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15 Recommended Personal Development Books

A few years ago, I read 155 books in a year.

You're probably thinking, "wow, she must have had a lot of time on her hands". Honestly, I didn't. I was traveling for work all the time, getting up at 5am and getting home at 7-8pm. My time was precious. But I decided that year I wanted to read; so I did! I'll confess that all the books were fiction and I used Audible to listen to about 20% of my final book total. However, I did save Audible for all the Stephen King books I decided I needed to read (have you seen the length of his novels!?).

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Every month, I highlight 15 potentially life changing personal development self help books. These can of course be read at any time throughout the year but are some of the most motivational and inspirational self improvement books to read. If you're looking for some awesome thought-provoking books to add to your must read list, click through or repin for later

I have never come close to reading that number of books again. I have a feeling I burnt myself out since my reading rate rapidly declined. I read a hell of a lot using Blinkist (I love this so much!) but it's not quite the same.

After a few weeks of pondering, I have decided that, once again, this year will be a reading year. The plan isn't quite the same as THAT year and I do not have a set-in-stone goal for the number of books I absolutely must read. I do, however, have a list. More on that in a second.

I spent a while trying to decide what kinds of books I want to read. I love fiction, I do. But I have some hardcore goals I want to achieve this year. So, I worry that I might get lost in fantasy lands all year. That's not to say we shouldn't get lost in fantasy lands - it is good for us. Just not all year!

In January, I made a list of 100 Personal Development books I wanted to read in the next year or so. I have just decided that you might like to join me in this.

These are books I have either already read it, listened to it on Audio, have read quickly on Blinkist, or have on my bookcase (or Kindle) waiting to be read. I promise I am only recommending books I will be reading myself. Come back next month, too, for more book recommendations.

The book descriptions below are modified from Amazon, but I will try and do my own book reviews soon.

Apologies that not everything lines up! If you saw my editor, you'd see that there is no rhyme nor reason for this!

Personal Development Books for April:

Spontaneous Happiness by Dr Andrew Weil
Spontaneous Happiness by Dr Andrew Weil

Dr Andrew Weil has proven that the best way to maintain optimum physical health is to draw on both conventional and alternative medicine. Spontaneous Happiness offers the foundation for attaining and sustaining optimum emotional health. The book suggests a reinterpretation of the notion of happiness, discussing the limitations of modern medicine in treating depression, and elaborating on the inseparability of body and mind.

Goals by Brain Tracy
Goals by Brain Tracy

Tracy shows how to build your self-esteem and self-confidence, approach every problem or obstacle effectively, overcome difficulties, respond to challenges, and continue forward toward your goals, no matter what happens.

The book also offers a system for achievement that, Tracy says you will use for the rest of your life.

Happy Pretty Messy by Natalie Wise
Happy Pretty Messy by Natalie Wise 

As a modern lifestyle philosopher, Natalie Wise brings her trademark poetic prose to finding and cultivating balance, joy, and depth of self in daily life. Filled with wit and fresh insights for the heart and home, you’ll learn how to:

Thrive through tragedy; Turn off your inner monologue; Get “back to brave”

Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? by John Powell
Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? by John Powell

This book contains insights on self-awareness, personal growth and communication with others. Why do people continually hide their real selves from the people around them? Why are so many so insecure and afraid to open up? The answer, explains John Powell, is that maturity is reached by communicating and interacting with others. This book considers the consequences our real self faces if no one else ever finds out what we are like.


Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eat, Pray, Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment, and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression, and heartbreakIt's 3 a.m., and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her 30s, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later...
The Small Big by Steve Martin
The Small Big by Steve Martin

At some point today you will have to influence or persuade someone - perhaps ask a colleague a favour, negotiate with a contractor or get your spouse to put out the recycling. The small BIG, three heavyweights from the world of persuasion science and practice, describes how, in today's information-overloaded world, it is now the smallest changes that lead to the biggest differences in results.

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Robbins unleashes the sleeping giant that lies within all of us - teaching us to harness our untapped abilities, talents and skills. The ultimate program for improving the quality of every aspect of your life - personal or business, physical or emotional - Awaken the Giant Within gives you the tools you need to immediately become master of your own fate.

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
Gratitude by Oliver Sacks

As Dr Sacks looked back over his long, adventurous life his final thoughts were of gratitude. In a series of remarkable, beautifully written and uplifting meditations, in Gratitude Dr Sacks reflects on and gives thanks for a life well lived, and expresses his thoughts on growing old, facing terminal cancer and reaching the end.

Do more Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier
Do more Great Work by Michael Bungay Stanier
Michael Bungay Stanier, Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006, is a business consultant who's found a way to move us away from bad work (and even good work), and toward more time spent doing great work. This inspirational, motivating, at times playful book uses fifteen short, thought-provoking exercises that effectively force the reader to look at what his or her work really is, and find ways to change the mix
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

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.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller

In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to
* cut through the clutter
* achieve better results in less time
* build momentum toward your goal
* dial down the stress
* overcome that overwhelmed feeling 
* revive your energy 
* stay on track
* master what matters to you

Wake Up! by Chris Baréz-Brown
Wake Up! by Chris Baréz-Brown

 Wake Up! is a series of experiments designed to help you break free from the autopilo trap. From climbing a tree to writing a letter, here are a year's worth of balanced, playful experiences that will engage your imagination and stimulate your senses.By escaping autopilot more often you'll feel tuned in, tap in to who you really are, and make every day count.

The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters
The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life


The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

This book will not only inspire you, it will give you the tools to change your life for the better - starting from now. His step-by-step approach will show you how to:

- Defeat disbelief and the negative power it creates
- Make your mind produce positive thoughts
- Plan a concrete success-building programme
- Do more and do it better by turning on your creative power
- Capitalise on the power of NOW

Disclosure: If you purchase anything from links in this post or any other, I may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, I only ever mention products I love and would recommend whether I was being compensated or not.

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