Books You Don’t Need to Read

One thing I really dislike is books which are noticeably padded out. It feels like the publisher gave the author a word count and they just wrote repetitious fluff to hit it.

The worst offenders are the ones where the author’s best idea is contained in the book’s title. If you simply applied the title to your own life, you’d get 90%+ of the value of the book and save yourself an awful lot of reading time.

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jefferson

Thanks Susan, I will. Reading your book felt like a total waste of my time. Don’t get me wrong, the core message is sound… don’t give in to fear, face your dragons voluntarily. It’s the essence of Courage, a key spiritual principle. Sadly, between the covers, this book is mostly just meaningless fluff.

Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Yep, he’s right, it is. So: notice when your ego is getting in your way… and get rid of it. I’ve not actually read this book, but thanks to its title, I feel like I don’t need to.

Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday

Another book by the same author, and he’s committed the same mistake again! Yes, stillness (or mindfulness) is important. I already knew that, thanks. Now I don’t need to read your book.


To be fair to Ryan Holiday, his two books are probably much better than Susan Jefferson’s. And I’m only writing this post tongue-in-cheek. Maybe one day I will get round to reading his books. I have my doubts about how much I’ll learn from them though.

What about you? Can you name any books where the title tells you everything you need to know?

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