Books To Help You Live Your Best Life


I know, I know - books aren't usually the first thing you think of when you brainstorm fun gift ideas, but these books are different. In fact, I'd say that each book on this list should be considered  -e s s e n t i a l-  reading for EVERYONE who wants to live their best life.  I personally own extremely warn and heavily notated copies of each of these books and I'm embarrassed to admit how often I go back through them. There are so many more books I'll need to update this post with, but in the mean time these ten books are a great place to start! In no particular order.....





This is the book that inspired me to build buy the way, llc. If you hope to one day escape your 9-5 job, can't imagine working in an office for the rest of your life or need some inspiration to follow your dreams - read this book asap. the lifestyle design principles that timothy ferriss dives into are essential to leading a life you've always wanted.




This is one of my favorite books of all time, i mean just look at the title! It's a super entertaining how-to guide on how to live your best life (seriously). By the end of the book you'll truy feel empowered to scream "I'M A BADASS" from your rooftop (or maybe that was just me).

The original "How To Win Friends & Influence People" was published in 1936 but has remained a truly timeless best seller. in 2011 the book has been revamped for the digital age, while still holding on the root message. the strategies in this book can easily be applied to all aspects of your life and continues to be a must read for anyone who spends a lot of time around other people (re: all of us).




don't let the cover fool you,this book is considered to be the #1 personal finance book of all time.  even though i haven't finished this one yet, I can aready see why many people have credited this book for shifting their perspective on money and providing essential tools on how to live your life financially free. This book is especially a great gift for those just starting their first jobs.



so will this guy really teach you to be rich, you ask? the jury is still out on that, but this book is still a great guide to personal finance. unlike a lot of books it provides an extremely tactical guide (mainly geared towards the 20-something crowd) on how to develop and maintain a sense of financial stability. I'm also a big fan of his writing style and overall sense of humor- he manages to make financial planning seem exciting and fun (and not in a lame way).   





in this book, covey identifies the 7 key principals of effectiveness and dives deep into the ways in which applying these habits will improve your sense of fulfillment and daily performance. there's also a "7 habits of highly effective teens" version of this book that i'd also recommend for the teenyboppers in your life.  




habits are some of the most powerful forces in our lives. I haven't read a ton of books about habit, but i honestly feel like this is the only one i'll ever need. Duhigg goes into why habits exist and how they can be changed. in his book, he discusses the idea that "habits aren't destiny" provides transformational tools and wisdom for readers to make a change.

when this book first came out, my grandparents held a family meeting where we watched the documentary associated with this book and were required to read the secret shortly thereafter. At its core, this book is based on the pseudo-scientific 'law of attraction', which claims that thoughts can change the world directly. ever since i read this book i've been practicing the law of attraction by doing things like keeping a gratitude journal, maintaining a positive outlook and visualizing my goals into EXISTENCE. There's a reason why people like oprah winfrey and bill gates credit the secret for their succes. 



This is another one of my all time favorite inspirational books so i just had to include it on this list. On the surface, the book simply tells the story about a young shepherd and his journey to find the greatest treasure in the world, but it's truly an allegory layered with intricate concepts. I've read this book at least 4 times and each itme something new jumps out at me. it's also one of my favorite books to gift (personal notations included). most importantly - its a great source for captions on instagram, sorry not sorry.


What are some of your favorite books? Sound off in the comments!

Danielle PruittComment