The best 100 Self-Help books

Self-Help books offer practical insights and strategies for personal growth and well-being. Our handpicked list covers a wide range of topics, providing valuable tips and guidance to help you navigate life's challenges and cultivate a positive mindset.

Ready to kickstart your journey to self-improvement? Dive into our selection to discover tools and techniques that can empower you to lead a more fulfilling and balanced life. Start reading today and unlock your true potential!

The best 100 Self-Help books
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Self-Help Books: Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Rising Strong

Brené Brown
4.4 (462 ratings)
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What's Rising Strong about?

Rising Strong (2015) is your guide to picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after a failure – and to becoming stronger, braver and kinder because of it. Whether you dream of being an entrepreneur or maintaining a loving relationship, these blinks supply you with the three vital steps to dealing with any struggle.

Who should read Rising Strong?

  • Entrepreneurs struggling with a fear of failure
  • Team leaders looking for new ways to improve communication
  • Individuals seeking guidance in dealing with disappointment, resentment and guilt

Self-Help Books: Hardcore Self Help by Robert Duff

Hardcore Self Help

Robert Duff
F**K Anxiety
3.8 (182 ratings)
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What's Hardcore Self Help about?

Hardcore Self Help (2014) is your guide to overcoming anxiety and living a peaceful life. These blinks examine some of the different forms that anxiety disorders take and offer some techniques to help ease anxiety.

Who should read Hardcore Self Help?

  • Patients struggling with anxiety disorders
  • Anyone with a friend or loved one who suffers from anxiety
  • Stressed-out executives and entrepreneurs

Self-Help Books: I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brené Brown

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)

Brené Brown
Making the Journey From “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”
4.4 (577 ratings)
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What's I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) about?

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) (2008) is a guide to the visceral and thoroughly human emotion of shame. These blinks explain this complex feeling, discuss how it arises and describe ways in which empathy and connecting with one another can help humans heal.

Who should read I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)?

  • People who feel shame and want to know how to deal with it
  • People who get angry for no reason and end up blaming others
  • People who want to develop their empathy skills

Self-Help Books: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (Ian McMahan revised)

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Joseph Murphy (Ian McMahan revised)
Unlock Your Master Key to Success
4.4 (493 ratings)
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What's The Power of Your Subconscious Mind about?

The Power of the Subconscious Mind (1963) has helped millions of readers around the world harness their subconscious and find true happiness in the process. These blinks share inspiring true stories and effective techniques that will positively influence your career, love life and overall health.

Who should read The Power of Your Subconscious Mind?

  • Illness-prone people who want to improve their overall health
  • People who struggle to achieve the success they desire
  • Anyone with profound fears or obsessions

Self-Help Books: Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey


Chris Bailey
How to Work Less to Achieve More
4.4 (692 ratings)
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What's Hyperfocus about?

Hyperfocus (2018) is a straightforward guide to reclaiming your attention that lays out how you can boost both your productivity and creativity by learning to redirect your focus. Combining periods of intense concentration with spells of creative thinking sets the foundation for a brighter, more efficient version of you.

Who should read Hyperfocus?

  • Highfliers trying to become even more efficient
  • Procrastinators with shrinking attention spans
  • Creatives looking to discover exciting new ideas

Self-Help Books: Think Again by Adam Grant

Think Again

Adam Grant
The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
4.6 (1,240 ratings)
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What's Think Again about?

Think Again (2021) examines the science behind changing your mind – and persuading others to change theirs. It explores the biases and assumptions that we bring to our decision-making, and outlines how individuals and organizations can build a mindset of lifelong curiosity.

Who should read Think Again?

  • Psychology buffs looking for fresh insights
  • Sales professionals seeking a new angle
  • People managers hoping to improve team performance

Self-Help Books: Rich Dad’s Retire Young Retire Rich by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Rich Dad’s Retire Young Retire Rich

Robert T. Kiyosaki
How to Get Rich Quickly and Stay Rich Forever!
4.5 (507 ratings)
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What's Rich Dad’s Retire Young Retire Rich about?

Rich Dad’s Retire Young Retire Rich (2012) unpacks entrepreneur Robert Kiyosaki’s unique approach to personal finance. If you want to get rich, he argues, you need to understand how to leverage your mind, plan, and actions. Whether it’s cultivating simple habits conducive to success or using debt to buy income-generating assets, Kiyosaki demonstrates that making money is easier than you might think.

Who should read Rich Dad’s Retire Young Retire Rich?

  • Self-starters and go-getters
  • Employees fed up with the nine-to-five grind
  • Would-be real estate tycoons

Self-Help Books: Kaizen by Sarah Harvey


Sarah Harvey
The Japanese Method for Transforming Habits, One Small Step at a Time
4.6 (704 ratings)
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What's Kaizen about?

Kaizen (2019) is a guide to the improvement philosophy known as kaizen, which encourages taking small steps to complete ambitious goals. Already well established in the world of business and sports, this method can also be applied to personal development. Using practical examples, this guide explains how to take a kaizen approach to setting goals that’ll improve health, relationships, money, and work.

Who should read Kaizen?

  • Anyone trying to overcome a habit or take up a new challenge
  • Anybody wishing to improve an aspect of their life
  • Anyone interested in Japanese culture and philosophies

Self-Help Books: Good Habits, Bad Habits by Wendy Wood

Good Habits, Bad Habits

Wendy Wood
The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick
4.5 (633 ratings)
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What's Good Habits, Bad Habits about?

Good Habits, Bad Habits (2019) lays out the workings of human habits, drawing on groundbreaking new research into the psychology of human behavior. Combining the insights of neuroscience and lab-based experiments, it shows how we can harness our habits to change our lives for the better.

Who should read Good Habits, Bad Habits?

  • Ambitious planners who lack follow-through
  • Serial dieters trying to change their eating habits for good
  • Anyone trying to kick a stubborn bad habit

Self-Help Books: Courage is Calling by Ryan Holiday

Courage is Calling

Ryan Holiday
Fortune Favors the Brave
4.3 (329 ratings)
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What's Courage is Calling about?

Courage is Calling (2021) is both a meditation on bravery and a guide to courageousness. From how to dispel your fears to the benefits of taking small steps first, it gives concrete advice for building courage, and lays out, in writing rich with anecdotes, the simple ways that each of us can become a little bit braver.

Who should read Courage is Calling?

