The best 28 Finding Yourself books

In a world that often feels chaotic and overwhelming, finding yourself and discovering your true purpose can be a monumental task. This book list is designed to guide you on that journey of self-discovery.
From memoirs of individuals who have navigated their own paths of self-discovery to practical guides and exercises, these books offer valuable insights and tools to help you uncover your passions, values, and authentic self. So take a step towards finding yourself with this collection of illuminating reads.

The best 28 Finding Yourself books
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Finding Yourself Books: Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Be Here Now

Ram Dass
4.2 (184 ratings)
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What's Be Here Now about?

Be Here Now (1971) is the story of one man’s spiritual awakening in India. In addition to his learnings and insights, it contains practical guidance for anyone embarking on their own spiritual journey.

Who should read Be Here Now?

  • Truth-seekers
  • People who want to deepen their happiness and fulfillment
  • Anyone interested in Eastern spirituality

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Finding Yourself Books: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
4.0 (2 ratings)
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What's Their Eyes Were Watching God about?

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) is a defining work in African-American and feminist literature. It explores love, independence, and identity through the eyes of a Black woman in the rural American South.

Who should read Their Eyes Were Watching God?

  • Readers interested in feminist literature
  • Appreciators of the Harlem Renaissance
  • Fans of immersive, character-driven novels

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Finding Yourself Books: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius

Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius

What's Thirteen Reasons Why about?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a compelling novel that delves into the delicate issues of teenage suicide, bullying, and the ripple effects of our actions. Told through cassette tapes left by a girl named Hannah Baker, it follows the thirteen reasons why she decided to take her own life. This thought-provoking book challenges us to reconsider how we treat others and the impact it can have.

Who should read Thirteen Reasons Why?

  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of teenage mental health and bullying
  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking narratives and multiple perspectives
  • People who want to gain insight into the impact of small actions on others

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What's The Truth About Forever about?

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen delves into themes of love, loss, and self-discovery. The story follows protagonist Macy as she navigates life after her father's unexpected death. Through her job at a chaotic catering company and her growing connection with a charming artist named Wes, Macy learns to embrace imperfection and find the courage to pursue her own happiness.

Who should read The Truth About Forever?

  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with a focus on personal growth and relationships
  • People navigating the complexities of grief, loss, and finding a sense of belonging
  • Young adults facing challenges and seeking inspiration and hope

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Finding Yourself Books: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

What's Eleanor & Park about?

Eleanor & Park is a young adult novel by Rainbow Rowell about two misfit teenagers who fall in love in 1986. Set over the course of a school year, it explores themes of love, friendship, and family, while addressing issues such as bullying and domestic abuse. It is a heartwarming and nostalgic story that will resonate with readers of all ages.

Who should read Eleanor & Park?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult romance novels with a touch of nostalgia
  • Those interested in exploring themes of love, friendship, and identity during adolescence
  • People who appreciate well-developed and relatable characters

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Finding Yourself Books: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Wild

Cheryl Strayed

What's Wild about?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a memoir that takes readers on an emotional and physical journey. After experiencing personal hardships, Strayed decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail on her own. Through her honest and introspective storytelling, she reflects on her past and discovers inner strength and healing along the way. It's a captivating tale of adventure and self-discovery.

Who should read Wild?

  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal growth stories
  • Outdoor and adventure enthusiasts looking for inspiring tales of wilderness exploration
  • Individuals seeking motivation and empowerment to overcome challenges and find inner strength

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Finding Yourself Books: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven

What's All the Bright Places about?

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a powerful and heartbreaking novel that explores mental illness, love, and the impact we have on each other. It tells the story of two teenagers, Violet and Finch, who meet on the ledge of a bell tower and develop an unlikely friendship as they embark on a journey to discover the beauty and meaning in their lives.

Who should read All the Bright Places?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult fiction
  • Those looking for a heartfelt and emotional story
  • People interested in mental health and the impact it has on individuals

What's Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine about?

