The Best Reading Material you could ever find

There are so many books regarded as best sellers but there are some that surpass that label. Not only are they best sellers but they have been used time and time again to help people become a better version of themselves. It is good to know what sort of books are this so that you buy them next time you are looking for a self-help book.


How to Win Friends and Influence People: 16 million + copies

First published in 1937 and updated in 1981, How to Win Friends and Influence People has been translated into 36 languages and was one of the first best-selling self-help books ever. Written by Dale Carnegie, a successful ex-salesman and lecturer, the manual contains strategies for effective communication as well as tips for making people like you and bringing them around to your way of thinking. It is still immensely popular today, particularly among business people.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 20 million copies

Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, has been translated into 38 languages and remains one of the most popular and influential self-help and business management books today. As the title suggests, Covey presents seven habits to adopt in order to become more efficient and successful, and promotes fairness, respect and integrity in the work environment. President Bill Clinton was apparently so impressed by the book that he invited Covey to Camp David for tips on how to incorporate its teachings into his life.

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Most readers want to escape to another world but there are nonfiction books that can make them see the world differently through the eyes of the author or the characters. One such book is Humans of New York. It tells the stories of everyday people.

 “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari

With a plethora of technology all around us, there are more ways than ever before to meet, date, and form romantic relationships with a wide range of people. So why do single people simultaneously seem more frustrated than ever? Along with NYU sociologist Eric Klienberg, Ansari explores the ins and outs of dating in the modern world.

“Humans of New York: Stories” by Brandon Stanton

Stanton’s popular Humans of New York blog captures glimpses into the lives and histories of everyday New Yorkers through portraits and snippets of dialogue. The follow-up to his first best-selling book, this new collection dives even deeper with new humans and more in-depth stories. Sometimes funny, sometimes somber, sometimes brutally honest, it touches on all the raw emotions of being human.

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Books are not only the greatest reading material. We also have magazines. The function of magazines is to delve a little deeper and they bring us what is beyond the surface of a subject. There are also great magazines that have stood the test of time.

  1. Esquire

Under Harold T.P. Hayes (1961–1973)Esquire had the men’s magazine formula backward. An uncommon example of a magazine that sold out first before establishing itself as a literary force, Esquire was launched in 1933 as an early juggs-and-journalism rag (illustrated of course, not photographed), but its most important period began in 1961. Under the leadership of new editor Hayes, the magazine’s pages got bigger, future celebrities Gay Talese and Tom Wolfe ushered in New Journal-ism, and design titan George Lois produced the most iconic magazine covers ever. Esquire captured last century’s most dynamic decade, visually and literarily altering the way Americans thought about their changing country. Sonny Liston as black Santa Claus? The unsuccessful quest to interview Sinatra? Anti-Vietnam-War Muhammad Ali as St. Sebastian? We rest our case.

  1. National Geographic

Founded nine months after the eponymous society in 1888, and framed in its instantly recognizable yellow, the magazine didn’t publish photos as covers until 1959. Whereas it initially charted and shot unknown civilizations, it has now become a visual catalog of civilizations in decay, and is still the benchmark for global photojournalism.

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