Books Review

Books That Must Be On the Shelf for Each Student

There are many books out there, differing in quality, volume, and content. While many books are there to promise how to create a world of your own, some aim at finding the love of your life in seven days, and even some promise wealth, personal development and life coaching. The aim of every book varies just as humans vary in various way, however, there are some must read books for students, and in this post, you will find the best books to read for students.

Books are compasses that guide, direct, teach and educate, and should be a daily companion of everyone, after all, the first accomplishments we had in school was to read and write. Now, some books are called personality development books which are specifically designed to meet the need of everyone regardless of who or what they are, they are written by authors who have discovered a life-changing principle which they believe could be of help to someone or even many people.

We will take a look at some of these books which you should pay to get because it can be of tremendous benefit to you as a student and even through life when you are out of school. Let’s go!

1.    Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success (John C. Maxwell)

The first book on this list of books we’d recommend for your shelf is this classic written by the renowned author, John C. Maxwell. Well, you can safely call him the father of personal development who has been a life coach to many people, and whose principles found in the pages of his books have helped many people to be what they want to be, and many of whom had the chance to read this book while they were still in the building phase of life as a student, just like you making this book suitable to help you also.

What makes this book unique is that it addresses a major characteristic of human life – mistakes. While we often want to avoid this, everyone, at one time or the other has made mistakes. This guide to development teaches how to transform the mistakes in our lives into successes. Well, if you happen to have made mistakes in your literature review, you can write your literature review again and transform your mistakes into success for you in your project just as Maxwell in his book teaches practical ways to observe your failures, analyze, and learn from them in the course of your success journey.

2.    How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)

Perhaps one of the most important skills which every student needs while in school and would also require in life is a good communication with people, making friends and establishing connections that are vital for a great future, and also, influencing people who they might want to win to their sides or bring into their league for various purposes. This book that was published first in 1936 and has made indelible marks in the lives of people and still registers its influence in the hearts of many others today.

How to Win Friends and Influence People trains you how you can make great relationships, make sound conversation with anyone you talk to, and even in people who may have a differing opinion from yours. It is a great tool for career development and a vibrant social life. You will find out the rest when you do get yourself a copy of the book.

3.    Rich Dad Poor Dad (Robert T. Kiyosaki)

“What the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not!”

If a book on finance was written by Kiyosaki, you can be sure it is one you shouldn’t miss. Since you may not really get much on financial education in school, this book can really prove helpful. In this book, you’d discover two fathers who were explained by Kiyosaki to have differing views on finances. You will find out the difference that having a mindset about finance can earn you and your offspring in the long run. You will surely have a transformed opinion about money for the rest of your life you get this book into your shelf for reading.

4.    Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg)

This is classic writing by Sheryl Sandberg, reputable to be a modern feminist manifesto and you can find a great piece that is borne out of her experience as a woman who has held many corporate positions, as well as those of other women like her. It encourages women to actually LEAN IN and get involved in the seat of leadership. It advices on work, career and charges women to break all patterns of limitation in their thinking that may want to hinder them from rising to the top in the workplace.

Sandberg has added some chapters that focus on job applications and salary negotiations in her new book, Lean In for Graduates, it is a great read for everyone!

5.    Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (David Allen)

Many times, the simple trick to getting more productive is not more work, but a smarter work. David Allen exposes in the most practical ways how you can get things done without stressing your life out. Allen shares two principles that can be helpful to help you achieve both short term tasks and long-term tasks. Applying this principle will help you break the habit of procrastination, and also allow for more productivity in your academic work, planning your day and even any other project you might lay your hands on in the future.

6.    The Attention Revolution: Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind (Alan Wallace)

If you have ever wondered what your mind is capable of achieving when it is focused and attentive, you really need to get this book to find out. This book offers a potent cure for distractions found online, on the phone, and even from friends that are normal features of our everyday life today. Wallace teaches how learning to meditate can help your mind and aid you in studying or achieving day-to-day aims.

7.    Law of Success (Napoleon Hill)

Yes, everyone wants to be successful, but it is often discovered that not everybody ends up being successful. The cause of this sometimes is simply the failure of many people to realize that success doesn’t happen overnight, and there are established paths that lead to success. In this book, Napoleon Hill discusses the fundamental laws which can help anyone attain the success they desire. The book is now available in the 21st Century edition which makes highly useful in your shelf.

8.    As a Man Thinketh (James Allen)

Truth is, our thoughts determine our extent, and to exceed the boundaries we have framed in our minds is bound to be impossible. James Allen engages on the subject of the power of what a man thinks in his mind and how it makes or mars him. You should be really prepared once you get this book though because you are going to be a taken on an immersive trip and discover what you haven’t before on your thinking and your mind.


Books are treasures, and development is intentional. It is better for you to start reading these inspirational books now as a student than when you are no more one. The tips, principles, and lessons contained on them are sufficient to talk you through life and give you an edge above your mates who don’t read, after all, readers are leaders!

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