15 Best Self-Discovery Books for 2021

Best Self-Discovery Books recommendationBest Self-Discovery Books recommendation

In this article, we will discuss the 15 best self-discovery books that will give deep insights into life, the universe, nature, and most importantly, yourself.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”


Nowadays every person is very busy with their work, therefore, they do not have enough time for themselves. We want to explore ourselves but many times we don’t succeed. For self-discovery, we travel to many places and interact with many persons and their ideas that help us to know about ourselves. We also take aid from the best movies, magazines, newspapers, and books for self-discovery.

There are thousands of books available for us to read for self-discovery but few of them are only read-worthy. How can I say it with confidence? Because of its story and popularity, Its demand, and its market success. The books that I am going to list here are so popular, high demanding, and have huge market success.

Finally, I am going to discuss the best books for self-discovery that you should read in 2021. It will deeply resonate with your requirements.

Best Books for Self-Discovery

In this article, we broke down the best Self-Discovery books as follows

  • Best Self-Discovery Books of All Time
  • Best Self-help Books for Self-Discovery
  • Top Psychology Books for Self-Discovery
  • Best Books to Understand Yourself

Best Self-Discovery Books of All Time

Soul Therapy

AuthorJacqueline Kademian
Publication11 April 2018

If you are a travel enthusiast, you are someone who wants to explore yourself, nature, and anything that challenges you. This book is suitable for your needs. It mainly highlights self-exploration, healing, and reflection as the title suggests. Through this amazing book, the author has really helped you to have a different perspective on life and your situation.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

AuthorDon Miguel Ruiz
Publication10 July 2018

It is a best-selling self-discovery book that is ranking at 1st position in New Age & Spirituality, 3rd position in Success Self-Help, and Psychology & Counseling on Amazon’s best-seller list. The book helps us understand the ability of every person to do something unexpected. In a single word, it is the roadmap to enlightenment and freedom. After reading this, you will come to know your own potential which was hidden behind your fear and weakness.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

AuthorMark Manson
Publication13 September 2016

This Mark’s beautiful creation is ranking at 6th position in Motivational Self-Help, 8th position in Happiness, and 15th position in reading & Listen for Less on Amazon’s best sellers list. The book advised that if you want to explore the world, first explore yourself. The author presented life as a beautiful tree that changes its leaves every season and with this example, he advised us to update ourselves every day.

Big Magic: How to Live a Creative Life, and Let Go of Your Fear

AuthorElizabeth Gilbert
Publication22 September 2015

Nowadays, every person in this busy world is facing some other problems. No one is happy with himself.  To introduce people to their capabilities, the author created this inspiring book. Through this book, she says that If you want to be happy, you have to be curious, brave, independent and most of all, creative as a creative person always looks at happiness in anything.

Year of Yes

AuthorShonda Rhimes
Publication10 November 2015

The self-discovery book “Years of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person” is a memoir of Shonda Rhimes that teaches us to live life instead of spending. In this book, Rimes tried her best to present her life experience as a daughter, sister, friend, mother, boss, and social woman before us. You must read it for tasting the life experience of the author.

Best Self-help Books for Self-Discovery

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

AuthorSusan Cain
Publication29 January 2013

Susan’s this thought-provoking book is ranking at 1st position in Behavioral Psychology on Amazon’s best sellers list. The author defined the power of solitude very deeply. Today’s teenagers think they are broken, but this book allows them to accept that they are not broken, they are just an introvert.

It is really an interesting, thoughtful, and inspiring book that everyone should read it. Especially, it is one of the best books for teenagers.

True You: A Self-Discovery Journal of Prompts and Exercises to Inspire Reflection and Growth

AuthorDr. Kelly Vincent, Jacinta Kay
Publication21 April 2020

If you are a person who is trapped in the unknown mysteries of their life then this book is for you. The book introduces the actual potential of anyone. It will boost your confidence, more importantly, it will tell you what is important to you and what you want out of your life.

Besides this, it is an inspirational journal that will introduce to you many things about self-exploration. The book needs to be read. You must add this self-discovery book to your tbr for 2021.

