I recognize that you might not be like me; you might not spend a day in late summer or early autumn (you know, Yom Kippur) sitting around fasting and thinking about bad things you did in the last year, and how you can work on being a better person. Maybe you choose to be reflective in a different way, opting for a less-intense approach that doesn’t include altering your diet or (for the Catholics among us) confessing your sins to a priest. Maybe quiet time and a book are all you need to reflect and evolve. With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite titles on growing, overcoming, and striving to be a better person that might help you along the way.
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
If you’re one of the last people left who hasn’t picked up this book, which some have claimed is one of those rare life-changing memoirs, reading Strayed’s story of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail alone in an attempt to get over her grief and addiction is every bit as meaningful an experience as you’ve heard.