The 3 Best New Books I Read in 2023

About being seen, focus and self-sabotage

It’s been a year of reading for me. I bought a lot and also read a lot.

And I want to share with you the best 3 new books I read because I know how hard it is to decide which new ones to buy as there are so many choices.

“Be Seen” by Jen Gottlieb

I found Jen this summer on Instagram and I’ve been addicted ever since.

She is motivating and always brings joy and fun to her talks.

It was a no-brainer for me to buy her book as soon as it hit the market here in Austria.

She is an expert in building a brand and motivational speaking, but this book is so much more.

She talks openly about her failures and successes, and they inspire you to not give up.

“Success leaves clues, and it’s up to you to follow them”

— Jen Gottlieb

“Level Up” by Rob Dial

I’ve been listening to his podcast for more than a year now, and I’m a huge fan.

The length of 20-minute episodes makes it great to listen to on my way somewhere. It’s always motivating and includes interesting facts.

And that’s what this book is about too.

It’s not just motivating, but talks a lot about findings from studies on how to get focused, stop procrastinating and self-improvement.

It’s a compact reading of great lessons learned, findings and insights.

What I learned from this book is how to focus more and better. It’s about working with our brain and not against it.

No distractions, more breaks, more movement and more flow states.

“In order for a seed to grow into a flower, it most completely destroy itself. If you truly want to change, some other part of you needs to die.”

— Rob Dial

The Mountain is You by Brianna Wiest

I didn’t buy this book the first time I saw it. It just didn’t speak to me right away, but after reading the reviews and some research I’m happy that I bought it.

It has so many great insights and tips.

Most of the time we are the problem (the mountain) that keeps us from improving and getting the success we want.

Self-sabotage is the key word, and it’s not the lack of willpower that keeps us from achieving our goals.

There are so many mind-changing insights in this book that I’m re-listening it constantly. And it’s also a great compact book to go through faster.

I know now that I’m keeping myself from being successful because of the beliefs I have from my childhood.

This book changed my view of life.

I thought that I didn’t have the willpower to decrease my unhealthy eating issues, because if I set the goal I usually eat more.

Now I know it’s me sabotaging myself, and my subconscious telling me something.

We should listen to our bodies and subconscious more.

“Rock bottom becomes a turning point because it is only at that point that most people think: I never want to feel this way again”

— Brianna West


I love reading books but I’m overwhelmed by the amount of what is available.

Every year if you include self-published books around 4 million get published. That’s crazy.

Some say only the classics have the best and original insights but I think you also need to include the stories of the authors.

That’s why I love Jen Gottlieb’s book: she writes down her experiences and stories, and how she learned the lessons she writes about. It’s personal.

On the other hand, Brianna Wiest’s book is compact, and doesn’t have personal stories but explains new thoughts in a short and understandable way.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book”

— Ernest Hemingway

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