When I originally sat down to write this, I’d planned to tell you about six books that have impacted my life. Turns out, I couldn’t narrow the list down. Instead, here are my favorite, potent and powerful books that are all worthy of a mention and that have impacted my life in some way. Of course, there are many more epic books out there, but these are some that have deeply resonated with me.
I love reading, and believe that in order to grow we must continue to obtain knowledge. Despite what some people think, you don’t just finish school, close your textbooks, and be ‘done’ with learning. Nuh-uh — that’s when you’re just beginning, baby! But rather than blindly reading the books that a teacher tells you to, now you get to take your learning into your own hands. Which is WAY more gratifying. So if you want to experience epic growth and expansion, make the decision to become a student for life, seek out knowledge, and stretch your mind… It’s the only way you will transform and evolve.
Learning doesn’t end after school, I am a student for life and hungry for knowledge.
Now before we dive in, it goes without saying that both my books Mastering Your Mean Girl and Open Wide have been the most impactful books I have ever created and read. Both have changed my life in so many ways and I know they will do the same for you too.
But don’t take my word for it…
“Mastering Your Mean Girl jumped off a shelf at me just when I needed it most. It’s the most authentic, honest and truly soul-baring book. It resonated with me in a way that nothing else has – especially when I’d been searching for a map for self-love, and out of my anxiety and insecurities. After reading your book, I realized all my decisions up to that point in my life had been ‘fear town’ decisions and your book helped me articulate that.” Raena Manson
“Thank you for writing the best book I’ve ever read. It’s changed my outlook on life.” Shantel McRae
“I am not a reader at all, probably have read only 4-5 books in my entire life. I finished Mastering Your Mean Girl in about 5 days. Then I also purchased your 10-week activation program which I am currently doing with the meditations. I just want to say thank you so much. I have started to choose love over fear in everything I do and in just a month, I feel 100 times more positive and calm. I love my magical morning routine and the fact I feel more confident in my own body.” Catherine Boshell
“Melissa personifies love, hope, healing, and light. She is whip-smart, genuine, and soul-baring, and that is exactly what shines through when you crack open (wide…see what I did there?) either of her incredible books.” Toni Isles
“Open Wide is life-changing! I’ve been following Melissa for a while and listening to her podcast – I couldn’t wait for this book to come out. This book is so relatable and offers really easy steps in each chapter. I felt myself growing throughout the whole book and shedding what was no longer needed. If you need some self-love and kick-ass advice – read Open Wide.” Patricia Kopec
“Open Wide is amazing. Melissa has such wonderful insight. Mastering Your Mean Girl unlocked my mind and Open Wide unlocked my heart! Highly recommend!” Katherine Trinkle
Epic Books For More Health, Vitality & Happiness
All of his books are life-changing and must-reads but maybe start with this one first.
I used to experience bloating, candida, adult acne, and eczema. It wasn’t until I read this book and adopted The Body Ecology principles into my life that all my health concerns dramatically improved. There are so many ideas and insights in this wellness classic which have changed my life — you won’t regret reading it. I’ve also had Donna on my podcast twice which you can check out here and here.
In all my work I’ve been repeating one essential truth for years: the way we eat is a direct reflection of every other area of our lives. This is the message that Geneen Roth shares in Women, Food and God. This book perfectly describes how to heal your relationship with food and how to end your tortuous relationship with your body. I’ve also had Geneen on my podcast which you can check out here.
Lying in the hospital back in 2010, this was the first self-help book I ever picked up. It planted the seed of change deep within me and is a great read for anyone starting out on their journey. It’s packed full of helpful affirmations and techniques like mirror work that will really support you on your spiritual path.
Quite possibly the best holistic health book for everyone! I would honestly buy as many copies as you can and gift it to anyone you care about. Not only do you learn what creates disease in the body, but he gives you the exact steps to reserve it and also all the keys for how to live a long, happy and healthy life. It’s life-changing and imperative reading. Stephen has been on my podcast here, here, here and here. I’m a bit obsessed with him.
We are getting sicker and sicker so it’s safe to say we really need to start taking our health into our own hands and this book teaches you how to do that. It also gives you so many recipes on how to create a toxic-free home for you and your family. Dr Eric Z has been on my podcast here which you must check out.
I don’t have an issue with being clean and tidy, I am one of the cleanest, tidy and organized people I know but there are two things I took away from this book. The first one is that everything in your home, office, and life should bring you joy. So next time you are decluttering you hold the item whether it’s a book, a dress or a pack of cards and you ask yourself, ‘does this bring me joy?’ You can only answer yes or no and if the answer is no you let it go and if the answer is yes you keep it. This was super powerful because when we have a cluttered space we have a cluttered mind. When I did this there were a few things I was holding onto ‘just because’, but this simple yet powerful question has radically changed the way I look at everything in my home. The second thing I loved was that she believes everything has a home. Again this wasn’t really an issue for me but when Nick or Leo ever leave something out I remind him that everything has a home and they will put it away in its home. Two simple things that have created so much space and peace in my mind.
