Some people live half of their lives without realizing the potential of their minds. They make choices that their friends, colleagues or parents make and wonder what’s wrong with their life. Leading a life like that is a waste of time.

We realize this only when we read a number of books. Some books are so well-thought, researched and explored that it changes the way we perceive our world. We all need to read such books so that we don’t end up leading lives like everyone else. Here are 20 thought-provoking books that can have a great influence on you, and therefore, on your life.

1. Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand

2. Hooked

Author: Nir Eyal with Ryan Hoover

3. Out of the Crisis

Author: W. Edwards Deming

4. The Innovator’s Dilemma

Author: Clayton M. Christensen

5. The 4-Hour Workweek

Author: Timothy Ferriss

6. The Art of War

Author: Sun Tzu

7. The Lorax

Author: Dr. Seuss

8. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Author: Robert M. Pirsig

9. The Alchemist

Author: Paulo Coelho

10. My Spiritual Journey

Author: The Dalai Lama

11. Choose Yourself!

Author: James Altucher

12. Eat, Pray, Love

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

13. The Science of Getting Rich

Author: Wallace D. Wattle

14. The Fifth Mountain: A Novel

Author: Paulo Coelho

15. Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

16. The Tipping Point

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

17. Think and Grow Rich

Author: Napoleon Hill

18. Vagabonding

Author: Rolf Potts

19. Quiet

Author: Susan Cain

20. A Short History of Nearly Everything

Author: Bill Bryson

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