Lately I have been on a huge kick of reading self-improvement books. I have been finding tons of inspirational books, and devouring them! While I may have ready more self-improvement books than I’d like to admit to you, I did find a few that were my top best reads. These four books will not disappoint. Each one of these books opened my eyes in a different way to living my authentic and fulfilled life. Here are the four inspirational books that I think you should read this year:
Book # 1 You are a Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero
This book was the one book that started it all. It was the first inspirational book that I read that sent me down a deep rabbit hole of self-improvement books. I started “reading” it after months of it sitting in my audible library, collecting dust. I wanted to be a bad ass at making money and this book is literally about how to do that, as per the title. It is a whole bunch more than just how to make money. This book encourages you to change the way you live, think, breathe, eat, everything. You want to change after reading this book. I finished listening to this and started meditating and committed to my sobriety. These two little/big things have changed everything for me.
Seriously though, if you haven’t read this inspirational book: “You are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero… my friend… you must! Please, if there is one thing I can tell you to do today, it’s to get a copy of this book. Not only is Jen Sincero witty and funny, she packs this book with insightful and inspirational suggestions and suddenly you find yourself on a different path in life. You can find your copy if you click on the link in the name
Book # 2 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*@k – Mark Manson
I’m going to be honest here, I had this book in my audible library for a year. That’s right, a full year. Then I went on my inspirational self-improvement book reading frenzy. Finally, I cracked this one out. And boy, oh boy am I glad I did. At first the book seemed counter intuitive to what I was trying to achieve from reading all these books. I mean, what would you think if a book literally told you “just don’t try”? Then you get past that shock of “did this guy really just tell me to stop trying”? Page by page brings you closer to “that guy just told me to do what comes naturally to me.”
Honestly, this book had it all. It went from funny, to serious, to hilarious, to sad, to really inspirational, all in one paragraph. If you haven’t read it, you should. For real, I liked it so much I went on a rant and rave to my mom about it. Finally, she got her own copy and read it and now she is Mark Manson’s number one fan. And my mom isn’t really one for reading self-improvement books. If you guys want to read this awesomeness, click on this link.
Book # 3 Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis
I really felt like this inspirational book was wholesome, and true. As a mom the stories that Rachel Hollis tells are relatable and really ease some of the isolation of motherhood. I put this book down (finished listening to it) and felt a renewed zest to go out an achieve in life. After reading this book I was inspired to start writing, and follow my life-long passion to be the writer I am.
“Girl, Wash Your Face” is so empowering and motivational. Honestly, this book made me smile a lot, and there were some moments of of tears. In the end I felt like I could take on the world and make it my b**tch. If you haven’t read it yet but have always wanted to, you gotta just do it. You won’t be disappointed.
Book # 4 I Thought it Was Just Me (But it isn’t) – Brené Brown
“I Thought it Was Just Me” quite possibly is the most inspirational book I have read to date. I accidentally came across this book as I was falling down my rabbit hole of self-improvement books. The words on each page slowly turned me around a corner. And whoa boy, what a turn that was. After reading this book I don’t think I could ever look at life the way I had before. To give you a little background, Brené Brown is a shame researcher, and through the pages on this book I learned a lot about shame, and a lot about myself. The theme of this book is learning to let go of the idea of perfection, and that we can accept our imperfect selves and let go of social expectations.
For example, think of the way the media portrays motherhood. You only see these happy and fulfilling moments of motherhood through the media (think about those Huggies comercials). Those brands do so well at selling us items because they feed off of our insecurities to be perfect.
This book will peel you like an onion and expose the inner workings of shame. It will teach you to accept your imperfections, to acknowledge that vulnerability is actually very powerful, and to acknowledge that you are enough. Needless to say, expect to cry while reading this inspirational book. I seriously think that this book was a game changer for me. You can get a copy by clicking on this link here.
Book # 5 Untamed – Glennon Doyle
Three words. Oh My God! Untamed is so inspirational, you walk away feeling like a new person. Untamed breaks the unrealistic social expectations put onto mothers. It is about Glennon Doyle’s experience of acknowledging, and letting go of the constraints that she tried to live within and never felt entirely happy. However, when she admits to herself who she authentically is and lets go of what it means to be “good” and she starts to live a more fulfilled life.
Part of this book that spoke to me was about the martyrdom that mothers have. Within the pages of this book it exposes the expectation of mothers give their entire lives over to being a mom, and “slowly die” for their children. Glennon Doyle’s “Untamed” taught me to bring my true and authentic self to the surface (although this is a work in progress) and to live the fullest I can. Also, to set the example for my daughter that motherhood doesn’t have to mean your life is over. This book made it to New York Times #1 Bestseller List for a good reason. If there is anything you do today, it should be to get a copy of this book/audio book and get reading!