Today is National Book Lover’s Day! I definitely identify as a bibliophile, and I am excited for this excuse to talk books with you. I don’t think I could ever narrow down any list of book to just five, so this is a pretty specific list. These are five books you should read to improve your mind and spirit, but I’ve limited myself to books I read recently over the first half of 2016. These books and their valuable insights are fresh in my mind, and I want to share them with you.
1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
“Dear Sugar” was an anonymously written advice column at The Rumpus. This book is a collection of some of the best of her columns as well as never-before-published ones. Cheryl Strayed, or Sugar, responds to the individuals who write to her with honesty, humor, radical compassion, and tough love.
2. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Jen Sincero is an author, speaker, and success coach. This book is packed with advice, humor, and inspiring stories. I love its practical suggestions and applicable exercises. Parts of it do get a little woo-woo, but I think it’s still worth reading even if that’s not your thing, and you can choose to what degree you buy in.
3. Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson
Going through this book is an interactive experience. If you take the time to complete the questionnaires, reflect on the information, and apply any of the plethora of strategies, you will see a difference in your life. Kate Hudson speaks from her own personal research and experience making it feel like a conversation with a friend.
4. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
After learning about Sohpia Amoruso’s past in this book, she is one of the least likely people I would have expected to own and run a $100+ million company. She goes through, based on her own experience, how to channel your strengths into success without having to dim your spirit or sell out.
5. The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
I was not familiar with Amanda Palmer before reading this book, so hearing about her experiences as an artist were especially intriguing. She has been praised and attacked for the courageous way she asks for help. This book will get you thinking in new ways about asking, giving, art, and love.
If you’re interested in other book recommendations to improve your mind and spirit, I encourage you to grab this list I made of the 5 Books that Improved My Mental Wellness. I go through my top 5 books (all of which are different than those listed in this post) on this topic and what’s great about each one.
If you are interested in checking out more books in general that I’m into – fiction and nonfiction from YA to literary to mystery and more – I’d love to connect on Goodreads.
What book (or two or three) would you recommend to improve your mind and spirit?