5 Popular Non-fiction Books That Actually Deserve Their Hype

Over-hyped books that truly make a difference

Margaret Pan


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I have a confession to make.

I rarely read popular and over-hyped books.

Like, almost never. I’m not sure why it happens, but usually these books…disappoint me; I don’t see the appeal everyone else is gushing about.

But, as with everything in life, there have been some exceptions. Every once in a while, I pick up an overly-hyped book and see its magic.

That’s exactly what this list is about: popular, mainstreamed books that truly made a difference for me and, IMO, actually deserve their hype.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

#1. The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman

Genre: Philosophy
Length: 416 pages
Rating on Goodreads: 4,21 stars

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This part philosophy, part self-help book was also on my list of the top non-fiction reads for 2022 — and that’s for a reason.

Every page comes with a thought-provoking Stoic philosopher’s quote — a meditation — as well as the author’s interpretation and comments.

The best part about the book is that it gives you plenty of freedom to read it as is more convenient to you. You can read one page per day as intended, read two or three meditations per day, randomly open a different page daily or read all the book in one sitting.

Whatever you choose to do, one thing’s for sure: along the way, you’ll get some powerful lessons about resilience, perseverance, courage, serenity, and so much more.

If I can say something about this book, is that it genuinely navigates you towards taking more thoughtful actions that can gradually improve your life.

“Control your perceptions. Direct your actions properly. Willingly accept what’s outside your control.”
Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic

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Margaret Pan

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