20 Books to Read in 2020 📚 life-changing, must read books


Hello, my loves. Welcome back to Lavendaire. Today I want to share 20 books to read in 2020. These are books I’ve chosen from the past decade, books that are my favorites that have impacted my life and books that I think will impact your life
for the better as well. I’ve sectioned the books into categories to
make it easier to navigate. I have Self Help / Personal Growth books, and then some on Money & Productivity, some on Creativity, and some on Spirituality & More. So let’s start with Self Help. One of my favorite books of all time is “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. I’ve recommended this so many times before because it is such a good book to start with. It is easy to read, it’s not too long. There are four main agreements: 1) Always be impeccable with your word, 2) Don’t take anything personally, 3) Don’t make assumptions, and 4) Always do your best. Those four agreements, he goes deep into them
and why they’re important. And because there’s only four, they’re very easy to remember and
they’re kind of life mantras. I remind myself of them all the time,
and they’ve made my life a lot easier. The second book you should read is
“A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle. This one is a little more dense and harder to read, but I think it is so important because it teaches you how to recognize
and be aware of your own ego, and how to detach yourself from the wants of your ego. The ego in you is the part that wants more
and more and more, the part that will never be satisfied, the part that gives into fear and all of these things that are not helping you. This book teaches you how to recognize that ego and how to not be a victim to your ego. The third book I want to recommend is
“Atomic Habits” by James Clear. This is the book you want to read if you want
to be consistent with your habits this year. It talks about how and why habits are formed, and how you can use that information to make or break any habit that you want. The next book I want to recommend is “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”
by Carol Dweck. This is the book that’s all about the growth mindset: what the growth mindset is,
compared to what a fixed mindset is and why you want to have a growth mindset, how it’s going to help you in life. So much of why certain people excel
and grow over others is because they have a different mindset. This book goes deep into what
makes up a growth mindset. The next book that will also be
so helpful for your mindset is “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield. This book is made up of a bunch of lessons, values, and parables on why people are successful. It has so many success stories. It’s one of the first self help books I read and it’s such a good book to lay the right foundation for your mindset and your habits moving forward. The next book you should read is a classic called “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”
by Stephen Covey. This is a book that’s been on the bestsellers
list for decades, so it is a crowd favorite. It is one of those books that everyone should read. The lessons are so smart and they’re so impactful,
they’re still relevant to this day. Following that, another book you must read is
“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I used to say “Eckhart Toll-e”, I don’t know why. Someone corrected me and said it’s “Eckhart TOLL”. Anyway, this book is another classic and it’s all about being mindful of the present moment, why it is so important, why the present moment
is the only real thing that you have. The past and the future are just illusions in your mind and reading this, understanding this
concept on a deep level, will release so much stress and worry from your life. It will just help you be happier and more joyful in the present moment of your life. Another book you should read is
“The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. I’ve recommended this one so many times
because it’s so good. This book is about the power of compounding, the power of compounding effects, compounding your actions, compounding habits. And the lesson is: If you do a small thing each day, a small little positive thing, the effects will compound over time
so that you make big changes. And it’s such a powerful lesson that is
so key to success. The last book in this category is
“The Power of Vulnerability” by Brené Brown. Brené Brown has that Ted talk on vulnerability. She’s written so many amazing books since then. And this book, The Power of Vulnerability, I heard it in audiobook form because I think it’s her giving lectures on vulnerability. And vulnerability is something that people
need to talk about more, because once you realize how important
it is to be vulnerable, you develop better relationships in your life. You become more confident in expressing yourself. You also get better at taking risks at being brave, and those are things that you need
to be successful and grow in life. All right, moving onto the next category of
Money & Productivity books. The first book I recommend is called
“The Richest Man in Babylon”. This is a super old book. It might be even like a hundred years old, but it contains stories and – parables really
– to teach you how to have a positive money mindset, to be financially literate, to see money in healthier way. This book, I just enjoyed it so much because I enjoy metaphors and stories. I feel like, rather than being a practical book, it’s a book that uses stories to really engrain
really valuable lessons in your mind. The next book I recommend is also gonna
help your money mindset, but this one is more modern. So this one’s called
“You Are a Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero. This book is so, so helpful in helping you rewrite
your limiting beliefs about money. I felt like my mindset changed so much. It transformed my mindset about money
after reading this book. I just think it’s something that more people should read. We should all be more financially savvy, financially literate, and just have a
healthier money mindset. The next book I recommend is
“Getting Things Done” by David Allen. This is a book for you if you need help in productivity, if you have so many things you want to do, but you don’t know what to do first, how to organize your tasks, how to have a system of getting things done. This book helped me just prioritize things. He lays out a system that is so helpful:
