Book Recommendations Based on Your Enneagram Type

25 Jan 2021 United Kingdom

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I've always love recommending books and you seem to like it when I do too! My most popular post of last year was my recommendations based on star signs. I was thinking of some more fun ways to share some book recommendations with you this year and I thought of pulling together some book recommendations for each enneagram type! 

The Enneagram is a model of the human psyche and the enneagram test is a series to questions to help understand the percentage of each of the 9 types you are. If you've taken the test (I used this one) and now fancy finding a book recommendation for your enneagram type, I've pulled together some suggestions for each type so take a read! 

Type 1 - The Reformer / The Perfectionist

If you are a high percentage of type 1, you're likely to be an idealist who acts purposefully and responsibly. Type 1's are also likely to be humanitarians - looking to help improve other's lives for the greater good, they're passionate for the cause, working behind the scenes to turn their vision into a reality.  

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Read about people just like you in the collection of mini-biographies about some of the most inspiring women to walk the planet. Malala, Michelle Obama. This is a book full of Type 1 women. Such an empowering and inspirational read especially for young girls to see what they are capable of accomplishing! I think this is a book type 1's of all ages will appreciate celebrating the work of soo many others who strive for the same thing they want. 

Some other books you might like: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, A life of Our Plant by David Attenborough, THUG by Angie Thomas. 

Type 2 - The Helper / The Giver

Type 2's are caring, warm individuals who are generous and are great working as part of a team. Their gentle and approachable personality can also mean they want to make a good first impression and put others' needs before their own. Many type 2's struggle to find their own self-worth and individuality. 

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

I think Type 2's could relate in their own way to aspects of Felix-s story and empathise with events in this book. Felix Love is struggling to find his place - as a black, queen, transgender teen, he's struggling to truly understand himself and what he wants. This is such a lovely YA read that explores topics of self-love, acceptance and identity that I feel type 2's will enjoy and learn from. I go into more depth as to my thoughts of this book in my 5-star reads of 2020. Spoiler: I loved it. 

The Shelf by Helly Acton

When I was reading about type 2's, there was an interesting point about there being a lot of women who are in fact type 2's due to the way we've been brought up to follow societal ideas of what we have to b like. That's why I also want to recommend The Shelf which follows women who are placed in a Big-Brother-like TV show where they are playing to be crowned "The Keeper". This is a funny, feminist-rooted read that you'll enjoy while also questioning some of these deep-seated beliefs that we have grown to accept for years. 

Type 3 - The Achiever

Type 2's have a fully-booked diary. These driven individuals set high expectations for themselves in order to reach their goals. Smart, ambitious and typically well-dressed, they dedicate their time to improving themselves and their future. 

Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

This essential read acts as a toolkit for women in business. Whether you're starting out or you've been working or years, this book shows you how to become a self-made career boss. With contributions from inspiring women, this is a motivational and helpful girl boss guide that we all need! Not just for The Achievers to anyone looking to build up their own brand or navigate around workplace politics, this is a great book to have on hand. 

A few more suggestions: So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson, The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald. 

Type 4 - The Individualist

Individualists stand out from others - whether it's their fashion choices, how they live their life or their interests, they love to discover more about themselves. They look to the past for inspiration for projects and express themselves through their work. On a base level, they might offer alternate opinions to the majority and their out of the box thinking is a true asset! 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This classic YA pick that is on every young reader's bookshelf is a great pick for type 4s especially. In a world split into factions, you must choose on your 16th birthday where it is you sit in the society. For Tris, she doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere and after leaving behind her family she can't trust anyone to understand. Shocked by what she discovers in her new life, she has to make a decision - whether or not to trust the boy who threatens her and protects her. This really is a book about being an individualist and celebrating that at its core with a fun dystopian plot as well! 

Some more suggestions for type 4s: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, The Catcher in The Rye by J.D Salinger 

Type 5 - The Investigator

While they may appear withdrawn and absent-minded, type 5's are probably lost in their own thoughts. Their critical and analytical thinking is better than any other type with their curious minds pushing them to discover the mysteries of the world. They tend to find a topic of interest and want to learn more and more about this topic. 

