Books can help us with any mood or disappointment and we know how much you love a self-improvement book. Whether it’s a quote from Oprah or a life lesson from Steve Jobs, we have your back when it comes to reading books. More often than not, we need a reminder that we are capable and can handle whatever it is life throws our way. Here are eleven books on self-improvement to offer a little guidance in case your path is a bit foggy this month. Don’t forget to join our book club here where we will be discussing the first one on this very list.
Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear: Elizabeth Gilbert
Known as the worldwide bestselling author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert shares her personal wisdom on the mysterious origins of inspiration. She asks readers to dig deep inside themselves, and teaches them how to grab hold of what they love and triumph over what they fear the most. Gilbert addresses how attitude, habits and behaviors play a key role in living our most creative lives. No matter the motivation, Gilbert’s message to uncover the “strange jewels” inside of us will inspire and encourage creativity.
Year of Yes: Shonda Rhimes
From the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, Shonda Rhimes takes readers on a journey of how saying “yes” has changed her life–and what it can do for you. As an introvert, saying no was Rhimes’ escape from overwhelming social events and press interviews. In 2013, however, when Rhimes’ sister pointed out she never said yes, it opened up her world. “Year of Yes” explores the life changing power saying “yes” holds for all of us.
You Are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness: Jen Sincero
For those readers who are ready to grab their life by the reins and make some serious changes. In this how-to guide, Sincero teaches readers how to: combat self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors standing in the way, punch fear in the face in order to take some real risks, finally figure out how to make some money, develop a sense of self-love and love for others, to not only set goals but to reach them–essentially it will teach you how to create a life you love, right now.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Brene Brown
In the modern world we are bombarded with images and messages by society and the media, delegating who, what, and how we should be. In Brene Brown’s “The Gifts of Imperfection,” the NYT’s best selling author and professor shares profound insight into how to develop the courage, compassion and connection to not only embrace our imperfections but to recognize that we are enough. Through her words and professional knowledge, Brown challenges us through our mind, body, and spirit to accept that, no matter what, we are worthy.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It: Lauren Graham
An expansion of her 2017 commencement speech for her hometown high school, Langley High, Lauren Graham, known for Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects on growing up, following your dreams, and living in the moment. A quick guide on the importance of embracing the here and the now and letting go of fear and the doubt holding you back.
Girl, Wash Your Face: Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis, founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, addresses what it is that hinges women in their self-confidence and prevents them from moving forward. By reflecting on her own struggles with insecurities regarding body image and relationships, Hollis encourages readers to live their life beyond the lies. Find the joy and follow your goals and that’s where you’ll find yourself.
20-Something, 20-Everything: Christine Hassler
Post grad life can be overwhelming and full of questions. In “20-Something, 20 Everything” Hassler shares her personal trials and tribulations, including her major career change, tied in with hundreds of interviews with women on varying topics. A book to make one feel less alone and help find a little clarity in this messy thing we call life.
What I Now Know, Letters to My Younger Self by: Ellyn Spragins
A book filled with letters to younger versions of famous women detailing things they wish their younger selves knew. Offering an inside look on personal moments in these well-known women’s lives readers will gain wisdom and comfort in the stories compiled together.
What I Know For Sure: Oprah Winfrey
Originally a column in O, Oprah’s Magazine “What I Know For Sure” is a collection of inspiration and revelation revised, updated and collected into a book. Oprah shares her experiences and life lessons to provide readers with insight on how to be the best version of themselves.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Stephen R. Covey
Taking a holistic, principles-centered approach, Covey presents readers with a step-by-step guide on how-to solve both personal and professional problems they may face. Centered around principles such as fairness, integrity, service and human dignity readers are provided with the guarantee to adapt to change as well the ability to embrace the advantages these opportunities create.
How to be a Bawse, A Guide to Conquering Life: Lilly Singh
Gaining fame from a career as Youtuber Superwoman, Lilly Singh’s first book is here to provide you with a definitive guide on how to achieve success both personally and professionally. With an emphasis on hard work and determination, Singh is ready to teach you to love not only your life but yourself.