What emails to tackle first? What tasks to tackle first? It’s so helpful for people who are
not naturally organized, and even if you are relatively organized, you’ll learn a lot from the process laid out in this book. The next book is another favorite of mine: “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”
by Marie Kondo. This is one that inspired my whole journey through minimalism and decluttering, learning to keep only what sparks joy and let go of the things that I don’t need anymore. Let go say goodbye and thank you. “Thank u, next” to anything that is holding me back. This book is applied to physical things, but it can also apply to non-physical things in your life. I put it under the category of productivity because I really feel like you can be more productive when your space is clear,
when you have your life together, and just having this KonMari mindset. Moving onto books on Creativity now. The first book I would recommend is called
“The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. Steven Pressfield is such a great author for creatives. He talks about the war we have as creatives against resistance, procrastination, whatever
that thing is that holds us back from doing our work, from creating, from taking action. So that’s what The War of Art is about, and that has helped me just have a stronger mindset in my work, in my career, in creating. Another book on creativity that is more
uplifting and inspirational is “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my favorite writers. This is one of my favorite books, and it just makes you see creativity from
such a magical point of view. This book is for everyone, not just people
who do creativity for their job, because all humans are creative. She talks about creativity as a hobby, to give you joy, to enhance your life, and it’s just an amazing book. The final book in creativity is more of a
practical process-type book. It’s “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. This is a book you want to read if you are a creative and you want to tap deeper into your creativity, because there are journaling prompts, exercises,
a weekly system – I think it’s a 12-week program that you go through. And this is actually the book where
morning pages originated. Julia Cameron introduced the idea of morning pages, to write three pages of longhand
stream of consciousness journaling every morning to help open up that channel to creativity. This is just a great system. I did it, I think, two years ago. If you want more of a systematic approach to tapping into more creativity,
then read The Artist’s Way. Lastly, let’s move on to books on
Spirituality and beyond. The first book you gotta read is
“The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. Singer. That is a book about your soul, your spirit, and it also helps you recognize who you are on the outside the surface level you vs.
the deep core of yourself. And it’s just one of those books on spirituality
that I really enjoyed. The next book I recommend is “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success”
by Deepak Chopra. I honestly recommend anything by Deepak Chopra, and my favorite way to read his books is
by listening to his audio books, listening to him speak,
because I am such a big fan of him. I love his voice. He makes me feel so calm, so zen. He seems so wise, and he’s just a classic. The next book I want to recommend intertwines
health with spirituality. It’s called “The Anatomy of the Spirit” by Carolyn Myss. I honestly had two books in mind for
this slot in the 20 books, so you’ll get an extra book, another book that is similar,
that is also in the same realm. It’s called “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. Those are two books that I highly recommend if you are just going through any health issues, especially chronic health issues that doctors
and Western medicine can’t explain, because the idea is: A lot of chronic issues, health issues, stem from emotional or spiritual pain and trauma. And this is an area where I know not everyone
agrees with or understands, because there’s so much we still don’t understand about science and health and medicine, right? But I just think it’s so fascinating, because these are stories of real people who have healed in spiritual ways or just different ways than you would typically hear of. The last book on this list which makes the
20th book is on astrology. It’s called “The Inner Sky” by Steven Forrest, and this is one of my favorite books that I’ve read
because I love astrology. It was the intro book to help me dive deeper into what all of this stuff means, the stars,
the planets, your birth chart. And that one is more of a personal interest book. But if you are interested in astrology, that is the book to start with
because it’s just so fascinating. All right, so those are 20 of my favorites/
most impactful books that you should read in 2020. If you want more books, I have a
whole page on my website listing my favorite books and
I try to organize it in different categories. And I also really love audio books. I didn’t get to talk about the audiobooks that I loved, because I chose books that I thought
would change your life and help you change your mindset, all that stuff. But I honestly really enjoy listening to memoirs. For example, Ali Wong’s audiobook: “Dear Girls”, Kevin Hart’s audiobook, Trevor Noah’s book, JVN – Jonathan Van Ness’s book,
the guy from Queer Eye. I just love listening to something funny and
a life story while I’m driving. So I’ll list those recs down below as well. But I hope that this is a good list for you to start with and I’m wishing you all the best in 2020. I hope these books help you expand your mind,
change your life. And I hope you make it a daily habit to read consistently, whether it’s a little bit each day or a little bit each week, because consistency is what matters most. Lastly, if you haven’t heard, I’m doing a 10-day New Year Challenge
that you could sign up for. It’s basically a free email series where
each day, for 10 days, you’ll be emailed a relatively easy prompt that will help you take action towards becoming
the best version of yourself and creating the life that you’ve always wanted to live. So if you want to join the New Year Challenge,
I have the link down below. Love you so much and sending you so much love
and light for your life. Am I cheesy? Yeah, a little bit, but I don’t care. Bye!

