10 Books That Make you Feel Good About Yourself

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Lately I’ve been sharing some of my reading material that holds a place on my bookshelf. Now I don’t know about you, but when a book I buy lands a place on my bookshelf, it means it was a pretty good read. Its either there or being loaned to a friend, because I think learning is only half its value until it is shared with another.

So this week I’d like to share with you 10 of my favourite books that make you feel good about yourself. Some of them are on my bookshelf (pictured), others are off working their magic with friends in various parts of the globe. I absolutely love reading a book thinking “this is just the book for X”. Sharing is caring – I hope you can find a new book in the list!

Books that make you feel good

1. Everything Is Going to Be OK

This book is a bookshelf must. It also fares well on a coffee table, as a small reminder left around the house for someone who needs to read it, and as a general “breathe deep, tomorrow’s a brand new day” reference. Essentially the book is a collection of quotes, illustrations and photos that will remind you that everything is going to be OK.

2. Hector and the Search for Happiness

Now a film, this French (now translated into English) book has sold millions of copies. The story follows a psychiatrist who sort of has a midlife crisis, packs his bags, leaves his girlfriend, and sets off into the world to find out what makes people happy. It is light hearted and fun and will surely put you in a good mood, especially if you’re a wanderer at heart.

3. Treasure Yourself: Power Thoughts for My Generation

Miranda Kerr’s debut book has been described by the woman herself as “power thoughts for my generation”. It is an inspirational read, if idealistic in nature, but will make you feel good nonetheless.

The second book in the series, Empower Yourself, may also be of interest.

4. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

If there is one woman’s journey that inspired us in 2014, it is the story of Cheryl Strayed who solo-trekked her way along the Pacific Crest Trail – one of the toughest trails in the USA. Inspirational, motivational, and highly engaging. Also now a major motion picture.

5. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

The title says it all. Oh, and its a #1 NY Times Best Seller.

6. The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You

Jessica Alba’s Honest company has been a huge success. This is her book of the same name that encourages women to live a healthy and natural approach to life from the inside out.

7. Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out

If you’re feeling sluggish, tired, or in need of a detox from the inside out, then this is without a doubt the book for you. Full of loads of yummy recipes, nutritional advice and a healthy outlook on life!

8. The Woman I Wanted to Be

As one of the most inspirational and motivational women in fashion, the story of Diane von Furstenberg is sure to make you smile and feel like you can conquer the world!


The inspirational story of Sophia Amoruso, the woman behind Nasty Gal, is sure to give you that extra push you need. I recently read the book upon recommendation of my readers (thank you guys!!!) and I 100% agree, this is a must-read!

10. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

This novel tells the story of Scott Fitzgerald’s (yes, the author of Great Gatsby) wife and her life as this prolific author’s other half. Zelda is a strong, witty individual and her approach to life (as depicted in this novel) is sure to make you smile.


Over to you! Are there any books that make you glow from the inside out!?

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!



  1. jessicatuckson@yopmail.com'


    February 3, 2016

    Great suggestions, thanks for that I always like to find new and improved ways to feel good about myself, 🙂

  2. Brooke Saward

    October 30, 2015

    Enjoy Spain and the last of that Euro sun!!! xx

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    Zoe Forbes-Pyfrom

    October 29, 2015

    Books really do make your day go great. Heading off to spain on saturday so think I will give some of these a go.

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    Masha Brown

    April 29, 2015

    I read Intimacy & Solitude (Balancing closeness and independence) by Stephanie Dowrick in my Psychology class in college, it was called Relationships & Personal Development. This book changed my life. Parts of it are written like Chicken Noodle Soup books, so story based and very easy to read.

    My other new favorite is $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. Not at all about just startups, but being a great entrepreneur, or even a great blogger. Haven’t finished this read yet, but its so good already, I know you and your readers will enjoy it too.

    And last, but certainly not least, my go-to always will need and have this book is Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt (for those hippy, intuitive, feely types out there like moi!) Its a great resource for reading up on people you just met (and maybe can’t figure out exactly). Plus, with so many colors included, you could always use it to with redecorating and repainting old spaces to give you more life and feeling from them!

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    Zoe Forbes-Pyfrom

    April 16, 2015

    Hello my lovely, my blog called covetoe, is now known as My essenze. You have been following it on Bloglovin, and I just wanted to let you know, in order to stay updated, please search http://myessenze.blogspot.co.uk in the search bar and you will find the blog, with all the same articles to ensure you know it is the same. Have a wonderful day 🙂 best wishes for your truly beautiful blog. Zoe at My Essenze, previously known as covetoe. xxx

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    Keri Blair

    April 15, 2015

    Beautiful. I love these ideas and can’t wait to check them out.

