Books You Should Read In 2017

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Reading is probably the one thing I enjoy the most. One thing I love about it is that it is a hobby that will build you as a person. Yes, some hobbies can do the same but there is nothing as fulfilling as reading.

During 2016 I read so many books. Even with my limited time, I made sure that I read (I think it’s an addiction) . I knew that even though I feel like I’m wasting time, what I was reading was improving me.

With reading, you learn, you cry, you feel all sorts of emotions. It’s really a roller-coaster that I never want to get off of. If you are not much of a reader, you can just pick one book from this list and read it until you finish it, then move on to the next. This will take off the pressure of wanting to read a certain number of books and straining yourself.

Below are 7 books to read in 2017. These are some really good books and you should read every single one.

1. The Secret To Success by Eric Thomas

I cannot tell you how much I love Dr. Eric Thomas because nobody would understand. Every time I have to be productive or I’m procrastinating, I turn to his YouTube videos.

This book is about his life story where he writes about how he got kicked out of his home, became homeless and then how he achieved success. If you are looking for some inspiration, this is the book for you. It will build you in so many ways and I definitely recommend you read it.


2. How To Become A Straight A Student by Cal Newport

I love everything written by Cal Newport. I’m a regular reader of his blog and this book is one of my prized possessions.

When you are a student, you will often ask yourself why that straight A student is better than you but it seems like they are never studying. It is a common question and when you don’t have the answer, it is very frustrating.

In this book, Cal interviews straight A students from the best universities and colleges in America to find out their strategies. They explain exactly how they write notes, study for tests and many other things.

If you find yourself constantly searching the internet for study tips and never finding something that works, this book is for you. The tips in here are the best I’ve ever read and I frequently go to it for reference when I’m confused on how to read.

This is a must have for every student who wants to increase their GPA

3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Because this book is one of the best romance books I’ve ever read, I reread it this year. I must admit I don’t read any fiction besides romance. Even if it’s action or science fiction, the focus must be romance at all times.

The first time I read this book I cried. I’m not even kidding. I think this happened because I checked the last page of the book which reads “I do Augustus Waters, I do” which made me think they were going to get married in the end. I was very surprised.

From the book to the movie, this is certainly a good read.

If you are a die hard reader, read the book before watching the movie. Even though the movie is good, they excluded some things from the book which I think are important. I hate when movies do that.

4. The little book of productivity

I’m a productivity junkie. I think by reading this blog you would have realized. This book is exactly what I needed to become productive (and stop reading about productivity so much).

This is because it has actionable steps of being productive. We all know simply reading about productivity isn’t going to make you more productive. It is the actions you take that will do just that. This book will help you with that.

To get you started, there is a free sample that gives you one chapter of the book so if you aren’t sure about the purchase, just get the free sample which gives you one free chapter. The chapter is about ‘Beating Procrastination’ and that is the one thing most of us suffer from. Make sure to check it out

5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit’

I’m not going to lie and say I finished this book. I read it up until I realized there is a teen edition written by Stephen’s son. I got his son’s book and didn’t finish the original one.

With that said, I still think grown ups would enjoy this one. It has valuable information which is why it is a best-seller. For teens, I would say you should get the teen edition because there are pictures, funny stories and a lot more to keep you entertained. It’s a good way to learn how to be productive without boring you.

6. Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy

The writing style of Brian Tracy is amazing. It just keeps you reading and reading. One of my favorite things about it is the motivation is provides. Some books just tell you what to do to be highly productive but this book gives you motivation.

There are many times when I was reading this book and ended up I putting it down to begin working, just from the motivation I got. This is what you want from a book. You don’t want to read a book and end up not getting anything from it.

Brian Tracy has a lot of books, most of which I have read but this is my favorite so far. It even has actions you should take after every chapter to make you get the best out of reading. I enjoyed this book so much.

7. Divergent by Veronica Roth

I get some emotions when I talk about this book. It is like damn, this woman can write. It is a science fiction, action, and romance in one book. It is really good and I’m sure most of you have probably watched the movie but I recommend you also read the book.

It literally is one of those books you can read over and over again, and watch the movie multiple times but never get bored of it.

You can also get the book called Four which is divergent in Four’s point of view. (Four is one of the main characters)

I read a lot more books this year (many by Brian Tracy) but the ones on this are my favorite. You should pick one book to read so you don’t get overwhelmed. But you should also aim to read a lot more books than this.

I probably said “this book is my favorite” a lot in this article and this is because my love for reading is deep. If a book is good, I can’t put it down until I finish it

Another book I’m planning to read is ‘Born A Crime‘ by a local comedian Trevor Noah (The Daily Show). I’m sure it is amazing.

How many books did you read in 2016, and which were your favorites?


  1. Nthabiseng says:

    I only read 2. Khayal Dlanga’s “To quote myself”. It’s a beautiful memoir wherein he describes the things he went through before becoming the best advertising executive today. The book brought me to tears, I was surprised cos I don’t cry easily lol. It’s very inspiring.

    I’m about to finish “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. He put in nicely what he learned from his poor dad (an academic who believed working for government is the way to go as it comes with security) and the rich dad who taught him about money and how it should work for you and not the other way round. This is by far my favourite book and have to get the teen version for my son. He describes how the rich are getting richer and the poor and middle class are always struggling financially. A very good read and I’m planning to reread it often

  2. Nthabiseng says:

    I’ll definitely get the 7 habits of highly effective people. Thanks for the reviews Palesa. Continue reading more and more. So proud of you!

  3. Joanne Marquez says:

    Aaah! Thank you for this list; I’m always looking for more books to read and I love seeing peoples’ recommendations. I’m definitely gonna check some of these books out and maybe add them to my 2017 TBR pile!

    I didn’t read a lot of books in 2016 (ugh school) but I’m excited to make it all up in 2017! But my favorite of the year has to be The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Since you added the Divergent series to your list, I assume you like post apocalyptic settings, so I highly recommend this book to you!

    Also, do you happen to have a goodreads account? I’d love to keep up with you and your reading activity! Nothing motivates me more than seeing other people read haha.

    • Palesa says:

      I don’t have a good reads account that is active but with the amount of books I read, I might as well start one. I will make sure to check out the road.

  4. Eugene says:

    I usually read about 10 books every festive season, usually non-fiction self improvement stuff, my favourite book is 48 laws of power by Robert Greene, followed by rich dad poor dad, those books really open up your mind and change the way you think and see the world.

    • Palesa says:

      I will check out the 48 laws of power. reading those kinds of books really does change your thinking and make you want to be more in the world

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