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Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 that’s Changed My Life

I read hundreds of books in 2017. In case you’re wondering how to do that, you can watch my video ‘How to Read One Book a Day’ on YouTube

If you don’t have the kind of craziness and insatiability towards books like I do, I’d recommend few books I’ve read in 2017 that changed my life. Note: These are not new books, some of them are, but I put them in the list mostly just because I read it in 2017.

Diamond Cutter and The Karma of Love both by Geshe Michael Roach

Diamond Cutter concept is basically GIVE WHAT YOU NEED. Which is very simple and mind-blowing in the same time. If you need anything in life, YOU GIVE it FIRST, then you’ll receive anything you need. Now, understanding what you TRULY need, is a skill of its own. You may say that you need a boyfriend, and you’re confused on how to give a boyfriend to other people, heck, you’re having difficulties to find one yourself! But, if you think about it carefully, what you actually need is a COMPANION. Then you can give companion to other people who need it the most, like your parents, elderly people, your lonely friends, whatever.

The book Karma of Love show you hundreds of example of recognizing CORE things that you need especially in relationship. Highly recommended.

The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

I am a super practical person, and I think special moments should be every day and every second not only for Valentine’s Day or Birthdays. BUT after I read this book, I feel that it makes sense to celebrate special moments to leave memories in special person’s life. This is also apply to business. Unforgettable moments CAN and supposed to be PLANNED. This book will tell you how.

Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World by John Gray

I read this 346 pages book in one sitting for 3 hours. Getting a relationship is one thing but KEEPING a relationship is the true skill to have, especially in today’s world. John Gray updated his famous book Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, because nowadays more and more women felt like they’re from Mars lol.

In this new book, he gave practical ways to maintain a relationship. It gave me a lot of aha moments. One of his suggestions was for women to start sharing their feelings more and men to listen more. This is tough for me because I’m a logical person, I brush off my feelings about things most of the time. I’m not a baper (bawa perasaan or emo) person. But turns out, for women it’s good to be a bit baper. Who would’ve thought?!

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

My boyfriend said that he doesn’t give a fuck, and he cares, in the same time. This paradox is basically what the book said. Understand what’s important to give a fuck to. People who don’t give a fuck, will start a business anyway even when he knows he can fail. But he cares to society and how to make the world’s a better place. I’m still in page 20 of this book, but it’s already stole my heart.

Path to Personal Power by Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill is one hell of a writer. He accept the non-commissioned challenge for 10+ years from steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie to interview successful millionaires like Henry Ford, Thomas A. Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Einstein, etc, learn how they can be so successful and write it into books. Think and Grow Rich is one of the best books that everybody should read. But Path to Personal Power is the real hidden gem.

Napoleon said, ALL these successful people have DEFINITENESS OF PURPOSE in their life, he suggests that we WRITE DOWN what we want and take alone times to think about what we truly want. Read his book to know the step by step on how to do it.

I watched Denny Santoso’s interview with Comm. Mirza, and he said he write down his GOALS in life 5 times a day. No wonder he become so successful, because HE’S DEFINITE of what he wants to do. When you write it down, insights will add up to your strategy, and you can be clear of what you need to do.

That’s all for now! Follow me on Instagram @salsabeela to know more books I’ve read in 2017 with hashtag #NowReading

How about you? What’s the best books you’ve read in 2017?



A writer of 30 books. Co-Founder & CMO & Initiate StartupLokal, the biggest startup community in Indonesia. Co-Managing Director of Girls in Tech Indonesia.