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a compelling novel that delves into the life of the quirky and solitary Eleanor Oliphant. As Eleanor navigates through everyday life with her unique perspective, her carefully constructed world begins to unravel. This heartwarming and thought-provoking story explores themes of loneliness, the power of human connection, and the possibility of healing.

Who should read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

  • Readers looking for a compelling and heartwarming story with well-developed characters
  • People who are interested in exploring themes of overcoming loneliness and trauma
  • Those who appreciate a mix of humor and poignant moments in a novel

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Finding Yourself Books: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

Arthur Golden

What's Memoirs of a Geisha about?

Memoirs of a Geisha is a captivating novel that delves into the hidden world of 1930s Kyoto, Japan. Written by Arthur Golden, it tells the story of a young girl named Chiyo who is sold into the life of a geisha. From her training to her eventual rise as one of the most renowned geishas of her time, the book offers a fascinating glimpse into the customs, traditions, and sacrifices of the geisha culture.

Who should read Memoirs of a Geisha?

  • Anyone interested in Japanese culture and tradition
  • Readers who enjoy immersive and descriptive storytelling
  • Individuals curious about the hidden world of geishas and their experiences

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Finding Yourself Books: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

What's Ready Player One about?

Ready Player One is a science fiction novel by Ernest Cline that takes place in a dystopian future where people escape their reality by immersing themselves in a virtual reality world called the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of challenges that lead to an Easter egg hidden within the virtual world, and the one who finds it will inherit his fortune. The story follows teenage gamer Wade Watts as he embarks on a thrilling quest filled with 80s pop culture references, friendship, and adventure.

Who should read Ready Player One?

  • Potential readers who enjoy science fiction and gaming
  • Individuals looking for an immersive and imaginative story set in a virtual reality world
  • Those interested in exploring themes of technology, adventure, and the power of nostalgia

What's Little Fires Everywhere about?

Little Fires Everywhere (2017) by Celeste Ng is a novel that delves into the complexities of motherhood, identity, and the power of secrets. Set in the picture-perfect suburb of Shaker Heights, the story intertwines the lives of two very different families, uncovering the long-buried truths that eventually ignite a destructive fire. With beautifully crafted characters and thought-provoking themes, this book captivates readers from beginning to end.

Who should read Little Fires Everywhere?

  • Anyone interested in exploring the complexities of motherhood and identity
  • Readers who enjoy character-driven stories with multiple perspectives
  • Individuals who appreciate thought-provoking explorations of race, privilege, and social dynamics

What's The Perks of Being a Wallflower about?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a poignant coming-of-age story that follows Charlie, a shy and introspective teenager. Through a series of letters, Charlie shares his experiences as he navigates high school, friendship, love, and loss. The book delves into themes of mental health, identity, and the complexities of growing up.

Who should read The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

  • Teenagers and young adults navigating the ups and downs of adolescence
  • Individuals who appreciate introspective and emotionally resonant storytelling
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age narratives with complex and relatable characters

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Finding Yourself Books: In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant

In the Meantime

Iyanla Vanzant

What's In the Meantime about?

In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant offers guidance and wisdom for those who are in a "meanwhile" phase of life while waiting for their desires to manifest. With a focus on self-love, healing, and personal growth, the book provides practical advice and spiritual insights to help readers find peace and fulfillment in the present moment.

Who should read In the Meantime?

  • Individuals who are going through a challenging or transitional phase in their lives and seeking guidance
  • People who want to improve their relationships and find inner peace
  • Readers who are open to spiritual and personal growth

What's Turtles All the Way Down about?

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green delves into the life of 16-year-old Aza Holmes as she navigates friendship, love, and her own thoughts. Set against the backdrop of a mystery, this novel offers a raw and honest portrayal of mental illness and the complexities of the human mind.

Who should read Turtles All the Way Down?

  • Readers who enjoy contemporary young adult fiction
  • Those interested in mental health and its portrayal in literature
  • People looking for a captivating and relatable story about friendship, love, and overcoming personal challenges

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What's Everything, Everything about?

