Books are entertaining, sure. But they’re also inspiring, motivating and life-changing. And what is life but constantly pushing your own envelopes to enrich yourself and grow as a person? Books can help you challenge your limits. Here’s a list of 10 books that will help you test your limits. These books are from both fiction and non-fiction genres that will help you push yourself past the limits you’ve set for yourself.
Challenge Your Limits: 10 Books That Will Help You Test Your Limits –
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
- Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- #GirlBoss by Sophia Amuroso
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Make It Happen by Lara Casey
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
- My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
In this book, Gretchen recounts her experiences as she worked on a self-improvement project. In this project, Gretchen set out achieving minor and major happiness goals for herself. Basically, she strove for the life she wanted, making her happiness the sole focus of her attention for a year. The results were tremendous, as she shares with the world.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
As the title suggests, this self help book is about shunning the fears, anxieties and apprehensions that plague our lives. It teaches us to embrace courage and act in the face of danger. Basically, it is about pushing your limits and ‘daring greatly’ in all small decisions as well as major choices in life.
Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
This is a moving memoir about a woman who suffers emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her stepmother sand stepsiblings in China. In her book, Adeline talks about resistance, endurance and strength – inspiring you to push yourself to endure all that life offers. Plus, the book itself pushes emotional boundaries in a serious, grim manner.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
This memoir is a testament to the strength and magnificence of the First Lady of the world’s only superpower, Michelle Obama. As the title suggests, through Michelle’s moving and inspiring story, she views herself as a work in progress. Becoming is the process of growth that motivates you to push your limits, as this book will tell you.
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amuroso
From the CEO of NastGal is this empowering book that will definitely push you to consistently do better. This is a book about realizing your worth, and how it is much more than what the world (and you) tells you! Embedded in it is also an honest story about how Sophia pushed herself to get where she is now – how utterly inspiring!
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a story about reinventing yourself. After the protagonist of this book goes through a divorce, she decides to travel the world to heal herself. And so she goes to Italy to eat delicious food, India to discover spirituality and Bali to fall in love with her soulmate and herself. This book teaches you that the end is not the end – only if you go on.
All the Light You Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Set in the second world war, this is the moving story of two youngsters who find themselves in dire situations on opposite sides of the war. However, they still help each other – a show of humanity. This book will push you to be a better person, because pushing limits is not just about success or productivity but about being a better person everyday.
Make It Happen by Lara Casey
In this book, Lara delves into the idea of passion and purpose. Through her own story of being a perfectionist woman to letting go and pursuing her passions, she gives an important message. This is that it’s important to have discretion while pushing yourself. You must only push yourself for what you’re crazy about.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
This non-fiction book by the great Japanese author Murakami is a chronicle of his fitness journey. Through his journey, wherein he managed to push himself into becoming a great runner, you will get inspiration to become fitter, happier and more successful.
My Year With Eleanor by Noelle Hancock
The author of this book, Noelle, took Eleanor Roosevelt’s words too seriously – do one thing a day that scares you. Ridding herself of her fears, she embraces the dangers of life and pushes her envelopes to the next level. And the result – it is exhilarating. This book will definitely inspire you to push yourself.