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23 Powerful short books which you should read immediately

At the beginning of this year, I’ve set a resolution of reading a book on a weekly basis.
And the strange part is that so far, I am able to do so.
This means, every week I had an opportunity to learn something from Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Daniel Pink, Tim Ferris, Ryan Holiday and many more.
Which means, compared to last year, I have lot more actionable ideas, strategies, the wisdom of successful people in the current year.

But wait, isn’t book a week too much to ask of yourself?
What tool I used to do a speedread?
Do I listen to the book rather than reading it? Or maybe 2X listening speed?

Now the list of questions can become extensive and interesting but instead I’ll disappoint you with the two facts –

It’s been only 26 weeks so for me to manage reading a book per week, and there are a lot of other folks out there who are managing to do so for many years
Secondly, this ‘feat’ gives you a bragging right only for certain period. After some time, if you are not implementing the insights then count won’t matter much.

Now we do like to read many books, certainly more than what we read at present.
In order to get that, we have to either increase our reading speed or increase number of hours available.
Unfortunately, none of them can happen immediately.
It’s a process which will take time.

So, what can we do in this world of instant gratification?

Why am I reading this post if I can’t read more books?

Well, I can help you out with book selection, by sharing those which have a shorter count and are full of wisdom.

I’ve read all of them so can recommend you.

I won’t be recommending those which lack the punch (I do read them to complete Goodreads challenge against a friend)

So here are the 23 short gems which I liked -


We should be all be feminists by Chimamanda Agozi (52 pages) – This book focussed on inclusion and identifying both blatant discrimination and the more subtle, institutional behaviours that work against women


The Elements of Style by William Strunk (52 pages) – This will help a lot if you write. And we all are writers (either writing a post or an email or a proposal or an excuse)


Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (54 pages) - A story about a man, Gregor Samsa, who wakes up as a gigantic, incredibly disgusting bug


Anthem by Ayn Rand (68 pages) - It is the story of one man's rebellion against a totalitarian, collectivist society


The art of war by Sun Tzu (72 pages) - In 13 chapters, the text analyzes the basic principles of war, teaching military commanders when and how to fight battles. Many of its theories were surprisingly relevant in marketing and finance.


As a man thinketh by James Allen (80 pages) – This book has a message that quality of your thoughts is responsible for the quality of your life


The Dip by Seth Godin (86 pages) – It teaches you should you stick or create when a low point is reached in a job or in relationship


Poke the Box by Seth Godin (95 pages) – It teaches you that the opportunity, challenge, and thrill comes from focusing on the work, not focusing on the fear that the work brings you


Seven brief lessons by Carlo Rovelli (96 pages) - Carlo Rovelli explains Einstein's theory of general relativity, quantum mechanics, black holes, the complex architecture of the universe, elementary particles, gravity and the nature of the mind.


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (105 pages) - This is a touching story of the complex bond between two migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression.


The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway (127 pages) - The book tells the story of a battle between an experienced Cuban fisherman, Santiago, and a giant fish.


The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway (144 pages) - The story centres around one of the characteristic themes of Hemingway’s writings – how a man behaves in the face of death


The stranger by Albert Camus (144 pages) - A story about an Algerian who commits a murder after attending his mother’s funeral. His understanding of the world, his emotional spectrum, and the general absurdities of the time all combine to form a compelling read.


Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much by Michael Wood (146 pages) –Biography of Alfred Hitchcock


The Tribes by Seth Godin (147 pages) – Here Seth pitches for the point that everyone has an opportunity to start a movement - to bring together a tribe of like-minded people and do amazing things


Animal Farm by George Orwell (154 pages) - George Orwell paints an allegory of the Russian Revolution leading to the communism in the Soviet Union.


The Gifts of Imperfection by BrenΓ© Brown (158 pages) – To help you cultivate the courage and compassion


The little book of talent by Daniel Coyle (160 pages) – This book preaches deliberate practice and instead of belabouring over the details, Coyle shared the tips right away



Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon (160 pages) – To fire your inner creativity


After the Quake by Haruki Murakami (162 pages) - A collection of six short stories written after 1995 earthquake, where each story shows the impact of a quake


On Intelligence by Jeff Hawkings (174 pages) – A book about How a New Understanding of the Brain will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradberry (176 pages) – A dystopian novel which presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found



Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (192 pages) – A story where a student who is successful professionally but lacks inner meaning meets his dying sociology professor to learn final lecture - The lessons of the life

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