Best Nonfiction Books to Read for Personal Development, Higher Performance, and Learning About Yourself

by Scott Jeffrey

Through the course of over 20 years of “deep reading,” I’ve managed to consume over 1,000 nonfiction titles on various areas of interest.

Occasionally, I write reviews of my selections of “best nonfiction books to read” on a particular topic. Many of these titles are used as a reference in the in-depth guides I provide on this website.

Below are the best nonfiction book reviews currently available based on topics that might interest you:

Best Personal Development Books to Read

This selection focuses on books that provide practical strategies and methods for achieving more and realizing meaningful growth. If you’re interested in self-actualization, you’ll probably enjoy these titles.

Best books to read for personal development include:

  • Mastery by George Leonard
  • Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan
  • Mindset by Carol Dweck

Read the complete personal development books review >

Best Psychology Books to Read

This selection of psychology books will help you better understand what drives you. If everyone read these books early on and developed an understanding based on them, we would live in an entirely different world.

Best books to read in psychology include:

  • Owning Your Own Shadow by Robert Johnson
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • King Warrior Magician Lover by Moore and Gillette

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Best Business Books to Read

This selection focuses on titles that support professional development, behavioral change, and meaningful productivity. If you’re interested in higher performance, these books are you!

Best books to read for business include:

  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith
  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney

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Best Marketing Books to Read

This selection of marketing books will help you build your marketing intelligence and learn vital strategies for gaining awareness, creating customers, and scaling your business.

Best books to read for marketing include:

  • Pre-suasion by Robert Cialdini
  • Blue Ocean Shift by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
  • Top of Mind by John Hall

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Best Self Help Books to Read

These classics from the self-help genre guide individuals to achieve more and make more money by conditioning their minds, developing new habits, and finding motivation through inspiration.

Best books to read for inspiration and achievement include:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • The Magic of Thinking Big

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Do You Like Listening to Books On The Go?

Most of my clients now listen to audiobooks more then they read. Whenever available, I’ve included links to Amazon’s audiobook version for each listing. If you’re not already an Audible customer, you can start a free 30-day trial and get two free audiobooks.