Finding Your Way in a Wild New World

AuthorMartha Beck
Publication1 January 2013

If you feel a yearning that you can’t identify or suppress, this book is waiting for you to read. Since it is not easy for people to identify their deficiencies, the author wrote it to help them.

This is a new way of making your life more interesting and meaningful which you should adopt without any delay. The author also put emotions into this book that make it more engaging.

The Desire Map

AuthorDanielle Laporte
Publication1 January 2014

This book is filled with motivation, inspiration, self-exploration, and success stories that are presenting it as one of the best books for self-discovery.

The author advised not to expect success with the same type of effort. If you do not feel any positive response to your efforts, change the ways of efforts instead of changing the ultimate goal. There are many similar facts in this inspiring book that tell the reality of life.

Eat, Pray, Love

AuthorElizabeth Gilbert
Publication30 January 2007

It is one of the best self-discovery books for young adults which is ranking at 5th position in General Indonesia Travel Guides on Amazon’s best sellers list. After the disappointment in love, the author traveled to Italy, India, and Indonesia for self-discovery.

The author has shared the good and bad experiences of her life with the world through this book. It is a very skillful look at the humor and depth in the modern human condition.

Best Psychology Books for Self-Discovery

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

AuthorEckhart Tolle
Rating4.7 out of 5

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” is one of the best psychology books for self-discovery that is a very Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting work by the author. Through this book, the author also talks about spirituality, meditation, and happiness and presents them as very important aspects of life. The author’s powerful guide to breaking down walls of inner resistance is very remarkable and praiseworthy. If you are someone who is not honest with yourself but want to be, take this book as your mentor, it will definitely help in becoming honest with yourself self.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

AuthorEckhart Tolle
Rating4.7 out of 5

If you believe in spirituality, you should definitely read the book, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment” written by world-renowned spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. This self-discovery book teaches how one can discover oneself with a spiritual perspective. The author has discussed spirituality extensively considering it a very crucial part of life. Moreover, he has also told the advantages of being spiritual. If you want to heal your emotional traumas, limitations, and trying to be a full-functioning adult, you should definitely read this book.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

AuthorMalcolm Gladwell
Rating4.6 out of 5

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” is another one of the best psychological self-discovery books which are definitely worth a read to expand the way you think. It does not only discuss how to do self-discovery but also discusses decision-making, problem-solving, and most importantly social skills extensively. Through this book, the author tries to provide you the deep insights into human beings from a psychological perspective. It makes it easier to do self-analysis for people. If you are a person who wants to discover yourself through psychology, you must have this book on your study table.

Best Psychology Books to Understand Yourself

The Happiness Hypothesis

AuthorJonathan Haidt
Publication2006 (1st Edition)
Rating4.6 out of 5

Jonathan Haidt’s one of the best works “The Happiness Hypothesis” is a book that presents a contemporary understanding of the human condition with very simple clarity and sense. The book tries to disclose some of the deepest secrets of life as well as provides deep insight into some of the most important questions in life. Moreover, the author defines happiness very comprehensively and also talks about the difference between pleasure and happiness. Thus, you will get many deep and interesting things about life through this book. If you want to know the science behind happiness, then it is needless to say that you should read this masterpiece.

How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination

AuthorSally Hogshead
Rating4.3 out of 5

The book, “How the World Sees You” prove to be a treasure for those who want to know about themselves and their value in the world. It is very important to know about your value because, in the end, it makes you more authentic and confident. The book teaches you to live with your highest district value, your most fascinating, and most valuable self. You can consider this book a psychological personality test as it has quizzes to find out your archetype. The most beautiful thing is whether you score high or low marks, this book always gives you a positive mind. If you have a negative perception of yourself no matter who are you, this book is gonna change all your negative perceptions and give you a positive approach to life.



These are the best books for self-discovery that you must read in 2021. If you read these books, you will come to know about your capabilities, potential, and power that will make you braver, smarter, and courageous. Make sure you read it.

If you like the list of this book, mention in the comments section which books you are going to read. It would be very pleasant for me.

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