Below are some of the books that I’ve read on my self-love journey. Reading is where I get most of my inspiration and insight. Some are recommendations from friends who are also on the same journey. I picked my top 5.
If you’re planning a reading list this summer include some of these! Click on the picture to buy it on Amazon.com!!!
1. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom Don Miguel Ruiz
Agreement 1: Be impeccable with your word. Agreement 2: Don’t take anything personally. Agreement 3: Don’t make assumptions. Agreement 4: Always do your best.
I read this book while I was in California doing some “soul searching”. Recommended to me by my friend Jamie, I loved it so much I wrote a blogpost on it. Check out my full review.
2. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are Brene Brown
I have so many notes in my book, and so many of these pages highlighted that I don’t even know where to begin. I might have to write a post just for this book! Brené Brown has dropped so much wisdom on me. This book has changed my life. If you only buy one book on this list, buy this one.
3. YOU are a BADASS: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life Jen Sincero
We all need a kick in the a** sometimes, and this book inspires you in the most blunt and clear throat way. But Jen does it in such a witty and clever way you can help but admire her for it. In this refreshing how-to guide, Sincero gives us chapters, such as “Fear is for Suckers” and “Your Mind is Your B*tch”, full of hilarious inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the lots of swear words.
4. The Path to Love – Deepak Chopra
A quick read with a deep message. This book provided me with so much great insight about what love is and what it isn’t… at a time in my life when it was critical for me to know.
5. The Way To Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony De Mello Anthony De Mello
The title of this book should really be “The Way to Be Free.” Anthony “Tony” de Mello was a Jesuit priest who had a good understanding of the human heart. It is a short read and it leaves you wanting more. This book tore my heart open. I highly recommend it.
Man Repeller: Seeking Love, Finding Overalls – Leandra Medine
A witty Leandra shares her story from her catholic high school days through college and eventually marriage. Sharing her ups and downs balancing relationships and her wardrobe while on her journey to becoming one of New York City’s top fashion bloggers. I am a personal fan of her blog Man Repeller, a blog she started because her friend would always tell her the way she dressed repelled men, and that’s why she’s single. Genius! Later we find out that her now husband was attracted to how confidently she wore those overalls and grandma harem pants.
Mrs. Right – Tony Gaskins
I had the honor to meet life coach and author Tony Gaskins when he came to speak at Columbia University. A former college athlete and ladies man, Tony shares with women how his wife got him to settle down. Furthermore he shares with women the men’s “game”. Yes, they do just want to sleep with you. Find out how to get more from them.
Still Breathin’: The Wisdom Teachings of A Perfectly Flawed Man Brenden Dilley
“Life is not about perfection. It’s not always about making the best decisions. Life is about love, relationships, success, empathy, and humility.”
A Father First: How My Life Became More Than Basketball Dwyane Wade
Great book for the men to read on what it means to be a real man.
The Mastery of Love – Don Miguel Ruiz I read it in Spanish. My mom bought it for me to help me deal with heartbreak. It helped.
Reinventing The Body, Resurrecting the Soul – Deepak Chopra
Here is another book by Deepak Chopra. All his books are amazing.
Words of A Wanderer – Alex Elle
This book is filled with original poems and quotes by Alex Elle, while she was going through her self-journey phase. Relatable, heartfelt, and revolutionary. I met her at a book signing in Brooklyn, she is just as beautiful as her words.
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Book of Quotes
The Complete Live and Learn and Pass It On – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
People ages 5 to 95 share what they’ve discovered about life, love and other good stuff.
One of my NYU writing professors shared this tip with me on becoming a better writer: “Always have a book in your bag wherever you go. Read a couple pages on the train, waiting at a doctor’s office, or whenever you find yourself with extra time. Nurturing that creative side of your brain is essential to your writing.”