Great Books to Read and Give as Gifts
Still need a quick gift for the holidays? Or for yourself? Here’s a list of a few of the books I greatly enjoyed this year.
You can grab some of them at your local bookstore, and some are only available at Amazon—like my books! Also, if you buy using the links below, I receive a tiny commission from Amazon—it’s not much, but it helps to keep this site running. Thanks!
Mindset by Carol Dweck: If you don’t have a growth mindset, life is going to be much harder for you. Dweck leads you through the differences between the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. Her words are not only helpful for figuring out yourself (and improving your mindset), but I also found myself saying, “Ohhhhh. That’s why that romantic relationship was doomed to fail.”
Resilience by Eric Greitens: I’ve mentioned this one here and shown quotes from it on my Instagram because it’s a good one for building your mental fortitude. (Note: I post frequently on my Instagram account about the books I’m reading. If you like to read or you just want to be inspired in quick bites during the day, you might want to follow me.)
Rising Strong by Brene Brown: She just gets it. Great advice to help you think about (and improve) your relationships with others and with yourself. (A quote from this book that I posted on my Instagram.)
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer: I picked this one up on a whim at my local bookstore and I’m so glad I did! If you love literary fiction and good writing, this is a treat. Check out this quote from it I posted on my Instagram.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer: it’s a big novel composed of short chapters and multiple points of view. A great fiction romp.
God Bless the Child by Toni Morrison: Because if you’re lucky enough to be alive in a year that Toni Morrison writes a novel, you read it. She has no peer in American letters, and she’s still in great control of her craft.
The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer: it’s short and it will make you think about life, priorities, and the need to protect ourselves sometimes from the noise of life. Here’s a quote I posted on my Instagram.
The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America by David Whyte: If you’re ever worked a corporate job and felt your soul draining out of your body every day that you walked into the office, this book is for you. It can get better, and this book helps shows you how. (A quote from this book that I posted on my Instagram.)
Still Writing by Dani Shapiro: a gem of a book for writers and other creative types. So many good thoughts in here. I posted a few on Instagram.
How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh: it’s a short book full of wisdom. One of those books where you ponder a sentence for a while.
Rise (by me): my new book! It’s a different experience from the previous books. Full of color. Designed to be imbibed slowly and strengthen your mind over the course of weeks. Give it a whirl and tell me how it works for you!
Live Like That (by me): my first book and possibly my favorite. I return to it often. I hope you do too.
Strong Starts in the Mind (by me): Kick yourself in the butt and get moving. Strong starts in the mind, and good asses start there too! Seriously though, buy my books or not, I’m just happy you’re here and reading! Thanks!
Honorable Mention: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I did not like this book that much, but I’m putting it on this list. Why? Because it’s a good kick in the ass if you need one! Gilbert urges people not to get hung up waiting and instead start doing, particularly in any creative endeavor. I’m a fan of Gilbert on Facebook (her page is inspiring) but I struggle with the lack of beautiful sentences in her books. I know she is already a mega-hit in this world, but I still want her to do better! Nonetheless, I like most of her messages, and so if you like her writing, read this one!