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Best Self Help Books: Top 20 Motivational & Inspirational List (2019)

By now, you must’ve learnt that motivation is temporary.

Not a big deal anyways!

So, is the case with bathing. That’s why its recommended daily.

For your daily inspiration doze, today we’ve got a list of Best self-help books here that’ll bring outcomes.

The best part?

It hardly matters if you’re a student preparing for an exam or a businessman who’s failed a hundred times.

Below provided best motivational books are bound to make you jump out of the bed and work towards your goal.

This 2019 updated read is for everyone.Best Self Help Books

Check these unbiased reviews, pros & cons and choose the best self-development book for you.

Top 20 Motivational Books Of 2019

1.Who moved my cheese? By Dr Spencer Johnson (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
2.You’re a badass! By Jen Sincero (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
3.The power of positive thinking By Norman Vincent Peale (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
4.The 5-second rule By Mel Robbins (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
5.The 7 habits of highly effective people By Stephen R. Covey (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
6.Unlimited power By Anthony Robbins (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
7.Choose yourself By James Altucher (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
8.Think and grow rich By Napoleon Hill (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
9.The magic of thinking big By David J. Schwartz (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
10.The 10X rule By Grant Cardone (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
11.The 4-hour work week By Timothy Ferriss (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
12.Hustle: The power to charge your life By Neil Patel (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
13.Awaken the giant within By Anthony Robbins (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
14.The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
15.Man’s search for meaning By Viktor E Frankl (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
16.You can heal your life By Louise L. Hay (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
17.Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
18.Smarter, Faster, Better By Charles Duhigg (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
19.The art of war By Sun Tzu (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price
20.How to win friends & influence people By Dale Carnegie (Click for Book Review)Buy In Best Price

1. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life


Perfect for instant inspirational doze. Since just 96 pages book, & needs only 3-4 hours to complete for an average reader.
Obligatory to impact your thinking about CHANGE.
Motivational in a movie way, includes insanely awesome story of four characters.
Suitable for every age group i.e. from school going kid to elderly grandparents.


x Don’t purchase for your daily morning or bedtime readng habits, very short book & story. Will be completed before you start thinking.
x At some points, specially in the third section, story is stretched a bit.
x No doubt a good story but a hyped one as well. Thus, just basic fundamentals in the form of a parable.

  • Publisher: RHUK
  • Edition: Latest edition (4 March 1999)
  • Pages: 96
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

2. You are a BadAss: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life


Lacking self-confidence? Buy this book online without a second thought.
Interesting, new and completely fresh writing style of the author.
Teaches, how to think positively for reaching goals.
By reading this book, one can consiously master, how to program the subconcious mind.


x Against the basic premise of Law of Attraction, not a con though.
x Completely one-dimentional book i.e. doesn’t unveil anything related to negative chunk of general things & nature, normally.
x A clear support to pop-culture can be observed in the words.

  • Publisher: Perseus
  • Edition: First edition (10 August 2015)
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average customer rating: 4/5

3. The Power Of Positive Thinking


Helpful in positive boom for both personal and professional life.
The power of positive thinking is an inspirational book in a spiritual way, that completely eradicates the negativity from life.
Good case studies to proove facts.
Based on science of belief with acceptance and worship.


x Repititive god and christianity spreading can sometime irritates the reader.
x Better recommended for improvment of long term vision towards life, lesser recommended for instant and sudden motivational flow throughout the body.

x Not a con though, but it feels more like reading a bible or some religious scripture.

  • Publisher: RHUK
  • Edition: Latest edition (5 July 2016)
  • Pages: 301
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 11 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4/5

4. The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage


Unable to take final decision? Countdown from 5, 4, 3, 2 to 1 & make a move 1, it's what this book teaches in short.
Best book if willing to gain control & confidence.
Book helps to push to work, wakeup early in the morning, hit the gym and countless other things.
Completely kills procastination habit of an individual.


x Overly elongated concept with repetitive writing style.
x Book provides an antidote to overthinking loop. For most people out there, not a con though.

