My Self-Selected Spiritual & Self-Help Reading List for 2022

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As I reflect on my new year’s intentions for 2022, the shelves upon shelves of spiritual and self-help books I’ve acquired — but not read — in the past several years stare at me, a bit judgmentally. Ah, the person I imagine myself to be coming into conflict with the person my actions make of me.

While it’s not an unheard of issue, for readers to accumulate books they don’t read, many of these titles still spark my interest. And I’d like to read them. So, I’m going to!

This year, my goal is to read one of these spiritual/self-help titles for each month of the calendar year. That way, I’ll make sure to make a dent in this ever-growing pile of books about witchery and tarot and being a woman/human in this world while not completely losing your shit.

Because I enjoy internet accountability in all things, and wouldn’t mind some company if you’re in for it, I thought I’d share a few of the books in this stack that I’m hoping to take on in 2022.

(Full disclosure: Book links are Bookshop.org affiliate links. Books denoted with an * were gifted by the publisher.)

Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) by Nataly Kogan

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I think the book’s subtitle pretty much gives you the gist, so I’ll keep my synopsis preview brief for this one.

Goodreads synopsis preview:

It’s time to stop saying, “I’ll be happy when . . .” and start saying, “I’m happy now because . . .”

I have started and abandoned Happier Now three or four times. I tend to get overwhelmed when self-help books have exercises and homework. This is a valuable part of them, but sometimes I want to read all the information the book has to offer only I feel like I can’t keep reading until I do the thing the book suggests doing. And then I don’t, and time passes, and I forget what I read, so I abandon the book.

This time I’m going to try and give myself grace to not complete every activity if it doesn’t make sense to do so at the time. This is why sticky notes and planners exist, right? Right?

You Are Magical by Tess Whitehurst

Cover image couresty of Goodreads

Goodreads synopsis preview:

With dozens of spells for every major purpose, You Are Magical shows you how to fully embrace your spirituality and create positive change in yourself and the world.

Hello, book I’ve started several times but never finished. Similar to Happier Now, I keep getting overwhelmed by the number of action items this book includes. I want to do all the things but end up doing none of the things and then stop reading because I haven’t done the things.

This year, I’m going to read You Are Magical and let myself do only the things that feel right. Like we say in yoga, I’ll let go whatever doesn’t serve me and take what works.

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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Goodreads synopsis preview:

Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species… Using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and stories, Dr. Estes helps women reconnect with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype.

So many people have recommended Women Who Run with the Wolves to me. And I’ve really enjoyed the half of it that I’ve managed to read. I swear this book is magic because somehow every time I pick it back up the section I’m on seems to resonate perfectly with how I’m feeling at the time.

But I’d also like to, you know, read the whole thing. So I’m going to this year. No, really.

Your Spiritual Almanac: A Year of Living Mindfully by Joey Hulin*

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Goodreads synopsis preview:

Ideal for all spiritual explorers, this friendly guide is full of simple, thought-provoking, bite-sized snippets of information. Each month, discover fables, crystals, essential oils, flowers, affirmations, meditations, recipes, yoga poses, and rituals and activities for kindness, eco action, creativity and connection, with each entry perfectly attuned to the season. Uncover fresh perspectives and soul-nourishing activities that will help you enjoy a mindful year.

I received a review copy of this gorgeous book midway through the year and enjoyed following along with it. But like any “year of” book it feels best and most exciting to begin in January. So, I plan to read the corresponding section of Your Spiritual Almanac at or near the start of each new month in 2022 to guide my spiritual practices for that month.

The Witch’s Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

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Goodreads synopsis preview:

Self-care is a necessity for any modern woman. The goals of self-care are simple: healthy mind, healthy body, healthy spirit. This book helps you prioritize yourself with a little help from the magic of witchcraft. The Witch’s Book of Self-Care has advice for pampering your mind, body, and spirit with spells, meditations, mantras, and powerful activities to help you to keep healthy, soothe stress, relinquish sadness, channel joy, and embrace your strength

Book Outlet having my email address is a dangerous game, and I stumbled down the rabbit hole of their Buy 4, get 2 free sale one afternoon. Somehow this resulted in me acquiring several witchy titles in some sort of aspirational haze.

The Witch’s Book of Self-Care is top of my list for ones I want to get to right away from the resulting stack, because I plan to be more intentional about my rituals and self-care in 2022 and feel this will be a nice way to support that.

Several of these books have been round awhile, and some of them have spent years in “Currently Reading” shelf purgatory on Goodreads. But this year, I’m reading them all, because I still feel like these books have something valuable to say to me if only I make space to listen.

If I stay true to my intention and read one a month, there should be a part two of this list come May. So what do you say, book friends? Hold a girl accountable?

I’d love to hear about any self-care or self-help books you plan to read in the coming year, or what you think of these kinds of titles in general.

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