Books and Reading

Self-Help/Growth/Productivity Books

In the past few years, I have read quite a few self-help and related books. When I sat down to count, in the past 6 years I have read more than 60 books that connect to the topic of self help. I didn’t think it would be that many, a majority were read in the past three years. I was surprised by the number of these books I have actually read. I do not consider myself an expert but if you are looking for some new books and/or are on a journey to better/improve yourself I do have some thoughts. When I start to mentally take into account the types of self help books I have read they fall into a few categories (with some overlap) perspective shifting, research-based psychology books, memoir, and spiritual based books. I can share with you what I have read and what has helped me, but if I am going to be honest books are not the thing that has helped the most. What has most shifted my perspective is reflecting upon my life. I have been more open to the thoughts of others and willing to see a new point of view. By doing that more than anything else I have changed my life because I have become more aware. It is easy to think that books are the answer. I do enjoy reading them, but I have come to learn that a book will not fix anything on it’s own. The following are the ones I would recommend, but with the caveat that they are books and unless you choose to change and try new ways of doing things, reading a book will change nothing. Also I think we often turn to books to be the one answer, not considering if they are right for us or reflect how we see the world.

Perspective Shifting

  • A New Earth
  • The Book
  • A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Psychological/Factual/Research Based

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Outliers
  • The Gifts of Imperfection
  • Braving the Wilderness


  • Tiny Beautiful Things
  • Notes from A Blue Bike
  • How to Be a Woman
  • When Breathe Becomes Air
  • The Year of Magical Thinking
  • Wave

Christian Based/Spiritual Based

  • The Book of Joy
  • Why Buddhism is True
  • Unseen
  • Simply Tuesday
  • Present Over Perfect
  • Sabbath
  • Found
  • Bittersweet

These are just the ones I have read that I know of there are most likely more. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.


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