The Best 8 Books For Growth in 2019

This month, we are all about growth. My favorite way to grow is to get in some reading! Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite books I’ve read recently that have been a part of growing my mind and my heart. Some of them are not personal or business development books, and all of them can be applied to whatever season of life you’re in right now.

I really hope you consider grabbing the ones that speak to you most at the bookstore or on audio this month! I’d love to hear from you if you did, or if you’ve already read some of these and what they have meant to you in your growth journey.

Girl, Stop Apologizing, by Rachel Hollis: Officially out this month, this sophomore personal development book that Rachel Hollis has written promises to be just as inspiring as her first Girl, Wash Your Face. This book will walk you through goal-setting and strategizing for your life and/or your business, and she drops some truth bombs that will turn your people-pleasing patterns upside down.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, by Mark Manson: The author takes the ever-popular positivity and happiness movements in the self-help world, and turns them on its’ head.  He outlines why the obsession over being happy has actually made us as a nation unhappier, and how we can start to only give fucks about the things that matter to us personally.

Rising Strong, by Brene Brown: I can’t think of another researcher who also writes with so much passion, humor and personality. Brene Brown’s focus in this book is how to get back up when life has made it seem impossible. She will share some personal stories, and some revelations she’s made over a decade of research on the topic of rising after being knocked down, and how to do it in the strongest way possible.

Thrive, by Arianna Huffington: I loved the concept in this book – challenging that success be measured in a different way other than money and power. Does money and power matter if you’re exhausted, sick, and lonely? The author is the creator of the Huffington Post Media Group, and calls on other CEO’s and entrepreneurs to create space for their employees to life a full, meaningful life even when they are at work.

Far From The Tree, by Andrew Solomon: This book has expanded my mind and heart so much, that I just had to add it here in the hopes that you’ll give it a chance, even though you won’t find it in the personal or business development sections. Solomon chooses groups of people who are different in some way - dwarfs, criminals, autistic people – and strives to find out if they really are a “chip off the old block” like the adage says. He spends some serious time investigating (he even lived with a Columbine killer’s parents for a few months!) and trying to answer the question – “how did they get this way?” He makes important revelations about these groups of people, including his own revelation about what his life started to mean to him once he accepted himself into one of these groups.

Jump, by Steve Harvey: Steve Harvey’s life experience is so interesting to hear (he outs himself as a work in progress today, grown from a man who made some serious mistakes in the past), but what’s more interesting is how he’s looking back only to teach us that the quickest way to change your situation is to jump. He gets his point across through humor, some serious truth bombs, and some examples of brave and courageous “jumpers” and what it’s done for their lives.  

Brave, Not Perfect, by Reshma Saujani: For every girl out there who has ever suffered from perfectionism, this book is for you. Did you know that one of the bravest things you can do, is put yourself out there as you are? The author argues that girls are expected to be perfect, but that expectation can be debilitating to our growth and our self-worth. Instead, she inspires the reader to be courageous. If you’ve ever thought “I can’t do this” or “I’m not good enough for that,” then this is your book!

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert: If you are a creative soul, then you need to read this book so that you can have the freedom to understand what your creativity can mean to your life and to the world. After reading this, I felt so much power and understanding in why I wanted to be creative, and how to push through the fear of putting the things I make out into the universe.

Have you read any of these yet? Leave me your review in the comments!

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  • Abby on

    These are fantastic suggestions. I have Big Magic, Rising Strong, and Girl Stop Apologizing should arrive today. As you know I read The Subtle Are of Not Giving A Fuck and it was fantastic! Game changer. I read Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, and am reading it for the second time. When not reading books on growth, I love anything by Lisa Scottoline. I am going to add the others from your list to my list for 2019! Thanks for sharing!


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