Looking for self improvement books as you begin planning your 2020 New Year’s resolutions? Today I am sharing the eight books I read/listened to in 2019 that were fabulous! I would highly recommend any of the books below. Scroll to the bottom to grab a few more book recommendations that are not all about improving yourself!
I have said this many times before, but I love a good self improvement/exploration book! While I enjoy the act of reading a physical book, this year I relied heavily on Audible to listen to all of my books. I have found that by downloading the audio version, I actually listen to the books more than once!
Eight Self Improvement Books for 2020:
Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
This book was my latest listen and I absolutely LOVED it! Marie Forleo shares how to live by the philosophy that “everything is figureoutable” and follow your dreams. Her story is inspirational and she really did convince me that everything is figureoutable!
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink
This is a fascinating book about timing. Daniel Pink dives deep into why we behave the way we do and how timing timing effects how we react to life events. He answers questions around the best time to get married, when you are most likely to run a marathon and when you may be most productive during the work day.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
This is a great book about why some people succeed while others fail. Angela Duckworth lays out her case for why she believes “grit” is the common denominator with high achievers and not talent. If you are starting out on a new career path, this is a great book to encourage you to keep going.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
In an age where everyone is always so “busy” this is a fantastic book that teaches you how to cut out all of the nonessential tasks in your life. This book helps you to figure out what is most essential to reach your goals and without getting overwhelmed. If you are looking for guidance on time management, I would recommend this book. I am currently listening to it for a second time to continue to improve my time management skills!
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action by Simon Sinek
If you are the leader of a team or starting your own business, this is the perfect book to read. Start with Why takes a look at the most influential leaders in recent times and breaks down how they think, act and communicate the same way. If you are in a position where you want to influence others in a positive way (shout out to all of my influencer friends!) check this book out.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
If all of these positive thinking, self help book recommendations don’t sit well with you, then this may be your book! Personally, I think it is sharing the same message but in a blunt and non-sugar coated way. Yes, never giving up and keeping a positive attitude is great as you are trying to create a wonderful life, but not everything comes easy. Many steps on your journey are going to suck and you are going to be scared. One you learn to accept these emotions, you will be able to achieve your goals faster.
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee
I have talked about this book A LOT this past year because it really had a big impact on me! This book helped me to better understand why I liked certain aesthetics and how I can design a room to create a specific emotion. I loved how this book made me look at everything around me with a fresh perspective. Why do fireworks universally make people happy? What is it about a cluster of bright balloons that captures our attention? Spoiler alert, you will find the answers in this book! Love, love, love this book.
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Quick confession – I am a Malcolm Gladwell super fan so anything he writes I am fully onboard for! I found this book especially important as we head on into a crazy Presidential election year where quick judgments of each other can easily be made.
In this book, Malcolm revisits well known stories where many of us made immediate judgements and dives deeper into each situation. He shares fascinating research on how we all associate the same facial expressions with an emotion because of sitcoms we watch (ex: Friends) but that isn’t accurate with how we truly react. For example, Malcolm goes through the Amanda Knox case and how she became a suspect because her actions did not align with how many of us expected a sad, roommate to behave. We must all be aware of this bias to avoid misjudging others based solely on this disconnect. I could go on and on about this book but you should just check it out for yourself!
Bonus Book Recommendations:
Becoming by Michelle Obama – Wonderfully written memoir that is very inspiring
Educated by Tara Westover – Another fantastic memoir that I COULD NOT put down!
The Goldfinch – This book of fiction is so so good! If you are looking for an easy read, go pick this one up today.
Looking for a more interactive experience for your self improvement journey? Check out my recap of my three day mediation retreat at Tao Mago in Sedona. It was an eye opening experience and great way to start 2018!