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The 5 Books That Will Change Your Life in 2024

Want to feel more satisfied with life? We picked out these 5 books that will change your life and your outlook this year.
by Sandra Wu | Mar 18 2024

When Warren Buffett was asked about the secret to his wealth and success, he revealed that he read every day—500 pages, to be precise. Unfortunately, if you’re already working 9-5, you might not have enough time to read. But what if you could?

You can! With the Blinkist app, you can understand the key learnings from the best nonfiction books in minutes—not hours or days. Our experts take the insights from these books to create quick, memorable, easy-to-understand insights which can either be read or listened to in just 15 minutes.

That’s the magic of the Blinkist app. You can listen or read to these books wherever, whenever: in between meetings, on the way to work, while doing chores, or waiting at the doctor’s office. Blinkist is available on the web or on your phone’s app store, conveniently located on whichever device you are currently using. No longer worry about finding time to learn, because you can easily fit powerful ideas into your life, however you want.

“Blinkist encourages you to read more nonfiction books. The app contains cleverly written digests—called Blinks—where books are broken down into their main arguments.”
The New York Times

This innovative concept is helping millions of people change their lives and has caught the attention of some of the world’s most prominent organizations. The app has won a prestigious design award from Google, been named one of the world’s best apps by Apple, and was even listed as a Global Leader in Learning and Education by the United Nations.

“With Blinkist you can boost your knowledge and gain new perspectives so that you can be a better professional, a better partner, or a better you—and finally get through your book list or make sense of the increasingly big and busy world of ideas.”
– United Nations, World Summit Awards

The app now has 30 million users who are learning from the world’s best nonfiction. And there are more than 6,500 titles to choose from, spanning 27 categories like personal development, productivity, and entrepreneurship. Start with the 5 most-read titles on self-improvement that will change your perspective and see if you don’t feel a little more satisfied already.

The 5 Books that Will Change your Life in 2024

1. Thirteen Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

2. Less Doing, More Living by Ari Meisel

3. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

4. Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson

5. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman


Bonus Recommendations

6. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

7. What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam

8. The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile

9. The 5AM Club by Robin Sharma


A Book Explained in 15 Minutes

The average book takes about eight hours to read. That means if you wanted to check out every book on this list, it would take at least 40 hours. With Blinkist, you can get the core messages in 1 hour, and 15 minutes.

The Blinkist app gathers the key ideas from nonfiction books and explains them in 15 minutes. So, if you want to check out any of the books on this list, you can get the most important ideas quickly on the app. Plus, there are 6,500 other titles to explore.

The sleek and simple design makes it easy to learn from some of the world’s best books in minutes — whether that’s through listening or reading.


Studies Have Shown That This New Feature Increases Learning

If you’re a lifelong learner and want to absorb even more in-depth knowledge, this latest feature might be the one for you.

Studies have shown that guided knowledge increases learning which is why Blinkist has just launched Guides, an exciting new way to learn and absorb knowledge in a comprehensive and effective manner. Guides allow you to take an even deeper dive into a particular topic you are curious about. Guided by experts and thought leaders, Blinkist utilizes both new, original audio content and existing Blinks to provide practical insights of great value. By adding quizzes and practical tools to the routing, this feature helps you test and retain what you’ve learned. Guides also include valuable resources such as exercises, infographics, and recaps to facilitate your learning journey. Guides are an opportunity for learners to truly engage with the topics they are interested in.
Have a look down below.

Blinkist Helps Users Make Real Change

Using Blinkist is literally life-changing for its 30 million users. The app helps them to implement and use the new things they learn to make a real difference in their daily lives.

In fact, 87.5% of 3,500 users surveyed in the US said they often make changes to their lives based on what they learn on Blinkist.

“I read a lot of management, self-improvement, and entrepreneurial books through Blinkist because I can gain specific knowledge on my industry or on ways to improve myself.”
– Steven Renwick, CPO of Regis24
Content with specific examples and tips to use in daily life

Each piece of content includes actionable advice, specific examples, and practical tips which make new ideas easy to understand and use day to day.

For each title, there’s also a final summary to help to cement the key takeaways and changes users can make in their own careers or personal lives.

“Blinkist has helped me read more – period. I love that I can get the key learnings from 10+ books a week, and immediately implement them in my own life.”
– Hitha Palepu, entrepreneur and author


Millions are Learning by Listening

What’s more, these explainers are available to read and listen to. Listening with Blinkist ensures learning never has to be deprioritized and can fit easily into any spare moment of the day.

As it turns out, listening is the most popular way people use Blinkist to learn, with around 70% of the 30 million users opting to listen as opposed to reading the 15-minute explainer packs. This comes as no surprise given that around 30% of people retain information better when it’s listened to.

Find New Titles with Expert Curation

There are so many books out there and limited time to read them, so finding which ones are worth checking out is key.

Blinkist adds titles across 27 categories to ensure users can explore a broad range of interests. Expert curators look for new reads on bestseller lists—like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal—as well as on Amazon charts and awards lists.

To decide where to start, turn to Blinkist’s curated lists. These lists round up titles around certain topics—like mindfulness and flow—and recommendations from thought leaders like Tim Ferriss, Arianna Huffington, and Bill Gates.

Users can also get tailored recommendations on the app. Once they’ve read a title or two, Blinkist will learn what they like and recommend other books that are similar.

Through reading lists, spot-on recommendations, and expert picks, users can find titles they might not have found otherwise and discover new ideas, authors, and topics they knew nothing about before.

Join millions of other learners and download Blinkist to start listening today!

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