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I think it's a tricky one to pick for type 5's because I'm sure they'd just want to read books on the topic they are interested in and this can vary massively so instead I thought I'd suggest this books which is both an interesting read for the curious type 5's but might help them even understand themselves how they think through problems and make decisions. 
Kahneman is a psychologist focussed on decision making and behavioural economics and this book explores his research around trusting your intuitions and thinking fast as well as how we can use thinking slowly to our benefit to make decisions more smartly. He shares how these two systems work separately as well as together. I think this is such an interesting concept that is extremely thought-provoking! 

More non-fiction picks for type 5s: Humankind by Rutger Bregman, Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Type 6 - The Loyalist / The Skeptic

Excellent team players with a close-knit group of friends surrounding them, type 6's look for security in those around them. The Loyalists value trust among most things which they build over time with others, which may lead them to seem anxious it start with which explains the alternate name The Skeptic. They always offer support and fit perfectly in many types of social circles. 

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

This YA read follows Evie - she's just off her meds and starting a new college where this is a fresh start and a chance to be "normal" - she's going to parties and making friends. As she navigates these new friendships and potential relationships, she's struggling to tell her new friends Amber and Lottie the truth about herself. 

To me, Evie is a loyalist - a true friend who loves the security of her newfound social circle but the problems she's facing play on her mind; she doesn't want anything to sacrifice her new friendships and wonders whether it's best to just keep it to herself. This is the first book int eh The Spinster Club series and I loved this whole series as a teen - a wonderful friendship group from the girls' different perspectives. Worth the read! 

Type 7 - The Enthusiast

Always on the go, curious, expressive and optimistic, type 7's may have childlike energy to experience and explore. Their non-judgemental attitude and openness can feel like a breath of fresh air but with their constant stream of energy, they can become burnt out and look to different forms of escapism to try and maximise their own happiness. 

Breathless by Jennifer Niven

This is a pretty new release and this it fits here nicely. Claudia was supposed to be on a road trip with her best friend but after a shock announcement from her dad, instead, she ends up spending her summer on a remote island with her shaken up Mum, being completely cut off from the rest of the world. 

It's here she meets Jeremiah - free-spirited and mysterious, their chemistry is instant. I think type 7's will like Jeremiah and the change they see in Claudia throughout this book over the summer they spend together on the island. 

Honourable mentions: Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Type 8 - The Challenger

The fierce energy of type 8's makes for headstrong, competitive, independent characters who aren't afraid to break the status quo with their sharp minds. They naturally may take the lead and, they pride themselves on their own capabilities and self-sufficiency. they strive to make an impact and are highly ambitious which sometimes makes them intimidating

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

To me, this just screams Miranda Priestly - a high-profile and successful editor of Runway Magazine.  Andrea, a small-town girl fresh out of college, ends up working in the Runway office -  in the world of fashion that is something almost alien to her. Miranda is the boss that makes every run, hide or cry and Andrea soon realises that the job thousands of girls would want could just kill her - is it worth the sacrifices to stay in working for Miranda Priestly? 

Type 9 - The Peacemaker

Calm and collected, type 9's bring a calming presence that makes them great counsellors and mediator and sometimes look to help others resolve their own issues. They are social chameleons - they get along with anyone and are humble with their accomplishments. Peacemakers seek peaceful environments and tend to have a simple lifestyle. 

The Switch by Beth O'Leary

The switch is such a lovely, light-hearted read for peacemakers to enjoy. Leena is given a two-month sabbatical after a presentation at work doesn't go to plan. She escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house in a quiet village in rural Yorkshire. Eileen as just turn 80 and is looking for a second chance at love but, there's no luck in her quiet neighbourhood. It's here that Leena and Eileen decide on a two-month house swap - Eileen moves into Leena's flat in London and Leena moves out to her grandmother's to give her the break she needs. This is such a lovely story that I think type 9's will feel right at home reading it. 

What is your enneagram type? What book did you like the sound of?
Thanks for reading, 
Sarah x 

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