A book every female needs to read and to be honest the younger you read this the better. I bought this for my friends’ 10-year-old daughter and she loved it. Check out my podcast with Nat here.
This book offers an accessible guide to an ancient practice for healing and transformation. Using the principles and practices in this book, you can feel better in a few days, begin to clear your mind and heal your brain in a week, and in six weeks be on your way to growing a new body–one that heals rapidly, retains its youthful vitality, and keeps you connected to Spirit, to the earth, and to a renewed sense of purpose in your life. Check out my podcast with Alberto here.
Epic Books For Wealth & Abundance In Your Life
When I first started my business, I thought I had to sit in front of my computer all day and night or I wouldn’t be successful. This book made me realize that it’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter. The 4-Hour Workweek gives you all the tools you need to set up and create the freedom-based business you desire.
This book talks about the concept of being an amateur versus being a ‘pro’. Reading it was quite a pivotal moment for me. It helped me see all the stinky, amateur habits I was relying on, and that I needed to ‘turn pro’ in many areas of my life — not just within my business. This is a quick and easy read that you won’t be able to put down.
This powerful book gave me permission to be seen. It gave me the green light to be vulnerable and share my story with the world. Beautifully written and hilarious, this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to be the most authentic version of themselves.
Before you screw up your nose at the title, I want to preface this by saying this is the best spiritual take on abundance I have ever read. This book is my bible and I believe everyone needs to read it. He talks about deep gratitude, visualization, feelings, and why getting rich is the best thing you can do for the ‘poor’.
Juicy insights from more than 500 self-made millionaires who all built their empires from scratch? Yes, please! Let’s just say, there’s a reason this book is a self-help classic. Get it, read it, thank me later.
Inspiring, funny and possibly the easiest to digest finance book I have ever read. If you are looking for a light-hearted money guide to financial freedom for you and your family these two books are for you.
This book is a mega inspiration if you want to unlock your full potential and live your best life. Not only incredibly hilarious but it’s packed with loads of inspiration and action steps to really help you implement your revelations. Essential reading for all! Peta has been on my podcast here and here and you don’t want to miss out on these.
I have read this book twice and both times were just before I started writing my books Mastering Your Mean Girl and Open Wide. Truth be told I was setting in fear, sipping cocktails with my Mean Girl and then I read this book which put a rocket up my tush to get writing. The same thing happened with Open Wide, I was sitting on it, hanging out with my Mean Girl, resisting writing Open Wide, then I re-read The War Of Art and BAMB my fingers were type, type, typing away. This book will put a rocket up your tush. So if you’re sitting on a product or dream biz you want to launch READ THIS TODAY!
Epic Books For More Love In Your Life
I believe this book is one of the reasons why I am with my husband today. I read it before we got together and something really shifted within me. This book showed me what is truly possible within a conscious union. It opened my eyes to the divine beauty that can unfold when two people come together, get out of the way, and choose love.
Another massive game-changer for me, and one of the best books I have ever read. It answered so many questions I had about religion and spirituality. A must-read for everyone! Don’t miss my podcast episode with Neale here.
Want to take your relationship to the next level? Then this book is for you! It blew my mind. Make sure you read it with an open mind, leave your baggage at the door, and allow yourself to absorb all the goodness. If you have a partner, invite them to read it as well.
One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Anita takes you through the journey of her life — before, during, and after cancer. She intimately shares her moving near-death experience that changed everything for her. She is an incredible woman and is sure to inspire the heck out of you. Make sure you listen to my podcast episode with her too. It’s awesome!
Reading Bhava’s story touched me deeply. I cried many times — not because Bhava is a dear friend, but because his story is so deeply touching and inspiring. From a high-profile job as a journalist to a broken back and terminal cancer, this man sure has had an incredible life and a compelling story to match. Don’t miss my podcast episode I did with him here.
Another supreme book from Brené Brown. I couldn’t put it down — her wit, wisdom, and humor make you want to devour every word in one sitting. This book made me see that I was striving for perfectionism when ‘perfect’ doesn’t even exist. A truly powerful read.
If you are a regular around here, you will have heard of meditation… but have you heard of Orgasmic Meditation?! Orgasmic Meditation is a loving 15-minute practice you do with a partner that will help every woman become orgasmic. Nicole believes that most women do not have satisfying sex lives and she wants to teach you how that can all change. When done with the right partner, this practice will open your heart, deepen your connection with yourself and your partner, and help you achieve authentic climax. Sign me up, baby!
