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28 Life-Changing Books To Read Today

Reading is a part of the lifeblood here at Buffer — it’s engrained in our focus on self-improvement and a huge part of the employee perks. From Day One as a Buffer team member, you’re given access to a free Kindle Paperwhite and all the free Kindle books you like.

Amongst the team, we love seeing what everyone is reading as new books are posted into our Hipchat room and Facebook Group. Many times we’ll snag new books based on fellow team members’ recommendations.

We even launched a Pinterest board to track books that the team is reading, which has also proved to be a favorite board among fans, too.

Follow Buffer’s board What Buffer is Reading on Pinterest.

So we know that great books can change lives. And you do, too! In fact, when we asked our fans what books had changed their lives, we were so amazed by the response! Here are all of the life-changing book recommendations. (Click any of these book recommendations for a link to Amazon!)

The Primal Blueprint The Speed of Trust Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 10.17.22 AM Born to Run The Brothers Karamosov Red Rising Rework The Flinch The Hatchet A Million Miles in a Thousand Years How to Win Friends and Influence People The 80 20 Principle The Art of Travel The Diary of Anne Frank 1984 The Secret Tuesdays with Morrie Linchpin The Four Agreements In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day Five Point Someone The Wall Damn Good Advice for People with Talent No Excuses The Solitaire Mystery The Food Revolution Goodnight Mister Tom Crush It

Our team certainly added to our to-read piles after seeing this list! Here’s the whole list, in case you’d like to Pin it for reference later.


What books did you add to your list to check out? What books have had the most impact in your life? Please share in the comments!

Happy reading!

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  • Dan Messina

    Great picks! Some of those are definitely going on my reading list (or already were). Interesting to see Brothers Karamazov next to Hatchet (one of my favs as a kid) and The Little Engine That Could.

    Although I can’t think of The Little Engine That Could without picturing this image…

  • Born to Run is great. By reading it I have started running with barefoot shoes. Also the Four Agreements is great. I have learned a lot especially not to take anything personally agreement is awesome. And I am looking forward to read the ReWork one.

    What I am reading right now is Power of Full Engagement. Definitely recommending to anyone who wants to utilize its energy level to the maximum or even increase it. It also answered to a lot aspects of life on how to work with the best results, how to learn something new, how to exercise correctly and moreover, how to rest.

  • Athena Lam

    Biggest impact is hard!

    The ones that top my list are the ones that I go back to again and again, and that still shape the way I see the world:

    Maximum City by Suteku Mehta
    Structure and Change in Economic History by Douglas North
    The God of Small things by Arundhati Roy
    Genealogy of History by Michel Foucault

    And two writers who stand out for both their individual works and their collection: Michael Ondatjee and Yasunari Kawabata

    The Little Prince – I don’t know how it’s shaped me, but it’s the single book that stands out as a reread that continues to resonate very deeply.

    I loved Freakonomics and Poor Economics. I think they play an important role as well, but the ones that end up appealing both intellectually and emotionally are either literature or theoretical works.

  • Go Irani

    10 Great Books That Will Make You Change Your Life

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