A good list of which I have read a few and heartily endorse…
- 10% Happier by Dan Harris
- The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Zander and Benjamin Zander
- The Art of Profitability by Adrian Slywotzky
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu
- Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Book in Three Sentences: Randomness, chance, and luck influence our lives and our work more than we realize. Because of hindsight bias and survivorship bias, in particular, we tend to forget the many who fail, remember the few who succeed, and then create reasons and patterns for their success even though it was largely random. Mild success can be explainable by skills and hard work, but wild success is usually attributable to variance and luck.
- Free Will by Sam Harris
The Book in Three Sentences: We do not have the freedom and free will that we think we do. Yes, you can make conscious choices, but everything that makes up those conscious choices (your thoughts, your wants, your desires) is determined by prior causes outside your control. Just because you can do what you want does not mean you have free will because you are not choosing what you want in the first place.
- The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
- Stumbling on Happiness by Dan Gilbert
The Book in Three Sentences: What makes humans different from every other animal is that we think about the future. However, our brains fall victim to a wide range of biases that cause our predictions of the future (and our memories of the past) to be inaccurate. Because of these mental errors it is remarkably difficult to predict what will make us feel happy.
- Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
This page shares a full list of book summaries I have compiled during my reading and research. These book summaries are not organized by category, so you might find a self-help book followed by a business book followed by a psychology book.
And two other lists from James Clear: