Are You a Book Lover Who Is Always Looking for Free Books to Read? Here Are the Most Valuable Ones.
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With that done, let’s start with a classic…
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen nailed the characters of this historic novel in the movie version released in 2012.
Victor Hugo shapes and moulds the growth of his characters with exquisite precision, with a strong focus on right and wrong. Published in 1862, this French historical novel is as pertinent now as it was then, and you’ll find yourself reflecting to its captivating pages time and time again.
Emotional Needs in Relationships by Mark Manson
Manson is the author of the wildly popular “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, and Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope,” and he has several eBooks on his website that you’re able to download for free. They cover “Life Purpose,” “Personal Values,” Self-Discipline” and “Relationships.”
We downloaded the “Relationship” eBook and were blown away by the advice and clarity in which Manson explained relationships.
As he said, “Our relationships, then, should be viewed in terms of emotional needs rather than actions because emotional needs are the fundamental factors that determine what actually happens in each interaction.”
What Matters Now by Seth Godin
In our video, 15 People That Will Make You Smarter, we mentioned Seth Godin and his blog called “Seth’s Blog.” His blog has no gimmicky distractions, no shock horror revelations but what you will find is honesty, observations, flaws and improvement.
In this free eBook, Godin has included more than 70 big thinkers to share ideas with you.
He opens the book with a big nugget to chew on… “When the economy tanks, it’s natural to think of yourself first. You have a family to feed a mortgage to pay. Getting more appears to be the order of business. It turns out that the connected economy doesn’t respect this natural instinct. . .”
The Art of War – Sun Tzu
Here’s a book that we’ve also mentioned in our video 15 Business Lessons from Sopranos (TV Show) where we mentioned that it was Tony Soprano’s favourite book.
The book is written as a Chinese military strategy which can be applied to business and is an all-round epic read.
Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Autism has come into the spotlight lately, especially with the Netflix series, The Good Doctor. Author, Lewis Carrol was also on the autism spectrum.
In her book, Writers on the Spectrum, Julie Brown points out how some writers with autism would struggle with structuring their writing, which could relate to the randomness of the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
To gain incredible insight into Autism, we suggest this 2,000 plus 5-star rated listen on Audible: NeuroTribes – The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman. It’s free if you go to alux.com/freebook.
Robin Sharma – The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
This book was originally self-published by Sharma but was so brilliantly executed that it was picked up by HarperCollins and became a number 1 bestseller.
As one of many readers has reviewed, it’s “a book that has a new meaning and a new perspective every time you read it. One of those books that one can perhaps read every 2 years.”
Some of the key take-aways include:
– Giving your money meaning
– Understand the importance of simplicity
– Understand that you are more than your current circumstances
Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
Reading this book is a gift to yourself. A book that reached hearts around the world. The story follows an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago, who travels from Spain to Egypt to find treasure buried near the pyramids.
3 key characters help him on his journey to find treasure… but the kind of treasure you’ll only discover once you read the book.
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Building Wealth: A Beginner’s Guide to Securing Your Financial Future
Here’s an eBook that will offer some valuable advice to get your finances in order. It’s written in an easy-to-understand way, crammed with loads of illustrations and questions.
The free download forms part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’s Building Wealth offering. This is a personal finance education resource that offers an overview of wealth-building strategies for consumers, community leaders, teachers and students.
V?tsy?yana was an ancient Indian philosopher who wrote the Kama Sutra. And yes, these ancient scripts are filled with positions and challenges, but it’s not the point of the book.
The point of the Kama Sutra is living well, love, committing to a life partner, maintaining that love and looks at other pleasure-oriented activities.
This book was one of the most pirated books in history! It was also banned in Britain until 1963. Enjoy reading this book for free online.
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
If you’re not able to buy a copy to keep on your bookshelf forever, than this will tide you over until you do.
The Little Prince was published in the US before it was published in France in 1943 because Saint-Exupéry’s works were banned in France under the Vichy Regime.
The book looks at life, adults and human nature and has sold over 140-million copies worldwide.
Not only was Saint-Exupéry a wonderful author, he was also a pilot and would often read entire novels or write while flying a plane.
Gratitude Workbook: How to Practice Appreciation & Be More Thankful in Everyday Life by Steven Handel
Call it a two-week crash course in practising gratitude, but if all it takes is 2-weeks for a better life, then best we start asap!
The book contains scientifically supported evidence on how to improve gratitude and life satisfaction, according to Good Reads.
If you want suggestions for more books to change your life, check out 15 Powerful Books to Change Your View on Life.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Over 1.3 million people have rated this book a 5-star read on Good Reads. It’s a book that has you gripped from beginning to end.
Not everyone likes the book though, as you’ll notice with brilliant discussions and debates on the pros and cons of the novel. But Aluxers, that’s the thing about books – they open discussion with different perspectives and thoughts, and that’s what The Kite Runner does so well.
It’s also on the BBC’s list of 100 Books you must read before you die.
Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
That’s a line from the free download, and it’s powerful.
The book was first published in 1841 and has been cited as the “best book ever written about market psychology.”
One of the best stories in the book is of the Dutch tulip mania, but there are several stories of the madness of crowds that you will realize that this book is still so relevant today.
Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson
In every culture, there are myths and legends and if you had to compare them, you would find that there are similar threads of thought involving morality, the mind, and the structure of the world. Why is this?
This free book is a valuable read which is rich in theory and answers that critical question.
Peterson is well-read himself, and in our video 15 Books JORDAN PETERSON Thinks Everyone Should Read, we mention how he read thousands of books before becoming an adult. You can rest assured that this book is worth the read.
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Loved by Steve Jobs, this book is not an easy read. We can’t sugar-coat it, but we encourage you to not give up on it. Jobs loved this book so much, that everyone who attended his funeral received a copy of this book, according to Inc.com.
Yogananda was born in India in 1893. When he was 27, he went to America to share the power of yoga with its people. With 2 wars and a great depression, he helped give so many “spiritual anchorage” which Yogananda explains, was in each person already.
He ultimately introduced Kriya, which is taught worldwide today, teaching breathing techniques that bring peace and happiness from within.
Aluxers, if you’ve read a book that has added value to your life and it was a free download, please share it with us. We value your suggestions.