Everything, Everything is a captivating novel by Nicola Yoon that tells the story of a girl named Madeline who is allergic to the outside world. Confined to her house for her entire life, everything changes when a new family moves in next door. The book explores themes of love, risk-taking, and the power of human connection in the face of adversity. It is a beautifully written and thought-provoking read.

Who should read Everything, Everything?

  • Readers who enjoy romantic young adult fiction
  • People looking for a story that explores life and love in the face of unique challenges
  • Those who appreciate diverse and authentic characters

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Finding Yourself Books: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

What's Fangirl about?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell follows the story of Cath, a socially awkward college freshman who is deeply immersed in the world of fan fiction. As she navigates the challenges of her new life, Cath grapples with the complexities of family, friendship, and first love. This heartwarming novel delves into themes of identity and self-discovery, making it a must-read for anyone who has ever been a passionate fan.

Who should read Fangirl?

  • Young adults who are passionate about fandom and fan fiction
  • Readers who enjoy character-driven stories with relatable protagonists
  • Those who appreciate realistic portrayals of college experiences and coming-of-age challenges

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Finding Yourself Books: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

What's The Secret Life of Bees about?

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a captivating novel that delves into themes of family, love, and the power of female community. Set in the American South in the 1960s, it tells the story of a young girl named Lily Owens who runs away from her abusive father in search of her mother's past. She finds refuge with three beekeeping sisters and discovers the extraordinary world of bees, while also uncovering the truth about her own family.

Who should read The Secret Life of Bees?

  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories and strong female protagonists
  • Those interested in exploring themes of family, resilience, and the power of female community
  • People who appreciate richly detailed settings and lyrical, evocative writing

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Finding Yourself Books: Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

Call Me by Your Name

André Aciman

What's Call Me by Your Name about?

Call Me by Your Name is a captivating novel by André Aciman that tells the story of a passionate summer romance between 17-year-old Elio and 24-year-old Oliver. Set in the sun-drenched Italian countryside, the book explores themes of love, desire, and self-discovery. Aciman's beautiful prose and poignant storytelling make this a must-read for anyone who enjoys a heartfelt and thought-provoking tale.

Who should read Call Me by Your Name?

  • Anyone who enjoys beautifully written, passionate love stories
  • Readers who appreciate vivid descriptions of landscapes and sensory experiences
  • People who are open-minded and interested in exploring complex emotions and relationships

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Finding Yourself Books: Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

John Green

What's Paper Towns about?

Paper Towns by John Green tells the story of Quentin, who embarks on a journey to find his enigmatic neighbor Margo, after she suddenly disappears. As he follows clues left by Margo, Quentin discovers that she is not the person he thought she was, and learns valuable lessons about friendship, love, and the complexities of human nature.

Who should read Paper Towns?

  • Young adult readers who enjoy mystery and coming-of-age stories
  • Those who appreciate complex and well-developed characters
  • People who want to explore themes of identity, friendship, and the search for meaning

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Finding Yourself Books: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

What's Big Little Lies about?

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is a gripping novel that delves into the lives of three women whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to reveal dark secrets and lies. Set in a picturesque coastal town, the book explores themes of friendship, motherhood, and domestic violence, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the very end.

Who should read Big Little Lies?

  • Readers who enjoy mystery and suspense
  • People interested in exploring the complexities of female friendships and relationships
  • Those looking for a thought-provoking novel that addresses societal issues such as domestic violence and bullying

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Finding Yourself Books: One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

One for the Murphys

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

What's One for the Murphys about?

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt is a heartwarming and poignant novel about 12-year-old Carley who is placed in a foster home after a difficult family situation. As she navigates her new life with the caring and supportive Murphy family, Carley learns about love, trust, and the true meaning of family. This beautifully written book reminds us that sometimes, family is not about blood, but about the people who love and support us.

Who should read One for the Murphys?

  • Readers who enjoy realistic and heartfelt stories
  • Those interested in exploring themes of family, identity, and belonging
  • Teachers, parents, or caregivers looking for a book to discuss empathy and resilience with young readers

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Finding Yourself Books: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere

Jandy Nelson

What's The Sky Is Everywhere about?

