My Favorite Self Improvement Books

When quarantine hit, like every other person, I scrambled looking for new movies to watch, new recipes to try out, and new hobbies to take up. After the initial wave of wanting to be busy, all of the time came and went, I started getting into reading. Honestly, there are not many things that are better than lighting a candle, wrapping up in a blanket, and sitting down to read a good book. Especially one that inspires you to be better. 

So without further adieu, here are my five favorite self-improvement books!


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 

This book was amazing!!! Seriously such a good read for anyone just looking to improve their life, whether you are creative or not. This book focuses on how to deal with your fears, recognize your ideas, and then act on them and make them, well, big. Being able to let fears coexist with passions has been the biggest takeaway for me. 

Badass Habits by Jen Sincero

This book completely changed the way I go about analyzing my habits. Our habits truly make us who we are, from the minute and mundane, to the noticeable and demanding. This book helped me decide what habits are worthwhile, whether it was keeping them or developing them. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to streamline and perfect their daily routine and habits. 

How to Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

This book provided new ways of thinking about happiness that I had never even considered. The fresh perspectives paired with advice and ideas made for a beautiful book that has really helped me from overanalyzing happiness itself. 

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

This book is definitely geared more towards creatives, but you don’t have to consider yourself as one to read it. Twayla Tharp was a dancer and choreographer for more than 50 years. In this book, Twyla gives creatives the advice of starting a design ritual for creative processes, using a project box to prepare work and for grounding yourself, and always ending in the middle of work, so you can pick right back up the next day. This book is filled with new insights that were once foreign to me, but have proven to be true time and time again.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

How could I not include this classic? Habits are the core of our everyday lives, it only makes sense that they are effective. Covey goes into detail about 7 different habits of highly effective people, and the balance of obtaining desirable results with caring for that which produces those results. Read this book if you are in a rut of any kind!


Let me know if you guys read any of these, or if you have any recommendations for me! Maybe we should start a book club!

My Favorite Self Improvement Books

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