My Personal Development Reading List

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In a previous post I shared the things I’d like to accomplish in 2018. One of those goals was to make more time for reading. In this blogpost I’ll share my personal development reading list for this year. It will include books to help you grow, thrive and be happier.


I do most of my reading with the mobile app Blinkist nowadays. Blinkist offers summaries of thousands of non-fiction books for those with a busy schedule. This allows you to get some reading done wherever you are, whether waiting for the bus, during your lunch break or listening to the audio version while driving to work. I’ve been loving it!

Blinkist has a huge library of summaries of books. They summarize books in about 8-12 ‘Blinks’ that each last about 1 to 2 minutes to read. You can get through a lot of books really fast and still get the key message and highlights from the book. It’s also great for when you aren’t really good at deciding what to read next, as 15 to 20 minutes is less of a commitment than a few hours. Also, if you don’t like the book, you can just start reading a new one in under a minute.  

You can sign up for a free trial here!


I think we’ve already established that I like reading (well, if you’ve ever visited and read my blog before, that is). Reading is great for reducing stress, learning new things and improving your ability to focus. That’s why I am aiming to make more time for it this year. I’d like to read a regular paper book at least once every month, which will most likely be fiction and on top of that I am going to be reading a lot of Blinkist books.

These are the books on my reading list:

  • Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle Gielan
    About the great impact positivity has on teamwork, productivity and well-being.
  • Contagious by Jonah Berger
    About what makes a product more likely to be shared by and among a lot of people.
  • Dangerously Sleepy by Alan Derickson
    About the problems and causes of lack of sleep.
  • Get Smart! by Brian Tracy
    About how to use your now unused brain power and live a happier and more successful life.
  • Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D.
    A guide to living a more meaningful and enjoyable existence, identify what matters most to you and on how to make that a bigger part of your life.
  • Happiness By Design by Paul Dolan
    About how happiness arises and how we experience it in our daily lives.

  • How To Make People Like You in 90 Seconds Or Less by Nicholas Boothman
    About connecting, communicating and expanding your social world.
  • I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam
    About how career women balance work, family and time for themselves.
  • If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? by Raj Raghunathan
    (I actually went to a seminar of his, amazing person!) About how to put an end to the bad habits that keep you from being happy.
  • Intelligent Disobedience by Ira Chaleff
    About why we’re so quick to follow orders even when we know we shouldn’t and tools to effectively resist the rules that you know are wrong.
  • Learning Leadership by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
    About leadership being a skill that can be taught. Learn how to be an effective leader.
  • Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
    About how you can be your best (by sharing success stories, case studies and examples).
  • Purpose by Nikos Mourkogiannis
    About how important values are for strong leadership.
  • Spark by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch and Sean Lynch
    About how to transform yourself into the most valuable asset in your organization.
  • The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
    About the regions of the world with the highest concentrations of healthy centenarians.
  • The End of Stress by Don Joseph Goewey
    About how stress severely damages your health and happiness and how to undo the damage.
  • The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
    About positive energy and long-term success in your personal and professional life.
  • The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau
    About embarking on a quest to fill your life with a sense of purpose.
  • The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard
    About the driving forces of human nature and how these either help us realize or keep us from our life’s goals. Increase your levels of motivation.
  • The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
    About how you can live a more fulfilling life by practicing discipline and developing a better understanding of love, religion and grace.
  • The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington
    About the importance of sleep and how it improves our performance at work, health and personal relationships.
  • The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
    About the principles to lead a more successful and fulfilling life.
  • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
    About how talent can be trained through deep practice.
  • The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal
    About the power our attitudes have when it comes to dealing with stress and how stress can help us grow.
  • The Worry-Free Mind by Carol Kershaw and Bill Wade
    About why we spend so much time worrying and what can be done to worry less.
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    About how decisions are made, why certain judgment errors are so common and how we can improve ourselves.
  • Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley
    About how we can use techniques to remember and retain any information we want.
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
    About how to deal with the biggest challenges life throws at you.
  • Work Simply by Carson Tate
    About how we can understand our own productivity style, how we can make lighter work and achieve your life goals.
  • Get Momentum by Jason W. Womack and Jody Womack
    About effective strategies to work towards your personal and professional goals.

* All these titles are part of the Blinkist Library

Inspire yourself

These are the thirty books on my personal development reading list right now. I’ll probably read quite a few more, but this should last me a while. I hope that there are some titles in there that you’d love to read and if you’ve already read any of the above, please let me know what you thought of it in the comments.

New books are always a great way to motivate yourself and feel inspired. Whenever I read a new personal development book I get really excited to get my life in order. I’m hoping these books will do the same for you.

Happy reading!

With much love,