The Find Your Awesome Reading List

I'm a word nerd and a book addict. And this week I'm bringing you a list of some of my favorite personal development-ish books.

You may notice that some popular titles are missing. That may be because I haven't read them. Or it could be because I didn't like the book or because I didn't like the writing style or because I found a typo--I'm picky.

"Inspired & Unstoppable" by Tama Kieves. This book is filled with so much brilliance, like this: "I urge you to respect your own divine chemistry. Obey your rebel brilliance. Reject advice that hobbles your nature and race toward liberation instead. Run, run, run-- with everything you have--into everything you are meant to be. You deserve to succeed in your own way, unlike anyone before you, and beyond everyone's wildest imagination, including your own. And our beautiful world will surely thrive because you do."

"Mindset" by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book. Dr. Dweck presents her research in an accessible and fun way that will flip your world on its head.

"Warrior of the Light" by Paulo Coelho Yes, "The Alchemist" was wonderful, but this little book is filled with perfect little (one page) lessons, perfect to read first thing in the morning.

"The Untethered Soul" by Michael Singer This book is wise and insightful. It will take your awareness to a whole new level.

"Outrageous Openness" by Tosha Silver A little bit woo-woo and totally brilliant (and a really quick read).

"Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown Yes, I liked "The Gifts of Imperfection" and "Rising Strong," but "Daring Greatly" is the book that made me gasp with recognition and cry with awareness.

"52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life" by Andrea Owen I don't like being told what to do and I don't like books that tell me what to do...so don't fret, this book won't tell you what to do. Instead, it will make you laugh out loud. Andrea writes the way I think and says things I wish I'd said. And she's one of the first life coaches I discovered and totally inspired me to follow this path.

"My Year With Eleanor" by Noelle Hancock I think Eleanor Roosevelt is super-cool so this inspiring and funny book--a memoir about following Eleanor's advice to "Do one thing everyday that scares you" for a year--is right up my alley.

"The Dalai Lama's Cat" by David Michie This book (and the two sequels, "The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of Purring" and "The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Power of Meow") sounds ridiculously cheesy, BUT it's really well-written. It's a totally down-to-earth look at Buddhism. And you don't have to be a cat person to enjoy it.

"The First Rule of Ten" by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay I've read four of the books in this series and I admit that the first one may be the most formulaic, but it makes sense to start from the beginning. These entertaining detective stories center around a private detective named Tenzing ("Ten") who used to be a Buddhist monk. I love the way these books make mindfulness a part of regular, busy, western life.

Happy reading!