  • Publisher: Savio Republic
  • Edition: 28 February 2017
  • Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


One of the finest habit changing book in the world.
In short, 7 habits are 1. Be proactive; 2. Begin with the end in mind; 3. Put first things first; 4. Think win win; 5. First seek to understand, then to be understood; 6. Synergize; 7. Sharpen the law.
Not only in personal world, but also, in the world of business, shifts paradigm.


x Some chapters are bit tough to understand for extreme beginners in the self-help category.
x Awesome book for entrepreneurs, but too philosophical.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Edition: India Only edition (21 November 2013)
  • Pages: 432
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.6 x 13 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4/5

6. Unlimited Power: The New Science of Personal Achievement


Book of all personal development books.
Anthony Robbins is a real-treasure and book's inspirational concepts are ahead of it's time. 
The core of the book is the technique called "Neuro-Linguistic Programming" NLP, which assists in extracting the most out of you.


x With near around 450 pages, one of the most lengthy self-development books to read.
x Not just read & implement book but, instead individual has to work upon the mechanisms that need to be applied with self-belief. Not for a quick fix, but seriously unleashed and unlimited.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Pages: 448
  • Edition: UK ed. edition (2 January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4/5

7. Choose Yourself!: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream


Daily practice part in the book is lovely, teaches you to forget the future, live in present and learn from the past.
Neatly written book for your brain's How's and Why's?
Book will make you believe that business is not for dishonest people.


x Mainly recommended for business side motivation.
x Interesting, but following strikingly different thought pattern of the author, many denied accepting his ideas.

  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
  • Edition: 31 May 2013
  • Pages: 274
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4/5

8. Think & Grow Rich


Probably the cheapest motivational book by rate and most expensive by content.
Facing criticism in your life? Turning the pages in this book will solve your problem.
Content clearly shows the effort of the author, as suggested, it took almost quarter of a century to collect these ideas.


x Suddenly some lines appear in CAPS, typography is edited improperly.
x Good but repititive thoughts on – Money! Money! Money!

  • Publisher: Amazing Reads
  • Edition: 1 January 2014
  • Pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

9. The Magic of Thinking Big


Whole book revolves around the principle of "You become what you think."
Author presents a few incidents to make the ideas in the book more simple and pragmatic.
Books goes through every part of human life including spirituality.


x A kind of personality development book, not very best for financial management.
x So many spellings and typographical errors in few Indian prints/ publishers.

  • Publisher: Vermillion
  • Edition: Latest edition (29 February 2016)
  • Pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

10. The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure


Expensive, but motivates you from inside out, thus, worth every penny.
Author (Mr. Grant Cardone) is 60, but I can bet - he and his books have more enthusiasm than those in 20s & 30s.
Best Self Help Book for Entrepreneurs, salespeople and for every other person on planet earth who believes "there is no shortcut to success."


x The book solely forces you to work super-hard. Thus it doesn’t includes too many instantly applicable short tricks.
x Author just advises to work long hours, but doesn’t suggest, which exact path to follow for 10X (ten times) your work.

  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition: First edition (6 May 2011)
  • Pages: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

11. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich


Planning to make money online? This book will surely change your vision for this term ever and will surely make you succeed.
Must read for everyone who is on "9 to 5" treadmill.
If people in IT startups don't read this book, they will be over 10 years behind than those who read.


x Mostly for those people who are bored of their professional life and need a change.
x Main focus is on western countries and recommended for those who’re in internet world and startup ecosystem.

  • Publisher: Harmony
  • Edition: Expanded, Updated edition (15 December 2009)
  • Pages: 416
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.4 x 21.3 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4/5

12. Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum


The words in the book revolves around the fact that "The only way to be successful in life is to try one more time."
Although written by Neil Patel, an online marketer, yet teaches you completely about achieving your goals.


x The book ‘Hustle’ is written by an online marketer, thus may not be able to give enough insights on philosophical aspects of the life.