  • Scaredy-cats in need of a strong dose of daring
  • The already-courageous who want to become even braver
  • Anyone interested in how courage has shaped history

Self-Help Books: Chatter by Ethan Kross


Ethan Kross
The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It
4.5 (373 ratings)
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What's Chatter about?

Chatter (2021) directly addresses our inner voice, which, too often, turns into our inner critic. Backed with information from countless studies, Chatter delivers a wealth of strategies to help free us from the negative thought spirals that dominate our lives.

Who should read Chatter?

  • People who have trouble finding mental quiet
  • Those hoping to learn how to give support to loved ones
  • Anyone interested in how our brains function

Self-Help Books: Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Set Boundaries, Find Peace

Nedra Glover Tawwab
A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself
4.6 (669 ratings)
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What's Set Boundaries, Find Peace about?

Set Boundaries, Find Peace (2021) lays out everything you need to know about boundaries: what they are, why you need them, and how to implement them in your life right now. By breaking down the ins and outs of setting healthy boundaries, these blinks will leave you feeling confident and empowered to finally tackle those thorny conversations that you’ve been avoiding for so long.

Who should read Set Boundaries, Find Peace?

  • People-pleasers who don’t know how to say no
  • Couples that have trouble communicating
  • Anyone who finds setting boundaries especially difficult

Self-Help Books: The Hidden Habits of Genius by Craig Wright

The Hidden Habits of Genius

Craig Wright
Beyond Talent, IQ, and Grit – Unlocking the Secrets of Greatness
4.4 (364 ratings)
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What's The Hidden Habits of Genius about?

The Hidden Habits of Genius (2020) is a guide to the traits that set geniuses apart from the rest of us. Drawing on the lives of extraordinary creatives, thinkers, and disruptors from ancient Greece to modern Japan, it traces the factors that make up the complex and fascinating phenomenon that we call “genius.”

Who should read The Hidden Habits of Genius?

  • Embryonic geniuses who want to reach their full potential
  • Students of human nature wondering what makes a genius tick
  • All those looking to boost their creative abilities

Self-Help Books: The Procrastination Cure by Damon Zahariades

The Procrastination Cure

Damon Zahariades
21 Proven Tactics for Conquering Your Inner Procrastinator, Mastering Your Time, and Boosting Your Productivity!
4.5 (823 ratings)
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What's The Procrastination Cure about?

The Procrastination Cure (2017) is an invaluable resource for anyone who's prone to procrastination. Beginning with an accessible guide to the underlying causes that contribute to procrastination, it then offers simple, proven strategies for conquering the urge to procrastinate, boosting productivity, and working optimally to meet personal and professional goals.

Who should read The Procrastination Cure?

  • Those who have difficulty starting new tasks or completing tasks on time
  • People who want to stop scrolling endlessly through social media sites
  • Chronic procrastinators who are ready to kick the habit

Self-Help Books: Unwinding Anxiety by Judson Brewer

Unwinding Anxiety

Judson Brewer
New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind
4.7 (1,545 ratings)
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What's Unwinding Anxiety about?

Unwinding Anxiety (2021) breaks down the brain science behind the bad habits that keep us stuck. Have you ever tried to reason yourself out of binge eating, or procrastinating? Then you’ll know that it just doesn’t work. That’s because addiction and obsessive thought patterns are controlled by our instinctive survival brains, not our rational brains. Learning how to retrain our brains using mindfulness techniques will allow us to free ourselves from chronic worry, anxiety, and other obsessive habits. 

Who should read Unwinding Anxiety?

  • Chronic worriers who want a way to calm their racing thoughts 
  • People who want to interrupt addictive behaviors
  • Health professionals looking for new tools to curb the anxiety epidemic

Self-Help Books: The High 5 Habit by Mel Robbins

The High 5 Habit

Mel Robbins
It's Time to Cheer for Yourself
4.4 (1,310 ratings)
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What's The High 5 Habit about?

The High 5 Habit (2021) offers a startling proposition: A single change to your morning routine can help upend your outmoded, self-limiting attitudes and kick your life into top gear. Interwoven with personal anecdotes and scientific research, this blueprint for life transformation makes self-improvement seem easier than ever.

Who should read The High 5 Habit?

  • Self-improvement and personal-development fanatics 
  • Anyone who wants to change but needs a strong dose of pep and energy
  • Armchair psychologists interested in the workings of emotional growth

Self-Help Books: The Daily Laws by Robert Greene

The Daily Laws

Robert Greene
366 Meditations on Power, Seduction, Mastery, Strategy, and Human Nature
4.5 (701 ratings)
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What's The Daily Laws about?

The Daily Laws (2021) is a compendium of 366 rules for life, covering everything from seduction and power to the discovery of your life’s great task. It distills the insights author Robert Greene has uncovered in a series of best-selling books spanning 22 years of word.

Who should read The Daily Laws?

  • Fans of Robert Greene’s best-selling work
  • People who’ve lost touch with their sense of purpose and drive
  • Anyone in need of a strong dose of wisdom

Self-Help Books: Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink

Discipline Equals Freedom

Jocko Willink
Field Manual
4.1 (796 ratings)
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What's Discipline Equals Freedom about?

Discipline Equals Freedom (2020) is your field manual to the art of self-discipline. It uncovers what you need to do to meet your full potential – and why being disciplined sets you free. 

Who should read Discipline Equals Freedom?

  • Fitness buffs looking for a new angle
  • Fans of straight-talking tough love
  • Anyone seeking inspiration to work harder

Self-Help Books: Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown

Atlas of the Heart

Brené Brown
Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
4.6 (1,510 ratings)
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What's Atlas of the Heart about?

Atlas of the Heart (2021) is a guide to understanding your emotions and learning how to regulate them. Everyone experiences strong emotions, but most people can’t identify what it is they’re feeling, or work out where the feelings come from. Developing your emotional vocabulary will transform your relationship to yourself, and the people around you.

Who should read Atlas of the Heart?

  • Curious adventurers interested in exploring their own emotional landscapes
  • Anyone who feels flooded by painful emotions that they can’t understand or control
  • Fans of Brené Brown’s work wanting to learn more about her latest insightful theories of emotion

Self-Help Books: Get It Done by Ayelet Fishbach

Get It Done

Ayelet Fishbach
Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation
4.3 (748 ratings)
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What's Get It Done about?

