Reading is pure magic.

It’s through reading that we are invited to other worlds, other experiences, other realities, other truths – if only for the moment.

In the last several years, there has been a shift in marketing self-help / personal development books to become more mainstream, and reach a bigger, and less shame-filled audience.  Remember the days when thinking about the self-help section at a bookstore invoked an image of a homely, sad sack woman with chocolate cake crumbs on her face?  Those days are gone.  LONG gone.

The industry – and our attitudes – have evolved so quickly that I dare you to get on public transit, go to the beach or park, or scroll through Instagram without seeing a nod to You Are a Badass, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***, or anything by Brene Brown.

This.  Is.  Awesome.

And sometimes, if you are an active consumer of things that help you grow yourself from the inside out, this is also exhausting.

So this long weekend, I’ve got three books that will give you the same delicious feeling of investing in yourself, while up leveling that feeling to be one that can only be found in reading for pleasure.

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

If you need a story of unadulterated adventure and self-discovery, this is it.  It’s about tapping into your natural magic, accepting every part of you that makes you special, finding the people who love you for being you, and coming to understand that you are capable of so much more than you know – all you have to do is embrace your true inner power, and believe in the unstoppable radness that is you, and do so with unwavering faith.


The Sun and Her Flowers

Because, poetry. There is something so lovely about indulging in an entire book of poems, and Rupi Kaur is a ninja of the heart. Yes, there is pain, yes, there is beauty, and there is further beauty in finding the relationship between them both. If you are new to poetry, this is an excellent place to start, as she will massage your heart and mind with the raw honey of her words.


The Alchemist

This, to me, is the mack daddy of all books, ever.  It will take you on a journey through your own soul, while reading vicariously through the lens of another’s.  The beauty in this book / guide to life is that it gives you the permission to see your life from its big picture perspective, and trust that even when it feels impossible, even when it feels unsure, even when it feels like it’s taking forever to be where you want to be and have what you want to have, it’s all happening.  It’s all working behind the scenes to make it work for you in your own life.

This is such a gorgeous story, and each of the four times I’ve read it, it has felt like a completely different book, as I’ve come back to it again and again, each time with a fresh perspective and new lessons learned.  It’s a must read without question.

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