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A must-read booklist for literary omnivores

Do you want to become an expert in your respective field? Or do you just want to escape everyday life for a couple of hours? Here's a list of our top 8 most inspiring books. Have fun reading!

12 RULES FOR LIFE | 
BY JORDAN B. PETERSON
This book is an absolute bestseller both nationally and internationally. It describes 12 life lessons as a medicine against all the chaos in your life. Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson is a master at reconciling ancient wisdom with sociological knowledge and repugnant evidence. The result is a must-read from the top shelf. In the book, for example, he explains why it’s better to leave skating boys and girls alone and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.
 
HUMANKIND: A HOPEFUL HISTORY  | 
BY RUTGER BREGMAN
According to Western culture, people throughout history have been animals, egotists, depraved creatures. Bregman proves them wrong completely in his latest book, with insights from psychology, economics, biology and archaeology. Humankind: A Hopeful History is revolutionary and not only rewrites history, but also sheds new light on our future. Bregman shows that we are not inclined to the bad, but to the good, and we can all use such a message. 
 
THE NO-NONSENSE MEDITATION BOOK  | 
BY STEVEN LAUREYS & MATHIEU RICCARD  

This book is for anyone who is still sceptical about meditation in 2020. Laureys himself started meditation after a personal crisis. The results were astonishing. As a neurologist, he analysed the effects of meditation on his brain. Laureys is therefore convinced that meditation should be a school subject. This book is everything but a hymn to meditation, it scientifically argues the positive effects of meditation on everyone’s well-being. Only available in Dutch & French. 

THE LIDO |
BY LIBBY PAGE 
When Rosemary discovers that the outdoor swimming pool in her city has to make way for a new building, she and the journalist Kate, who has just moved herself, undertake action to preserve it. It shows the closeness and power of friendship. 

For sure the most light-hearted one of this list, but one that will warm your heart while enjoying some summer sunshine. One for those who love to start the day with a plunge or are fond of nostalgic daydreaming. 
 
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS & INFLUENCE PEOPLE  | 
BY DALE CARNEGIE 

A book that enables you to become friendlier and more positive in life. In business terms, it enables you to win new clients. It helps you to become a better public speaker and to be liked by the mass audience. Must have skills for any entrepreneur. Published in 1936 (!), it has sold over 30 million copies, but is still relevant today. 

REWORK: CHANGE THE WAY YOU WORK FOREVER  | 
BY JASON FRIED

Tired of getting the same advice over and over again? With this book, you can achieve success in your work in a natural way. And that without becoming a workaholic! Believe in your actions, not your plans.

PRINCIPLES: LIFE AND WORK  | 
BY RAY DALIO
Ray Dalio can call himself one of the most successful entrepreneurs. In this book, he shares his unusual principles, which he has applied successfully over the past 40 years. Discover the unique results (both professionally and privately) and adopt (a part of) his principles to achieve your own goals. 

HACKERS & PAINTERS: BIG IDEAS FROM THE COMPUTER AGE |
BY PAUL GRAHAM

Wait, a 2004 book on computers and coding that’s still relevant today? Yes, it is! Of course, working as programmer has become a much more conventional career by now, but learning to adopt the mentality of what makes a good programmer is just as valuable today. It’s timeless. And if you’re a non-coder, this will help you understand programmers (and hackers) a lot better. 
 
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