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is a heart-wrenching and beautifully written novel about love, loss, and grief. It tells the story of a teenage girl named Lennie who is struggling to cope with the sudden death of her sister. As she navigates her own feelings and relationships, Lennie finds solace in music and poetry, ultimately learning to find hope and healing in the midst of tragedy.

Who should read The Sky Is Everywhere?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult contemporary fiction
  • People looking for a heartfelt and emotional exploration of grief and healing
  • Those who appreciate lyrical and beautifully written prose

What's It's Kind of a Funny Story about?

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini takes you on a journey into the mind of a young boy struggling with mental illness. Through a blend of humor and raw honesty, it sheds light on the complexities of depression and the importance of seeking help. A thought-provoking and heartwarming read.

Who should read It's Kind of a Funny Story?

  • Young adults or teenagers facing mental health challenges
  • Anyone interested in a realistic and insightful depiction of depression and recovery
  • People who enjoy coming-of-age stories with a blend of humor and emotional depth

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Finding Yourself Books: The Fault in Our Stars by Nicola Winstanley, John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Nicola Winstanley, John Green

What's The Fault in Our Stars about?

The Fault in Our Stars is actually written by John Green and tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group. As they bond over their favorite books and share their fears and dreams, they embark on a journey that challenges their perspectives on life and love. It is a poignant and beautifully written novel that explores the complexities of living with illness and the power of human connection.

Who should read The Fault in Our Stars?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally impactful and thought-provoking stories
  • Those who appreciate authentic and relatable characters
  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of love, loss, and the meaning of life

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Finding Yourself Books: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Sarah Dessen

What's Along for the Ride about?

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen is a captivating coming-of-age novel that follows Auden as she spends a transformative summer in the beach town of Colby. Filled with themes of self-discovery, family dynamics, and first love, this book takes readers on a journey of growth and new beginnings.

Who should read Along for the Ride?

  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with a focus on self-discovery and personal growth
  • Individuals who appreciate realistic and relatable characters facing everyday life challenges
  • Young adults navigating the complexities of family relationships, friendships, and first love

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Finding Yourself Books: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

What's Wonder about?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a heartwarming and thought-provoking novel that follows the story of August Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity. It delves into the challenges he faces as he enters a mainstream school for the first time and the impact he has on those around him. The book touches on themes of kindness, acceptance, and the beauty of being different.

Who should read Wonder?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and uplifting stories
  • Individuals looking for insights into empathy and kindness
  • Parents, educators, and children who want to understand and navigate the challenges of being different

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Finding Yourself Books: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

John Green

What's Looking for Alaska about?

Looking for Alaska (2005) is a compelling coming-of-age novel by John Green. It follows the story of a young boy named Miles “Pudge” Halter as he enrolls in boarding school and meets the enigmatic Alaska Young. The novel explores themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning, taking readers on an emotional journey that challenges their perspectives on life and death.

Who should read Looking for Alaska?

  • Individuals seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally impactful coming-of-age story
  • Readers who enjoy exploring themes of friendship, love, loss, and personal growth
  • Young adults navigating the complexities of adolescence and the search for meaning in life

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Finding Yourself Books: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

Morgan Matson

What's Since You've Been Gone about?

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson is a captivating novel that delves into the power of friendship and self-discovery. When Emily's best friend, Sloane, mysteriously disappears, she is left with nothing but a list of challenges that Sloane has left behind. As Emily embarks on a summer of unexpected adventures and personal growth, she learns valuable lessons about love, independence, and the true meaning of friendship.

Who should read Since You've Been Gone?

  • Individuals who enjoy coming-of-age stories
  • Readers looking for a mix of romance and self-discovery
  • Young adults navigating friendships and personal growth

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 FAQs 

What's the best Finding Yourself book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Be Here Now as the ultimate read on Finding Yourself.

What are the Top 10 Finding Yourself books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Be Here Now by Ram Dass
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Who are the top Finding Yourself book authors?

When it comes to Finding Yourself, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Ram Dass
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Jay Asher, Christian Frobenius
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Rainbow Rowell