I am the type of person that will start a book and finish it in one sitting (I obviously have not mastered the skill of not over-indulging). However, this is why I love words so much. They are so captivating and can teach me so much.
These books have brought me out of my comfort zones in several different ways. They teach productivity, inspire creativity, and offer an escape from reality. It was hard to narrow down the ten books that I wanted to share with all of you, but these books have proved to be the best of the best. I hope you get to read all of them!
Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert
When I first discovered what the Enneagram was, I became instantly obsessed (where my 4’s at?). I came across a booklist for each type of enneagram and this was one of the suggested for my type. Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of “Eat Pray Love” so I instantly knew I would love this book. Little did I know that this book held legitimate magic within it. My favorite sentence from this book- “done is always better than good” – has stuck with me everyday since. Get ready to underline everything in here as your creativity + productivity is amplified.
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Amy Morin
Oh man… the things this book can do. If you are anything like me, you’ll be asking yourself if someone was videoing your everyday life and wrote a book about it. If you are in a rut, or can’t seem to stop making excuses for yourself, read this book. The applicable tools that Amy Morin gives you will change your life. She ultimately tells you what NOT to do, which is a change in pace from authors always telling us what we should be doing.
Wild at Heart: John Eldredge
Men can be SO HARD to understand. I pray for my future husband often. I pray that I will learn to understand him and love him to the best of my abilities. This book was written with the intention of men to read, but hey, I thought I would give it a go and I was not dissapointed. It gives a well-rounded Christian perspective of a man’s heart and purpose.
The One Memory of Flora Banks: Emily Barr
I was skeptical of this book because of the unconventional layout of it. However, when I tell you I couldn’t put it down… well, I read it all in one sitting. This story is of an adventerous girl who has the inability to make new memories. Her story of independence, love, and bravery is so exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time. Emily Barr was able to open up a whole new world for me, and she did is so eloquently. I love love love this book!
The Year of Magical Thinking: Joan Didion
Okay, I am not going to lie to you. This book was hard for me to read. It wasn’t a page-turner for me like most books are; it was more of a book where I would tell myself to read a chapter every night. So many people told me how this book had changed their life- and I just did not get it. However, the more the chapters built on each other, the more I understood. It wasn’t until I sat with my feelings on the book that I understood how powerful it was. Didion shares her experience with grief and how clouded our minds can become. She doesn’t sugarcoat- her life was simply hard. Grief is something everyone will experience and the clarity at which she wrote this is essential for our journey through life.
The Artist’s Way: Julia Cameron
I am currently working through this book right now (so no, I have not finished it), but I am hooked. It is technically a workbook, so you are supposed to take it week by week- which is why I am not done with it yet. This book uses a Christian perspective to work through creative blocks and understanding the link between our creativity and God’s purpose for us. I have already learned so much about myself through this process and I am excited to share more about all of the magic within this book.
More or Less: Jeff Shinabarger
I found this book at Goodwill (honestly the best place to find a good read) right when I was on a journey to simplifying my life. Shinabarger teaches you how to live a life of simplicity while being overwhelmingly generous; the spirit of giving is so inspiring in this book. He uses real life stories and scenarios to illustrate how fulfilling this journey can be.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Stephen R. Covey
Chances are, you have probably heard of this book or have listened to someone talk about it. It is such a timeless and necessary book for anyone who is choosing a more productive and effective lifestyle. I chose to listen to this book on audio during long car rides. However, if I read a hard copy, I know that I would have tore this book up with underlining and highlighting because it is just so good.
Secrets for the Mad: Dodie Clark
This is such a fun book. Dodie Clark is a musician and she takes you through her life with fun illustrations and stories. There are some hard and relatable stories but she also makes you laugh your butt off. This is a fun and easy read for a rainy day. I keep it on my nightstand because you can flip to any chapter on any day without missing a beat.
Smashed: Koren Zailckas
This is the only book that accurately describes the relationship between adolescence and alcohol. Koren Zailckas takes you on her journey of how her skewed relationship with alcohol affected many areas of her life. She was never labeled an alcoholic from society’s viewpoint because she was doing the same things every other young adult was doing. However, she suffered from so much shame and humiliation because of they way she handled alcohol in her life. I think this book is a must read for every young adult, especially if they feel like alcohol, or any other type of substance, has had a negative impact on their life.