12 must read books that never get old


Will you know a great book when you read it? Or when you re-read it? How do you do when something becomes part of the must read books?

Well, that is exactly what we’re going to discuss today!

Do you know how they say you can’t judge a book by its cover? We believe you can’t judge a book by the first read either. Once you start reading a book for the second time, you truly find out how much you enjoy it. 

The best books are those you can read and re-read repeatedly and still get transported to a different world. And if a book is not enjoyable when you re-read it, will it stand the test of time? It’s highly unlikely that it will be memorable. 

If a book does not get boring on a second read, you can confidently say it is a great one, perhaps even one of your favorites. Feeling the same rush you felt when you read it the first time is a testament that this particular book will never get old, and the author has impeccable storytelling skills.  


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12 books you can always re-read 

If you are looking for such books, you have stumbled across the right page! This blog post will list 12 books that never get old, even if you read them once every year.  

1. The Alchemist 

Author: Paulo Coelho 

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Quest 




Written by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist is a stunning story about finding your purpose and destiny in life. The book tells the story of a shepherd boy from Spain, Santiago, who embarks on a journey to find the treasures hidden in the pyramids of Egypt. 

The Alchemist takes us on the journey with Santiago, and we grow with him. As he meets new people and struggles, we realize that he finds his purpose in life and learns from this experience. The book is well-written. You can always return to it and re-read it and find yourself enjoying as much as, if not more than, the first time.  

2. Animal Farm 

Author: George Orwell 

Genre: Political satire 




Animal Farm is possibly one of the most-read works of political allegory, and rightfully so. This book by George Orwell depicts a future where animals are far more intelligent and how they seize a farm to set up their utopia. However, things soon fall apart as some animals gain more power than others. 

Animal Farm can be re-read and enjoyed as the enlightening and moving book it is. It is a book that is readable for anyone and can be enjoyed time and again. The story is eye-opening, and there is always something to learn and a message to take away. 

3. The Richest Man In Babylon 

Author: George S. Clason 

Genre: Non-fiction




The Richest Man In Babylon is not only an enjoyable book, but it is also a guide. The book consists of ten tales set in the ancient civilization of Babylon, all of which act as a financial guide for the modern man. From this book by George S. Clason, you can learn how to acquire money, keep it, and make it grow. 

Anyone struggling with finances can pick this book up and give it another read to understand the decisions they should be making. The Richest Man In Babylon tells us secrets of financial success and following the path of prosperity. It is a book that is so well-written and full of wisdom that you can always re-read it and learn something new. 

4. Think And Grow Rich

Author: Napolean Hill 

Genre: Self-help




Think and Grow Rich is a self-help book published in 1937. It was authored by Napoleon Hill, an American author during the beginning of the 20th century. His works were written to encourage people to follow the principles of success. This book is intended for everyone who desires to achieve extraordinary success in their life. 

The book has an interesting story of how it came to be written. It was the product of nearly 25 years of research. Napoleon Hill interviewed the most successful men and women in the world of their time, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, and more. 

The re-reading value of Think and Grow Rich is incomparable. It is a book rich in lessons and learnings, and you can always find something that will stick with you and help you improve your lifestyle. It is a motivational and inspiring book. 

5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck 

Author: Mark Manson 

Genre: Self-help




The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a book by Mark Manson. It is a self-help book that teaches you how to live a happy life without caring about what people think. The book is well-written and quite witty. The author uses many stories from his own life to explain the different aspects of not letting the world get to you. 

This book offers some great advice, and you can pick it up at any time in your life and still enjoy and learn from it. He also provides many examples from other people’s lives and popular culture. The book is well-structured and easy to read, which makes it a perfect choice for those who want to learn how to survive in this world. 


6. Siddhartha 

Author: Hermann Hesse 

Genre: Philosophical fiction




Hermann Hesse’s book Siddhartha is one of the greatest pieces of literature of the 20th century. This book is a timeless masterpiece that takes the reader on a journey with a young man through his life in search of enlightenment, love, and spirituality. The story follows Siddhartha as he grows up, falls in love, becomes a merchant, and ultimately attains true enlightenment and understanding. 

