6 Inspiring Books on Self-Love You Need to Know About

There's so much noise in the world that can distract us from focusing on the infinite love we need to have for ourselves. Being the best version of yourself is not easy. A personal struggle of mine has been learning to unplug and go inward. Living as a 20-something in New York City comes with its dark moments, and in those times, I've had to prioritize looking within. One of the ways I've been able to do that is by reading books on self-love. Self-love, of course, is a process. We're constantly evolving, growing, and blossoming into ourselves. But that also means we have a choice to make every day a rebirth. Enlighten your mind and feed your soul with some empowering books on self-love, below.



The Untethered Soul

Being self-aware will serve you well in life, which is why that's at the core of this novel. The Untethered Soul by Michael Stringer will bring you back to yourself, exploring the thoughts and emotions that cross your mind and how those will enhance your relationship with yourself. Using a mix of mindfulness, soul-searching, and discovery, you'll feel closer to your consciousness and inspired to elevate higher with this read.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paula Coelho is a reminder to always, always listen to your heart. To fully love yourself, you have to trust your journey. This novel follows the life of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd who journeys through life and learns the importance of following his heart and paying attention to the signs of life. After reading this, you'll realize how vital it is to follow your dreams in order to reach the highest, fullest expression of yourself. 

Women Who Love Too Much

The energy you bring forth to the world will come back to you tenfold. So, what are you attracting? Women Who Love Too Much by Robin Norwood provides an insightful view on attraction. If you find yourself in romantic relationships that aren't reciprocal and are still dealing with the pain, this one's for you. It will allow you to realign with your inner self, fix bad habits that are causing you to stay in one-sided relationships, and receive the love you deserve. But it all starts with you.

Love Is Letting Go of Fear

In all honesty, sometimes our very own minds are what hold us back. Love Is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky reminds us that the true essence of who we are is love. As long as we return to that love, all of our dreams will unfold, and we will receive everything that is for us.

Handbook to Higher Consciousness

We're all searching for freedom. Handbook to Higher Consciousness by Ken Keyes delves into the notions of Buddhism that encourage us to let go of expectations and let life unfold how it is supposed to. Deeply rooted societal stigmas make us believe we are behind in life and not where we should be, but this best-selling novel teaches us to ignore that and be resilient around believing in our own consciousness.

Chasing Slow

More often than not, we race through life. Every day we're on a quest to live our best lives, but how have you defined your life's path? Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by HGTV.com star Erin Loechner explores how it looked like she had it all—the perfect family, career, and fame—but she turned away from that and completely transformed her life to what her heart truly desired. If you're looking for perspective, honesty, and a reminder to appreciate things in life that truly matter, you must give this a read.