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13 Motivating Books Everyone Should Read

Mom is always right but sometimes we need to get advice from a fresh perspective and someone who didn’t change our diapers or know how many times we changed our major. Check out this list of  13 motivational books for empowering words to rise from that slump, life-changing tips and stories that will stick with you forever.

1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Emma Roberts gives her stamp of approval on this novel written by the author of Eat, Pray, Love with an Instagram post. Big Magic is about finding the creativity within. Gilbert shares her own creative process and advice on how to uncover the “strange jewels” that are deep within us. No matter what your creative passions happen to be, you will find your inspiration in this book.   

 2. Healthy Is The New Skinny by Katie Willcox

In this guide to self-love, model and CEO of Natural Model Management Katie Willcox shares her story about being a professional model in an industry obsessed with being skinny along with her journey to loving herself. Katie’s mission is for society to not focus on being skinny and instead focus on being healthy and happy.


3. Yes! Every Day Can Be a Good Day by June Archer

In this novel, June Archer shares the keys to success that lead to living your best life possible. She stresses that whether you’re a manager, CEO, teacher, or janitor, the same principals and ideas apply. This novel will motivate you to keep pushing for your dreams and is the reminder that we have everything we need to reach our goals within us.


4. Idiots Guide To Ayurveda by Sahara Rose Ketabi

Wellness expert and mind/body healer, Sahara Rose Ketabi’s teaches the basics of Ayurveda in this step by step guide and how to integrate the practice into our life. Ayurveda means knowledge of life and Sahara’s philosophy is that in order to have good health, we must be in touch with all aspects of our life; from physical to emotional, mental, and spiritual health. The guide launches on August 8th.   

5. Live Your Best Day Ever by Anne-Marie Faiola

Unlike other self-help books, this book breaks everything down into 35 inspiring and easy-to-digest chapters. Author Anne-Marie provides step-by-step guidelines and tips to help us shift our mindset to achieve what we want in life. “Stop relying on luck. Plan for success. Choose to be happy!”


6. Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr

With a title like that, how could you not want to read this book? Supermodel Miranda Kerr reminds us to treat ourselves with kindness, love, and respect with empowering words, stories, and life lessons. This relatable book is especially perfect for the summer because Miranda touches on the dangers of comparing ourselves to others. She provides useful advice on how to be the best version of ourselves. Don’t think of it as a self-help book but a really wise friend!

7. Finding My Badass Self by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

This book is about reinventing yourself and facing your fears. Sherry is fighting a midlife crisis so she decides to do The 52/52 Project: a year of experiencing something new each week. The project pushes her outside her comfort zone from crashing a wedding to visiting a nude beach. This motivational book will give you the courage to find your badass self too.


8. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

If you haven’t read #GirlBoss, don’t worry, I was late to the party too. But I arrived and I never wanted to leave because that’s how good it was. Nastygal founder Sophia Amoruso shares her journey from being a dumpster diving college dropout to becoming the CEO of one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. The path to success is not a smooth and mistake-free road but Sophia does not give up despite how many times she’s discouraged or falls. Sophia reminds us that being successful is about trusting your gut and breaking the rules sometimes.

9. Color Your Style by David Zyla

Emmy Award-winning stylist David Zyla is like a fashion scientist. We are most successful when we feel comfortable and confident in what we are wearing. David shows us how to find our authentic style through quizzes, charts, and his color formula. It’s not just a book about learning what to wear, it’s a book about learning more about ourselves and what makes us shine.


10. Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With The Universe By Yumi Sakugawa

For those who are visual people, this is a graphic novel is about self-discovery and finding inner peace. Through this unique approach, you will find out how to let go of the past and truly connect with the world around you. Whether you’re in need of a little inspiration or a whole new outlook on life, you will find it in here.


11. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Not all who wander are lost. Except sometimes, we are lost. That’s how main character and author Cheryl felt after the death of her mother, divorce, and becoming hooked on heroin. Four years later, at her lowest point, Cheryl decides to do something about it. She sets out on a solo trek across the Pacific Crest Trail where she is forced to face her many demons. This memoir is about forgiveness, hope, and going from lost to found.


12. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

This memoir by Ariel Levy was named one of the best books of 2017. Ariel shares her story about loss and heartbreak with authenticity and humor. It is impossible not to be inspired by her resilience when the life she knows falls to pieces. The Rules Do Not Apply is one of those rare and beautiful stories that never leave you. You should probably go buy this one ASAP.


13. Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

This memoir will motivate you to get moving, live in the moment, and make the most of every day. Yoga teacher and social media influencer, Rachel Brathen, shares inspirational advice, yoga tips, and her journey in this part guide, part yogi bible, and part book full of beautiful photographs. Basically, it has it all. Keep the Post-it notes near you because her messages are that empowering.

Get ready to get inspired by these powerful novels. Happy reading!


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