10 Inspirational Books to add to Your Bucket List

by | May 25, 2020

I’m obsessed with books. I love the way they feel in my hands, the way they smell (I’m being totally serious!), and how they have the power to transform my life.

I started reading self-development books when I was 19 years old. Not a total kid but still a tad young to be enjoying the likes of Dr. Phil. Yes, you read that right, Dr. Phil.

His book, Life Strategies was my gateway into all things self-help, self-development, and personal growth. I became totally obsessed and read more books on those topics like it was going out of style!

10 Inspirational Books to Add to your Bucket List

Whenever I read a good book, I have to tell everyone about it. I can’t keep those gems to myself!

Here you will find the top 10 books that have changed my life. I hope you find something on the list that will do the same for you!


I can’t get enough of Marie! Last year she came out with this instant success of a book! This book is all about taking your lame excuses and throwing them out the window.

As the title suggests, Marie believes that EVERYTHING can be figured out no matter how big the problem is.

Everything is Figuroutable will make you realize that you’re the only one holding yourself back from creating a life you love.

2. THE UNIVERSE HAS YOUR BACK by Gabby Bernstein

We all need a little dose of Gabby in our life! Read this book and you’ll learn to turn your fear into faith and live a more joyful life. Gabby will help you let go of control and have faith that the universe is always providing you safety and security!

This book definitely made me feel less fearful about difficult situations and less anxious about the future. I now have faith that the universe ALWAYS has my back!

3. RISING STRONG by Brene Brown

Oh, Brene! Who in the world doesn’t love Brene?! This book is a game-changer! It’s about having the courage to show up, be seen, and own your story!

Brene encourages us to be vulnerable, embrace potential failure, lean into fear even when it feels uncomfortable, and ignore the critics.

This book made me feel unstoppable and realize that being vulnerable is being brave! I now do things that scare me knowing that putting myself out there is a success in and of itself.

4. YOU ARE A BADASS by Jen Sincero

If you’re the type to clutch your pearls this book isn’t for you. Jen is sarcastic and sassy – and I LOVE it! She does the self-help thing in an entirely new and hilarious way.

Jen will help you overcome self-doubt and become a go-getting, goal crushing badass! The stories she tells from her own life are typically the type of things you keep to yourself, which is why she’s SO relatable!

Read this and you’ll be on your way to creating an awesome life!

5. BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book was written by the author of a little book called Eat, Pray, Love. Heard of it? 😊

Big Magic 100% changed my life. I wouldn’t be writing this post right now if it wasn’t for this work of art! For years I wanted to write but didn’t because I thought it was a waste of time. Elizabeth Gilbert encourages us to embrace our creative side and create for the sake of creating.

My favorite quote EVER came out of this book. It’s actually a quote from the bible but I came across it in Big Magic:

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is in you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you”.

Deep and totally motivating, right?!

6. GET RICH LUCKY BITCH by Denise Duffield-Thomas

I love this book because it’s hilarious, sarcastic, and ridiculously motivating. I’ve struggled with serious money blocks my entire life. I picked up this book to help me overcome my limiting beliefs about my potential to earn money.

Get Rich Lucky Bitch was a big game-changer for me. It taught me that I am worthy of earning a s*** ton of money!

If you want to get inspired to take control of your life and attract abundance read this book. You won’t be sorry you did.

7. THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle

Who doesn’t love Eckhart?! I’ve read his book several times because each time it gives me a different takeaway and new perspective. It’s been key in helping me be more mindful, present, stop future tripping, and let go of the past.

As the title suggests, you will learn how to live in the NOW!

8. THE FOUR AGREEMENTS by Don Miguel Ruiz

I love this book because it’s a simple read but was SUPER effective in changing my thoughts and the way I behave. The lessons are MIGHTY and I promise you’ll walk away a different person after reading it!

The book talks about 4 agreements you should make with yourself if you want to live a beautiful life. The four agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Things Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best.

9. AWARENESS by Anthony De Mello

Just wow! Everything about this work of art is perfect.

It’s about becoming aware and letting go of illusions. You won’t be the same after reading it. It will help you wake up in every aspect of your life and respond to life in an entirely different way.

Anthony explains that most people don’t know they are asleep and through spirituality can awaken.


And last but not least, DR. PHIL! Woot woot! How could I not add this to the list?! As I previously mentioned, I owe it to the man for introducing me to self-help! Totally life-changing!

If you check out this book, you’ll find the tools you need to create a life you love! His strategies are practical and will get you results!

There you have it, friends! Here are my top 10 favorite books!

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