  • Publisher: Vermilion
  • Edition: (8 September 2016)
  • Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

13. Awaken the Giant within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life


Complete guide in itself to transform your life, guaranteed.
Chapters are well-interconnected to give you pills of long term inspiration.
Simply amazing for those who're stuck in a negative mindset.


x More of a book on psychology incomparison to direct roadmaps to success.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Edition: UK ed. edition (2 January 2001)
  • Pages: 544
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

14. The Alchemist


Teaches that life can be extremely difficult and cruel, but one who truly believes in himself/ herself wins.
Paulo Coelho is a magician of words, the depth he has touched in the self-help genre, no other author has ever been able to.
Like a movie, last 20% of the book is insanely awesome and is bound to motivate you in every aspect.


x Lessons are great, but story is just a little surreal at some points, no doubt at other points, story has suspense as well.
x Isn’t best for non-fiction lovers.

  • Publisher: Harper
  • Edition: Later Printing edition (17 October 2005)
  • Pages: 172
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

15. Man's Search for Meaning


The best part is that, throughout the book, Author (Viktor Frankl) kept himself composed and collected.
Gives you an overall insight on what is important? Hope or Faith?
You will learn about the new treatment called LOGOTHERAPY.


x Unlike-minded readers can be disappointed by author’s several uncharitable references to homosexuality.
x Book has quite a difficult language only for very beginner Indian readers.

  • Publisher: RHUK
  • Edition: Exported edition (7 February 2008)
  • Pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

16. You Can Heal Your Life


The author is no more, but the author's ideas in the book will always be. WHY? Because the book has the power to alter your thought process.
Words in the book beautifully relates the mind and the body.
Magical in the book is that, not only emotionally and spiritually, but the words can heal you physically as well.


x Suggest the ways to heal your thought process. Thus, mainly recommended for negative thinkers.
x Facts in the tells us about root cause of any disease in our mind, the only problem is that not everybody is get ready to agree with those facts.

  • Publisher: Hay House India
  • Edition: 1st edition edition (30 April 2008)
  • Pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

17. Steve Jobs Biography


Jobs can seriously change your '9 to 5' job.
Even if you're not Apple Inc.'s products' fan, still this book is a jewel for all tech nerds.
Biography of a man who was "All In One" i.e. marketer, developer, designer, inspiration, philosopher and most important - a simple man.


x Although teaches the important role of thought procedure in life, but mainly recommended for IT professionals.
x Biography is long, so not for the fiction lovers and those who don’t have patience.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Edition: 2015 edition (11 February 2015)
  • Pages: 592
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

18. Smarter, Faster, Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity


No doubt, with "POWER OF HABIT", author shook the self-help genre and showed his potential. Thus, he doesn't need to state the obvious.
Feels like watching a movie, simple and easy to understand with awesome writing skills.
Are you trying to become more creative with problem solving? This book is for you.


x Most of the tips & tricks in the book are related to organisational productivity & not with personal productivity. So, in case you were looking for personal development book, go for any other in the list.
x Could have been much more action oriented.

  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Edition: Reprint edition (7 March 2017)
  • Pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

19. The Art of War


Anywhere related to Management field? This is the book that is waiting to change your life.
Teaches you how to end conflict quickly.
Teaches you, when you need to take action and when you need to ignore.


x At some points, strategic management is superimposed.

  • Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
  • Edition: First edition (10 February 2010)
  • Pages: 252
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 21.5 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4/5

20. How to Win Friends and Influence People


Best for better human interactions i.e. both personal and professional relations.
Fundamental of thousands of other self-help books, especially recommended for teenagers.
Best motivational book to understand the depth of abnormal cum normal human behaviour.


x Many American based 20th century examples may bore Indian readers sometime.
x Book mostly discuss about praising others, but those who believe “fear is necessary for betterment of society” at least at some points, may disagree.

  • Publisher: Pushpak Publications
  • Edition: 1st edition (2018)
  • Pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Book Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average reader rating: 4.5/5

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  1. The best thing about the blog is the way of writing. The explanation about every book is very precise and helpful.I liked the way how pros and cons about every book is mentioned which is helpful in buying the right book for you. I personally would love to try “Who moved my cheese”. I am fascinated and excited to try this one.

  2. Very awesome blog Pros and Cons really helpful to choose a best motivational book. I have personally chosen “choose yourself” for reading.

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