I am still on my new year kick and thought that I’d share the 10 books I believe everyone should read in their lifetime. To be honest, I’ve only read 9 out of the 10 that I’m sharing. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do is a book I have not read yet but one that’s already ordered (I spend more money ordering books on Amazon than I do anywhere else). Anyways! I truly think that each of these books have a lesson to teach you or a strong message that will stick with you. Check out the 10 books I believe you must read in your lifetime (in no particular order)!

1. The Great Gatsby

I’ve read the book at least twice and seen the movie NUMEROUS times. My fascination always remains the same, I have this odd fascination with Daisy’s childlike mindstate and Gatsby’s obsessive nature. Regardless of what you’ve heard about the movie, the book is so beautifully written and there are descriptions so vivid you will feel like you’re in that home, sitting with Daisy, as the breeze caresses your face.

2. The Catcher in the Rye

Holden Caulfield is the reason you should read this book. He’s the hero-narrator that lets you into his mind. You begin to see his cry of mixed pain and pleasure. A 16 year-old who’s so simple yet so complex, there’s something captivating about him. Being in his mind and witnessing all of the pain he keeps inside makes this book hard to put down.

3. Thus Spoke Zarathustra

I’ve mentioned this book before and I have to mention it again. It’s known as the “book for all and none” for a reason. No matter who you are, what you believe in, and why…this book is good for you.

4. If You Have to Cry Go Outside

KELLY. CUTRONE. For starters, I read this book in less than 24 hours. She kicks your ass and makes no apologies for it. For someone who is as sensitive as myself, it’s good to hear from someone like her. Kelly combines personal and professional stories from her high-profile gigs as the CEO/Founder of fashion PR firm, People’s Revolution, to offer young professional women no-nonsense, brutally honest career advice—and other things their mothers never told them.


Sophia Amoruso, what a genius. She is the ultimate #GIRLBOSS. Someone who built her whole empire on e-commerce, eBay, and some craziness along the way. She is a social media superstar and a MEGASTAR in the fashion world. #GIRLBOSS is the story of how Nasty Gal came to be. Between petty theft, dropping out of school and taking a job for healthcare alone, this woman’s drive turned into a $100-million-plus fashion retailer. #GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut.

6. On Becoming Fearless

Thank you Arianna Huffington for helping me examine the ways in which fear affects all of our lives. In stories drawn from her own experiences and from the lives of other women, she points toward the moments of extraordinary strength, courage, and resilience that result from confronting and overcoming fear. And she outlines the steps anyone can take to conquer fear. Her book shows us how to become bold from the inside out–from feeling comfortable in our own skin to getting what we want in love and at work to changing the world.

7. The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style. The novel introduces two of Hemingway’s most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920’s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates. The Sun Also Rises helped to establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.

8. Lord of the Flies

The story told in this book stuck with me way after high school. A plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. Being so far from civilization allowed them to do anything they wanted. Anything. But as order starts to collapse and as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure dwindles and reality sets in….the hope of being rescued becomes most concerning.

9. The Power of Now

This book has been translated in over 30 languages and sold worldwide. The Power of Now introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy: the mind. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our being.

10. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Expanding on her viral post that has become an international phenomenon, a psychotherapist offers simple yet effective solutions for increasing mental strength and finding happiness and success in life. Amy Morin has seen countless people choose to succeed despite facing enormous challenges. That resilience inspired her to write 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, a web post that instantly went viral, and was picked up by the Forbes website which was then turned into a book.

Have you read any of the books I’ve listed above? What books would you add to this list? XO.

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