Books I Read in 2021

The books I’ve read in 2021 are a combination of ones I carefully considered purchasing, ones that were recommended to me, ones that were given to me by friends on a whim and ones that were always everywhere I went so I felt like I just had to get them.

I wouldn’t have noticed a particular pattern had I not stack all the books together on a shelf.

What I learned was that the universe was nudging me to learn more about my spirituality and to develop my own spiritual practice. Additionally, I gravitated towards books around leadership and storytelling, which is a big focus in my life work.

Here are the books I read in 2021:

Ask Your Guides: Calling in your Divine Support System for Help with Everything in Life by Sonia Choquette

Ask Your Guides: Calling in your Divine Support System for Help with Everything in Life by Sonia Choquette

I felt extremely compelled to pick up this book after I opened up a communication line with my spirit team. If you’re interested in learning how to best work with your divine guides, this book is an excellent starting point!

Through Ask Your Guides, I came to understand how many guides we come across in our lives, how to deepen a connection with every one of them, and the best ways to ask for help and guidance.

Boba Emotions by Lulu Cheng and Lacey Benard

I’m admittedly partial to this given that I designed a very special insert included with all orders of this book!

Boba Emotions is a highly engaging, and culturally relevant Chinese bilingual book for all families. This book will help you and any child in your life learn about different ranges of emotions using a mood meter.

Boba Emotions by Lulu Cheng and Lacey Benard
Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

When I first heard of this book, I was struck by the cover: two photos contrasting different life points of a man who transformed his challenges into fuel.

I never would have thought to pick up this book and read it, but ever since it was mentioned to me, it literally was EVERYWHERE I went. I felt it was a sign for me to read.

I was immediately hooked after reading the introduction. All I could think of was that David Goggins is a person I want to be. The level of conviction in which this story is told is how I want to tell mine.

David Goggins’ astonishing life story shows us how most of us only tap into 40% of our capabilities which resonates for me.

Can’t Hurt Me includes a mini thought-provoking assignment at the end of every chapter.

Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results by Jamie Smart

The concept of clarity is often mentioned in many self-help books however this is the first book I ever came across that focused primarily on it.

If you’re ready to develop an open, expansive and healthy relationship with your mind and thoughts, Clarity would be an ideal starting point to understanding how to improve concentration and strengthen your ability to think clearly.

Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results by Jamie Smart
Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World

Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World

I have no interest in running for office, which is the primary context for this book, however women and leadership has always been important for me.

Although Run to Win’s focus is on politics, the message is universal for all individuals looking to lead. This book contains essential lessons and insight for any woman trying to succeed in a male-dominated field.

Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

I had high expectations for this book because Oprah has expressed this was a book that impacted the course of her life.

The Seat of the Soul is incredibly dense so I wouldn’t recommend this for beginners in the early stages of their spiritual journey. This book would be an easier, digestible read maybe six months down the line assuming the reader has a decent grasp on certain concepts like ego/personality, karma and soul reincarnation and soul contracts.

The book is broken down into introduction of the soul, creation from the soul, responsibility of the soul and power of the soul.

I read this book early on in my spiritual awakening and with a greater understanding of terminology and certain concepts, I feel more confident in re-reading this book for a more heightened appreciation of it.

Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business by Kindra Hall

Stories That Stick: How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business by Kindra Hall

I’ve been learning about the art of storytelling ever since I was a child. My mother would tell me stories about her childhood, her trauma and what she has overcome while we both sat in the garage which made up my mother’s office: a mini sewing factory.

In Stories That Stick, Kindra Hall shares the different types of stories we tell with actionable steps to craft your own. If you’re interested in leveraging stories for your brand or business, this book would be beneficial.

It also includes case studies and original research showcasing the impact the right story can have in various scenarios.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

I’m technically still reading this! I thought I’d mention the book anyway primarily because it has been an incredibly validating read so far. 

Bessel van der Kolk M.D. provides an in-depth history on the evolution of how America views trauma and healing in the clinical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as innovative treatments that are shaping the landscape of options for trauma survivors.

Part of why The Body Keeps The Score is taking me so long to read is because there are quite a few instances where specific stories are shared, stories that mirror my own trauma, and it takes a lot of energy to read past those in combination with the rest of the book.

The Body Keeps the Score : Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
The Keys by DJ Khaled

The Keys by DJ Khaled

Another book I never thought I’d ever pick up! If you enjoy DJ Khaled’s unapologetic sense of self and his humor, this book is an exact extension of that. Plus, he tells you about the keys!

I highly recommend The Keys especially for Generation Z given his level of success and social media sensation qualities. This would be a great introduction to younger adults and youth who are interested in paving their own path.

The Moon Book: Lunar Magic to Change Your Life by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

The Moon Book is a guide for those that want to incorporate the moon and its phases as part of a conscious lifestyle.

This is written under the premise that the lunar cycle affects our rhythms and our sleep, our energy and our emotions, and so much more.

Get this book for an in-depth look inside each lunar phase and how to best work with it based on your natal chart and other needs.

The Moon Book: Lunar Magic to Change Your Life by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener
The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey

The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations by Oprah Winfrey

If there’s a book about spirituality and soulfulness that I’d recommend for beginners, The Wisdom of Sundays would be one of them!

As the title explains, Oprah’s team combined some of the most powerful and profound conversations she’s had with people all over the world around what it means to have a soul and to have human experiences.

This book would serve as a great pre-cursor to reading The Seat of the Soul.

Vibrate Higher Daily: Live Your Power by Lalah Delia

Finishing this book was a last-minute thing during the last two weeks of 2021. I highly recommend Vibrate Higher Daily for those in search of understanding how to live with intention, developing high vibrations and becoming an energetic match for a more mindful and joyful life.

Alongside The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah, I found the concepts included in Vibrate Higher Daily to be easier to consume and grasp compared to The Seat of the Soul.

Vibrate Higher Daily: Live Your Power by Lalah Delia
You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

This book was gifted to me to start year 2021 with great expectations of increasing my income by 25%. I was able to accomplish a 7% increase instead. I attribute the shift of focus and energy to my spiritual awakening.

If you’ve read books like Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter or Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, then you may find that You Are A Badass at Making Money has a more modern, millennial take on the concepts of generating wealth and releasing money blocks.

Overall, I found this book to be helpful for readers who want more awareness of their own money mindset blocks.

You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance by Chani Nicholas

Reading You Were Born for This helped me understand some of life experiences I’ve had a weird resentful-not-sure-how-to-appreciate kind of relationship with.

Eastern and western astrology is one of my favorite ways to help myself and others understand their circumstances and life path. If that avenue speaks to you, reading this book can clarify the things that make up YOU based on the whole sign house system and your natal chart.

You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance by Chani Nicholas
Zodiac Signs: Pisces by Shakirah Tabourn

Zodiac Signs: Pisces by Shakirah Tabourn

This was a fated gift in replace of my stolen laptop (long story). This book is part of a sign-by-sign series where you’ll learn about how your sign grows from childhood through adulthood, fits in at school and at work, and functions best as a peer, partner and more.

Zodiac Signs: Pisces is an incredibly easy, approachable read. You’ll finish it in one sitting. 

I suggest reading for sun (I’m a Pisces sun), rising and moon signs for those who have access to those details of their natal chart.