Reading has always been one of my favorite past times.
Okay, I take that back. It’s been a favorite past time since I haven’t been forced to read things for school. But even then, I have fond memories of reading books that were on our summer reading list. Books like The Things They Carried and Siddhartha.
When I lived London, I had a 45-minute commute to and from work to contend with, so reading became a way to transport myself to a more enjoyable place. I devoured everything Jane Green and Jennifer Weiner wrote, opting for easy reads to occupy my time.
When I had my daughter, reading became a little too difficult; the sleep deprivation and super early mornings made it hard for my brain to focus or retain information. So it fell by the wayside.
As my daughter got older and her sleep become more predictable, reading began to creep back into my life. First, as a thought — I wish I had the time to read and I really miss reading — then to a sporadic event, and finally to a beautiful reality during my month-long sabbatical. I’m pretty sure my soul was smiling when I picked up a stack of books at the library that first week I took off.
These days, instead of fiction and chick lit, I find myself reaching for books that fall in the personal development category; books about gratitude, spirituality, wellness, and the female experience. They fill me up with a deep sense of satisfaction and make my brain fire a thousand miles per minute.
And so, it is with this rekindled devotion to reading that I put together a list of 52 books to read in 2018 with a heavy (okay, sole) focus on nourishing the mind, body, and soul.
Some books on the list have changed my life for the better. Others have given me a new framework from which to view the world. While others, still, have been on my to-read list for an embarrassingly long time and are currently filling up my reading queue at our local library.
So here they are, all 52 books that I’ve read and loved or am looking forward to reading (in no particular order).
52 books to read in 2018.
- Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
- Make Miracles in Forty Days by Melody Beattie
- Thank & Grow Rich by Pam Grout
- Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss
- Dancing with Life by Phillip Moffitt
- Beyond Past Lives by Mira Kelley
- Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Feminine Face of God by Sherry Ruth Anderson and Patricia Hopkins
- The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
- Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
- You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
- Life Shift by Aleta St. James
- Feel The Fear … And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
- Creating True Prosperity by Shakti Gawain
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
- Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington
- Hearts, Smarts, Guts, and Luck by Anthony K. Tjan, Richard J. Harrington, and Tsun-Yan Hsieh
- The Gift by Sarah Jane Hayler
- A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson
- 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik
- The Wishing Year by Noelle Oxenhandler
- The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
- Thrive by Arianna Huffington
- Gratitude Works! by Robert A. Emmons
- The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle
- Worthy by Nancy Levin
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
- Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
- Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
- Living In Gratitude by Angeles Arrien
- Making Life Easy by Christiane Northrop
- Gratitude: A Way of Life by Louise Hay
- Radical Gratitude by Ellen Vaughn
- The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah
- The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality by Andre Comte-Sponville
- The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin
- Gratitude & Trust by Paul Wilson and Tracey Jackson
- Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrop
- The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron
- Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
- Creating On Purpose by Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman
- Breaking The Habit Of Being You by Joe Dispenza
- The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
- The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking
- The Happiness Of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
- Money, A Love Story by Kate Northrop
- Happy Women Live Better by Valorie Burton
- Power Your Happiness by Lisa Sugar
Any books you would add to the list? Any books that have changed your life for the better? Perhaps more importantly, any books that people have loved and idolize that you just couldn’t seem to get into?