Reading is one of the greatest joys in life and today I’m going to share a list of 18 books I intend to read in 2018. This list is mostly an assortment of personal development books. Some were recently released and some are older but all are new to me.
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18 Books to Read in 2018
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, published May 3, 2016
BRAVING THE WILDERNESS by Brene Brown, published September 12, 2017
We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union, published October 17, 2017
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, published May 6, 2014
She Means Business by Carrie Green, published February 21, 2017
Lifestyle Blogging Basics by Laura Lynn, published February 19, 2017
Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser, published August 25, 2015
Updated September 2019: I’ve read and reviewed Adventures for Your Soul and WOULD NOT Recommend it. I gave it 1 out of 5 stars.
Option B by Sheryl Sandberg, published April 24, 2017
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, published April 3, 2007
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, published September 22, 2015
Make it Happen by Lara Casey, published December 30, 2014
Contagious by Jonah Berger, published May 5, 2013
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero, published April 23, 2013
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero, published April 18, 2017
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, published September 13, 2016
The Meaning of Michelle by Veronica Chambers, published January 10, 2017
Playing Big by Tara Mohr, published December 29, 2015
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, published November 9, 2004
As a little bonus I’m also including five personal development books I read in 2017 that resonated with me and left a lasting impact. I highly recommend all five.
5 Books I Read in 2017
The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan, published August 18, 2015
Finding FabYOUlous by Melissa Venable, published November 25, 2017
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, published March 11, 2013
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie, published October 1, 1998
Writing for Bliss by Diana Raab, published September 2, 2017
Check back in throughout the year for my reviews and more recommendations, and if you’ve read any of the books listed above, let me know what you thought!
Kirsty King says
Good list thanks for sharing
Great list! I’ve read Blink and it’s awesome!!!
Great list of books!!! My favourite is “You are a badass” !! Anything Jen Sincero is GOLD!!
Shelbie (9to5hiatus) says
Great options! My first two are going to be Gabrielle Union’s and Girl Boss!
I’ve taken note of a few of these! Great list!
Such a great list! I love all of the inspiring titles. A few of them are on my list too and I just haven’t gotten around to them :’D
I am always looking for great new reads. I, especially, love that you have provided books that encourage personal development. I will be saving this for a later. A couple of these books are already on my to-read list.
I’m a bookaholic and have been looking for a good motivation book. So this list is very helpful. I’ll have to check some of these out.
I’m always looking for something new to read! These are great suggestions thanks 🙂
Great selection dear, there’s definitely a few I want to read without a doubt, also I loved Girl Boss!
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These are some pretty great recommendations, Malcome Gladwell’s “Blink” has been on my “to-read” shelf for way too long now and this post reminded me that maybe it’s time I picked it up! Thanks for all the great suggestions 🙂
lucie ward says
This is my kinda book list! I’ve read a few on here already, She Means Business, Big Magic and both the Badass books are all awesome, though I couldn’t get into Girlboss.
You’ve got me covered for the year….thank you!!!
What and awesome list. I definitely will be reading #girlboss and a few others in your list. Thanks for sharing.!
A few of these are already on my list but I was looking for more recommendations and these seem great!!
This is a great list! 🙂 I pledged to read 100 books this year on Goodreads. I have had “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” on my reading list, and I think I will add “How to Win Friends and Influence People” thanks to your suggestion.
I wish you health and joy for the new year! Happy reading! 🙂
Nice list of personal development books.
Great list! Some of these have been on my TBR since forever, and I really hope to get around to reading more this year! Now I’ve added even more books to my wishlist…
Veronica Bettencourt says
I’ve read the Subtle Art of not giving a f*ck and I’m halfway through You are a Badass! I love this list though! Will definitely bring them up in our next book club meeting 🙂
Logan @ money done right says
Oh wow…there are so many books on this list I’ve told myself I need to read! You’ve inspired me to finally getting around to it in 2018. Thank you!
Corey | Chapter 2 CReative says
Can’t wait to check some of these out. I’m a huge fan of Big Magic – such a great book! Have you read Elle Luna’s The Crossroads of Should and Must? I bet you’d love it – it changed my life!
