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The Best Lesser-known Books To Read In 2019

For avid readers, sometimes it’s an absolute nightmare to find the next book.

Having read all the books by your favorite author and the best books in your genre, you find yourself short on ideas and inspiration and start struggling to find your next read.

Fret not. Below you’ll find a handpicked list of books we’ve mustered up thoughtfully to help you find exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Let’s get to it.

Jump by Steve Harvey

Jump by Steve Harvey book cover

Release in late 2016, Steve’s “JUMP” is a must-read for everyone.

Guaranteed to be relaxing, fun and informative, the book reflects pretty accurately Steve’s mindset.

This book will teach you how to make a massive and sustained effort to earn a living from your passions and your gifts. It will help you adopt a better mindset all while being a fun read.

Mr. Harvey is one of the biggest comedians in the world, a TV host and self-made man. He went from being homeless for several years to being one of the wealthiest people in show-business.

JUMP is actually his second book, his second to top the charts on the New York Times Best Sellers books as well. As if being the best at his craft wasn’t enough.

Grade : 9/10

1984 by George Orwell

1984 Book cover

1984 is one of the best books to read.

It depicts a dystopian “surveillance state”, something quite contemporary which wasn’t back when it was written.

The book is a modern classic and is obviously comprised of various metaphors to paint a futuristic picture of technology and how we interact with it.

It has an unequivocal amount of emotions and depth and will keep your curiosity on all throughout.

Grade : 7/10

The Great Escape by Angus Deaton

The Great Escape by Angus Deaton cover

In this book, Angus Deaton describes the historical rise of the world’s population out of poverty and poor health.

The book is full of demonstrations and facts, and offers a thorough accounting of the simultaneous rise of income and longevity.

Think of it as a history book explained following a scientific reasoning.

The Great Escape sheds light on the concept of progress. It recognizes and analyzes the importance of both wealth and health to wellbeing. 

An eye-opening book to say the least.

Grade : 7.5/10

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki cover

In this book, Robert Kiyosaki, one of the most success modern entrepreneurs in the world, compares his two “fathers” and the ways in which both shaped his knowledge about money and investing.

He goes on to explain and give detailed tips on how to reach financial stability, generate wealth and delivers some of the best advice for people looking to grow their capital.

A highly educative book that is worth every penny.

Grade : 7.5/10

The Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

The Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey cover

Speaking of money, another mogul in Dave Ramsey wrote a whole book on money and success.

Being successful and gaining financial freedom is something everyone wants, and while some may think they don’t need advice from a stranger, think again because this book can teach you a thing or two.

This book isn’t about how to make money but rather about how to how to manage your gains and how to invest.

In theory, everything you’ll find in this book is common sense, however, Dave did a great job in making it as fun as possible for readers.

Grade : 7.5/10

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari cover

“History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets” is one of my favorite quotes from this masterpiece.

One of best books ever written, “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” is mindblowingly fun and informative.

Disclaimer : this book may change your perception of life and cause a whole new understanding of history.

Grade : 9.5/10

Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God

Black privilege book cover

Brutally honest, Black Privilege is a novel on the subject of success and happiness.

Sometimes cringeworthy and crude, it depicts Charlamagne’s upbringing and life in an environment ridden with poverty, violence and drugs.

Such novels don’t always make everyone’s reading list, hence why I added it to this list. After all, we could all relate to his drive and determination, albeit having different backgrounds.

Grade : 6.5/10

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed book cover

Having gone through a complicated breakup, I picked up this one as a self-help tool and couldn’t be more glad that I did.

This book has helped me put things in perspective like no other book. Raw and genuine, Cheryl’s advice on love and life are spot on, so if you’re feeling down and in need of a friend, this book is for you.

In short, this book is a reminder to be more grateful for what we have.

Grade : 7/10

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss book cover

The story in this book is fantastically fun and entertaining.

Dr. Seuss has affected many of our young hearts. His quirky and fun stories live in infamy as we pass them down to our loved ones.

Perhaps not a must-read but a fun book to remember, and a personal favorite.

Grade : 7/10

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss book cover

In the slimy world of pickup artists, The Game is the one guide that reigns supreme.

I have no idea why I thought it was a good idea to buy it (given how young I was), but I did, and man it was fun.

In a nutshell, this book is a how-to memoir aimed at anyone dreaming of sexual conquests with minimal effort. Back then, it popularized several seduction methods that would likely not work in today’s world, but the psychological depth of it is surely worth your while.

It obviously caused a lot of stir back in the day, and having it on this list may not be the best idea, but it is an enjoyable and entertaining book so why not ?

Grade : 8/10

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

The Tao Te Ching is a fundamental text for both philosophical and religious Taoism.

The book is very inspiring and composed of many philosophical views about life.

It is mainly about ancient Chinese wisdom and was written around 500 B.C. by Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu.

“A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way.”

The book is divided into 81 verses, with each verse conveying a deep message about life. The overall message is about living in harmony and embodies deep meanings of our existence, the power of giving and not expecting.

Definitely the most powerful book on this list.

Books paint a different reality and epitomize a window into a different world, a cheap way to travel through time and space.

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