Inspiring reads that will change the way you think about spirituality, dating, and success.
“30 was the best year of my life until the next year and then the next. Every year since 30 has been the best year.” – Bonnidette Lantz
For some women, entering their 30s is about settling down and building a family, while for others it’s about starting that dream business or advancing their career.
While everyone experiences their 30s differently, one thing can be said for sure:
Your 30s are a time for learning, growing, and re-assessing what matters.
There’s no better way to start that journey than with the help of some books that will guide you through the ups and downs of getting older.
We have just the recommendations for you!
So pour some tea, find a cozy window, and add these celebrated books for women in their 30s to your reading list.
Must-Read Books for Women in their 30s
Size Matters: How to Dream Bigger, Step into Your Personal Power and Start Creating Your Dream Life Today by Dr. Audrey Reille
Though you’re probably not “feeling 22” anymore, you still have many years ahead of you, and all the potential to accomplish your big goals (with wisdom and experience to boot)! And yet, saying YES to your dreams may not come easy. If that’s true for you, Size Matters by success coach Dr. Audrey Reille should be at the top of your reading list.
Reille says, “Our desires are here to tell us what we are capable of creating, and what we need to do to live fulfilling lives.” Basically, you owe it to yourself to go after the visions of success that set your soul on fire. Size Matters will boost your self-confidence and help you formulate a plan to bring those dreams to life! Get it here.
Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women by Becca Anderson
This book makes a great companion to Size Matters, promising to help you:
• Cultivate a daily affirmation habit
• Experience greater joy, satisfaction, and love in your life
• Stop sitting on the sidelines and start living
• Gain more self confidence
To quote bestselling author Becca Anderson, “Even a badass needs daily reminders!” Badass Affirmations features plenty for you to flip through each day (along with quotes from amazing women throughout history). Get it here.
Inspired: 7 Wisdoms of a Soul Inspired Life by Joy Taylor
Believe it or not, a midlife crisis can occur at just about any point in your life. Maybe you’re experiencing a life-altering transition (such as a divorce) or you failed to hit certain milestones in your 20s (the perfect partner, the million-dollar business, the Insta-famous dog, etc.), or maybe you’re experiencing a positive shift like getting married or going back to school.
Regardless, midlife crises are not at all uncommon for women in their 30s.
If you’ve noticed a tendency ask yourself questions like “What is the meaning of my existence?” or “Why is there a ‘d’ in ‘fridge’ but not in ‘refrigerator’?” now may be the time to turn to a book like Joy Taylor’s Inspired: 7 Wisdoms of a Soul-Inspired Life.
Taylor is a spiritual coach and the leader of programs such as The Codes to Confidence Course, Soul Inspired Marketing, and Brave and Brilliant Women’s Leadership Circles. Her book will take you on a journey to your higher self so that you can uncover your life’s purpose and learn all the secrets to “be more happy more often.” Get it here.
Effortless Enchantment: A Memoir of Magic, Magnetism, and Miracles by Karen Lorre
Karen Lorre is an accomplished actress, model, world traveler, Law of Attraction expert, and author of Effortless Enchantment: A Memoir of Magic, Magnetism, and Miracles. Her memoir details her experiences going from Playboy Playmate to One Life to Live soap star–and the challenges that would ultimately lead her to hit rock bottom (including her divorce, a dear friend’s suicide, and the death of her father).
It is a story of adventure, tragedy, awakening, and ultimately, hope.
For those whose 30s may not have been entirely kind to them, Effortless Enchantment is like the comforting embrace of a friend who knows exactly what you’re going through, and how to make it all better. Lorre takes readers on her journey of awakening, teaching them how they can get in touch with their magic and create the life of their dreams…despite the challenges that may arise. Get it here.
If I’m So Spiritual, Why Am I Still So Anxious? by Joy Stone
So many people claim that spirituality is a “cure-all” for anxiety’s worst manifestations like fear, self-doubt, and overwhelm. But for many, no advanced yoga pose or mindfulness practice is enough to completely tune out the negative voices. If you’ve reached your 30s and are starting to wonder if all this spirituality stuff is even worth it, grab a copy of Joy Stone’s book. As a spiritual life coach with more than two decades of personal anxiety experience, she has the answers to all of your questions–including the specific spiritual practices that will allow you to FINALLY live anxiety-free! Get it here.
13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do by Amy Morin
It can take many years to undo the social conditioning that causes many women to stay silent in conflict, avoid breaking the rules, downplay their success, and overthink everything. By the time we get to our 30s, we may even see these traits as positive characteristics rather than as conditioned behaviors that hold us back.
Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to change that narrative!
Amy Morin is a psychotherapist and a global leading voice on mental strength. Her book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do, is the third edition in a series with this one focusing on the unique challenges that we face as women. It details the specific techniques that mentally strong women use to overcome adversity and how you can adopt those shifts yourself.
If you want your 30s to be your most daring and exciting decade yet, this is definitely a book to add to your reading list. Get it here.
The Offline Dating Method: How to Attract a Great Guy in the Real World by Camille Virginia
OkCupid came out in 2004. Tinder is nearly 10 years old.
If you’ve reached your 30s and digital dating still isn’t working for you…it may be time to try something else!
Fortunately, it’s possible to meet guys the “old fashioned” way, and offline dating coach Camille Virginia knows just how to do it.
In The Offline Dating Method, Virginia draws upon her transformation from a shy girl with social anxiety to a confident woman who’s been asked out by nearly 300 men (from the Denver airport to the greeting card aisle of a drug store) without ever going online or using a dating app.
Want to know her secrets? Get it here.