  7. thedameintl@gmail.com'

    The Dame

    April 9, 2015

    Ooh, definitely going to pick up the Fitzgerald book! Thanks for the recommendations, I’ve read most of the other books 🙂 Have you checked out Cameron Diaz’s Body book yet?

  8. holler@damonandjo.com'

    Damon and Jo

    April 8, 2015

    Hey! We’ve never read any of these – which is great because we love these kinds of self-help books! If you like spunky, tell-it-like-it-is self-help books, check out Kelly Cutrone!

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    Jules Mariette

    April 8, 2015

    Oh I loved the post!! Same thing , the books I really LOVED reading are standing on my bookshelf 🙂 and thanks to your blog, I now have 2 more things on my birthday wishlist. hihi

    xx from Vienna

  10. ann@livegrowwrite.com'

    Ann @ LiveGrowWrite

    April 8, 2015

    Great suggestions! I was just getting my summer reading list started. I have read #GIRLBOSS and it is amazing. Thank you!
    -Ann with http://www.LiveGrowWrite.com

  11. sabrina@color-castles.com'


    April 8, 2015

    Thank you so much for your recommendations. In your list were a lot of books I’ve never heard of before. I’ll definitel check them out 🙂

  12. olg.rabo@gmail.com'


    April 8, 2015

    I haven’t read any of these! Thanks!
    I’ll probably start with “Hector and the Search for Happiness”, it sounds like something I would love 🙂

  13. dumpsite032@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    I went to our local bookstore last month and that #Girlboss book is screaming “buy me or else!” and now I will bec. the author is just really awesome.

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    Samantha Elisabeth

    April 7, 2015

    Perfect books to add to my growing list! I’m reading Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” next! Might I suggest Mindy Kaling’s autobiography? LOVED that one.

  15. Jasminolschewski@web.de'


    April 7, 2015

    Great Post!
    On my blog you can find another book post about classics if you want, feel free to visit 🙂

    Love from Germany xo
    Jasmin from nimsajx.blogspot.de | travel & lifestyle blog

  16. Jasminolschewski@web.de'


    April 7, 2015

    Great Post! On my blog you find also a book post about classics 🙂 feel free to visit!

    Love from Germany xo
    Jasmin from nimsajx.blogspot.de | travel & lifestyle blog

  17. exploresmore@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    I really want to read 7 9 and 10! Eat Pretty just seems like a book every woman should read, and I love stories of women and their lives that inspire. 🙂


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    Brooke Lee

    April 7, 2015


    Adore reading your blog. You definitely need to get your hands on the book Captivating. It’s a Christian book based on the way god sees you and how you should see yourself. Spoke to me. You’ll love.


  19. kylie.lynne09@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    If you enjoyed Z, you might love “The Paris Wife”. One of my favourites. it’s all about Hemingway’s first wife and their life, particularly during their time living in Paris!

  20. bluequeen1377@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    Great suggestions! I love reading biographies, autobiographies, and generally feel-good books like this but I also love finding a fiction book that makes you feel great as well….for me ‘You Have Seven Messages’ does exactly that. <3


  21. alejandra@the-wham.com'


    April 7, 2015

    I want to read all of those books now! Thanks for the suggestions x

    I really enjoyed reading The Alchemist, the story of a boy who searches for his life’s purpose and goes on an adventure. I need to re-read it 🙂


  22. happyhazel777@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    These seem like great books! Always a good idea to have some books to make you feel good! 🙂

  23. mintnotion@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    I’ve heard good things about Everything Is Going To Be OK, definitely a few here that I need to read. Thanks for sharing!


  24. glitterball@y7mail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    Great list!

  25. heswbj@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    Great suggestions! Added all of these to my reading list. Super excited about reading #GIRLBOSS some day!


  26. andreaata13@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    So far I’ve only read Wild, which in itself has inspired me in so many ways! It was one of those books that I at times loved and at others loathed (with a passion…like at the end I seriously wanted to throw it across the room aha). Adding #GIRLBOSS on the list for some business motivation and Z: A Novel for Zelda because as an author I think she’s insightful, and as a person I think she’s fascinating!
    Andrea | http://nomoneywilltravel.com

  27. karen@littleblackshell.com'

    Karen Farber

    April 7, 2015

    Such great suggestions! Always looking for the next great book to read, these sound perfect to have in my beach bag for summer!


  28. postcardsatw@gmail.com'


    April 7, 2015

    I have recently started reading #GIRLBOSS I haven’t finished it but I love it so far. Definitely a good read so far.

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