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10 Books That Will Change Your Life In 2018

10 Books That Will Change Your Life In 2018


In today’s digital world it’s almost hard to remember the days before Facebook, when you would curl up with a Sweet Valley High book, or Goosebumps (remember those!?!) for entertainment on an evening.

I don’t know about you but I still love the thrill of opening a brand new book and getting so absorbed that I can’t put it down. There’s really nothing like it.

Even better when it is a profound and motivational book that empowers you to push yourself to become more than you currently are, and psyches you up for success.

Here are 10 books that will change your life in 2018, may it encourage you to make this year the best one yet!



1. Ask And It Is Given By Jerry And Esther Hicks



This is one of my favourite books ever, I have to say that the message given by Esther, Jerry and Abraham is one that has given me so much freedom, and an amazing insight into why my life was the way it was. It also equipped me with the tools to change this in an amazing way using the law of attraction.

This book offers an in depth and easy introduction to the law of attraction along with many different actionable exercises that you can use to hone your manifesting skills and create the life you desire.


2. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck By Mark Manson


You may recognise this book cover as it seems to be in the hands of anyone in a coffee shop/train these days. Although for very good reason, Manson gives a refreshing yet humorous take on society and how to thrive within it in his #1 New York Bestseller.

This book will show you how to embrace your faults and fears in order to find the courage, perseverance and forgiveness that we are all seeking.




3. The Universe Has Your Back By Gabrielle Bernstien



It’s difficult not to develop a girl crush on Gabrielle Bernstien, particularly after reading her books and absorbing her message of personal power and enlightenment.

This book is a follow up to her bestselling hit Spirit Junkie and follows the message of transforming fear into faith. and making a powerful shift in your consciousness. If you are looking a book that talks straight, but also offers a unique way of viewing the world, this may be the one for you.



4. The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho



This incredible book is a timeless classic that has transformed the lives of countless readers across the world. It is a symbolic story about a shepherd called Santiago who embarks on an incredible journey of self discovery. The book is a strong metaphor for someone who wishes to fulfil his or her dreams, but takes too long because they think it is impossible. Coelho encourages you to listen to the intuitive nudge from within and take the leap to fulfil your greatest desires.

This book is still on the best seller list, 25 years after it’s original publication, a definite must have for your bookshelf.



5. Awaken The Giant By Tony Robbins



If you have been living under a rock you may not have heard of Tony Robbins, but chances are you haven’t and you are well aware of this absolute expert in the psychology of change. Awaken the giant is a step by step method to develop self mastery in all aspects of your life. Robbins is definitely a straight talker, but he walks his talk and his huge history of helping transform individuals from all walks of life says it all really.

If you have ever seen any of Tony’s talks or seminars you will see how pumped up and psyched he gets the crowd before starting. This book will do just that to you, you will be jumping up and down doing exaggerated air punches and everything… well it did for me anyway.



6. The Success Principles By Jack Canfield



You may recognise Jack if you have watched the film ‘The Secret’. Jack has been a prominent figure in the self development niche for many years, and he has presented all of his tips, hints and tricks into his extensive list of principles. The information in this book is invaluable and filled with stories of ordinary people who have completely changed their lives by following the principles outlined in the book.

This is a hefty sized book that really gives you everything you need to know, Jack also writes in an extremely down to earth and easy to read style, so you will find yourself breezing through it’s pages with ease. My copy is covered in notes and highlighter marks (cuz i’m a nerd). The ten year anniversary version also has extra chapters added and tonnes of success stories!




7. You Can Heal Your Life By Louise Hay


Louise Hay was the queen of affirmations and made an incredible impact on this world within her 90 years. This book was one of her first publications and a definite timeless piece that is filled with wisdom and healing through love.

Louise believes that any discord in your life is due to a lack of love and the only way to change that is to fill it with love. Louise healed herself from cancer and shares how she did this and also outlines how you can heal any aspect of your life stating ‘if we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed’. This book is warm and comforting in a way that Louise frequently creates with her writing, she makes you feel like an old friend.


8. Chicken Soup For The Soul By Jack Canfield And Mark Victor Hansen



This is the second time Mr Jack Canfield has made an appearance on my list (the lucky duck), but you can’t have a list of books that will change your life without mentioning the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Along with his buddy Mark Victor Hansen, Canfield created a compilation of heartwarming stories of inspiration that will just make you go ‘awwwwww’.

The Chicken Soup books have inspired millions across the planet and have expanded into a HUGE series of books with many different sub topics for example stories for teachers, teenagers, mothers, pet owners etc. But you can’t beat the original, and if you want some proof that the world is awesome, I highly recommend this book.



9. The Miracle Of Mindfulness By Thich Nhat Hanh



ย Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offers a simple yet profound guide to mindfulness and inner peace in this beautifully written book. The first time I read it, I found this book quite difficult to get through, I felt like I just didn’t quite ‘get it’.

However I was determined to give it another go, and I soon realised that I was assuming it should be a lot more difficult. We are accustomed to believing that we have to work hard and sacrifice in order to achieve success in anything. This book highlights how simple it is to achieve a state of peace, in fact it actually works better not to try so hard and just surrender to the flow.