The story is told in the third-person narrative, but it is also told through the eyes and minds of our main character, Siddhartha. This book teaches the reader to look at life with a more open view and to be in touch with the world around them. It is a book that will change the way a person looks at life and themselves regardless of the age or stage of life a person is in, and it becomes more enlightening when you re-read it. 


7. The Four Agreements 

Author: Don Miguel Ruiz

Genre: Personal Growth, Spirituality, Self-help 




This book, “The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz, is a self-help book that uses Toltec wisdom to help you live your life more harmoniously. It teaches you to be at peace with yourself and others by stopping negative thinking in its tracks. The book follows the story of don Miguel Ruiz, who was a Toltec Healer. He learns about the Toltec wisdom from his father and then travels the world to discover other forms of wisdom. 

Then, he returns to his village, where he starts teaching the Toltec wisdom to his people. He later writes a book, The Four Agreements, to help others make positive changes in their lives. Like all other books on this list, The Four Agreements is full of wisdom. The excellent writing makes it enjoyable even after multiple reads. 


8. Atomic Habits 

Author: James Clear 

Genre: Self-help




Atomic Habits is a book about how you can change your habits and behaviors. James Clear covers every aspect of habits: how they work, how you can form and change them, and how you can use them to achieve your goals. The book offers a huge amount of practical advice, but it’s also underpinned by decades of academic research. 

In the book, you’ll learn the habits of the elite and the science of habit formation that transformed my life. You’ll discover how to harness the power of tiny habits to start new habits that you’ll be able to sustain for the rest of your life. It is a book that will teach you something astonishing with every read. 


9. The Courage To Be Disliked 

Author: Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga 

Genre: Psychology, Philosophy, Self-help




The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga is a book that can be a blessing to any individual. It is a very simple book, but it carries a powerful punch. The book asks the reader to look within themselves and find their value. The book explains that you must be true to yourself to be happy. 

The Courage to Be Disliked is a book that will help you understand yourself better as you re-read it. This book will help you become a better person by realizing what you are truly worth and being proud of who you are. 


10. Meditations 

Author: Marcus Aurelius

Genre: Philosophy, Non-fiction, History 




Meditations is a book of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor, from 161 to 180 CE. Some of it was written while he was positioned at Aquincum on a campaign in Pannonia because internal notes tell us that. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his guidance and self-improvement. 

The Meditations is not a structured argument containing proofs but is a set of somewhat random philosophical reflections, or even a collection of notes, to be used as an inspirational source for the author in dealing with difficult situations. Once you read Meditations, you will want to re-read it again for self-help. 


11. The Psychology Of Money 

Author: Morgan Housel 

Genre: Finance, Business, Non-fiction




The Psychology Of Money is a book that continues to help people year after year. The Psychology of Money covers a wide range of topics in its 17 chapters, from how much money people think they need to how people react to unexpected gains or losses. 

You can find out which factors truly make you happy, how to better manage your money, and what the world would be like if there were no currency. It’s a great book for anyone interested in finance, economics, and how we all think about money. The book is full of lessons and re-reading only makes it more helpful. 


12. Essentialism 

Author: Greg McKeown 

Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help, Business




Greg McKeown’s Essentialism is a book that focuses on two things: finding your life’s purpose and being an Essentialist. While this book isn’t a Bible, a self-help book, or even a personal development book (although it has elements of all of these), it does have a lot of great content that does help you become an Essentialist. 

The book teaches you how to find your life’s purpose and focus on that purpose and not get distracted with other stuff. It is a book that contains a lot of wisdom, and the re-read potential is exceptionally high. 


Final Takeaway 

Books that you can re-read are the books that you should cherish. A good reader is someone who re-reads books they have already read, and the books that are just as enjoyable on the second read are worthy of being your favorites.


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Alina Zahid Khan

Alina Zahid Khan

Alina Zahid Khan is a storyteller, brand strategist, and growth manager at GoVisually. She loves creating value-driven content for creative professionals.
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