Here’s a round up of some of the most insightful books I’ve read this decade. Have you read any of these? What would you add to the list?
The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits by Judson Brewer is an excellent book to read if you want the science behind meditation and mindfulness. If you want to learn more about the power of meditation, and how it helps people quit everything from cigarettes to heroin to social media, take it from a neuroscientist and addiction specialist. This book is what got me meditating every day.
In Game Changers, Dave Asprey (of Bulletproof podcast) dives into the life changing habits and trends of modern trail blazers, successful entrepreneurs, spirituality gurus, and everyone in between who is generally “killing it.” The writing is funny, juicy and may inspire you to experiment with microdosing LSD or prioritize having more (or less) orgasms, among other things. Be entertained while learning new life hacks.
Comedian, Actress, Writer and Producer Whitney Cummings autobiogrpahy Im Fine…and Other Lies is a brutally honest and hilarious account of her struggle with codependent behaviors, dating with questionable standards, anxiety, culture shock, and coming-of-age. This book is fun to read and you will likely eat it up like candy, but Cummings also dishes up some seriously good advice on some heavier topics as well, lightening the load with humor throughout.
Big Magic is a creative kick-in-the-pants from Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert. If you’ve found yourself in a creative rut, or like you are not living up to your creative potential, Elizabeth Gilbert expertly pushes us in the direction of discovering the magic that is our creativity.
The Gifts Of Imperfection by Shame and Vulnerability expert Brene Brown is one of those life changing books. Well researched, Brown lays out a logical guide to quit shame-spiraling and instead live more authentically. This book will help reframe your perspective on the messiness that is life and find beauty in the complexity.
Daring Greatly is what you should read after The Gift of Imperfection when your mind is blown by Brene Brown and you want more.
You Are a Badass is a hilarious self- help book by Jen Sincero who will show no mercy at your pity party. She’ll tell a lot of good jokes, though. Read this when you’re fed up with your own bullshit excuses and ready to make serious changes. Sincero will light a fire under your ass and you’ll thank her later.
You are a Badass at Making Money is Sincero’s follow up book to get us jazzed about getting our finances to be as badass as we are. She will make you laugh and help reframe your perspective on money. Basically, if you think money is bad and makes you greedy and selfish, you’re not gonna get much of it. Sincero mixes law of attraction philosophy with tough love. It’s a must read for re-framing your attitude about money so you can get your hands on more of it and live a sweeter life.
Radical Self Love is another one of those life changing books. Gala Darling makes self help stylish. I adore her work, and I also doubled my income after taking her Radical Rituals- Abundance course. Reading this book is like having one of your sweetest girlfriends talk you into your magnificence, telling you you deserve the world, and then helping you go out to get it! She also puts together free EFT tapping videos on her YouTube Channel.
The Vortex– ok this was originally published in 2009, but it’s making the cut anyways. In my opinion, if you are interested in learning about the law of attraction and manifesting, Abraham Hicks is a must and the Vortex is your new second home. When I first started listening to Abraham Hicks talks on YouTube, it was a little weird for me, but now it instantly makes me feel better and shifts my entire perspective. Give it a shot, watch your world change, and revel in how powerful you truly are.
Ghosted and Breadcrumbed- This one is a little heavy, but if you’ve found yourself in a string of unfulfilling or unhealthy relationships, it’s time to take responsibility for your choices and figure out why you’re choosing the wrong people! Marriage and relationship expert Dr. Marni Feurman helps us challenge and change our habits, and discover why we do the things we do when it comes to love. This is a real eye opener for readers who desire to be in a healthy, loving relationship, and who are ready to take responsibility for their part in one.
Deeper Dating is the book you read when love feels exhausting. Read this and let Ken Page help you wade through the bullshit, drop the game playing, and learn how to find genuine connection in the digital age.
Eight Dates By John and Julie Gottman, who have been researching love and relationships for forty years and with thousands of couples gives us Eight Dates- Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. Whether you are single or paired, this book will lays out date ideas and crucial topics and how to approach them gently and with an open heart.
Mating in Captivity– For the bored, for the commitmentphobe, or for the modern reader seeking love and intimacy, Esther Perel seeks to answer the question: can you keep the passion alive in a long term relationship?
What are your favorite books from the decade? Do tell in the comments!