the books that have made me a better person

I was just going over the list of books I’ve read this year and I have to say, since I started making reading more of a priority a couple years ago, I have been totally and completely changed. I’ve read over fifty (!) books so far this year and so many of them changed something about the way I think or live. I don’t understand it, but somehow books just make me a better person.

I thought I’d compile a list of some of my favorite books from this year (and in general) in case you’d like to add a few to your own reading list. (If you want to check out my Goodreads list, I list and rate everything I read there.)



East of Eden by John Steinbeck – One of my new ALL-TIME favorite novels. John Steinbeck… amazing.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – Such a page-turner once you get into it! This classic is just so good (…and surprising!).

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – HOW did I never read these as a kid? And WHY don’t I live in Avonlea?

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald – I think every child should read this charming, imaginative fairy tale. I can’t wait to read it to my children.


Personal Growth & Spirituality

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – The very best book on how to become a better person. I’ve read the book twice in just a year and will surely be studying these principles my entire life.

Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton – I love this author and her conversational writing style. The way she talks about love, God, and life is so refreshing and honest. And she makes me laugh out loud A LOT.

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer – I talked about this book a bit here — Singer has such wonderful insights into managing our emotional energy. This is another one I’ll need to read over and over.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis – Read this book. Just do. It contains what might be my favorite thing anyone has ever said (NOT even exaggerating).

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – If you want something deep and spiritual, read The Power of Now. It’s a little much sometimes, but his insights on accepting the present moment have been life-changing for me.

Light in the Wilderness by Catherine Thomas – A beautifully written spiritual book by a brilliant Mormon woman.



If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland – One of my favorite books of all time. If you are creative in any way (and everyone is), you should read this. I want to be friends with Brenda Ueland in heaven one day. I think we’ll have a lot to talk about.

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh – Anne (yes, first-name basis) is an author I think I might be soul-sisters with. Her observations on life, womanhood, and motherhood are so graceful and relatable. I have a lot of respect for how she weathered a difficult life.

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach – A year-long journal about living with authenticity, simplicity, and quiet contentment. I loved this one.

A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle – Another woman’s-observations-on-life-type of book I just recently finished. I loved the insight into her writing career and her thoughts about motherhood, writing, nature, and everyday life.

LorrenDecember 12, 2014 - 9:38 pm

This is my favorite. Can’t wait to dig into the ones i haven’t read yet — they are all going on my goodreads right now!

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