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My Top 10 Favorite Reads

Updated: Oct 7, 2022

The more you read, the stronger your own writing becomes. Here are ten of my personal favorites that I recommend everyone try.

1. The Alchemist–Paulo Coelho

This is my favorite novel of all-time, and I read it for the first time not too long ago! It's a story about a boy who sets off on a journey to find his destined treasure. It's told simply, but the life lessons you can gain from it are profound.

2. The Untethered Soul–Michael Singer

This was the first "self-help" book I've read that completely changed my life. This book is about how you can achieve freedom by recognizing that you are separate from your mind. You are the observer of your thoughts, not your thoughts!

3. Man's Search For Meaning–Viktor E. Frankl

Heart-wrenching but uplifting, in this book Frankl recounts his experience at a concentration camp during World War II. He relates his observations and experiences to his psychological research on the meaning of life.

4. The Path Made Clear–Oprah Winfrey

I love me some Oprah. In this book Oprah talks about how you can find your purpose, trust in your path, and follow it.

5. Eat Pray Love–Elizabeth Gilbert

This is a classic for me, and I've read it multiple times. It's an inspirational and honest memoir of Gilbert's year living abroad after a painful divorce and depression. I love her insights on spirituality, love, and what makes life worth living.

6. Life of Pi–Yann Martel

This is a novel about the life of a man who becomes stranded on a boat with a tiger in the middle of the ocean. The themes of the story involve spirituality, religion, and faith. A must-read for anyone interested in theology and spirituality!

7. The Book of Joy–Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, & Douglas Carlton Abrams

This book recounts discussions the two spiritual leaders and friends had about joy–how to cultivate it and spread it to those around you through compassion.

8. Discover Your Dharma–Sahara Rose

This book is about finding your life's purpose, or dharma. Rose outlines different archetypes and has a quiz for you to discover your dharma. So enlightening!

9. Think Like a Monk–Jay Shetty

In this book, Shetty, who was once a monk, describes and teaches all the lessons he learned during that part of his life. He talks about how we can improve ourselves by adopting these lessons.

10. Untamed–Glennon Doyle

This memoir is raw, emotional, and so so empowering. I still say Doyle's mantra to myself: "We can do hard things."

What do you think? Read any of my favorite books? Have a book recommendation? Found a typo? Send me an email at or DM me on Instagram @nicolemarroneditorial. Let's chat!

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