10 Must Read Books to Inspire Your Best Self

It’s no secret that I love to read.  Some find it hard to believe that as a busy mom I find time to read twice a day.  Books are literally the bookends to my day and my most valuable form of self-care.  Each day I read personal development books as part of my morning routine and end my day by reading fiction books before bed.  I read self-development in the morning because we are at our best during the first few hours of the day, and it’s the best opportunity to retain the knowledge, inspiration, and motivation I get from these authors.  At the end of the day, I prefer to immerse myself in something lighter that doesn’t require as much thought or action.

A while back I wrote a post titled 5 Must-Read Books to Inspire Your Best Self.  It turns out that this has been my most read post, inspiring hundreds of people to pick up an inspirational book to help their self-development journey.  Since that time I’ve read about 60 more books (both fiction and personal development) and I wanted to share ten more inspirational books to help YOU inspire your best self.

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The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Hendricks reveals a simple solution for overcoming your barriers to happiness and fulfillment with The Big Leap.  This book is about understanding your limiting beliefs and learning how to push through your upper limit and realize your full potential.  It’s a simple and well-written read that will give you a better understanding of who you are and how you can take your life to the next level.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Brene Brown is one of my favorite motivational speakers and authors and this book did not disappoint.  In this book, Brown defines what it means to be vulnerable.  She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”  Brown encourages us all to have the courage to be vulnerable and dare greatly.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis is taking the world by storm and for good reason.  Hollis’s wit, humor, and painful honesty make her the girl next door. In the book, she exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore. “Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle–and how to give yourself grace without giving up.”

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis’s second book is equally as witty, honest, and humorous as the first.  In Girl, Stop Apologizing she challenges women to stop worrying about what everyone else thinks of them and start living the life of their dreams.  She breaks the book into three section – excuses to let go of, behaviors to adopt and skills to acquire.  While most of this information wasn’t new to me, I enjoy her writing style and the important reminder that someone else’s opinion of me is none of my damn business.

*I won an advanced copy of this book through Goodreads.  The book is currently available for pre-order and will be released in March.

 The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins is quickly becoming another favorite of mine.  In The 5 Second Rule Mel tells her personal story of hitting rock bottom and how she discovered the 5 Second Rule to turn her life around.  I’ve personally started using the 5 Second Rule and have already seen positive results.  One of the things I love about Mel is that she has the same passion for the importance of a proper morning routine that I do.

Cultivate by Lara Casey

In this books, Lara Casey offers wisdom learned from her garden and teaches us to “find the joy and freedom that comes in cultivating what matters, little by little, with God’s transforming grace.”  She inspires us to embrace the season we are in and find balance in current life scenarios.  This book is very heavily based on Christian beliefs so if that’s not your thing it may not be for you.

Body Love by Kelly LeVeque

My girl Rachel Hollis introduced me to Body Love and it’s a great read for anyone who is struggling with nutrition.  Kelly shares her 4-step food freedom program that is backed by significant research.  In the interest of full disclosure this book does get a bit scientific which goes right over my head, but at the same time I got so much out of it and it makes so much sense.  I’ve started following her advice by drinking her Fab4 smoothies and have already noticed a difference in my energy levels.  Her plan is simple and attainable.  It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

High-Performance Habits by Brendan Burchard

I just realized that Rachel Hollis introduced me to this book too! High-Performance Habits reveals the six most effective habits for reaching long term success.  The book is backed by years of research from Burchard who is a high-performance coach.

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

“Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.”  This book is another Christian based book that takes you through Shauna’s experience and what led her to this journey and an entirely new way to live.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

What is not to love about Michelle Obama!?  This is a memoir that invites readers into Obama’s world and chronicles her life.  It gives a rare and honest glimpse into the challenges of being a politician’s wife.  She is warm, witty, honest, and truly inspiring.  I’ve heard it’s really great on Audible too!

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