I can’t imagine a world without books as it would put a crimp in my quiet early morning reading sessions, coffee with milk in hand, before my husband rises. I have no idea how many books I’ve read in my lifetime no matter how many times I promised myself to keep a record of them. In no particular order, these are some of my favorites.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This story encourages pursuing dreams despite obstacles. Buy it for motivation.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

The text is a memoir that tells the story of a woman who goes through the pain of losing her mother, her marriage, and her own sense of identity. The memoir describes her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail alone. The book is a reminder of our resiliency.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the¬†World by Admiral William H. McRaven

Sometimes, the little things result in the most significant changes. The wisdom in this book is about getting down to basics that can make a difference. This viral graduation speech will inspire you.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide)

Indeed, the comical title tells you everything you need to know.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

An often funny and thought-provoking guide to writing, sprinkled with life lessons and being human and getting through tough times in the only way the author knows how.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life’s Greatest Lesson by Mitch Albom

Connecting with his former college professor, Mitch has a golden opportunity to gather Morrie’s wisdom in the final months of the old man’s life. It is a heartwarming story that tells us we can do the same.

1984 by George Orwell

The novel is a dystopian portrayal of a future where the government relentlessly monitors its citizens and serves as a cautionary tale against complacency.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Frank chronicled her life during WWII while in hiding. Her story is a timeless classic, offering insight into her experiences and inspiring readers with her resilience.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Brought together by fate, two Afghan women born in different times learn about love, friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Whether creative or thinking about a new way of living, this book will provide ideas.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This memoir is a commanding and heartrending read about the strength Angelou finds to fight prejudice, loneliness, and abuse.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The timeless story of four strong sisters gracefully weaving through life without a father is a read for the ages.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

It is a classic story about justice, prejudice, and coming of age. In light of current events, it’s more important than ever.

Secrets of Longevity by Dr. Maoshing Ni

A book full of surprising, all-natural ideas for living a longer, healthier, and happier life. Practicing a few can bring a marked change in physical vitality and well-being.

And, of course, my book,

Guide for Simple Luxury: Elevate Your Everyday With Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank by Connie Paradise

This is a practical guide for redefining luxury to see what matters in your life. The book is full of economical, simple ideas for you, your family, and every room in your home to make your surroundings a little bit nicer.

I’m always on the hunt for the next riveting book. Jot your favorites in the comments.