5 Well-Known Books Actually Worth Reading 

Good must-reads for adulting

In our society, there are books that almost everyone will read at least once in their lifetime. These are books that many people believe should be read in order to know how to navigate life. If you’re still a student, I know the idea of reading in your free time seems unenjoyable, but I’m here to tell you to hop on that bandwagon and read these books to improve your life sooner than later.

Here are a list of common books that I have read or currently reading that I think you will benefit from too.

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

This is a story about a young shepherd who embarks on a journey to find his personal legend which the book defines as someone’s true destiny. Throughout the book, the shepherd comes to roadblocks that cause him to question what he truly wants out of life, but ultimately lead him to following his own heart. He learns how to overcome fear, hardship, and stay true to himself regardless of what outsiders impose on him.

I loved this book because I am at a point in my life where I’m learning to be unapologetic about my decisions and doing the things that I love. In the past, I’ve felt pressured to live my life a certain way because my parents or society have a lot to say about what’s wrong or right. However, I think this book gave me the much needed motivation to start making decisions for myself and what’s best for me.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

If there’s one book you choose to read off of this list, I highly recommend you choose this one. What I love about this book is that it not only promotes self-improvement, but it will also change how you interact with others. These are the agreements: Be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.

I don’t want to give too much away because it is worth the read (or audiobook), but upon completing the book you will have a new outlook on life. These agreements will help you build a strong sense of self, a deeper understanding of others, and learn to speak about your life with intention.

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

I read this book my freshman year of college when I didn’t necessarily have any financial obligations. However, it did teach me the concept of assets and liabilities and the importance of accumulating wealth through investing and my own personal endeavors. I think I may need to revisit it now that I am an adult, but if you are looking to become more financially mature I would definitely pick this one up.

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

It sounds cliché, but knowing someone’s love language is a vital part in any relationship. We cannot show our love and appreciation for someone in a love language that is not theirs and get upset at their response. This book made me discover a lot about the way I love and how important it is to know how the people in my life love so that I can love them properly. I encourage anyone to read this book for yourself and for the people in your life that matter to you.

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 

I am currently reading this book and I am excited for what is to come. There have been several books that succeed this one with the same concept, but this is the original. Think and Grow Rich explains the habits and daily actions of successful people. The author, Napoleon Hill, did research on over forty millionaires and compiled a list of attributes they shared that made them successful. Although I have not yet completed it, one of the main takeaways so far is that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.


By Kayla Crittle, University of Kentucky Alumni

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Written by Kayla Crittle

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