Self discovery has always been a powerful part that cannot be missing in almost every personal development.
For example: If you want to learn more about your limiting belief around money, the very first thing you should do is to dig deep into your inner self and start from there.
Similarly, if you want to know how to invite more happiness into your everyday life, one effective step is to be aware which factors are blocking your happiness.
And this belongs to self discovery work.
That’s why I’m so excited to share with you all the best books for self discovery. These are the books that had brought so much light and clarity into my life.
Without further ado, lets’ see what is on the list!
List of Best Books for Self Discovery
Self-compassion is learning to love, accept and take care of ourselves the way we do for others.
In today’s world, it’s not surprising that some of us have forgotten how to care for ourselves the right way.
If you’re a highly self-critical woman who constantly offers understanding and kindness to others rather than yourself, this book is written for you.
In her book, Kristen Neff courageously shows how she applied the lessons of self-compassion to her life with a down-to-earth point of view.
She opens a door to our soul, allowing us to acknowledge our suffering and imperfection.
From there, we learn to reconcile with ourselves through self-compassion, contemplation and many practical exercises.
Among many books for self discovery, this one is a little more dense and harder to read.
But it has so many gems and life lessons sprinkled throughout.
It teaches you how to recognize and be aware of your ego – a part within you that’s never satisfied with everything it has.
Ego prevents us from shifting into a growth mindset by constantly comparing ourselves with others. It also the factor that makes us talk to others in a disrespectful way, give into fear and all these things that aren’t good for us.
If you want to stop being the victim and take control of your own ego, don’t miss this one.
Tony Robbins is one of the most well known self-improvement and motivational speakers.
I still remember the first time I signed up for his online event and totally resonated with what he said about sharing your power to the world (I forgot the event’s name).
Anywho, that’s how I discovered this book.
Among many self-help books I’ve read, ‘Awaken the Giant Within’ is one of the best that actually offers practical and strategic guidance.
Inside this book, you’ll discover the reason why we continuously act the same way, stick with the same routines that trigger the same emotions at the end of the day.
Tony Robbin will take you step-by-step to self-mastery that will enable you to discover your purpose and truly take control of your life.
Plus, the powerful techniques in this book can actually change your life if you spend time practicing and implementing them.
It’s the beauty of reading, right? We have to take action to see the difference.
Among many books for self discovery, I think this might be my favorite one.
Eat, Pray, Love is cited as one of the best memoirs of the modern era.
The book chronicles the journey of Elizabeth Gilberts to find herself again after going through a divorce and a crushing depression.
The trip has helped her reconnect with her inner self, discovered and learned many valuable lessons about ritual, happiness, human connection, overcoming fear, and (of course) accepting change.
If you’re satisfied with your life at this moment, or if you’re going through a hard period of life, this book will bring you a fresh perspective and heal your soul.
If you’re on a journey of self discovery seeking purpose in life, this book is truly a must read.
Man’s Search for Meaning is the book chronicling Victor Frankl’s experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, which will help you gain a new perspective on the meaning of life.
Part memoir, what makes it so unique and famous is the way he combined his practical point of view with historically relevant and quite a little bit of medical information.
The book is mainly divided into two parts:
- The first section retells the experiences and observations of Dr. Frankl from the concentration camps. For me, this was the MOST compelling part of the book.
- The second section is his explanation of logotherapy as a therapy technique.
Dr. Frankl has shown us true happiness and meaningful life comes from being appreciative even in tragic circumstances.
“When you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”
There’s a reason (or multiple reasons) why The Alchemist is cited as one of the best books for finding the meaning in life.
It tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who has a dream about worldly treasure in Egypt.
In his journey, Santiago meets all kinds of exciting people, sees the greatness of the world, and acquires powerful wisdom.
However, by the end of the novel, he realizes that the real treasure was the journey itself.
It’s all about self discovery, letting your heart be your eyes and pursuing your dream regardless of any hurdles.
Finding Your Way in a Wild New World is a remarkable guidance which helps you more clearly identify “what you should be doing with your one wild and precious life.”
Martha Beck is a great life coach and author.
Her book is a joy to read. And I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is searching within for joy and mindfulness.
Another great read you should add to your reading list this year.
I was gifted a lot of books by Thich Nhat Hanh back in 2020 while still working with the Europe Plum Village in translating monk Thich Nhat Hanh’s lessons. It’s an amazing and life-changing experience for me since I learned a lot.
The Art of Living is my favorite as it’s more related to everyday life compared with the others. It’s filled with great little stories about his life and the beauty of the world around us.
Most of all, the book reveals an art of living in mindfulness that helps us answer life’s deepest questions, enjoy the happiness and freedom we desire and face the unknown with curiosity instead of fear.
This book proves, yet again, that mindfulness is the powerful art of living.
Before You Go
The books above have changed my life and many young women out there. Now, it’s your turn.
Let me know in the comments what you think of this list of the best books for self discovery.
Tell me, babe, which one will you be adding to your reading list this year?