The Ultimate List of Books That Will Improve Your Life This Year

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT / Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The Ultimate List of Books to Improve Your Life


Hey friends! I hope your 2018 is off to a great start and you are setting and on mark to achieve some awesome goals. (side note: If you need some inspiration check out my last post about goal setting).

Now, I have probably mentioned this in the past, but I believe books are one of the easiest and most practical forms of self-development. Books can be inspiring, motivational, and informative. You can learn a ton about specific subjects from simply reading a book. But often times the most difficult part is deciding which books to invest your time in. Well, that is where I come in! I compiled a list of books that I believe are SUPER helpful for personal growth, motivation, success, and inspiration! Check them out below:

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Better Than Before: Gretchen Rubin

It takes some work to create a new habit, but once that habit is formed, it usually assists in living a happier, stronger, and more productive life. So if habits are a key to improving our lives, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habitsBetter than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habits—and to change them for good!




The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

This is a book about the lifelong journey from ‘What will people think?’ to ‘I am enough.’ Brené Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you!





Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. And, often times, putting ourselves out there comes with a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable or hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to take the risk —whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, or a difficult conversation.



Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back from Living A Better Life

The Judgment Detox is an interactive 6 step process that calls on various spiritual principles. Each lesson builds upon the next to support true healing. The book helps you let go, judgment, pain and suffering and also helps you to release your resistance to love. The more you practice the steps, the more love enters into your consciousness and into your energetic vibration. When you’re in harmony with love, you receive more of what you want.




Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life

Women often feel like they must have it all together in order to live a meaningful life. Instead they feel inadequate, overwhelmed, and exhausted as they to figure out how to do it all. Author, business owner, and mom to three Lara Casey offers sound and grace-filled advice: “We can’t do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.”




You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

A personal favorite of mine. You Are a Badass helps you Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.



Your Guide for Self Improvement in 2018

The 2018 Thrive Guide

The ultimate step by step guide for self-improvement in 2018. The Guide is broken down into 6 months of different personal growth topics such as self-reflection, self-confidence, gratitude, etc. Also includes an interactive workbook to help you set goals, learn more about your strengths and areas of improvement, and assists you in becoming your best self this year!





How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness

This book is a straight-shooting approach to self-improvement, one that offers no-crap truth-telling about the most common self-destructive behaviors women tend to engage in. From listening to the impostor complex and bitchy inner critic to catastrophizing and people-pleasing, the author helps us understand what’s behind these invisible, undermining habits.




52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy

Drawing on happiness research and her own personal philosophy, Moorea Seal creates an inspiring tool for list lovers to discover the keys to their own unique happiness and bring more joy and balance into their lives. This hardcover journal with 52 listing prompts encourages readers to reflect, acknowledge, and invest in themselves, and ultimately transform their lives by figuring out exactly what makes them happy




50 Ways to Yay!: Transformative Tools for a Whole Lot of Happy

Alexi Panos has helped hundreds of thousands with their own search for personal happiness and to create an epic life. In 50 Ways to Yay!, Alexi helps you do the same with fifty motivating, empowering, and thought-provoking lessons and exercises to help you break out of the ordinary and jump into the extraordinary. With her guidance, you can experience a domino effect of inner peace, inspiration, and a whole lot of happy.




Instant Happy Journal: 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy

Each page features a specific intention, inspiring quote, surprising scientific fact, or thought-provoking question to ponder. This journal teaches the top two habits of happy people: to naturally set their intention to enjoy a happy day, then end the day reflecting on what made them happy. When you end your day writing about what went right, you further strengthen your happiness mindset.






The One-Minute Gratitude Journal

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude yields many benefits: physical, mental and spiritual. In this Journal, you have flexibility to write down the dates of entry and not feel guilty if you miss a day. There are also pages in this journal where you can just draw something beautiful. Every page contains an inspirational quote, and the journal itself is laid out in a fun and aesthetically pleasing way.




Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration

Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams.




The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration

This journal is for list lovers. Create 52 lists, one for every week of the year, that will help you discover the beauty, joy, and creativity. This gorgeous journal of weekly lists will help nurture self-expression and self-development. Each seasonal section includes list prompts, with plenty of space to write your own lists, and challenges to help you take action and make your dreams a reality.




One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal: A Personal Time Capsule of Questions and Answers

A simple guided journal that offers one question per day, to be answered on the same day for five years in a row. The questions range from simple to the contemplative, giving you a comprehensive look back at their thoughts and feelings over a 5 year span. You are able to track your emotional growth as well as keep track of memories, and walk down memory lane a few years later.



This Time Next Year: 365 Days of Exploration 

Over the course of a year, this prompt-a-day journal will lead you to discover what makes you tick and how you can use that knowledge for greater happiness and success. From identifying your talents to learning what brings a smile to your face, from pinpointing your values to sorting your possessions, it will assist you in taking stock of yourself.







The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

This book teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.




The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.




The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present.



Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert offers us potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration in her book Big Magic. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. A truly inspirational read.





Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Drive exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of life. The author examines the 3 elements of true motivation—autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.




In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs

Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams.




The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness

Learn why some people make dream after dream come true, while others just continue dreaming and spend their lives building dreams for someone else. It’s not just another self-help motivation tool of methods you must learn in order to travel the path to success. It shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you.





#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly. It’s this kind of honest advice, plus the humorous ups and downs of Amoruso’s rise in online retail, that make the book so appealing.




Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. 

Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk in this book. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers and for people who are well on their way. With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, Aliza is your guide to the working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self.





So, there you have it! That is my list of books that can assist you on your personal growth journey this year. Whether you want to focus on self-improvement, career, happiness, or self-reflection, this list has got you covered!

What books have you read that have inspired you or helped you become better in some way? Let me know in the comments below!


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One Reply to “The Ultimate List of Books That Will Improve Your Life This Year”

  1. I wish I would have seen this list sooner! Oh well, no time like the NOW! I do have one title I would add, maybe for 2019! A public Speaking Course or book! Have you heard of Public Speaking Super Powers by Carma Spence??? It’s straight forward and makes SO much sense. Anyone striving to better their career or just their ability to communicate in general, needs this book, in my humble opinion!
    You can find it on Amazon…. (like everything else you might possibly need in this life, Amazon is everything) ha! Or she has a website that was pretty interesting, Thank you again!

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