Get It Done (2022) turns the spotlight on the person that’s often hardest to influence: you. Drawing on anecdotes and research from motivation science, it shows how modifying your circumstances can propel you forward both personally and professionally – even when you feel lost at sea.

Who should read Get It Done?

  • People who want to be more productive at work or home
  • Those wondering how to persevere in the face of adversity
  • Anyone seeking clearheadedness in a chaotic world

Self-Help Books: Dopamine Nation by Anna Lembke

Dopamine Nation

Anna Lembke
Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence
4.5 (644 ratings)
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What's Dopamine Nation about?

Dopamine Nation (2021) explores the connection between pleasure and pain. Our modern world is filled with more dopamine-inducing stimuli than ever – including everything from drugs and sex to smartphones and shopping. Citing years of clinical experience and patients’ stories, this book helps to understand addiction and explains how to achieve a healthy balance in our lives. 

Who should read Dopamine Nation?

  • People struggling to break bad habits
  • Family members of loved ones struggling with addiction
  • Anyone who can’t seem to put down their phone

Self-Help Books: One Small Step Can Change Your Life by Robert Maurer

One Small Step Can Change Your Life

Robert Maurer
The Kaizen Way
4.7 (973 ratings)
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What's One Small Step Can Change Your Life about?

One Small Step Can Change Your Life (2004) is a practical self-help guide inspired by the concept of kaizen – change through small steps. It suggests a variety of simple techniques that can help anyone improve their lives and make lasting changes, one small step at a time.

Who should read One Small Step Can Change Your Life?

  • People struggling to achieve their health goals
  • Writers, artists, or other creatives who feel blocked
  • Anyone who’s feeling pessimistic or demotivated

Self-Help Books: Evolve Your Brain by Joe Dispenza

Evolve Your Brain

Joe Dispenza
The Science of Changing Your Mind
4.6 (624 ratings)
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What's Evolve Your Brain about?

Evolve Your Brain (2007) dives deep into the human brain and its structures. It demonstrates the power of neuroplasticity to change thinking, behavior, and biology.

Who should read Evolve Your Brain?

  • Curious minds who are, well, curious about their minds
  • Self-help fans seeking brain-based advice on achieving their goals
  • Anyone with a brain wondering why it didn’t come with an owner’s manual

Self-Help Books: Stop Doing That Sh*t by Gary John Bishop

Stop Doing That Sh*t

Gary John Bishop
End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back
4.3 (616 ratings)
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What's Stop Doing That Sh*t about?

Stop Doing That Sh*t (2019) dives into the subconscious to explore how and why we self-sabotage ourselves. Discover why just thinking positively or deciding to change doesn’t help us to actually improve ourselves. Then, learn a method for finally overcoming the hidden thoughts that have been unconsciously ruling our lives. 

Who should read Stop Doing That Sh*t?

  • Self-saboteurs of all stripes
  • Hard workers who periodically get in their own way
  • Anyone looking for a no-nonsense guide to improving their life

Self-Help Books: Stop Overthinking by Nick Trenton

Stop Overthinking

Nick Trenton
23 Techniques to Relieve Stress, Stop Negative Spirals, Declutter Your Mind, and Focus on the Present
4.2 (655 ratings)
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What's Stop Overthinking about?

Stop Overthinking (2021) is an indispensable guide to breaking free from the negative thought patterns holding you back. Learn how to recognize your negative spiral triggers, overcome anxiety attacks, and declutter your mind to live a stress-free life.

Who should read Stop Overthinking?

  • Nervous Nellies
  • Persistent procrastinators
  • Anybody struggling with doubt and indecision

Self-Help Books: Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Julie Smith

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Julie Smith
4.2 (1,061 ratings)
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What's Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? about?

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? (2022) is an empathetic and practical guide to improving and maintaining mental well-being. It offers bite-sized, actionable advice and coping strategies for anxiety, depression, unexpected setbacks, a lack of self-confidence, and more.

Who should read Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before??

  • People seeking relief from anxiety and depression
  • Those looking to support a loved one going through a hard time
  • Self-help fans eager for science-based perspectives

Self-Help Books: Master Your Emotions by Thibaut Meurisse

Master Your Emotions

Thibaut Meurisse
A Practical Guide to Overcome Negativity and Better Manage Your Feelings
4.4 (353 ratings)
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What's Master Your Emotions about?

Master Your Emotions (2018) offers tips on understanding your emotions and controlling them. Instead of letting your negative emotions control your life, this guide encourages you to build positive instead of negative emotions and take back control of your life.

Who should read Master Your Emotions?

  • People going through upsetting life situations such as the loss of a loved one
  • Those trying to cope with difficult coworkers or family members
  • Anyone who struggles with overwhelming emotions

Self-Help Books: The Everyday Hero Manifesto by Robin Sharma

The Everyday Hero Manifesto

Robin Sharma
Activate Your Positivity, Maximize Your Productivity, Serve The World
4.2 (875 ratings)
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What's The Everyday Hero Manifesto about?

The Everyday Hero Manifesto (2021) is a how-to primer for becoming the hero of your own life. It’s full of detailed plans interspersed with short essays, anecdotes, and even poetry to help you become happier, more productive, and more successful.

Who should read The Everyday Hero Manifesto?

  • Anyone stuck in a rut
  • Go-getters looking to improve their career trajectory
  • Self-improvement seekers searching for practical guides and techniques

Self-Help Books: Discipline Is Destiny by Ryan Holiday

Discipline Is Destiny

Ryan Holiday
The Power of Self-Control
4.7 (1,711 ratings)
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What's Discipline Is Destiny about?

Discipline Is Destiny (2022) draws on Stoic virtues to make a case for a life guided by self-discipline. It shows how being in control of your body, thoughts, and emotions is a prerequisite to mastering anything else – and uses historical figures to illustrate how things like sleep, discomfort, and kindness tie into greatness. 

Who should read Discipline Is Destiny?

  • Frazzled folks looking for more structure in their lives
  • Go-getters who want to optimize their time and energy
  • Anyone seeking actionable steps to improve their happiness and well-being

Self-Help Books: The Overthinking In Relationships Fix by Rodney Noble

The Overthinking In Relationships Fix

Rodney Noble
Toxic Thoughts That Can Destroy Your Relationship And How To Fix Them
4.3 (456 ratings)
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What's The Overthinking In Relationships Fix about?

The Overthinking In Relationships Fix (2020) is a guide to getting rid of toxic overthinking patterns that put your romantic relationships on the verge of a breakup. It offers advice and easy-to-do techniques to release your worrying thoughts and strengthen your bond with your partner.

