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10 life changing books to add to your reading list! If you’re ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery, join me!

Maybe it was turning 40 this year, but I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection lately. Thinking about my goals for the future, trying to learn more about myself, etc. Trying to ward off a mid-life crisis, perhaps? 

Over the past couple of years I’ve really gotten back into reading; audio books especially. Doing dishes and running errands are much more enjoyable this way! Since I’ve been in one of my “reflective” moods I thought I’d round-up some ideas on “life changing” books to add to my to-read pile. 

This is the list I came up with, one I’ve read, but not as an adult and the others are all ones that I’ve certainly heard of, but never actually picked up. 

Whether they provoke introspection, encourage self-discovery, or challenge societal norms, these books have the potential to shape our perspectives.  There’s a reason these books have resonated with millions of readers across the world. Let’s dig in!

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10 Life Changing Books to Read 

10 life changing books to read - Splendry

1. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho – a captivating tale of a shepherd’s journey to find hidden treasure, uncovering profound wisdom about following dreams and embracing the transformative power within.

2. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl – a poignant memoir and psychological exploration of his experiences as a Holocaust survivor. It delves into the quest for meaning in life, emphasizing the importance of finding purpose even in the most challenging circumstances.

3. “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle – a profound guide to spiritual awakening. It explores the concept of living in the present moment and the transformative power it holds. Through practical insights, Tolle teaches readers how to transcend the constraints of the mind and find true peace and mug and an open book

4. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey – a timeless self-help book that outlines powerful principles for personal and professional success. It provides practical guidance on developing habits that promote effectiveness, such as proactivity, prioritization, and effective communication, leading to positive and lasting change.

5. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman – explores the two systems of thinking that drive our decisions: the intuitive and the deliberate. Through captivating insights from cognitive psychology, Kahneman illuminates the biases and errors that influence our judgment, offering valuable perspectives on how we make choices and perceive the world.hand holding open book

6. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain – celebrates introversion and highlights its strengths. Cain challenges societal norms that favor extroversion, emphasizing the importance of solitude, deep thinking, and the unique contributions introverts bring to the world.

7. “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz – presents ancient Toltec wisdom in four simple principles: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. This transformative guide offers a pathway to personal freedom and profound self-transformation.person reading a book

8. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – a powerful novel set in the Deep South during the 1930s. Through the innocent eyes of Scout Finch, it explores racial injustice, morality, and the loss of innocence, making an indelible impact on readers as they witness the courage to stand up for what is right.

9. “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin – a memoir and self-help book that chronicles Rubin’s year-long journey to find happiness. Through practical experiments and reflections, she discovers strategies for cultivating joy and fulfillment in everyday life, inspiring readers to embark on their own quest for happiness.glasses, coffee mug, and an open book

10. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie – a classic self-help book that offers timeless principles for effective communication and building strong relationships. Carnegie’s insights and practical advice empower readers to enhance their interpersonal skills, make a positive impact, and achieve personal and professional success.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you have others you would add? Please let me know! 

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