Falling in love is easy. But staying in love? That’s a different story. This book will change the way you look at all your relationships. It will also help you keep your relationships fresh and growing amid the demands and conflicts of everyday life.
Are you looking for your soul mate? Do you want to reignite the spark in a long time relationship? Are you seeking to safeguard your marriage from infidelity? And are you committed to creating more authentic friendships, family connections, and business relationships? If any of those ring a bell in your heart, then this book is for you. This book helps you understand what really drives human behavior in romance, business, and families. It assures you that you can have the kind of relationships you truly desire, whether they’re lasting or brief, intensely intimate or just for fun. Ultimately, this book aims to inspire you to fulfill the true purpose of your relationships: to wake you up to your own wholeness, the divine magnificence present in every human soul. It invites you into the heart of love, which transforms any relationship into one of gratitude and true fulfillment. Do not miss my podcast episode with John here. It’s mind-blowing!
No matter how busy you are, find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance – Confucius
Emmanuel speaks to us via Pat Rodegast (the author), making this a cosmically mind-altering book you will want to return back to time and time again. It’s full of so many nuggets of wisdom. As Emmanuel says: “The gifts I wish to give you are my deepest love, the safety of truth, the wisdom of the universe and the reality of God… The issue of whether there is a Greater Reality or not, for me at least, has been settled. I know that there is. So I will speak to you from the knowing that I possess.” Get ready to have your mind blown.
A quick and easy read, The Four Agreements reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. It also offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
If you love Mastering Your Mean Girl, you will LOVE this book. Debbie calls her ‘Mean Girl’ the Shadow and in this book, she shows you how the Shadow side holds the key to our happiness. She shows how understanding our own shadow side can lead us to lives of tremendous fulfillment and peace. Full of case studies and exercises, this book complements her first book on shadow work, which has sold almost half a million copies.
I live a lot of the Buddhist principles and this book really helped me implement them into my life. I’ve read a lot of books on Buddhism and to be honest I have found many of them hard to digest but not this one. It’s epic!
After reading this book radical honesty is now something I aim to practice not only with others but especially myself. We are constantly telling lies (whether big or little white lies) to ourselves and others and that’s inauthentic. Practicing radical honesty is my daily intention thanks to his epic book.
If you want to understand men better this book is a must-read!
Epic Books For Motherhood & Conscious Parenting
As women, we can store a lot of emotions in our bodies, deep in our cells and especially in our womb. This book teaches you how to let go of any lineage stored emotions so that you can step into your full feminine power. It’s an epic book to read before you have children so do it now!
Every person whether you want to be a parent or not needs to read this book. It will radically change the way you look at parenting and your children. This book is epic to read before you even consider having children. So get onto it now! And make sure you listen to my episode with her here.
Parenthood can be a time of great inner turmoil for a woman, yet most parenting books invariably focus on nurturing children rather than the mothers who may be struggling to raise them. This book is different; simply put, it’s a book for mothers using Buddhist practices and offering you ways of coping with the day-to-day challenges of motherhood.
This book is the modern (and yet ancient) approach to pregnancy and childbirth. It recognizes that pregnancy and birth are normal and that having a baby is a wondrous biological process and rite of passage, not a medical condition. It draws upon the latest research showing how beneficial and life-changing natural birth is for both babies and mums. Full of weekly advice and tips for a healthy pregnancy it details vital nutrition to take, natural remedies for common and troublesome symptoms, as well as the appropriate (and inappropriate) use of interventions. If you read one baby book this is it! You can also check out my podcast I did with Genevieve here.
This book is hilarious and totally needs to be read before you have kids.
Understanding your children’s love language will help you take your relationship deeper and bond on a more soulful level. After reading this my relationship with Leo shifted into a much deeper and happier space.
This book will teach you how to access the root of feminine energy and power to heal from pregnancy and birth and discover joy within yourself and your family.
Every expectant mother needs to read this book. It’s filled with so much inspiration and many stories of others who have gone before us.
As modern mothers are pushed to prematurely “bounce back” after delivering their babies and are often left alone to face the physical and emotional challenges of this new stage of their lives, the first forty days provide a lifeline—a source of connection, nourishment, and guidance.
An inclusive, non-judgmental, and empowering guide to pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum life that puts mothers first, offering straightforward guidance on all the options and issues that matter most to them (and their partners) when preparing for a baby.
So there you have it darling — so many epic books that have deeply moved me and shaped my soul. I hope they touch you as much as they did me. Bookmark this page (and forward it on to your friends) so that you’ve got these soul-fuelled suggestions on hand next time you’re looking for something amazing to read.
Now I’d love to hear from you — do you have any game-changing books to add to this list? Share your favorites in the comments below, and let us know why they were so powerful for you.
As always my darling, thank you for being so open and loving in the comments, your words are so powerful and what you share might be the one thing someone needs to read that sparks massive shifts within them.