Chaya's 101 Favorite Books

Watch this video on the impact of 
books & learning on my life.

Many years ago, I adopted the practice of reading at least one book per month.  Often, I now go through phases where I read a new book each week.  It is widely known that you become who you are by the books you read, the people you associate with, and the arenas in which you invest your time.  There is another famous piece of wisdom that says you become like the five people you hang around the most.  Through books, we have the amazing opportunity to pick anyone in the world as our inner circle of influence.  Many of my biggest mentors and most life-changing influencers have never even known my name. But because I have become their student, read their works, and applied their wisdom, I can still have the privilege of standing on the shoulders of giants.

From all of the books I’ve read over the years, I’m giving you here my Top 101 Most Life Changing Picks, divided into my Eight Lanes of Life.  Watch video below for a brief description on my 8 Lanes of Success™.


Please note: Many of these books overlap multiple areas of life, so in those cases, I’m only listing the book one time in its primary category.  It’s also important to note that these books are listed in no particular order.

Disclaimer: While I do not fully agree with every opinion, practice, or belief of each of the authors listed below, I have been able to lift life-shifting lessons from these books, either in whole or part.  The same must be true for each of us.  As you explore the books, use your own discernment and run them through the filter of your own personal radar for truth.

1. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

2. The Monk who Sold his Ferrari, Robin Sharma

3. A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

4. Toward a Meaningful Life, Simon Jacobson

5. The Richest Man Who Ever Lived, Steven K. Scott

6. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Depak Chopra

*Please note I am not including “religious” books in my list, because those are personal to each person’s faith.

7.  The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
8. Family Wisdom by the Monk who Sold his Ferrari, Robin Sharma
9.  Lost at School, Ross W. Greene
10.  The Explosive Child, Ross W. Greene
11.  Born to Serve, Sarah Teleshevsky
12.  The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
13.  Radical Unschooling, Dayna Martin
14.  Conscious Parenting, Shefali Tsabary
15.  Out of Control, Shefali Tsabary
16.  Transforming the Difficult Child, Howard Glasser
17.  The Empowered Wife, Laura Doyle
18.  The Surrendered Wife, Laura Doyle
19.  Raising Children to Care, Miriam Adahan
20.  The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy, Vicki Lovine
21.  The Five Love Languages of Children, Chapman and Campbell
22.  Glow Kids, Nicholas Kardaras
23.  Growing Up Social, Pellicane and Chapman
24.  Boy Mom, Monica Swanson
25.  Woman’s Wisdom, Shalom Arush
26.  In Forest Fields Shalom Arush
27.  Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice, Sarah Chana Radcliffe
28.  Happy Child, Happy Home, Lou Harvey-Zahra
29.  The Baby Sleep Solution, Lisa Abidin and Suzy Giordano
30.  The Garden of Emunah, Shalom Arush
31.  Conscious Discipline, Becky Bailey
32.  Managing Emotional Mayhem, Becky Bailey

33.  Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcom Gladwell
34.  Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh
35.  Secrets of Closing the Sale, Zig Ziglar
36.  The Success Principles, Jack Canfield
37.  The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell
38.  Developing the Leaders Around You, John Maxwell
39.  The Oz Principle, Hickman, Connors, and Smith
40.  Tribal Leadership, Logan and King
41.  See You at the Top, Zig Ziglar
42.  Good to Great, Jim Collins
43.  The Infinite Game, Simon Sinek
44.  The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker
45.  How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling, Frank Betcher
46.  Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek
47.  Linchpin: Are You Indespensible? Seth Godin
48.  The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
49.  The eMyth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber
50.  Swim with the Sharks w/o Being Eaten Alive, Harvey Mackay
51.  Copycat Marketing 101, Burke Hedges
52.  The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino

53.  Inner Engineering, Sadhguru
54.  The Magic of Thinking Big, David J. Schwartz
55.  Becoming Supernatural, Dr. Joe Dispenza
56.  Tools of Titans, Tim Ferriss
57.  Becoming a Person of Influence, John C. Maxwell
58.  Game Changers, Dave Asprey
59.  Zero Limits, Joe Vitale
60.  The Answer, Murray Smith and John Assaraf
61.  Success through a Positive Mental Attitude, Napoleon Hill
62.  You Can if You Think you Can, Norman Vincent Peale
63.  Managing Evolutionary Growth, Bill Harris
64.  Today Matters, John C. Maxwell
65.  Thinking for a Change, John C. Maxwell
66.  The Tipping Point, Malcom Gladwell
67.  Outwitting the Devil, Napoleon Hill
68.  General Patton’s Principles for Life and Leadership, Porter B. Williamson
69.  The Grace to Race: Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80-Year-Old World Champion Triathlete Known as the Iron Nun, Evans and Buder
70.  Thresholds of the Mind, Bill Harris
71.  You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
72.  The Winning Attitude, John C. Maxwell
73.  David & Goliath, Malcom Gladwell
74.  The Aladdin Factor, Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen
75.  The Four-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss
76.  Limitless, Jim Kwik

77.  The Four-Hour Body, Tim Ferris
78.  You Are the Placebo, Dr. Joe Dispenza
79.  Sleep Smarter, Shawn Stevenson
80.  Quantum Touch 2.0: The New Human, Gordan, Duffield, and Wickhorst
81.  Business Plan for the Body, Jim Karas
82.  Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins
83.  Miracle of Fasting, Paul Bragg
84.  Healing the Gerson Way, Charlotte Gerson
85.  The Gerson Therapy, Charlotte Gerson
86.  I Guarantee, Meira Levi
87.  The Holistic Dental Matrix, Nicholas Meyer
88.  Her Best Kept Secret, Gabrielle Glaser
89.  The Pleasure Trap, Goldhamer and Lisle
90.  How Not to Die, Michael Gregor
91.  The Microbiome Diet, Raphael Kellman

92.  Financial Peace, Dave Ramsey
93.  Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins
94.  The Next Millionaires, Paul Zane Pilsner
95.  Smart Women Finish Rich, David Bach
96.  Smart Couple Finish Rich, David Bach
97.  Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Ekher
98.  Priceless, Dave Ramsey
99.  Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
100.  Love Your Body, Louise Hay
101.  Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki

A Note from Chaya: the final 2 categories of our 8 Lanes of Success™ are not reflected in this reading list. I never felt a need for outside experts to guide me on my desires for my Social life/Adventures and Community Involvement.  Now that I’ve launched a philanthropy, I’ve had to up-skill myself quite heavily in the education industry, but I’ve lumped those particular books into “Family Health” for the sake of our general audience. If you find that you need to up-skill yourself in specific areas for your last two lanes, please take the initiative to do so.