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12 Books That Will Help You Live A Good Life

Updated: Sep 10, 2021



I am a voracious reader and it’s been SO long since I’ve gotten lost for hours in a good book - but that’s exactly what I’m doing today in honor of #BuyaBookDay.


In case you need some inspiration on your next read, I went ahead and did some of the heavy-lifting for you. Instead of searching the internet for the "Best Memoirs", "Best Self-Help Books", and "Best Inspirational Books", you can literally just bookmark this list and take it from there.


The following is a list of [some of] my favorite books from memoirs and self-help, to manifestos on personal and professional development. In no particular order:


1. I Am A Girl From Africa

A memoir

by Elizabeth Nyamayaro

I Am A Girl From Africa - A Memoir - by Elizabeth Nyamayaro

"A 'profound and soul-nourishing memoir' (Oprah Daily) from an African girl whose near-death experience sparked a lifelong dedication to humanitarian work that helps bring change across the world."


This book brought me such delight in reading Elizabeth’s inspiration behind her groundbreaking humanitarian work. Be prepared for some gorgeous writing here, too!



2. What Happened To You?

Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

by Bruce D. Perry, MD PhD + Oprah Winfrey

What Happened To You? Conversations on Trauma, Resistance, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD and Oprah Winfrey

"Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand."


This book speaks to me on so many levels — it’s everything I’m working on in my life right now in recovering from childhood trauma. Plus it’s the grace of Oprah and the wisdom of Dr. Perry and together their work is powerful.



3. The Beauty of Living Twice

by Sharon Stone

The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone

"'Not your typical Hollywood autobiography. Brutally honest, restless and questing.'

—O, The Oprah Magazine

Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose."


I didn’t know half of the brutal and beautiful things Sharon Stone endured in her life. This read left me so charged with strength and inspiration - her writing is dope, too!



4. The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

by Bronnie Ware

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying - A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware

"Revised edition of the best-selling memoir that has been read by over a million people worldwide with translations in 29 languages."


You know I love talking about death and this is a MUST-READ!! If you want to grab a dose of perspective and gratitude for living a life on purpose this is the book.



5. The Untethered Soul

The Journey Beyond Yourself

by Michael A. Singer

The Untethered Soul - The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

"Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization."


I read this book in one afternoon — but admittedly had to reread it again to make sure I absorbed all of it’s incredible wisdom. Michael Singer’s work speaks to the seekers and self-healers.



6. Practicing Mindfulness

75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday

by Matthew Sockolov

Practicing Mindfulness - 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday by Matthew Sockolov

"Calm the mind and find peace with these simple mindfulness meditations.


Mindfulness is an evidence-based method for reducing stress, enhancing resilience, and maintaining mental well-being. Even short meditations can tur