Who should read The Overthinking In Relationships Fix?

  • Anyone in a relationship
  • Long-distance lovers
  • Those looking to overcome toxic overthinking

Self-Help Books: The Mountain Is You by Brianna Wiest

The Mountain Is You

Brianna Wiest
Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery
4.6 (1,150 ratings)
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What's The Mountain Is You about?

The Mountain Is You (2020) can help you recognize the negative patterns in your life and what they are really telling you. Changing those patterns will be like climbing a mountain and the reward will be unlocking your own potential.

Who should read The Mountain Is You?

  • People with bad habits that they want to understand and change 
  • Those looking to maximize their potential
  • Anyone who feels stuck

Self-Help Books: Stop Self-Sabotage by Dr. Judy Ho, PhD

Stop Self-Sabotage

Dr. Judy Ho, PhD
Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way
4.0 (390 ratings)
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What's Stop Self-Sabotage about?

Stop Self-Sabotage (2019) outlines a six-step guide to identifying and overcoming behaviors that counteract people’s ability to reach goals of all kinds. The clinically proven process includes exercises, practical advice, and real-life examples of how people have used the method to change their lives.

Who should read Stop Self-Sabotage?

  • Procrastinators
  • Anyone who struggles with motivation or willpower to achieve their goals
  • People looking to make positive changes quickly and efficiently

Self-Help Books: The Power of Discipline by Daniel Walter

The Power of Discipline

Daniel Walter
How to Use Self Control and Mental Toughness to Achieve Your Goals
4.3 (1,002 ratings)
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What's The Power of Discipline about?

The Power of Discipline (2020) explores the biological tendencies within our brains that determine our ability to control our self-discipline. It shows us how we can refine these tendencies in order to develop improved self-disciplinary habits and reach our goals.

Who should read The Power of Discipline?

  • Anyone lacking some self-discipline in their lives
  • Those who need to ditch their bad habits
  • Goal-setters looking for advice on how to be an achiever

Self-Help Books: Retrain Your Brain by Seth J. Gillihan

Retrain Your Brain

Seth J. Gillihan
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 7 Weeks
4.3 (620 ratings)
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What's Retrain Your Brain about?

Retrain Your Brain (2016) is all about learning practical strategies to break free from negative thought patterns and cultivate a more positive, fulfilling life. Whether you're struggling with anxiety or depression, or just want to improve your overall mental well-being, this guide is a valuable resource for retraining your brain and becoming your best self.

Who should read Retrain Your Brain?

  • Anyone suffering from depression, anxiety, or low mood
  • Life hackers looking for tools to enhance emotional well-being
  • Curious minds interested in the science behind cognitive behavioral therapy

Self-Help Books: I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was by Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was

Barbara Sher with Barbara Smith
How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It
4.4 (430 ratings)
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What's I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was about?

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was (1994) offers practical guidance to help people figure out what they want in life and how to use that knowledge to go after it. It tackles the most common obstacles to goal-setting with exercises and tactics that help people customize an approach that works best for them.

Who should read I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was?

  • People who do not know what they want in life
  • High achievers who feel like something is missing
  • Anyone struggling with figuring out their next steps

Self-Help Books: That Little Voice in Your Head by Mo Gawdat

That Little Voice in Your Head

Mo Gawdat
Adjust the Code That Runs Your Brain
4.5 (467 ratings)
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What's That Little Voice in Your Head about?

That Little Voice in Your Head (2022) is a guide to understanding and optimizing your brain so you can live a happier life, using concepts from computer science and neuroscience to map the mind as an operating system. It includes many simple exercises to help you take control of your brain, thoughts, and emotions to reshape your own experience and positively affect the lives of others.

Who should read That Little Voice in Your Head?

  • Anyone interested in achieving happiness
  • People who want to increase their emotional intelligence
  • Those interested in an expert computer science perspective on the human brain as AI evolves 

Self-Help Books: The Sleep Prescription by Aric Prather

The Sleep Prescription

Aric Prather
Seven Days to Unlocking Your Best Rest
4.3 (186 ratings)
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What's The Sleep Prescription about?

The Sleep Prescription (2022) is a practical guide to getting out of your own way and changing your behaviors to set yourself up for a better night’s sleep. It features seven days of clinical psychologist and sleep expert Dr. Aric Prather’s best tools and practices for finally achieving the healthy, restorative sleep we all need to feel our best.

Who should read The Sleep Prescription?

  • Anyone who wants to improve their sleep
  • Those suffering from insomnia
  • People who want to learn about the science behind sleep

Self-Help Books: Read People Like a Book by Patrick King

Read People Like a Book

Patrick King
How to Analyze, Understand, and Predict People’s Emotions, Thoughts, Intentions, and Behaviors
3.9 (661 ratings)
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What's Read People Like a Book about?

Read People Like a Book (2020) unravels the complex tapestry of human behavior, guiding readers to decipher verbal and non-verbal signals broadcast by people 24/7. Marrying scholarly wisdom to sly real-world tales, the book presents the art and science of people-reading with both flair and finesse. Dive in, and soon you'll be navigating human interactions like a seasoned anthropologist.

Who should read Read People Like a Book?

  • Story seekers eyeing deeper connections
  • Negotiators seeking an edge
  • HR specialists scouting the right talent

Self-Help Books: Unbroken by MaryCatherine McDonald


MaryCatherine McDonald
The Trauma Response Is Never Wrong And Other Things You Need to Know to Take Back Your Life
3.5 (28 ratings)
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What's Unbroken about?

Unbroken (2023) offers a transformative exploration into the complex world of trauma, blending modern neurobiology with deeply personal narratives. It uncovers the profound ways in which trauma isn’t merely about events but significantly impacts both mind and body. This enlightening journey reshapes perceptions, dismantles misconceptions, and guides you toward a path of resilience and healing.

Who should read Unbroken?

  • Mental health professionals seeking trauma knowledge
  • Veterans and individuals with personal trauma experiences
  • Psychology and neuroscience students

Self-Help Books: The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
4.1 (20 ratings)
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What's The Cost of Discipleship about?

The Cost of Discipleship, first released in 1937, examines the fundamental commitment required to truly follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. It explores the idea of “cheap grace” versus “costly grace,” presenting an argument that genuine discipleship demands a substantial personal sacrifice.