I have heard AMAZING things about “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck.” Great list!
Nicole | Glamorously You says
I didn’t know Gabrielle Union had a book! This is a great list. I’ll definitely be referring back to it 🙂
These sound like my kind of books! One of my goals for the year is to read more so I am definitely going to bookmark some of these!
Thank you for the ideas! I LOVE the book You Are a Badass. SOO good!! Can’t wait to read some of the others!
Adrienne bruner says
My Dad swears by the book How To Win Friends And Influence People! He has read it multiple times! Maybe it’s time I give it a read 🙂
Reading more this year is on my to do list! Thanks for the suggestions.
Evelyn, pathofpresence says
What a great selection! Definitely keeping this list. Thanks for the inspiration to keep reading ;-), you’ve got some good ones!
Will check them out. Thanks for sharing
Great list, thank you for sharing! I will definitely be adding some of these to my list this year as well.
I’m excited about the first book on the list, by Brene Brown!
Mirlene | sav Thoughts says
These are such great selections. My sister loves the smell of fresh books. I will pin this to use as a gift guide.
Great list! One of my goals this year is to read more, so this is super helpful!
This is a great list… I am always looking for new books to read! I am going to add this to my pined list of books to read too for when I’m done my lastest! Thanks
Mommy jhy says
This inspired me to do 12 books in 2018 haha! I’m a recovering bookworm.
I loved Grrit! Highly recommended!
I read How To Win Friends when I was in high school and I remember thinking that it was an interesting outlook on life. Definitely want to read that Gabielle Union book!
I love seeing fellow book bloggers out there sharing the joys of reading! This is a fantastic list. I’ve read GRIT and it’s definitely one I’ll read again!
Love this! Definitely, need to read You Are a Badass!!
Also, have you read Milk and Honey? Such a book poetry book!
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Arielle Joy says
I haven’t heard of that one, I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!!
I need to check these books out. I love seeing that there is a lot of female authors coming out with books this year.
Ozum | Mama Mingo says
Hi Arielle! I really enjoy reading self improvement books and this is a very good list. The next book in line for me is “You Are a Badass” at the moment. What are the major differences between that one and “You Are a Badass at Making Money” ? Does she repeat herself a lot? Most of the time these types of books from the same author have a better one if you should pick one and I would love to hear your suggestion. Thanks!
Arielle Joy says
I’m currently reading You Are a Badass and I plan to read the You Are a Badass at Making Money next month. Check back in and I’ll let you know what I think!
thank you for sharing the list! it’s really good
Patricia-Ann Que says
great recommendations there! have read a few of them and they are motivational !
Gabrielle Union’s book has been on my list since it came out! This list is great.
Great list! I’ve read quite a few of these and they are great reads! I’ll definitely be checking out the others on the list!
Love the book selections! Brene Brown is amazing! I read and loved ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ it’s a must read.
Megan @ Ginger mom and the kindle quest says
I haven’t read any of those but it looks like you have a great list for 2018!
This is great! I am always looking for new books to read! Love that there are some book lovers out there besides just myself!
these all sound so motivating!
Awesome list! I have been bookmarking ideas for books to read this year, so I will bookmark this page as well for future reference!
What an awesome list! Thank-you so much! I’m super excited to dive into some of these books. I’m already reading the “subtle art of not giving a f*ck” and can’t wait to start some of the others too.
I need to get that book about Michelle Obama! She is single handedly one of the classiest ladies that we have got to see lead our country <3
I want to check out “Lifestyle Blogging Basics”. Its something I’d like to learn more about 🙂
Julie Anne says
Good list, Arielle!
about book #GIRLBOSS.
I absolutely loved this book. it took me two days to complete it and I would have finished it sooner if it hadn’t inspired me to get up and get my shit together. I definitely recommend this to anyone out there looking for motivation and the secrets to success. the author went through a lifetime in just hours and I’m sure any one of you can find familiarity within her inspiring story.
hope you all enjoy