It’s the holiday season. Festivity is thick in the air, and for many of us who are spending Christmas Alone or New Year (with minimal human contact), or don’t celebrate it at all, we find ourselves with a lot more time on our hands.
I’m not sure about you, but I always tend to have a hefty pile of holiday season books just itching for me to pore over in the corner of my room. These books tend to form small mountains throughout my living space across the year, and the holiday season is one of the few times I get to dive straight into their pages like a crazy maniac.
Whether you’re looking to inspire someone with a thought-provoking read, or to give yourself the gift of a book actually worth reading, I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 picks this holiday season. Please note that the following links are affiliate links, so we receive a small percentage should you decide to purchase any of the books.
1. “Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing”
by Robert Wolff and Thom Hartmann. Read it!
Truly a thought-provoking book, Original Wisdom is written on the premise that the society we live in is disconnected from nature, causing us many illnesses and a lot of suffering. Indigenous way of life, however, offers a much more balanced, peaceful and spiritually in-tune existence, one that the author eloquently elaborates on.
by Richard Wiseman. Read it!
3. “Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ”
by Daniel Goleman. Read it!
One of the best self-help books possibly ever to be written. If you want to sincerely improve your relationships, live more harmoniously, overcome anger and resentment and genuinely live a more satisfying life, this is the book to read.
4. “How to Be Your Own Best Friend”
by Mildred Newman, Jean Owen and Bernard Berkowitz. Read it!
A brief but highly impacting book on developing love and respect for yourself. Extremely valuable and insightful in our modern age!
5. “I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy”
by Hafiz. Read it!
Described as a saint, a poet and a madman, Hafiz was known as one of the greatest Sufi Mystic poets to live. His words vibrate with the joy and ecstasy of perceiving the interconnectedness of everything.
6. “This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness …”
by Augusten Burroughs. Read it!
With witty and intelligent advice, Burroughs draws from his own experience as well as those around him to share thousands of fascinating, and often times politically incorrect advice. This book is to be handled with caution, as it exposes many lies that people tell themselves during experiences that most sorely require the truth. Endearingly free-thinking and candidly straight-forward help, without all the fluffy bits.
7. “Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior”
by Leonard Mlodinow. Read it!
In life everyone should read at least one book on the hidden world of our unconscious minds, and this is the book to read. If you’re a student of life interested in understanding “Why”, give it a read!
8. “The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide”
by Francine Jay. Read it!
The subtitle of the books says it all: “How to declutter, organize, and simplify your life!” Clutter reflects our anxious and chaotic lives, and reinforces our feelings of being “trapped” and overwhelmed. An excellent practical living guide if you’re interested in starting afresh.
9. “The Wind Is My Mother”
by Bear Heart. Read it!
A deeply moving book full of the wisdom of one of the world’s last traditionally trained Native American Shamans. Simple, profound and life-changing.
10. “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”
by Richard Bach. Read it!
A moving fictitious story that presents a very unique way of perceiving life. Provocative, rich, philosophical and empowering!
Books inform, instruct, inspire and help us to become better people. I hope you get the most out of these holiday season books, and recommend a few of your own while you’re at it!