Book recommendations – My favorite personal developement books

I started my personal developement journey consciously about 4 years ago and read a bunch of books, but not all of them resonated with me despite how much they got picked up on social media or how much others recommended me as ‘it’s a must read’. I read those musts, like Louis Hay, Eckhart Tolle and so on, but they didn’t give me as much as I expected them. No doubt they were excellent books, but maybe not for my current needs.

I wanted to create a list where I can share with you my top favorite ones, so it may help guide you through your healing journey too.

I’ll be sharing 2 international and 2 hungarian authors with you today.

No secret that I also planned to write a book last year but I got pretty overwhelmed and left instagram, my blog and youtube. I still think I’m going to write a book one day and I have pages written already, but I decided not to rush anything anymore as I don’t think I can create anything valuable when I’m frustrated or just feel like it’s time for me to focus on myself more.

Important! There is no such a thing as one fit for all! Some authors words may not resonate with you but don’t forget it may help others heal.

Here is the list of my top 2+2 favorite personal development books and their authors:

1) Gabrielle Bernstein – The Universe Has Your Back

Gabrielle Bernstein, I find, is the most down-to-earth author. She shares her own journey raw and honest, exactly how I like things to be shared. Her journey and personality resonates with me so much that I read almost all her books and watched basically every youtube video she participated in.
But out of all her books, The Universe Has Your Back was my favorite one. I might even re-read it soon!
She helped me built trust in myself and in life itself and I’ll be forever grateful for it.

2) Melissa Ambrosini – Mastering Your Mean Girl


Melissa is like a ray of sunshine with her positive attitude. I learnt a lot from her book and her presence on social media.
She helped me learn to love and value more who I am and most importantly to finally be able to set some firm boundaries! She opened my eyes to how I was treating my body and myself and guide me to a higher level of appreciation.
I’m looking forward to read her latest book: Open Wide.

+2 hungarian ones

1) Orvos-Tóth Noémi – Örökölt sors


She is a hungarian psychologist who wrote a book about healing our ancestral wounds.
In this book she talks about what sort of trauma causes which kind of behavioral or belief systems and by working them through you can break these patterns.
It’s a super interesting book and I found a lot of fears, thought patterns and behaviors that I had/have linked with my family’s traumas.
She explains everything in a way that is easy to understand and process.
I watched her videos on Youtube too and I totally loved all her speeches.

2) Feldmár András – Hogyan lesz a gyerekből felnőtt?


A hungarian psychotherapist who lives in Canada and he was R. D. Laing’s student and friend.
I’ve read 5 of his books throughout the years. I even re-read one of them another time and I re-read ‘Hogyan lesz a gyerekből felnőtt?’ three times total. Yes, it’s that good.
In this book he talks detailed about shaming kids and how it affects their life. I use this book as a guidance if I ever going to be a mom one day, also how to behave with others in general, how to recognize if they experienced shame and help them overcome it. But most importantly it helped me get over the traumas I experienced on everyday basis as a child.

Now it’s your turn!
What is your favorite personal development book?

Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s help each other heal and grow!
We are in this together!
Love, always,
Panka x