52 books to help make 2018 your best year yet.

52 books to help make 2018 your best year yet.

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 make 2018 your best year yet

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52 books to read in 2018.

  1. Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  2. Make Miracles in Forty Days by Melody Beattie
  3. Thank & Grow Rich by Pam Grout
  4. Invisible Acts of Power by Caroline Myss
  5. Dancing with Life by Phillip Moffitt
  6. Beyond Past Lives by Mira Kelley
  7. Everyday Grace by Marianne Williamson
  8. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  9. The Feminine Face of God by Sherry Ruth Anderson and Patricia Hopkins
  10. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
  11. Light Is The New Black by Rebecca Campbell
  12. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  13. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
  14. Life Shift by Aleta St. James
  15. Feel The Fear … And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
  16. Creating True Prosperity by Shakti Gawain
  17. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  18. Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
  19. Material Girl, Mystical World by Ruby Warrington
  20. Hearts, Smarts, Guts, and Luck by Anthony K. Tjan,‎ Richard J. Harrington, and‎ Tsun-Yan Hsieh
  21. The Gift by Sarah Jane Hayler
  22. A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson
  23. 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik
  24. The Wishing Year by Noelle Oxenhandler
  25. The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
  26. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
  27. Gratitude Works! by Robert A. Emmons
  28. The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle
  29. Worthy by Nancy Levin
  30. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  31. Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
  32. Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch
  33. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
  34. Living In Gratitude by Angeles Arrien
  35. Making Life Easy by Christiane Northrop
  36. Gratitude: A Way of Life by Louise Hay
  37. Radical Gratitude by Ellen Vaughn
  38. The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah
  39. The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality by Andre Comte-Sponville
  40. The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin
  41. Gratitude & Trust by Paul Wilson and Tracey Jackson
  42. Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christiane Northrop
  43. The Places That Scare You by Pema Chodron
  44. Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
  45. Creating On Purpose by Anodea Judith and‎ Lion Goodman
  46. Breaking The Habit Of Being You by Joe Dispenza
  47. The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
  48. The Little Book Of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  49. The Happiness Of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
  50. Money, A Love Story by Kate Northrop
  51. Happy Women Live Better by Valorie Burton
  52. Power Your Happiness by Lisa Sugar

Your Turn!

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?

More about Emily Levenson

Emily Levenson is a therapist turned holistic health coach, podcaster, meditation encourager, and seeker of everyday magic. Emily recently kicked off her third #The100DayProject, focusing her efforts on daily meditation.

4 thoughts on “52 books to help make 2018 your best year yet.

  1. Courtney A. Casto

    This is a great list Emily! I’m going to bookmark it so I can come back to it throughout the year. I’ve read a few of the books are on your list and a few of them are already on my bookshelf waiting patiently for me!

    I didn’t see Hunger by Roxane Gay on your list and it’s definitely my favorite book of 2017. It’s her memoir and it’s amazing. I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it!


    1. Emily Levenson

      Right on!

      And I will definitely be adding Roxane Gay’s book to my list. Thanks for the recommendation!


  2. Sherry Quinn

    So nice to see you! Awesome booklist-
    You’ve got to catch Caroline Myss on Utube- Choices that change your life. She looks terrific and her message is a no sugar added talk.
    What no Brene’ Brown?
    Best to you!


    1. Emily Levenson

      I’ll have to check that out! Thanks, Sherry. And I could have sworn there were a few Brene Brown titles in there. If not, it will be added to another post since I’ve read a few since writing that post. xo


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