Who should read The Cost of Discipleship?

  • Theology students
  • Practicing Christians
  • Readers interested in religious philosophy

Self-Help Books: Daniel Deronda by George Eliot

Daniel Deronda

George Eliot
3.0 (4 ratings)
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What's Daniel Deronda about?

Moving between love and duty, Daniel Deronda (1876) explores the life of its eponymous protagonist, torn between his loyalty to his past and an unfamiliar Jewish heritage. It navigates through societal expectations, morality, self-realization, and the idea of destiny in Victorian England.

Who should read Daniel Deronda?

  • Fans of classic literature
  • Students of Victorian England
  • History and society enthusiasts

Self-Help Books: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

Moll Flanders

Daniel Defoe
4.1 (107 ratings)
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What's Moll Flanders about?

Moll Flanders is an exploration of a woman's relentless quest for survival and prosperity in 17th-century England, weaving through her numerous marriages and criminal endeavors.

Who should read Moll Flanders?

  • Classic novel aficionados  
  • Social history enthusiasts  
  • Students of feminist literature

Self-Help Books: Scarcity Brain by Michael Easter

Scarcity Brain

Michael Easter
Fix Your Craving Mindset and Rewire Your Habits to Thrive with Enough
4.1 (265 ratings)
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What's Scarcity Brain about?

Scarcity Brain (2023) reveals how our ancient scarcity mindset now backfires in a world of abundance. Michael Easter traveled the world consulting innovators on tactics to counter scarcity cues – from a Las Vegas slot machine designer detecting triggers to coffee-making monks finding happiness in alone time. By understanding our cravings, we can shake the worst habits and use what we have better for a more satisfying life.

Who should read Scarcity Brain?

  • People looking to break bad habits and addictions
  • Those interested in the science behind human behavior
  • Anyone seeking to take control of their life and live more fully

Self-Help Books: Think Twice by Michael J. Mauboussin

Think Twice

Michael J. Mauboussin
Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition
3.8 (182 ratings)
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What's Think Twice about?

Think Twice (2012) examines the hidden cognitive biases and mental shortcuts that routinely impair our judgment. It also provides concrete steps to counteract ingrained thinking and adopt a clear-eyed approach to making choices.

Who should read Think Twice?

  • Investors looking to avoid costly cognitive biases
  • Professionals who want to improve their decision-making
  • Students of psychology, economics, and human behavior

Self-Help Books: The Status Game by Will Storr

The Status Game

Will Storr
On Human Life and How to Play It
4.4 (337 ratings)
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What's The Status Game about?

The Status Game (2019) explores the unspoken social hierarchies and competitions for status that drive much of human behavior. Examining the hidden rules of the status game provides insight into the psychological dynamics behind people’s everyday choices and interactions, clearing a path for the ethical player to maintain their locus while thriving in a chaotic world.

Who should read The Status Game?

  • People fascinated by psychology and human behavior
  • Those seeking self-knowledge and personal growth
  • All interested in social dynamics and influence

Self-Help Books: The Bhagavad Gita by Vyasa

The Bhagavad Gita

4.5 (145 ratings)
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What's The Bhagavad Gita about?

The Bhagavad Gita is a self-contained episode of the Mahabharata, an epic poem about the devastating rivalry between two clans for control of the kingdom of Bharata in ancient India. Composed around the third century BCE, the 700 verses of the Bhagavad Gita explore questions of social and religious duty, the nature of human action, and our relationship to God. For many readers, scholars, and believers, it is the quintessential religious text in Hinduism.

Who should read The Bhagavad Gita?

  • Seekers exploring Eastern spirituality
  • History buffs interested in India and its religions
  • Curious minds open to ancient insights 

Self-Help Books: The Diary of a CEO by Steven Bartlett

The Diary of a CEO

Steven Bartlett
The 33 Laws of Business and Life
4.3 (600 ratings)
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What's The Diary of a CEO about?

The Diary of a CEO (2023) offers a compelling insight into the world of entrepreneurship and personal development. It’s a comprehensive guide that combines reflections, lessons learned, and practical advice. This aims to inspire and guide you in understanding business dynamics, personal development, and the intricacies of becoming an effective leader.

Who should read The Diary of a CEO?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders looking to start or grow a business
  • Professionals and students focused on personal and professional development
  • Anyone searching for mindset shifts and psychological tools to maximize their potential

Self-Help Books: Finding Clarity by Marc Lesser

Finding Clarity

Marc Lesser
How Compassionate Accountability Builds Vibrant Relationships, Thriving Workplaces, and Meaningful Lives
4.4 (221 ratings)
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What's Finding Clarity about?

Finding Clarity (2023) offers insight into developing more fulfilling personal and professional relationships through the practice of compassionate accountability. It delves into seven strategies for enhancing communication and understanding in relationships, to foster environments that are both supportive and productive. 

Who should read Finding Clarity?

  • Professionals seeking improved workplace communication and leadership skills
  • Individuals looking to enhance personal relationship dynamics
  • Anyone interested in mindfulness and emotional intelligence development

Self-Help Books: Decisions about Decisions by Cass R. Sunstein

Decisions about Decisions

Cass R. Sunstein
Practical Reason in Ordinary Life
3.9 (285 ratings)
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What's Decisions about Decisions about?

Decisions About Decisions (2023) digs into the delicate process of how people make decisions big and small. It reveals the emotional and cognitive mechanisms hidden beneath decision-making methods and the effects of various strategies, showing how our judgments impact our ideas, values, and behaviors.

Who should read Decisions about Decisions?

  • Strategic leaders
  • Curious self-improvers
  • People interested in behavioral economics

Self-Help Books: How to Know a Person by David Brooks

How to Know a Person

David Brooks
The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen
4.4 (544 ratings)
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What's How to Know a Person about?

How to Know a Person (2023) challenges us to set aside our egos and look beyond people’s superficial traits to really get to know them: their stories, their passions, their motivations, and more. It acknowledges that being able to see someone and make them feel seen is hard –⁠ and yet it’s essential for cultivating healthy relationships. Fortunately, with some dedication, we can all learn how to have healthier, deeper conversations; give people quality attention; and see people in all their delightful complexity.

Who should read How to Know a Person?

  • Personal growth-seekers
  • Those starving for human connection and companionship
  • Coaches, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and HR professionals

Self-Help Books: The Art of Influence by Chris Widener

The Art of Influence

Chris Widener
Persuading Others Begins With You
4.4 (453 ratings)
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What's The Art of Influence about?