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100 thoughts on “20 Books to Read in 2020 📚 life-changing, must read books”

  1. bambadabamba says:

    Still waiting on Aileen’s book!

  2. Sukhraj Kaur 1910115 says:

    I so made my own list. 20 books for this year. I saw this notification now. Gonna watch it anyway. ❤

  3. Hypnotized Kahuna says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make this video. I've always wanted to see a video like this ❤

  4. neele.marlis says:

    please more book videos <33

  5. theFitty says:

    Every time I finish a book, it seems that I add three more! Anyone else feel?! Haha.

  6. amyim2002 says:

    I used to love all those spiritual books Oprah Winfrey recommended such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Michael Singer, The four Agreement, The Secret, etc. But those were not the truths i was looking for and couldnt really help me. Only the BIBLE is the truth!!! It could heal me and set me free from all those man-made spiritual books.

  7. selfcaresheep says:

    definitely going to read some of these!

  8. TheKatelinn says:

    The four agreements, is that what it's called? I have had it for at least 16 years, never yet opened it. Maybe this is the year to read it..?!?

  9. rhythmicstu says:

    spiritual I'd also recommend Power Vs Force by David Hawkins about finding your vibration and how to raise your vibration. I've gifted it a few times since reading it.

  10. Yana S says:

    finished your new years programm today :)) it helped me so much to start the year and i noticed so many changes i could do in only 10 days! Thank you so much❤️❤️

  11. Lindsey Helmbrecht says:

    I’ve read a couple of the ones on here and they have completely changed my mindset. I really want to read the 4 agreements next! This video is such an awesome reference. Thank you ♥️

  12. Nijakou says:

    Self help / Personal growth:

    0:35 The Four Agreements

    1:08 A New Earth

    1:41 Atomic Habits

    1:58 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    2:23 The Success Principles

    2:43 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    3:02 The Power of Now

    3:37 The Slight Edge

    4:05 The Power of Vulnerability

    Money & productivity:

    4:45 The Richest Man in Babylon

    5:18 You Are a Badass at Making Money

    5:49 Getting Things Done

    6:22 The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up


    7:04 The War of Art

    7:35 Big Magic

    8:05 The Artist’s Way

    Spiritual & more:

    8:51 The Untethered Soul

    8:11 The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

    9:32 Anatomy of the Spirit

    9:48 You Can Heal Your Life

    10:30 The Inner Sky

    11:10 Audiobooks:

    – Dear Girls by Ali Wong

    – I Can't Make This Up by Kevin Hart

    – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

    – Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

    (+ purchasing on amazon = supporting an unethical company and terrible wages/working conditions :))

  13. Lelwa Gayi says:

    I just finished you can heal your life
    Great book

  14. javiera francisca says:

    Aileen! So many of these books are familiar from your previous videos about books — I highly recommend checking out Thich Nhat Hanh. His books have changed my life and are so powerful. ⭐️

  15. MakeupByDiana529 says:

    Thank you so much for this! I'm going to try to read these this year

  16. vinnie rana says:

    I've read 7 books already!!!🎉🎉
    I've just finished 7 habits of highly effective people….
    I'm currently reading the power of vulnerability
    Recommend more books this year!!! Aileen

  17. Mandi Lynn says:

    I read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and it was AMAZING!

  18. whitley isa says:

    Yess been needing some new recommendations!!

  19. ElmoTinker says:

    The Richest Man in Babylon great!

  20. Ahnaliese : an eternal journey says:

    opens up Libby as I watch

  21. Majonase says:

    you live in my dream house lol

  22. Habeeb Habib says:

    Make another video, I read all of those LOL… great choice and video!

  23. theneighbordowntheblock says:

    You're so close to hitting 1M. 🤗🙌🏼💜

  24. Mariela Merino says:

    My goal this year is to read 12 books. Currently reading Becoming Michelle Obama. I took notes on these you mentioned to read this year ✨✨✨✨

  25. livbythesea says:

    Just added half of these books to my library app list!

