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“If You Could Only Read One Book In Your Entire Life, What Would It Be?”, The Quora Experts Gave Us A List of Best Books.

“If You Could Only Read One Book In Your Entire Life, What Would It Be?”, The Quora Experts Gave Us A List of Best Books.

“If you could only read one book in your entire life, what would it be?” Someone proposed this question on Quora recently.

To answer this question, contributors from all across the world responded in details with the book they think is the best. They are content writers, published writers, bloggers, CEOs, students, and avid readers. They recommended a variety of books, from topics on self-motivation to interpersonal relationships, from classical to modern popular hits, from life stories to life philosophies.

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Who should use the list?

It doesn’t matter if you are a bookworm, or just a casual reader, I am 95% sure you have experienced the frustration of not finding a suitable book to read.

The most convenient path is to go with the majority. There must be a reason behind the popularity of a certain literature or publication, because it is a well-known classic, it must be good.

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But does the bestselling book or the most famous classical literature is the best for you? Ratings and sales should not be the only parameters you consider, reviews from others are equally helpful.

We’ve hand-picked the BEST 20 from the list:

  1. Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid – Douglas Hofstadter
  2. Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz
  3. The Tirukkural – Thiruvalluvar
  4. The Prophet – Maxwell Maltz
  5. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  6. Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  7. The Little Prince –  Antoine de Saint Exupery
  8. Mahabharata – Vyasa
  9. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  10. The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran
  11. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – Arthur Conan Doyle
  12. 7 habits of Highly Effective people – Steven Covey
  13. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  14. Meditation – Marcus Aurelius
  15. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  16. Best of Quora (2010–2012)
  17. Man’s search for meaning – Dr Viktor Frankl
  18. A Short History Of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  19. 1984 – George Orwell
  20. Believe in Yourself, Dr. Murphy

 Find your perfect book here.

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    After all, this list is subjective, so don’t feel scammed if you couldn’t find a book that suits you in this list. Trust me, you have a decent amount of publications to skim through in this list on Quora. Choose the genre that you like or you want to read, then follow that direction and I’m sure you will find the one book you can’t live without. Click here to read the full list and start your book discovery journey!

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    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

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