Best Books For Personal Growth

The first time I was in the “Self-Help” section of the bookstore I was a child waiting impatiently for my mom. You see we were essentially raised in Borders bookstores, my mom would take us there in the evenings, we would wonder around until we found that perfect book, then we would meet her in the cafe, where we would listen to live music and drink Italian sodas whilst reading our new found treasures. In my family books were and still are everything, we consider them to contain the solution to any problem, the answer to lifes quntisential questions, and the greatest adventures we have ever been on, all within those little pages.  Growing up in our house if you had an unsolvable problem, thats because you had found the right books yet, if you were bored, you needed to read more, and if you had any questions that were driving mom crazy, read the encyclopedia!

That first time in the Self-Help section though really through me, I remember thinking  “my mom must be depressed if she’s reading those books” , which is why I actually prefer to call them “Personal Development Books”. The term Self-Help has such a negative connotation to it, through no fault of it’s own of course, so by changing the name it now sounds like you are a progressive person, you care about your own development and want to encourage more life learning! Recently a follower asked what my favorite books are in the Self-Help” section, so I thought I would take you through the ones that I found the most beneficial.


1. You Are A Bad Ass by Jen Sincero 

This book is a recent discovery and yet it has made it’s way all the way to the top of my list, this book is literally personal development GOLD!!! Jen Sincero wrote this book without sounding preachy, or coming off to Guru-ish, this book is your no nonsense, get your shit together and heres how to do it book. I have read this twice now, and loved it so much I bought the audio book on iTunes so that I could listen to it whilst walking the dogs, cleaning my house, laying by the pool, and even soaking in the bath! Since buying the audio book I am almost through my second listen, which means I have read/listened to this book 4 times!!! If you were to buy any of the books that make this list GET THIS ONE, and family members get ready you will all be receiving this for Christmas lol. (the title link will take you to Amazon, you can get the audio book there, if you want it in iTunes you can find that here)


2. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book is probably the most popular Personal Development book on the market. If you’re new to Personal Development books this is a great one to start with, it doesn’t feel to heavy or preachy, and really focuses on the basics of living a fulfilled life. (the title link will take you to Amazon, you can get the audio book there, if you want it in iTunes you can find that here)

3. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

If you have never read a Personal Development book before, start here, this is a novel that also contains the Personal Development aspects. It’s a really easy read as it’s an intriguing story about a Lawyer who is essentially living to work, and after a heart attack decides to make some personal changes.

4. Way Of The Peaceful Worrier by Dan Millman

This is another “novel” style book, it’s about and athlete that was training for the olympics and becomes injured, he starts feeling like life is against him and he should just give up, in comes an old man who will help guide him to a better life. It’s really good and was actually made into a film as well. (the title link will take you to Amazon, you can get the audio book there, if you want it in iTunes you can find that here)


5. The Travelers Gift by Andy Andrews

This was my very first Personal Development book, I read this when I was 18-19 years old, and loved it so much. This is another novel style book, about a man who loses his job, and is feeling that overwhelming drowning feeling when he is transported to another time. He then meets people like Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower, and this continues on for 7 people and 7 life lessons. This is still one of my favorite books ever! (the title link will take you to Amazon, you can get the audio book there, if you want it in iTunes you can find that here)



6. Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

This book was not my favorite of the ones that I have read, however it makes the list because it does have some really great tips that will help anyone become more organized, and also has some great stories about people overcoming difficult situations. (the title link will take you to Amazon, you can get the audio book there, if you want it in iTunes you can find that here)

Those are the books that I would recommend to a friend any time. I would love to know what your favorite personal development books are, and if you haven’t read one, are you interested in reading personal development?

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  1. Brenda Esquivel Villanueva
    October 6, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Love reading your blogs they arrle very detail. Thanks for sharing your favorite books.

    • Katie Snyder
      October 8, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  2. Jennifer Berkowitz
    October 6, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I wish I had more time to read ..

    • Katie Snyder
      October 8, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Try audio books, I listen to them whenever I clean, walk the dogs, take a bath, really whenever I’m doing anything I either have a book or music playing, I don’t like to be alone with myself lol!

  3. Liliana
    October 8, 2017 / 12:46 am

    I am really considering buying the “You are a badass”! I really enjoyed reading this post :). It’s was my sister that made me read books and now I’m also a book worm :p

    • Katie Snyder
      October 8, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      “You Are A Bad Ass”, if perfect for anyone in any situation, she talks about so many scenarios your sure to identify with something, and I just found it so empowering.

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