If you only read ONE book in 2017

Autonomous Autonomous | Mar 8, 2017

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We’re inundated with information all day long. But reading is a special kind of inundation, and there are myriad benefits for making a regular habit of it. Scattered focus, stress levels and even the likelihood of developing dementia all go down from a regular reading habit. 

If you’re not an avid reader who gets so absorbed in a book that you suddenly realize almost an hour has passed and that the water you put on for pasta has boiled away and you’ve melted another handle on a pot…well, maybe that’s a good thing. 

But if you kind of hate the idea of picking up a book, here’s a tip for how to make it work: take some time to choose a well-written book on a topic that truly fascinates you and put it on all your devices (Kindle app is free). 

So next time you’re tempted to mindlessly scroll through Facebook for thirty minutes on the train, or while you have your morning coffee/tea/whatever suits you, you’ll surely have one device within reach that has your book on it. Five, ten, thirty minutes a day — doesn’t matter, you’ll make it through if you stick to it and you’ll be better for it.


People who are trying to maximize their day probably don’t have a lot of spare time to read books on how to do that. The consensus is, this is the one to read. Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg has fact-based, interesting, well-written advice in here. 

smarter faster better book

“Not only will Smarter Faster Better make you more efficient if you heed its tips, it will also save you the effort of reading many productivity books dedicated to the ideas inside.”— Bloomberg Businessweek

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There are a lot of self-help books out there about how to be the best you. This is not one of those. This book is based on years and years of research from previously unexplored perspectives about what gets successful people of all kinds to the top of their mountains. 

Grit Book

“Grit is a persuasive and fascinating response to the cult of IQ fundamentalism. Duckworth reminds us that it is character and perseverance that set the successful apart.”
 — Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers


Jon Kabat-Zinn’s research about mindfulness-based stress reduction gave rise to a whole new field at the intersection of medicine and psychology. This book is simply for “anyone trying to live a healthier and saner life in our fast-paced world”. The new edition includes important updates since it was first published. 

Full catestrophe living book

“I first read Full Catastrophe Living in my early twenties and it changed my life.”— Chade-Meng Tan, Jolly Good Fellow of Google and author of Search Inside Yourself

Understanding our world 

Do you ever get the feeling that were on an exponentially-accelerating path towards a future that no single one of us can fully imagine? Me too. Co-founder and Senior Maverick of Wired.com, Kevin Kelly, apparently can imagine, though. So, strap in. 

the inevitable book

“Anyone can claim to be a prophet, a fortune teller, or a futurist, and plenty of people do. What makes Kevin Kelly different is that he’s right. In this book, you’re swept along by his clear prose and unassailable arguments until it finally hits you: The technological, cultural, and societal changes he’s foreseeing really are inevitable. It’s like having a crystal ball, only without the risk of shattering.” — David Pogue, Yahoo Tech


Bill Gates’ favorite books of 2016

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