what are the best books to read for self-improvement?

Today I will go through some books that are not obvious but have meant a lot to my development as a human. Some of them are not as easy to get into as the normal self-help books but for my part, they have been very great in understanding things around me.

This is not a definitive list but they are some of the best books to read for improvement in my humble opinion.

I hope you will enjoy my list, But I will assure you that this list may be the more hardcore and not so easy to get into books. I will, of course, give reviews on a lot of other books in the future but I thought this should be a fun start and to give you insight into what I have learned and where I am from.

Self Mastery Books That I Find Compelling

The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts

By Julius Evola

This Book amazed me and I have read It maybe ten times. It is not an easy read but you will get so much out of this book if you study it and take it seriously.

This book isn’t for the casual reader. Evola writing is sometimes very hard to grasp but then it is not a very long book and you will probably get a lot more out of it the second time you read it.

Once you do grasp, your understanding will be solid. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Buddhist mysticism or meditation practices.

I hope that you will read this with an open mind and try to understand The doctrine of awakening.

As this is a piece of history for me and for the whole world I hope you will read this masterpiece and for me one of the best book to read for self-mastery


Trolldom: Spells and Methods of the Norse Folk Magic Tradition

by Johannes Björn Gårdbäck

This book may not be a self mastering book in the true sense, but for me who live in Sweden and have these traditions rooted in my history, this could be an amazing read for people who want to understand the use of magic and other strange things in the Nordic countries.

The title Trolldom may be misleading for people outside the Nordic countries as it sounds like a book about trolls, but I should say it means something like folk magic in the Nordic countries.

I find this book very well written and you can really get the feel of winter and people living in the dark with only a burning fire telling fascinating stories.

Here is what is written about the book on amazon:

“Trolldom, the folk magic of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, has been practiced for more than 500 years. Now, after extensive research, Johannes Björn Gårdbäck presents the fascinating occult art of Norse trolldom to an English-speaking audience. This detailed account of traditional Scandinavian folk magic offers in-depth historical background, divination methods, and descriptions of practical spell-craft, and includes hundreds of collected Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish trolldom workings for love, money, protection, healing, and cursing.”

I can guarantee an intriguing lesson in how people up here in the north was living and breathing their lives. And for me, this is a part of self-improvement just with the knowledge and understanding of other cultures and their stories.


This is what I had to write down today, I really hope you may think outside the box and find these reviews interesting and may fill up your life with more understanding and joy.

For me, these two books are dear to my heart and I can see that a lot of people also can find them as a good read.

All the best





  1. Hi, Andreas,

    Thanks for the recommendations. I love reading, not self-improvement books exactly, although I’ve read a few in my life.

    The first book sounds very interesting. I will look it up.
    Regarding the second book, I had never heard of Trolldom before. It sounds very interesting as well. I’ve always been curious about magic and the occult in other countries.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Enrique,
      I am not a big fan of self-improvement new age stuff but a good read and understanding old cultures are always interesting.
      I myself also have an interest in occult teachings, there is something appealing with that kind of tales and the mystic surrounding them

  2. Awesome article Andreas! It sounds as though ‘The Doctrine of Awakening: The Attainment of Self-Mastery According to the Earliest Buddhist Texts’ is an interesting book. It sounds like it’s really helped you, in what ways has it developed you as a human being? Thanks for the great post man!


    1. Thanks for the comment Sam, This book is one of the first books that made me think outside the box and just was a punch in the stomach. You can feel after reading this book that there are parts in your life that you really can master.

  3. Wow these sound like really interesting books. I’m not a huge reader but when I do read, I really get involved in the read. These books really do sound fascinating and sounds like you can learn a lot from these. I think I know some people who would love to read these.

  4. Very interesting suggestions, indeed. I am reading a few meditation books at the moment, and I’m not really sure that MBSR is for me. I’ll keep trying, though. The meditation I like is sort of like backwards mediation. I shall call it mind-emptiness-meditation. Much easier for me. NO JOKES!! Haha!

  5. Thanks for sharing your recommendations, Andreas. I’ll check out both books as soon as I get a chance. I’m curious about both cultures. Buddhism had fascinated me for a long time, and Nordic culture is new to me but highly exciting so far. Talk to you again!

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