34 Books That Will Make You A Better Person (Each Described In 1 Sentence)

If you read a lot, it can be easy for all the books to blur together. Especially as the years pass, it can be difficult to even remember what books you’ve read are even about.

This is where one sentence book summaries come in. Though one should hope to get a lot from every book they read (and if they don’t, what exactly was the point of reading it?) at the very least, a reader ought to walk away with at least one clear insight. Sometimes that insight is the thesis of the book itself, sometimes it’s a minor detail that made an impact.
Below, are some one sentence descriptions of some of the best books ever written and a few of my personal favorites.

1. Candide by Voltaire

Il faut cultiver notre jardin. We must tend our own garden.
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2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Even in the depths of the Holocaust — even in three concentration camps and the loss of his entire family — Viktor Frankl finds meaning and purpose.
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3. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X

Man goes into prison as a criminal, comes out as an uncompromising Civil Rights leader, dies a more open hearted and compassionate person. 
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4. Essays by Montaigne

There is plenty to study and see simply by looking inwards — maybe even an alarming amount.
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