The Art of Influence (2008) delivers timeless principles for becoming an influential person of admirable character and skills who leads through service. It outlines how pursuing excellence will transform anyone into a leader others naturally respect, engage, and follow.

Who should read The Art of Influence?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking to ethically inspire others
  • Sales professionals wanting to build trust and likability
  • Anyone desiring more positive impact and credibility

Self-Help Books: Mind Shift by Erwin Raphael McManus

Mind Shift

Erwin Raphael McManus
It Doesn't Take a Genius to Think Like One
3.9 (535 ratings)
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What's Mind Shift about?

Mind Shift (2023) describes how intentionally structuring your mental frameworks is the key to unlocking personal fulfillment and success. It encourages you to make courageous choices and optimize your performance by discarding self-limiting beliefs and actualizing your dreams. 

Who should read Mind Shift?

  • People seeking inspiration to make changes in their lives
  • Those who feel held back by self-doubt and limiting beliefs
  • Leaders aiming to foster empowering mindsets and greater possibility in their organizations

Self-Help Books: The Art of Positive Thinking by Elizabeth R. Brown

The Art of Positive Thinking

Elizabeth R. Brown
Eliminate Negative Thinking I Emotional Intelligence I Stop Overthinking
4.3 (277 ratings)
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What's The Art of Positive Thinking about?

The Art of Positive Thinking (2023) is a guide to positivity as a practice. Through regular, simple exercises, we can all learn to change our mindsets, and improve the quality of our lives.

Who should read The Art of Positive Thinking?

  • Pessimists
  • People who struggle with anxiety or negative thought patterns
  • Anyone who wants to experience a greater sense of well-being

Self-Help Books: Hidden Potential by Adam Grant

Hidden Potential

Adam Grant
The Science of Achieving Greater Things
4.5 (354 ratings)
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What's Hidden Potential about?

Hidden Potential (2023) challenges the notion that only those born with natural and exceptional talent can excel intellectually, artistically or athletically. Supported by groundbreaking research, it offers a framework that any individual can use to tap into their hidden potential and achieve more than they ever thought possible. 

Who should read Hidden Potential?

  • Novices wanting to master a challenging skill
  • Those who feel they’ve stagnated or plateaued
  • Leaders seeking to unlock the potential of others

Self-Help Books: What Doesn't Kill Us by Scott Carney

What Doesn't Kill Us

Scott Carney
How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
4.0 (213 ratings)
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What's What Doesn't Kill Us about?

What Doesn't Kill Us (2017) investigates the human body’s potential to overcome extreme environmental conditions through engaging with frigid temperatures and high altitudes. It presents a compelling argument for the health benefits of environmental conditioning and the ways it can help individuals reconnect with their evolutionary resilience. By outlining techniques that challenge the body’s comfort, it offers a glimpse into the potential for improved physical and mental fortitude.

Who should read What Doesn't Kill Us?

  • Fitness enthusiasts interested in alternative training methods
  • Adventure sports athletes and trainers
  • Advocates of the paleo lifestyle and diet

Self-Help Books: Building a Non-Anxious Life by John Delony

Building a Non-Anxious Life

John Delony
3.9 (139 ratings)
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What's Building a Non-Anxious Life about?

Building a Non-Anxious Life (2023) is a straight-talking manual for regaining peace and joy. It offers a six-step roadmap to navigating the stress-inducing modern world with intention and perspective – reminding us that while we might not be able to eliminate anxiety completely, we can reduce it significantly. 

Who should read Building a Non-Anxious Life?

  • Anyone for whom “stressed” has become the default mode 
  • Individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma 
  • People who want to improve their health and relationships 

Self-Help Books: The Conscious Mind by David J. Chalmers

The Conscious Mind

David J. Chalmers
In Search of a Fundamental Theory
4.1 (44 ratings)
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What's The Conscious Mind about?

The Conscious Mind (1996) is a groundbreaking work analyzing why subjective experience has remained so resistant to conventional scientific explanations. It argues that consciousness must be considered a fundamental property woven into reality rather than an illusory emergent product of brain computations.

Who should read The Conscious Mind?

  • Technologists and futurists contemplating machine consciousness
  • Curious minds exploring the connections between science and spirit
  • Anyone appreciating thought experiments that challenge fundamental assumptions about reality

Self-Help Books: The Burnout Society by Byung-Chul Han

The Burnout Society

Byung-Chul Han
4.0 (143 ratings)
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What's The Burnout Society about?

The Burnout Society (2010) delves into the contemporary epidemic of exhaustion and mental overload, revealing how your pursuit of success and productivity in a hyper-connected world might be leading to a state of collective burnout. It challenges you to rethink societal norms and personal values, offering insights into navigating the pressures of modern life. 

Who should read The Burnout Society?

  • Professionals seeking work-life balance
  • Students studying societal trends and psychology
  • Advocates for mental health and wellness

Self-Help Books: Don't Believe Everything You Think by Joseph Nguyen

Don't Believe Everything You Think

Joseph Nguyen
Why Your Thinking is the Beginning & End of Suffering
4.5 (259 ratings)
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What's Don't Believe Everything You Think about?

Don’t Believe Everything You Think (2022) is a guide to overcoming anxiety, self-doubt, and self-sabotage. Rejecting feel-good clichés about motivation and willpower, it draws on timeless Buddhist wisdom to demonstrate how thinking entangles us in a life of suffering – and how we can free ourselves from that trap. 

Who should read Don't Believe Everything You Think?

  • Overthinkers and self-sabotagers
  • Anyone interested in Buddhist perspectives on pain and suffering
  • Spiritual seekers and explorers  

Self-Help Books: The Negativity Fast by Anthony Iannarino

The Negativity Fast

Anthony Iannarino
Proven Techniques to Increase Positivity, Reduce Fear, and Boost Success
4.2 (119 ratings)
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What's The Negativity Fast about?

The Negativity Fast (2023) presents a transformative approach to personal growth, emphasizing the power of positivity and effective management of negative emotions. It guides you through a process of eliminating negativity and nourishing your mental outlook with optimism, offering concrete strategies for perspective-taking and coping with conflicting beliefs.

Who should read The Negativity Fast?

