Phew! The kids are back in school, summer travels are winding down, and you have a little extra time in your schedule before fall festivities fill your calendar. But, we know how it goes. If you don’t make your personal free time a priority, you’ll always wind up busy doing something else.

That’s why we’re suggesting you give yourself an hour each day to cozy up with a good book. Better yet, grab one of our favorites below to revolutionize the way you view yourself and the world around you! Freshening up for fall begins by refreshing your perspective.

The Last Lecture

by Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture is one read you won’t want to miss. When author and professor Randy Pausch was diagnosed with terminal cancer, his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon was one many won’t forget. He compiled this book in his last months to take us on his journey of chasing his dreams and seizing the moment. If you’re in need of encouragement, put this book at the top of your must-read list. Trust us, you’ll begin looking at your life through a different lens.


The Secret

by Rhonda Byrne

Think positive thoughts and good things will happen to you. This law of attraction serves as the basis of The Secret. Small changes in your thought process can completely transform your life and bring you more joy than you could’ve ever imagined. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Curl up with your copy to be on your way to a happier, healthier life.


Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

First published in 1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is a timeless novel about the racial divide that’s sure to alter your perspective on culture and ethnicity. If you’re ready to open your eyes to the world around you, trust us when we say that this book will not disappoint (and if you’ve already read it, now’s the time to sit down and read it again!). You’ll follow the protagonist as he begins to understand how the world sees him and as he attempts to figure out who he really is. But, this book is so much bigger than the protagonist himself — it’s representative of the journey so many of us find ourselves on.



by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers shatters the traditional way we think about success. With our focus on you this month, we think it makes perfect sense for you to learn how to become an expert in your field (or whatever you’re passionate about). You’ll gain insight into the “10,000-Hour Rule” — which Gladwell explains as the key to success.


Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl takes us through his experiences in four different concentration camps. He recounts that the way prisoners thought about their future determined their survival. Suffering is inevitable, and our outcomes depend entirely on the way we cope. A mix between a memoir and a self-help novel, Man’s Search for Meaning will keep you entertained as you’re taken down the path of discovering meaning in your own life.


The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting

by Brené Brown

If you have children of your own (or have friends with children), you know that being a parent presents a whirlwind of challenges. Dr. Brené Brown helps us to understand that there is no such thing as a perfect parenting mold. She presents practical advice for raising kids through compassion and joy, but she doesn’t forget to account for the messy, unpredictable events you’ll undoubtedly experience.


Which books have impacted you? We’d love to grow our list — share your favorites with us on Facebook.