If you’re looking for some life changing books to read this year in 2018 to help you have the best year possible, then look no further than this list. I have read all of these books (and some even two or three times) and can personally highly recommend each one! Plus reading more books would make for a great New Years resolution! This year I am trying to read one book a month, so I am gladly taking any recommendations you might have for me as well!
The books on this list are some of my favorites at the moment that I always recommend to others (or lend to a friend). Each book will teach you something, whilst also being enjoyable to read. Whether you want a book to improve your spirituality, health, for self development or even to learn more about the cosmos.. this list has you covered! Start your new year on the right path with a new book or two (or three). Lose yourself in some life changing books this year, in order to also find yourself there.
If you have a hard time finding the time to read as many books as you would like, I highly recommend signing up for the 30 day free trial of Audible, and when you do you’ll get 2 free audible book credits! All of the books on this list can be found on Audible so you can get any of these two books for free… such a good deal. I love listening to audiobooks because I can listen to them in the car, when I’m going on a walk or even when I’m cleaning so I can kill two birds with one stone!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” –Dr. Seuss
8 Life Changing Books To Read In 2018
1. Astrophysics For People In A Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
If you are at all interested in the cosmos and what is in our night sky, then this book is an absolute must read. Neil DeGrasse Tyson brings the universe down to earth in this quick and easy to understand book. I have always been so interested in night sky, and the mysticism of outer space, and this book gave me such a better, quick and easy understanding about it.
2. The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
If you loved Rupi’s first book (and NY #1 best seller) Milk & Honey, then the sun and her flowers is a must read for you! Rupi’s poetry is so mesmerizing and relatable. Her book will take you on a vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. And it is such a quick read. I read this book in just one day! It will make you feel all sorts of emotions, and will leave you feeling so inspired.
3. How Not To Die by Dr. Michael Gregor
This book is absolutely eye opening. In this book you will “discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse heart disease” and also many many other diseases or ailments. What I really like about this book is that it gives insight and studies which prove each fact given. So you know everything in this book is the complete truth. If you are at all curious about why a plant based diet is good for you, or if you want to learn about the extreme power eating plants can have on your health. Then this is one of those life changing books you need to read. I highly highly highly recommend!
**(I actually listened to the audible audiobook version of this book which you can get for free if you sign up for a 30 day free trial. And you can cancel at any time!! A win, win)**
4. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Ishamel is probably one of my favorite books I’ve read recently. I came across it from Annie Tarasova (a YouTuber and vegan influencer) and a few weeks later (the day I decided I wanted to buy it), it randomly showed up in my house. I was so confused and asked my boyfriend and he told me he had bought it at a thrift shop just the other day. Talk about the law of attraction! I suppose it was a book I was meant to read. And I am so so glad I did. It is a beautifully written book with life changing morals and story. I plan on reading it again I loved it so much!
5. How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The statement “The only book you need to lead you to success” couldn’t be more true. This book takes a deeper look into exactly what the title says… how to win friends and influence people. There are so many great tips in this book, and so many important lessons to learn to help improve your life. Which will also make those around you happier as well. In this book you will learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.
6. The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is completely life changing and is definitely a must read at some point in your life. If not for spiritual purposes or enlightenment, then simply for the sake of it being great world literature. It will give you a complete understanding and add new perspective on the philosophy of hinduism. The Gita is an amazing read which will help you become more understanding and accepting of the world around you. I particularly like this version. (And there is also an audiobook version which is nice).
7. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
This is one of my favorite self-improvement books. I have read it multiple times it’s that good. In this book Jen shows you how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life. The tone of this book is probably what makes it so enjoyable to read as it is a lot more feisty a tone rather than academic like most other “self-development” books. This book has so much insight and had me laughing out loud often, while at the same time being so full of amazing advice about cultivating your inner badass to truly live your best life possible. Highly recommend!
8. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
The 5 Love Languages will change the way you treat your relationships and will make your more aware of how you like to receive love. Learn about yourself, and about your significant other, or even friends and family in your life. Everyone has a specific love language that is more apparent then others. This book will change your relationships for the better and is a very quick book to read. Another must read!! (especially if you are in a relationship)
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