Top 3 Book Gifting Recommendations For…..

Last updated – 12/05/20

The wisdom contained within books can be the greatest gift you can give someone. Books can be transformative, either because of their quality of writing or the timing of the message when it is read, sometimes both. The second is highly dependent on what has been read before, the stage of life when read and current specific challenges being faced.

It is easy to give books we like, which may be subject to recency bias, it can be more complicated to gift a book to someone else based on their interests and challenges. To help you find the perfect gift, I’ve collected a range of books which I think are excellent and have gifted/recommended regularly in the past.

I have limited myself to three in each category. Where I couldn’t decide on three, I left it with two, rather than fill it for completeness. They are not in order.

What I Use

  1. Kindle Paperwhite
  2. Audible Membership

Stories about living Life

  1. The Alchemist
  2. Power of One
  3. When Breath Becomes Air

Books for everyday financial literacy

  1. The Simple Path to Wealth
  2. Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
  3. Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes

Books for graduates entering the working world

  1. Personal MBA
  2. So Good They Can’t Ignore You
  3. Doing Good Better

And of course my book – Who Let Me Adult? 20 Lessons I Wish I’d Learnt Before Entering the Working World.


  1. Steal Like an Artist

Learning about Learning

  1. The Art of Learning
  2. A Mind for Numbers

Transforming your life

  1. The Art of Exceptional Living
  2. Morning Miracle or The Perfect Day (I couldn’t decide, perhaps one leads to the next?)
  3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Thinking bold and big

  1. Abundance
  2. Blue Economy
  3. Zero to One

Starting a business

  1. Anything you want
  2. Growth Hacker Marketing
  3. Brain Audit


  1. 4 Hour Work Week
  2. ReWork
  3. Deep Work

Conveying your message

  1. Show Me The Numbers
  2. Presentation Zen
  3. On Writing Well

Mindset and beliefs

  1. Mindset
  2. Recreate your life

Exploring Mindfulness

  1. Search Inside Yourself
  2. Teach Yourself to Meditate

For more, see my Personal MBA in the Circular Economy.

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