  • Stressed-out individuals who need effective ways to counteract negativity
  • People sensitive to global events and political discourse
  • Social media users seeking to guard their mental well-being

Self-Help Books: The Geek Way by Andrew McAfee

The Geek Way

Andrew McAfee
The Radical Mindset that Drives Extraordinary Results
4.0 (59 ratings)
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What's The Geek Way about?

The Geek Way (2022) explores how modern tech giants construct organizational cultures that empower employees and accelerate results. It provides a blueprint for how leaders in any industry can transform sluggish bureaucracies into dynamic drivers of growth by implementing lessons from Silicon Valley.

Who should read The Geek Way?

  • Leaders seeking cultural revitalization within their organizations
  • Managers wanting to spark innovation
  • Directors aiming to empower teams

Self-Help Books: Know What Matters by Ron Shaich

Know What Matters

Ron Shaich
Lessons from a Lifetime of Transformations
3.9 (211 ratings)
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What's Know What Matters about?

Know What Matters (2023), delves into the journey of Ron Shaich, the founder and former CEO of Panera Bread, and his relentless pursuit of what truly matters in business and life. It’s a study of how asking the right questions and embracing transformative changes can lead to monumental success in both the professional and personal realms.

Who should read Know What Matters?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Business leaders
  • Food industry enthusiasts

Self-Help Books: Lessons for Living by Phil Stutz

Lessons for Living

Phil Stutz
What Only Adversity Can Teach You
3.9 (135 ratings)
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What's Lessons for Living about?

Lessons for Living (2023) is a collection of short essays that speak to the pivotal role acknowledgment of higher forces plays in effective psychotherapy and self-development. It argues that all our modern psychological ailments – from a lack of discipline to the pervasive background hum of dissatisfaction – can be healed with a proper understanding and appreciation of the powers that govern all of creation. 

Who should read Lessons for Living?

  • Anyone committed to thriving in today’s adversity-rife world
  • Individuals seeking meaning through a struggle or obstacle
  • Readers of personal development and self-help titles

Self-Help Books: How to Be the Love You Seek by Nicole LePera

How to Be the Love You Seek

Nicole LePera
Break Cycles, Find Peace, and Heal Your Relationships
4.1 (91 ratings)
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What's How to Be the Love You Seek about?

How to Be the Love You Seek (2023) is part candid memoir, part practical manual to improving your romantic relationships. Supported by personal experience and patient case studies, it argues that deep inner work is the essential prerequisite to secure, loving outer relationships – and outlines the process to make this transformation possible. 

Who should read How to Be the Love You Seek?

  • Anyone looking to improve their romantic relationship(s) 
  • Individuals committed to moving past old wounds and trauma 
  • People interested in self-development and personal growth 

Self-Help Books: ADHD an A-Z by Leanne Maskell


Leanne Maskell
Figuring It Out Step by Step
4.2 (157 ratings)
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What's ADHD an A-Z about?

ADHD an A–Z tackles the daily challenges of ADHD with an empowering guide drawn from personal insights. From time management to budgeting to managing emotions and stress, these bite-sized tips help readers harness their unique strengths and gain confidence to thrive in their own unique way.

Who should read ADHD an A-Z?

  • Individuals with ADHD
  • Their family and friends
  • Health professionals and educators

Self-Help Books: Seek by Scott Shigeoka


Scott Shigeoka
How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World
3.5 (40 ratings)
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What's Seek about?

Seek (2023) offers a transformative approach to nurturing deep connections and personal growth in a world increasingly marked by division and isolation. It introduces the DIVE model, a unique framework that empowers you to detach from prejudices, prepare your mindset, value every individual, and embrace life’s challenges. This guide provides practical strategies to harness the power of curiosity, paving the way for healing, understanding, and profound societal change.

Who should read Seek?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking innovative strategies
  • Curiosity enthusiasts exploring personal growth
  • Relationship builders fostering deeper connections

Self-Help Books: Be the Unicorn by William Vanderbloemen

Be the Unicorn

William Vanderbloemen
12 Data-Driven Habits That Separate the Best Leaders from the Rest
4.2 (390 ratings)
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What's Be the Unicorn about?

Be the Unicorn (2023) offers a comprehensive guide to achieving personal and professional success by detailing 12 key habits that distinguish exceptional leaders in today’s competitive world. It emphasizes the importance of developing these habits to stand out, become irreplaceable, and excel in various work environments, particularly in the context of a rapidly evolving job landscape influenced by AI technology.

Who should read Be the Unicorn?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking success and personal growth
  • Professionals adapting to a competitive, evolving work environment
  • Those interested in soft skills development and leadership excellence

Self-Help Books: Be Seen by Jen Gottlieb

Be Seen

Jen Gottlieb
Find Your Voice. Build Your Brand. Live Your Dream.
4.1 (199 ratings)
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What's Be Seen about?

Be Seen (2023) offers a comprehensive guide on content creation, marketing strategies, and personal branding. It’s designed to assist readers in finding their unique voice, establishing a solid personal brand, and achieving their dreams. Through step-by-step methods and personal anecdotes, it provides tools for personal and professional development, especially for entrepreneurs and creative professionals.

Who should read Be Seen?

  • Emerging entrepreneurs seeking personal branding insights
  • Marketing professionals interested in content creation strategies
  • Creative individuals looking to build a public image

Self-Help Books: Positive Chaos by Dan Thurmon

Positive Chaos

Dan Thurmon
Transform Crisis Into Clarity and Advantage
3.8 (60 ratings)
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What's Positive Chaos about?

Positive Chaos (2023) delves into the complexities and paradoxical benefits of chaos. Drawing on groundbreaking research, it shows how to transform chaos from a disruptive force into a catalyst for personal development.

Who should read Positive Chaos?

  • Individuals seeking strategies to thrive in chaotic environments
  • Leaders aiming to enhance their skills in unpredictable times
  • Professionals interested in personal and workplace growth

Self-Help Books: Rich AF by Vivian Tu

Rich AF

Vivian Tu
The Winning Money Mindset That Will Change Your Life
4.2 (314 ratings)
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What's Rich AF about?

Rich AF debunks myths and imparts strategies for maximizing earnings, investing, and saving, all aimed at securing long-lasting wealth. Starting with the author’s mentorship on the trading floor, the narrative offers a wealth of practical advice for financial empowerment to the new generation.

Who should read Rich AF?

