Free Book Summaries: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Welcome to the best fiction and non-fiction book summaries.

What our team has learned from the best books of all time is distilled on this page.

Summaries are a good way of gathering ideas and inspiration. You will be able to read way more of them than the whole book, even if you’re only browsing. 

Here, you’ll find more than 500 good book summaries in categories ranging from business to leadership to the law of attraction. We will keep updating the list over time.

Non-Fiction Book Summaries by Title

You can browse all the non-fiction book summaries below. You may use Control + F (or Command +F on a Mac) to locate the book you want to read or learn about. 

Non-Fiction Book Summaries by Category

We have categorized the non-fiction book summaries to help you find the kinds of books you are interested in.

1. Business Book Summaries. Too busy to read every book on your list? Time-starved entrepreneurs, busy managers, executives and students can all get value from business book summaries.

2. Entrepreneurship Book Summaries. Some of the brightest minds in business and beyond share fascinating stories, fascinating insights, and fascinating takeaways in these books.

3. Money & Investments Book Summaries. If you want to learn how to make money and investments to grow your wealth, you must read these best-selling books. We have summarised all the books to save your time.

4. Self-Help Book Summaries. Self-help books put the reader on a path to where they can read, practice the strategies learned, and make improvements in their lives without having to ask others for help.

5. Writing Book Summaries. For a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and “secret sauce” of the master storytellers. 

6. Biography and Memoir Book Summaries. Biographies help us gain insight into how successful people handle crises and solve complex problems.

7. Health and Fitness Book Summaries. If you’re hoping to stay healthy, these books can provide you with ideas for getting in shape and eating healthily—in a thoughtful way.

8. Leadership Book Summaries. Reading books on leadership is an important aspect of refuelling and refocusing yourself as a leader. It helps reveal your strengths and weaknesses as well as provide the tools necessary for innovation and growth.

9. Philosophy Book Summaries. These philosophy books can help you develop critical thinking. You will be encouraged to understand the constraints within which you operate when making certain choices or deciding which goals you should pursue.

10. Psychology Book SummariesThese psychology books can help you shape your right decision making and control habits. You will be more focused, more inspired and more productive.

11. Relationship Book Summaries. Relationships require knowledge of oneself in addition to knowledge of other people. With these books, you can learn how to strengthen romantic relationships, family relationships, friendships, and even work relationships.

12. Religion & Spirituality Book Summaries. These books can help make you feel more at peace with yourself and in your surroundings. 

13. Nature & the Environment Book Summaries. Every day more people want to join the environmental movement. By reading books about the environment, you can educate yourself on eco issues.

14. Politics Book Summaries. These books are a great starting place for people who want to learn more about political history, and better understand some major political theories.

Fiction Book Summaries by Title

Fiction Book Summaries by Category

We have categorized the fiction book summaries to help you find the kinds of books you are interested in.

1. Classic Literature. The Classics constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved them, but they remain just as rich an experience for those who reserve the chance to read them for when they are in the best condition to enjoy them.

2. Mystery. These mystery books are engaging, thought-provoking, and full of dead ends. It can keep you cognitively challenged. 

3. Romance. These books are simple, breezy, uncomplicated, and so, light read for your brain to relax and enjoy.

4. Fantasy. These books allow readers to experiment with different ways of seeing the world. It takes a hypothetical situation and invites readers to make connections between this fictive scenario and their own social reality.

5. Thriller. These books can inspire us to rise to the best that is within us, to serve our families and communities, and to come to the defence of our most treasured values.

6. Tragedy. These books reveal character, in the sense that it introduces new people to history and allows readers to gain a deeper understanding of the lives of those people.

How To Remember What You Read?

Reading great books is essential for getting ahead in life and work. However, I also believe that remembering and retaining what we read is equally important. 

I have found that keeping a digital “commonplace book” is the most effective way to do that: Here are a few popular articles that will help you:

How To Read More Books?

Online you can find a lot of advice on how to read more. You’ll discover a lot of it useful, especially if you’re a beginner looking to read more and more widely.

However, a lot of the advice ignores the challenges of balancing work and life. Even if you’re short on time, there’s a way to read.

To learn how to read more, read my article, “How to Read More Books?” Or, if you prefer to learn on the go, read my article about Amazon’s Audible.

Reading Lists

We have identified and created the lists of best books on different topics, based on the recommendations by experts and leaders from different fields: