10 Must-Read Books for Self-Discovery

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I'll admit it! am a self-proclaimed self-help book junkie. I’ve been this way as far as I can remember. It’s no wonder I found myself in the life coaching profession!

I truly find books incredibly inspiring. The most powerful books have the ability to influence the way we think, teach us, give us new perspectives, shape us and take us on new adventures.

If you’re looking for words of wisdom to pump up your own bookshelf, or crave new ideas on how to find your purpose and step into your Truth as we enter the new year, don’t worry – I’ve got you, beauty!

Here are 10 of my favorite books that have changed my life for the better:

1. The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna

I love this book! This is one the books that actually lead me to discover my own passions and purpose. Who hasn’t asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling?” Elle Luna frames this moment as “standing at the crossroads of Should and Must.” “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire.  You can buy the book here

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This is one of my favorite books, especially as new year is just around the corner! In this book, Rubin gives a compelling and interesting account of a year during which she embarked on her "happiness project." Humorously and with a lot of insight, Rubin chronicles her journey during the twelve months as she ventured into her quest for happiness, starting in January. You can buy the book here

3. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero.

I laughed and cried my way through this amazing book! In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word. You can buy the book here.

4. The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein

I picked this book up when I was feeling spiritually disconnected. Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. You can buy the book here.

5. Energy Leadership: Transforming Your Workplace and Your Life from the Core by Bruce D. Schneider

This is an absolutely eye-opening read! I first read this book when I enrolled in my coach training program at iPEC (the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching). In Energy Leadership, renowned coach Bruce D. Schneider teaches how to understand the most important personal resource of all -- energy, and shows how to harness it to achieve success in the workplace, the home, and in the world at large. You can buy the book here.

6. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance - What Women Should Know by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay

I think this book is absolutely captivating! Following the success of Lean In and Why Women Should Rule the World, the authors of the bestselling Womenomics provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence—and learning how to achieve it—for women of all ages and at all stages of their career. You can buy the book here.

7. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

I loved this book and I now love saying Yes more than ever! In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood's most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, reveals how saying YES changed her life - and how it can change yours too. You can buy the book here.

8. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg

I believe whole-heartedly that this is a must-read for every woman. Written with humor and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential. You can buy the book here.

9. The 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration by Moorea Seal

Such a cool book/journey to go through! I recommend starting on the first of the year. Based on the popular blog series by Moorea Seal, this bestselling journal is for list lovers. Create 52 lists, one for every week of the year, that will help you discover the beauty, joy, creativity, and power you already have! This gorgeous undated journal of weekly lists will help nurture self-expression and self-development. Each seasonal section includes list prompts, with plenty of space to write your own lists, and challenges to help you take action and make your dreams a reality. You can buy the book here:

10. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

I’ve always had an innate understanding of my own strengths, but this book (and the quiz you take) give you a deep dive into your strengths. StrengthsFinder 2.0, Gallup unveils the new and improved version of its popular assessment, language of 34 themes, and much more (see below for details). While you can read this book in one sitting, you'll use it as a reference for decades. Loaded with hundreds of strategies for applying your strengths, this new book and accompanying website will change the way you look at yourself--and the world around you--forever. You can buy the book here.

I'm curious to know - what are your must-read books for self-discovery? Let me know!