10 best books for self-discovery and finding your own path

From adventure novels to memoirs, here are the best books that will help you take action.


by Ellen Kinsey |
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The 'coming of age' or 'finding yourself' plot is a story arc repeatedly told in different ways. Books chronicling self-discovery can be inspirational, comforting, motivating and uplifting and help us become the person we have always known we could be. If you are looking for an inspiring read, we have rounded up the best books for self-discovery, from adventure novels to memoirs that depict a tale from lost to enlightenment.

What does self-discovery mean? To put it simply, self-discovery is the process of understanding your true self: Your principles, your needs and desires, your hopes and dreams and discovering your own path. If this resonates with you and you're not a lover of self-help books, these fictional and biographical novels teach the reader lessons that the protagonist has learnt on their own hero's journey. It can inspire you to make changes in your own life and step into your higher self.

Here are our top 10 self-discovery books featuring classics such as The Alchemist and The Celestine Prophecy to new bestsellers such as The Midnight Library and Untamed that teach invaluable lessons about the world and help you on thespiritual path.

The best books for self-discovery


**“This life is mine alone. So I have stopped asking people for directions to places they’ve never


“The universe is energy, energy that responds to our expectations.” - James Redfield



“To lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert


**“Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears.


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**“One must find the source within one's own Self, one must possess it. Everything else was

Women Who Run With The Wolves

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**“The psyches and souls of women also have their own cycles and seasons of doing and solitude,


**“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better


**“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” ― Antoine de


**“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever.

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“I’m a free spirit who never had the balls to be free.” - Cheryl Strayed
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