leadership, business, management

Quote from Dustin Moskovitz: “The lessons it teaches have transformed the way I engage with difficult situations and thus reduced the suffering I experience in big and small ways. Though it is written with leaders in mind, I find myself recommending it to everyone, and we give it to every new employee at Asana”.

You’ll never see leadership the same way again after reading this book.  These fifteen commitments are a distillation of decades of work with CEOs and other leaders. They are radical or provocative for many. They have been game changers for us and for our clients. We trust that they will be for you too.  Our experience is that unconscious leadership is not sustainable. It won’t work for you, your team or your organization in the long term. Unconscious leadership can deliver short term results, but the costs of living and leading unconsciously are great.

18. Seeking Wisdom: from Darwin to Munger, Peter Bevelin
Recommended by Jason Fried, founder and CEO of Basecamp

Quote from Jason Fried: “I think any book that reviews Charlie Munger’s ideas is worth reading, and this one in particular weaves in wisdom from some of history’s greatest minds.”

Rating: 4.37/5 (2.300+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Philosophy, business, non-fiction

Peter Bevelin begins his fascinating book with Confucius’ great wisdom: “A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.” Seeking Wisdom is the result of Bevelin’s learning about attaining wisdom. His quest for wisdom originated partly from making mistakes himself and observing those of others but also from the philosophy of super-investor and Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger. A man whose simplicity and clarity of thought was unequal to anything Bevelin had seen.

19. Black Box Thinking: Why Some People Never Learn from Their Mistakes, Matthew Syed
Recommended by Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO of Spotify

Quote from Daniel Ek: “Since reading this book, I’ve literally incorporated this approach to problem-solving every day”.

Rating: 4.33/5 (4.900+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Non-fiction, psychology, business

Using a cornucopia of interviews, gripping stories, and sharp-edged science, Syed explores the intimate relationship between failure and success, and shows why we need to transport black box thinking into our own lives. If we wish to unleash our potential, we must diagnose and break free of our failures. Part manifesto for change, part intellectual adventure, this groundbreaking book reveals how to do both.

20. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz
Recommended by Daniel Negreanu, professional poker player who has won six World Series of Poker.

Quote from Daniel Negreanu: “It is a quick read, just 140 pages or so, and it’s the simplicity that makes the book so powerful. Anytime I have a friend who wants to embark on the journey of introspection, that’s always where I start.”

Rating: 4.15/5 (153.500+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Non-fiction, self-help, spirituality

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.

22. Wherever you go, there you are, Jon Kabat-zinn
Recommended by Rick Rubin, producer

Rating: 4.12/5 (31.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Non-fiction, spirituality, self-help

In this book, the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one’s own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments.

22. Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger
Recommended by Ben Stiller, actor

Rating: 4.19/5 (125.000+ ratings)
Top 3 Genres: Short stories, fiction, classics

Nine Stories (1953) is a collection of short stories by American fiction writer J. D. Salinger published in April 1953. It includes two of his most famous short stories, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” and “For Esmé – with Love and Squalor”. (Nine Stories is the U.S. title; the book is published in many other countries as For Esmé – with Love and Squalor, and Other Stories.)

23. Ernest Hemingway on Writing, Larry W. Philips
Recommended by Josh Waitzkin, Ju-Jitsu black belt and Chess Prodigy

Rating: 4.05/5 (2.800+ ratings)
Top Genres: Writing, non-fiction

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