Best Books to Read of All Time (Genre wise)

Best books to read (before you die) 

   [for teens, moms, business people & others] aims to prepare a listing of book titles & other things like summaries, trivia, art, accessories, and quotes, which are related to book in one way or the other.

People around the globe take up reading for a lot of reasons - to gain knowledge, to learn a new skill, or just for leisure, to relieve stress or depression, etc. Also, moms, or soon-to-be moms, resort to books for their questions (to learn more about pregnancy or know more about child care & how to make their learning process easy and more enjoyable).

So whether a beginner at something, a mom, a dad, a teenager, or an adult starting college, here, at our motto is to provide a comprehensive listing of titles from different genres in one place. 

At we list books under a lot of categories from fiction to self-help books, top business books, best children books, YA fiction, thrillers, short stories, and summaries (of selective titles). To make it more interesting, we also cover quotes, memes, and fan art for many of the popular fiction works like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

Here is a comprehensive list of best books to read ever!! That too category wise!!!

Best fiction books to read

Best books to read in your 20s

The 20s is a period of curiosities & adventures in one’s life. It is also a time of great learning and exploring new experiences. The following titles are believed to help the young adults to figure out answers to their questions about identity, dreams, or a new ideology, etc.

  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman
  • Let Your Life Speak – Parker Palmer
  • 52 Cups of Coffee: Inspiring and insightful stories for navigating life's uncertainties by Megan Gebhart
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown
  • Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho | Read Alchemist summary
  • Transitions – William Bridges
  • Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Best books to read for teens

Majority of teenagers love to read fiction; popular titles are listed below:

  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Tithe by Holly Black
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
  • Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

9+ Best nonfiction books to read

Taking a break from fiction? Try some non-fiction titles that are worth reading.

  • The New Jim Crow (2010) by Michelle Alexander
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010) by Rebecca Skloot
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard P. Feynman
  • Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Passage of Power by Robert A. Caro
  • The Black Count by Tom Reiss
  • Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • Manual for Living by Epictetus
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

7+ Best business books to read 

Some popular titles in business books’ genre are listed below:

  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  • Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz
  • The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
  • Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! by Greg Crabtree
  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Best books to read for men

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
  • Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac
  • Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • Girl In A Band by Kim Gordon
  • The Bass Saxophone by Josef Skvorecky
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  • Perfume by Patrick Süskind
  • A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood 

6 Best history books to read

  • The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • A World Lit Only by Fire by William Manchester
  • The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge
  • Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen
  • 1491 by Charles C. Mann

10+ Best books to read when pregnant

  • What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood by Dr. Alexandra Sacks and Dr. Catherine Birndorf
  • Maid, by Stephanie Land
  • Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong—and What You Really Need to Know by Emily Oster
  • Eleven Hours, by Pamela Erens
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
  • Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success by Suzy Giordano and Lisa Abidin
  • What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
  • Strong as a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood by Kate Rope
  • C-Section: How to Avoid, Prepare for and Recover from your Cesarean by Dr. Mark Zakowski
  • Overwhelmed, by Brigid Schulte

11+ Best books to read this summer (on the beach/vacation)

Here are a few good books that you can read this summer, on vacation, or on the beach, whatever.

  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  • Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Very Nice by Marcy Demarsky
  • Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds
  • Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace Bushnell
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • From Scratch by Tembi Locke
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
  • Very Nice by Marcy Dermansky
  • Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover
  • The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • The Girls by Emma Clin

Best books to read while traveling

Many people love both books and traveling. Here are a few reads that are just great for some quality reading time while on the road.

  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho | Read Alchemist Summary
  • An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof
  • Love With a Chance of Drowning, by Torre DeRoche
  • The Caliph’s House: A Year in Casablanca by Tahir Shah
  • On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
  • The Book of Lost & Found by Lucy Foley
  • Unlikely Destinations: The LP Story, by Tony & Maureen Wheeler
  • The Lost City of Z, by David Grann
  • The Beach, by Alex Garland
  • Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
  • The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin
  • Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts
  • In A Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson
  • The Samsara Project by David Burgess
  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

13+ best comic books to read

Everyone loves to take a break from reading to appreciate the genre of comic books. Here we are listing some of the most popular comic book titles ever.