  26. Firdous Mahomed says:

    Your hair looks AMAZING Aileen!❤️
    Thank you for this video
    Love & light✨

  27. amine benderdour says:
    Expect this book next Monday on Amazon ( for free )

  28. Maher SEDOUR says:

    very good

  29. Yunchhohang Limbu says:

    my goodreads reading challenge for this year is to read 30 books.
    The book thief completed
    The diary of Anne Frank -current read
    steve jobs by walter Isacson -next

  30. Jessica C says:

    Great list! 💛
    May I also suggest “the miracle morning” by Hal Elrod. Excellent!

  31. Keiko T. says:

    “Big Magic” is one of my favourite book.

  32. Chelsea B. says:

    Just in time!! I have been looking for books to read. I am currently reading atomic habits!

  33. Vic says:

    Definitely going to be reading more this year. Thank you for this 🙏🏻

  34. India D says:

    Wonderful list! I read most of these last year as well lol. I will add Atomic Habits, Mindset, and The Artist’s Way to my list this year! Thanks for sharing. Best of luck this year with all the universe has for you❤️

  35. thisisjacklin says:

    Amazing list, I have a lot of these on my tbr already 🙂

  36. Haseena says:

    Hi Aileen! Loved the book selection, I have many of those myself and would certainly recommend them x Thank you for sharing 💖😊

  37. Melika - says:

    I was actually going through the list you have on your website, looking for the next book to read. Thank you for sharing this video.

  38. Haza Flower says:

    I've read samples of majority of these books.. And a few at the library. I need to purchase them.

  39. Kadie Roberts says:

    So glad you posted this video!! I was wanting to get back into reading and was looking for recommendations!❤

  40. KingHeiric says:

    Made it a goal this year to read once a day, everyday for at least 5 minutes a day. I’ve had a couple of days where I slacked off, but for the most part, been doing well with working on building my habit of reading again.

    Some of the books you mentioned are ones I’ve kept in mind to purchase in the future, and definitely wanna check out a couple of the spirituality books you recommended.

    Currently reading Lily Singh’s “How To Be A Bawse” book☺️

  41. sharon sharing says:

    I have read 1/3 of them. This year I am on the path to share my experience with Atomic Habits. It was recommend by you. Thank you so much!

  42. theFitty says:

    I also call him Ekhart Toll-EH! XD haha its the Canadian in all of us, Alieen.*

  43. Aman Hays says:

    Silde Edge again,hahaha.This time I really going to read this book. Thanks for recommendation Aileen. I love good booksss

  44. Youshi Binoushi says:

    I love The Four Agreements! I am currently reading the Mastery of Love!

  45. PauL TerL says:


  46. Nicole Ybarra says:

    Thank you Aileen for this wonderful list of books to read! A few are already on the way:) ❤🖤❤🖤❤

  47. Monika says:

    Ohh my my 💗💗💗
    U look soo beautiful Aileen ✨
    Keep shining, di (means sister in Hindi)😛☺

  48. NatashaGisela says:

    Crazy! I did a video just on this yesterday and we have many of the same books and loved the book from Carol on Mindset!

  49. M Kirk says:

    My comment is so irrelevant to the subject but i simply have to tell you that you have very very beautiful shirt that looks stunning on you

  50. Liberty says:

    I just started reading Company of One by Paul Jarvis and would definitely recommend it to anyone in business! ☺️ It can apply to entrepreneurs to employees in large companies!

  51. Joana Garrido says:

    Set a goal to make a habit of reading 10 pages a day this year. These are great book ideas on topics that I love ❤️Keep them coming!

  52. Aubree Rae says:

    Do you have any other astrology/spiritual books you recommend

  53. Ester Frank says:

    Much love from Tanzania ❤❤

  54. Brianna Arrington says:

    I've read 4 of these by your recommendation last year, excited have some more!

  55. Lizzy Turner says:

    Thank you so much for this!💜

  56. Stephanie Mendoza says:


    Hamilton reference Im sorry I had to

  57. Cindy Vu says:

    You have really good reading taste.

  58. Tammy Martinez says:

    What app do you use when you listen to the book

  59. Anjana Regi Alex says:

    Do u recommend digital or paper copy of books?

