Knowledge is king. The first step to creating change in your life is to know what you're doing wrong or why you need to change. I've picked out over 40 books that will better your life in a dramatic way. Whether it's figuring out how to get out of debt, learning how to be happier, or trying to find ways to get a job, reading just one of these books this Summer is guaranteed to change your life for good.
I Will Teach You to Be Rich
If you're in your 20s and making a decent salary,
There are a lot of wellness books out there, but
Contrary to what you might think, this book isn't just for the clinically depressed — it's just a great tool to better peoples' minds and bodies. If something has got you down or if you are feeling stressed, Dr. Weil will give you very doable strategies to overcome those feelings.
The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health
If you're ready for a drastic health overhaul and have enough self-discipline to do all the right things for optimum health, pick up a copy of Dean Ornish's
Imagine Life With a Well-Behaved Dog
If you're a dog owner, you'll know that having a disobedient pup makes life more stressful. Nip those behavioral problems in the bud with
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Chicken Soup For the Volunteer's Soul
One of the biggest keys to happiness is volunteering, because it makes you think beyond yourself and your worries. When you're helping those who need it, you'll gain a new appreciation for the life you have.
Gratitude: A Daily Journal
It's easy to get caught up in life's petty issues and forget that there is so much to be grateful for.
Get Gratitude: A Daily Journal  ($17) to remind yourself of the things you appreciate. You'll be surprised by how positive you'll become. Another good gratitude journal is
What Color Is Your Parachute?
The book is updated annually, so it will always be relevant to the times. This is extremely helpful because the face of job hunting has changed ever since the Internet came into the equation.
The Total Money Makeover
The Willpower Instinct
Harness the power of self-control with tips from
The Omnivore's Dilemma
Perform these energy experiments from
The Five Love Languages
Find out what languages of love you and your spouse are speaking with the help of
The Last Lecture
Steal Like an Artist
Juice up your creativity by reading
Finally understand the mysterious workings behind your feline friend's mind with
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
If you're sick and tired of the bad rap introverts get in a society that celebrates extroverts, take comfort in the strengths you have as an introvert with
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Figure out what gets people to say "yes" and what pushes them away with
Any book by Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh is worth reading, and
Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives
Whether you are expecting or not, Origins  ($15) is a great read for anyone who plans to have children. Find out how the decisions you make during your pregnancy can impact your kids for life. This may even inspire you to live a healthier and more optimal life right now in preparation for the future.
Find Your Focus Zone
Feeling a little unfocused lately? Grab and devour Find Your Focus Zone  ($20) so you can finally finish what you started. Let 2014 be the year of finished projects and fulfilled promises.
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Become a sought-after employing by turning into a linchpin, someone who is indispensable to any company or organization. Seth Godin's Linchpin  ($16) may help you grow into a valued employee.
Love Is Never Enough
Love Is Never Enough  ($15) takes the psychotherapy approach to cognitive behavioral therapy and applies it to relationships.
Getting Things Done
Get productive without the stress by reading David Allen's Getting Things Done  ($16).
A top self-improvement seller on Amazon, Mindfulness ($16) shares tools to help us in the vicious cycles of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. Looking for a happier, more content life in 2014? This may the book that will make that happen.
How We Do It
How We Do It  ($28) offers a fascinating look into the history and science of sex and reproduction. Find out what's really "natural" when it comes to making and raising babies.
Why We Get Fat
Heralded as one of the most important books on nutrition, Why We Get Fat  ($15) may possibly change the way you think about dieting and losing weight.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Dr. John Gottman is a premier relationship expert who spent decades researching and studying couples. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work  ($15) is the culmination of that research, and in it you'll find valuable ways to mend or strengthen your relationship.
The Hoarder in You
From chronic hoarders to those need a little help with mess, The Hoarder in You  ($15) has applicable advice for everyone. Start decluttering today!
The Tao of Pooh
Follow Winnie the Pooh as the bear and his famous friends teach us the greatest lessons of simplicity in the Tao of Pooh  ($14).
The Gifts of Imperfection
Vulnerability is the key message in The Gifts of Imperfection  ($15). This book will help you overcome the fears that keep you from moving foward.
Think and Grow Rich
Think and Grow Rich  ($2) was written by Napolean Hill after the Great Depression and continues to grow in popularity today. It is one of the most well-known self-improvement books on success.
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
We often lose sight of our compassion, which causes more strife in our lives and makes us more judgmental of other people. Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life  ($15) rights us back to our path to evolving into a more loving, forgiving, and understanding person.
Your Money or Your Life
Your Money or Your Life  ($16) is a classic book on the topic of money management. It talks at length about the emotional connection we have with money and how to be concious of your spending.
An acclaimed book, The Secret ($24) is based off the theory of the law of attraction.
The Wisdom of Menopause
When a woman goes through menopause, inexplicable changes happen to her body and mental state that she may not be prepared for. Even if you've decades to go before you hit menopause, The Wisdom of Menopause ($22) is still a great read, as it will help you better understand your loved ones who are going through this.
The Power of Now
The Power of Now  ($15) is a book written by Eckhart Tolle that came highly rated by Oprah Winfrey . The spiritual book gives readers insight on living in the present and letting go of the past.
Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
Mindless Eating  ($8) may change the way you think about about eating and dieting. Dr. Brian Wansink is a food psychologist who delves into the psychology of overeating and retraining your brain and its approach toward food.
The 4-Hour Workweek
In this bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek  ($22), author Timothy Ferriss talks about how he went from a 80-hour workweek while making $40,000 to making $40,000 a month in just four hours a week.
The Power of Habit
The best book on forming habit. Backed up by scientific research, The Power of Habit  ($28) will teach you how to create lasting habits.