The Wicked + The Divine (Image Comics)Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie

The Vision (Marvel Entertainment)Writer: Tom King
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

The Punisher MAX (Marvel Entertainment)Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Various

Batman: The Dark Knight ReturnsWriter: Frank Miller
Artist: Miller and Klaus Janson

WatchmenWriter: Alan Moore
Artist: Dave Gibbons (colorist: John Higgins)

V for VendettaWriter: Alan Moore
Artist: illustrated by David Lloyd

Batman: Year OneWriter: Frank Miller
Artist: David Mazzucchelli

Paper Girls (Image Comics)Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Cliff Chiang

Writer: Neil Gaiman
Artists: Various

Batman: The Long HalloweenWriter: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale

Batman: Arkham AsylumWriter: Paul Dini
Artist: Carlos D'Anda

I Killed Adolf Hitler (Fantagraphics Books)Writer/Artist: Jason

Kingdom ComeWriters: Mark Waid and Alex Ross
Artist: Ross

The Invisibles (DC/Vertigo)Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Various

Best books to read for knowledge

If you want to expand your self-knowledge, then reading one of these titles is a great way to start:
  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  • Become What You Are by Alan Watts
  • I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  • Grinding It Out by Ray Kroc
  • Man’s Search for Meaning By Viktor Frankl
  • Meditations By Marcus Aurelius
  • Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind By Yuval Noah Harari
  • The War Of Art By Steven Pressfield
  • The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*Ck By Mark Manson
  • Getting More: How You Can Negotiate To Succeed In Work And Life By Stuart Diamond
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street: Including A Life-Cycle Guide To Personal Investing By Burton Malkiel
  • The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art Of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday

11+ Best books to read for beginners 

New to reading? Start with these interesting mix-bag of books.

  • Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Mieko and the Fifth Treasure – Eleanor Coerr
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Read Alchemist Summary
  • The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  • The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • The House On Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros
  • Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
  • The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
  • Malgudi Days by R K Narayanan
  • Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Best books for moms to read

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Reese Witherspoon
  • Ladies Who Punch by Ramin Setoodeh
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  • The Matriarch by Susan Page
  • The Brave Art of Motherhood by Rachel Marie Martin
  • How I Fu*king Did It by Jen Mann
  • The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gad
  • Mom’s One Line A Day Journal
  • Strong Mothers, Strong Sons by Meg Meeker

Best books to read for leadership

Every person working faces the aspect of leadership for growth a few years down their career. These books will be a great way to analyze how to attain leadership skills. It's also good for people who are thinking of starting their own businesses.

  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankel
  • The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho | Read Alchemist Summary
  • The Truth About Leadership, by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven R. Covey
  • Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen
  • On Becoming a Leader by Warren Bennis
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden & Steve Jamison
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis & Annie McKee

10+ Best fitness books to read

Resolved to embark on the path to fitness? The following are the most popular fitness books from which you will be able to gain ample knowledge related to fitness and proper diet.

  • The Fitness Mindset BY Brian Keane
  • Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews
  • No Sweat by Michelle Segar
  • Fitness Nutrition by Nicholas Bjorn
  • The Men’s Fitness Exercise Bible BY Sean Hyson
  • Run Fast, Eat Slow by Elyse Kopecky and Shalane Flanagan
  • The 4-hour body by Tim Ferriss
  • Advanced concepts of personal training by brian d. Biagioli
  • Stretch to win by ann Frederick
  • The China Study by Thomas Campbell
  • Born to run by Christopher McDougall

10+ best short books to read

In the mood for a short read? The following titles can be read in or less than a day:

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • We Love Anderson Cooper
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten
  • Tinkers by Paul Harding
  • Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • Sing to It by Amy Hempel
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  • The Final Solution by Michael Chabon
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • The Alchemist by Paul Coelho | Read Alchemist Summary
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron

8 Best spiritual books to read

Irrespective of your religion, people looking to explore their spiritual side can begin their journey through any of these books:

  • Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • A New Earth - another work of Eckhart Tolle
  • The 40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  • The Untethered Soul Written by Michael A. Singer
  • The Tao Te Ching - a 4th Century B.C. work by Lao Tzu who was the founder of Taoism
  • The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho | Read Alchemist Summary