This book taught me an awful lot and made me realise I was really over complicating things, ‘keep it simple’ is now my new motto. In reading this wonderful book I have found an easy way to be mindful, and joyfully present in my day.



10. Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway By Susan Jeffers



I’m ending my list with an absolute banger of a book, the legendary Susan Jeffers and her hilarious guide on how to face your fears and live a life without limits. Jeffers combines incredible life-changing advice with practical and actionable techniques and concepts, to try out on aspects such as: how to become the victor and not the victim, how to make no-lose decisions and how to silence your inner critic.



I hope I have inspired you to get your nose into an amazing life-changing book, there’s nothing like it!

As always if you have enjoyed this article please share ๐Ÿ™‚ and if you have any other books that have really inspired you please let me know below!

18 thoughts on “10 Books That Will Change Your Life In 2018”

  • Hi.. I have read the success principles amd yes it has helped me change my life perspective.. I think even THE SECRET by Rhonda byrne is also among these books that change your life.

    • Yes i completely agree about the secret, it is an amazing book that will completely change your perspective, i absolutely love it, i might have to update the post to add it in!

  • Oh my goodness Colleen I love your list!! I’m a reader and so I love books. Right now I’m actually on Chapter 6 of Tony Robbins book, and it was this book that set me on my current path of starting my own website! Positively mind blowing book!
    Your list has now sparked my interest in also getting Mark Manson’s & Susan Jeffer’s books too. Thanks for this!!

    • i’m so happy to hear you love my list, each of these books means so much to me and has helped me in ways i can’t even describe, i love tony robbins! his books are incredible and i’m so pleased to hear it has set you on your path of starting a website, best of luck with everything and thanks for the comment!

  • Hi Colleen what a great collection of books.
    I still love getting hold of a novel on holidays and getting the whole escapism thing going.
    As regards motivational books that change your life these are all new to me and I am glad I came
    across your blog post because there is always something to learn in life and always someone new
    to get that advice from.
    Thanks for creating this review and I will come back for more at your site.

    • i’m the same colin i love the escapism of a good book, and i definitely think that motivational books are an amazing way to fire up your spirit and change your perspective in a good way ๐Ÿ™‚
      I hope this post has motivated you to try a few motivational reads colin, all the best!!

  • What a great selection of reads. Subtle Art is my favourite on your list and then the miracle of mindfulness.

    I havenโ€™t read ask and it is given but itโ€™s in my shopping cart. Thanks for the recommendations Colleen.

    • Glad you think so Vince, i’m guessing most people will have read at least one of the books on the list as they are really big popular books, I love them all and i am glad you have had the chance to read a few of them, ask and it is given is genuinely one of my favourites so be sure to tell me what you think once you read it!!

  • Are you familiar with Fastlane Millionaire or The Power of Now? It’s a great read by the way and you should check it out if you’re not reading anything at the moment. just started recently reading self help books to better my mindset and I’ve started with Millionaire Fastlane. My mentor ALWAYS mentions The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck so I guess it’s really powerful. As soon as I finish my first two books I’ll be getting that one next. Thanks for the recommendations Colleen.

    • No i haven’t heard of that book but i will definitely give it a read!! I wish you all the best with your reading and i’m glad you enjoyed my post!

  • Hi Colleen, this is a fantastic list. I am a super book lover and it excites me to know new Titles. Though technology has invaded this generation, I am still one of the million book lovers who still prefer a hard copy. It feels very personal to me and evokes a kind of realism only the actual turning of the pages and the “smell” of the book that leaves me in awe as I imagine and explore the world shared by the writers. Thank you for this list. I have new books to look forward to in reading =)

    • I am just like you JR, i prefer the feel and smell of a real book rather than the electronic version, there’s nothing quite like it! also a real book can’t run out of battery when you are out and about ๐Ÿ™‚
      thanks for the comment and i hope you find some amazing new books from the list!

  • I’ve read some of these- You can heal your life is n incredible contribution to the self help and healing genre. I have NOT heard of the last one you recommended, and since I’ve been working on facing fears, I think it needs to be next on my reading list!

    • Louise Hay was just an absolute babe, i LOVE her audiobooks there is something seriously calming about her voice, and susan jeffer’s is a legend too, i really do recommend her book if you are wanting to face fears!!

  • This is a great list, Colleen. I’ve read Chicken Soup for the Soul, it’s a great read and I agree that hard copies aren’t used much anymore with all the technology. You’ve pointed out a great collection here and I’m going to check some of the others out. ๐Ÿ™‚ When I was younger, I read books almost every day, need to get back to it!

    • Chicken soup is an amazing book isn’t it? i got a few different chicken soup books for christmas and i am working my way through them at the moment, they make me feel so happy ๐Ÿ™‚
      Glad you enjoyed the list and hope you will definitely check a few more books out!

  • What a 10 great collection of powerful inspirational book you have listed here and thanks for that.

    I thought I have read it all until I stumbled upon your article. I guess it is time to tuck in and grab me some copy.
    Awaken the giant by Tony Robinson is a great read. And I am glad you mentioned it here.

    I will bookmark this page so I can come back for more update when you have one.

    Thanks again it was an inspirational read for me.

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