  60. Ojuolape says:

    Books. My favourite topic ❤️

  61. Ashley James says:

    The untethered soul seriously changed my life!! Talk about a paradigm shift in a major wayyy

  62. Glaiza Binayas - Bullet Journal says:

    I love love BIG MAGIC. ❤️ i want to reread it

  63. Dani G Morris says:

    I always appreciate your book recommendations! I’ve enjoyed so many great titles thanks to you! Looking forward to diving into A New Earth ❤️

  64. Lavendaire says:

    If you want more book recs, you can check out my website:
    There, I also link to my FULL LIST of books I've ever read, as well as all the recommended books from our podcast guests!

    Lastly, to join the 10 Day New Year Challenge, click here →

  65. Emily Conley says:

    My goal is to read 12 books this year, so I’m definitely adding some of these to my GoodReads list!

  66. Perfectly Jennivy says:

    I’ve been binge reading for the past few months, and it’s definitely my goal to read as many as I can this year. Thank you for the recommendations ❤️

  67. Kanak Saxena says:

    Plzz do a house tour plz plz 😁 i wanna see ur house . I luv uh aileen ❤💖😍😘

  68. Sadika Ahmed says:

    I started reading “Big Magic” after you recommended it in one of your other video😊 And tbh I love it so much❤️

  69. MrsDeanmon says:

  70. extravaganza says:

    Big magic is one of my favourite self help books….and oh! Eckart Tolle is amazing!

  71. bla blabla says:

    You've been actually pronouncing "Tolle" right! Because he's originally from germany and here it's definitely pronounced with the 'e' at the end! 🙂

  72. K says:

    Are all of these books available in audiobook?? P.S love your videos lavendaire.

  73. ClassifiedCloset says:

    i love the four agreements, and i have been wanting to read a bunchhhhh of these books!! can't wait to read them in 2020 as well 🙂 thanks for the recs Aileen!! 💕

  74. Mei Soon Chong says:

    I bought Atomic Habit before I heard you recommending it. Shall read it soon. Thanks Aileen for your recommendations.

  75. Lourdu Fousteen says:

    Love you Aileen💐💐💐

  76. Vijay says:

    Iam currently reading The Power of now..The book is so deep and powerful⚡

  77. Ana Mielgo says:

    Thanks for making this video! I can't wait to read them all 🙌😍

  78. Natalia Li says:

    Love your videos! Definitely will read these!

  79. griffendell says:

    I just added so many books to my 2020 tbr even though it already has over a hundred… Let's see how many I'll manage to read 🙂

  80. Sarah Tucker says:

    You’re missing out by never reading fiction

  81. Julie says:

    Love the whole list! I would recommend: Women who love too much.

  82. Brittany E says:

    I just ordered atomic habits!! I'm so excited! I love James Clear's newsletter. I love Deepak Chopra also! His podcast is amazing!

  83. Aidana Mer says:

    Thank you😍 I really like your recommendations!

  84. KittyMomo says:

    I'm currently reading Atomic Habits, and I loveee it!

  85. Ivana S says:

    I've heard so much about The Four Agreements, I want to read it! I'm currently reading Kafka on the Shore

  86. Carey Jackson says:

    So many of these are life changing! I really loved the 4 agreements, a New earth, mindset, the untethered soul, the power of now, atomic habits, and big magic! Can’t wait to read some of your other pics! Something on my list this year that you didn’t mention is Principles by Ray Dalio! 🙂

  87. Ornella Tamgno Kapche says:

    No matter what happened today…just know that tomorrow will be better! #StayPositve#

  88. purplelaces09 says:

    Just finished week 3 of the artists way and I’ve read a few of these and planning on reading the others. Thanks for sharing and also loving your artist of life workbook! 🙂

  89. REGGIE STORM says:


  90. муниса омонхонова says:

    Atomic Habits is just awesome book and one of the best I've ever read

  91. Bubbly Cherry says:

    I will read them all no matter what

  92. cherryblossom says:

    Your first pronouncation was correct, it‘s Eckhardt Tolle not Eckhardt Toll. You should pronounce the „e“ at the end. P.S. I‘m German 😊

  93. Светлана Куимова says:

    started reading the first book on the list The Four Agreements – seems to be interesting ! thanks for that ! 🙂

  94. Fotka Kocheva says:


  95. Fotka Kocheva says:


  96. nadinecoco says:

    Great list! Thank you.

  97. Naik Neha says:

    I needed this, thank you Aileen 🌸🌸🌸

  98. chanel amber says:

    Thanks I needed this video!! 😭💜😃

  99. Elle Ren says:

    actually Eckhart Tolle is German so, to be picky, you have to pronounce the final "e"

  100. -- says:

    the power of now and a new earth are amazing , although I must confess that at the beginning I wanted to throw the book but then slowly I finished both books

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