  • Recent college grads eager to learn about personal finance and investment
  • Young professionals seeking to navigate the world of finance
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking for practical advice on wealth building

Self-Help Books: To Hell with the Hustle by Jefferson Bethke

To Hell with the Hustle

Jefferson Bethke
Reclaiming Your Life in an Overworked, Overspent, and Overconnected World
3.4 (249 ratings)
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What's To Hell with the Hustle about?

To Hell with the Hustle (2019) examines modern society's obsession with productivity and constant busyness. It advocates for a more intentional and purposeful way of living that rejects the relentless pursuit of hustle culture, instead emphasizing the importance of rest, relationships, and spiritual health.

Who should read To Hell with the Hustle?

  • Professionals seeking a balanced, less hectic lifestyle
  • Individuals questioning modern productivity and hustle culture
  • Anyone interested in personal and spiritual growth

Self-Help Books: I Didn't Know I Needed This by Eli Rallo

I Didn't Know I Needed This

Eli Rallo
The New Rules for Flirting, Feeling, and Finding Yourself
4.2 (160 ratings)
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What's I Didn't Know I Needed This about?

I Didn't Know I Needed This (2023) is the ultimate guide to modern dating’s natural lifecycle, from flirting to first dates to relationships to heartbreak. Drawing on TikTok star Eli Rallo's own hard-won experience, this rulebook combines shallow delights and hard truths into her signature brand of romantic realism. 

Who should read I Didn't Know I Needed This?

  • Young women navigating the modern dating world
  • Fans of Eli Rallo's TikTok and Instagram accounts 
  • Readers seeking wisdom and humor around romance, heartbreak, and self-care

Self-Help Books: How to Eat to Change How You Drink by Brooke Scheller

How to Eat to Change How You Drink

Brooke Scheller
Heal Your Gut, Mend Your Mind, and Improve Nutrition to Change Your Relationship with Alcohol
4.0 (133 ratings)
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What's How to Eat to Change How You Drink about?

How to Eat to Change What You Drink (2023) draws on cutting-edge science to reveal how food can help change your relationship with alcohol. With a comprehensive 30-day plan to optimize meal timing, food, and lifestyle changes, this guide teaches you how to eat yourself sober.

Who should read How to Eat to Change How You Drink?

  • Sober and sober-curious people
  • Anyone looking to develop a healthier relationship with alcohol 
  • Anyone searching for an alternative, holistic approach to sobriety and self-improvement

Self-Help Books: Dopamine Detox by Thibaut Meurisse

Dopamine Detox

Thibaut Meurisse
A Short Guide to Remove Distractions and Get Your Brain to Do Hard Things
4.4 (473 ratings)
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What's Dopamine Detox about?

Dopamine Detox (2020) is a concise guide that addresses a prevalent issue in today's distraction-filled world, offering you practical strategies to overcome procrastination and enhance focus. It reveals the impact of excessive dopamine stimulation on your ability to concentrate and tackle demanding tasks. Through a step-by-step approach, it empowers you to implement a dopamine detox in just 48 hours, enabling you to regain control over your attention and pursue your goals with renewed clarity.

Who should read Dopamine Detox?

  • Chronic procrastinators
  • Goal-setters struggling to find motivation
  • Professionals seeking enhanced productivity methods

Self-Help Books: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Olivia Telford

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Olivia Telford
Simple Techniques to Instantly Be Happier, Find Inner Peace, and Improve Your Life
4.6 (245 ratings)
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What's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy about?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (2020) explores a range of mental health topics, including managing anxiety, overcoming guilt, handling addiction, and integrating mindfulness into your daily life. Filled with practical tips, exercises, and real-world examples, it offers a user-friendly approach to enhancing mental well-being.

Who should read Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

  • Anyone who has experienced depression or anxiety
  • People interested in mental health disorders and solutions
  • Psychology students exploring therapeutic techniques

Self-Help Books: A New Way To Think by Roger L. Martin

A New Way To Think

Roger L. Martin
Your Guide to Superior Management Effectiveness
3.3 (29 ratings)
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What's A New Way To Think about?

A New Way To Think (2011) presents a paradigm shift, arguing that companies could achieve sustainable success and shareholder returns by prioritizing customer satisfaction over the traditional focus on maximizing shareholder value.

Who should read A New Way To Think?

  • Business leaders
  • Shareholders
  • Customer experience advocates

Self-Help Books: The Art of Laziness by Library Mindset

The Art of Laziness

Library Mindset
Overcome Procrastination & Improve Your Productivity
4.3 (87 ratings)
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What's The Art of Laziness about?

The Art of Laziness (2024) is a transformative guide to improving your productivity, offering practical strategies for personal and professional growth. Through the dual focus of mindset and action, it teaches you how to overcome procrastination, harness your best work, and realize your full potential. 

Who should read The Art of Laziness?

  • Anyone who wants to kick the lazy habit 
  • Those who seem to work hard but go nowhere
  • People looking for their first self-help book

Self-Help Books: 28-Day FAST Start Day-by-Day by Gin Stephens

28-Day FAST Start Day-by-Day

Gin Stephens
The Ultimate Guide to Starting (or Restarting) Your Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle So It Sticks
4.4 (22 ratings)
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What's 28-Day FAST Start Day-by-Day about?

28-Day FAST Start Day-By-Day (2023) offers an original intermittent fasting program for forming lasting habits, even after prior lapses. Simple daily check-ins build self-awareness and resilience as readers discover renewed health over 28 days of time-restricted eating.

Who should read 28-Day FAST Start Day-by-Day?

  • Anyone seeking sustainable weight loss and improved metabolic health
  • People looking to boost energy, mental clarity, and general wellbeing
  • Individuals who've tried fasting before but struggled to stick with it

Self-Help Books: The Seven Circles by Chelsey Luger & Thosh Collins

The Seven Circles

Chelsey Luger & Thosh Collins
Indigenous Teachings for Living Well
4.7 (36 ratings)
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What's The Seven Circles about?

The Seven Circles (2022) draws on Indigenous ancestral wisdom for achieving spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. It proposes a holistic model called the Seven Circles – a template for modern living that’s intended to keep all aspects of life in balance including food, movement, sleep, ceremony, sacred space, land, and community.

Who should read The Seven Circles?

  • People interested in Native American culture and spirituality
  • Wellness and self-help enthusiasts
  • Individuals seeking community and connection

Self-Help Books: Time Smart by Ashley Whillans

Time Smart

Ashley Whillans
How to Reclaim Your Time and Live a Happier Life
3.5 (92 ratings)
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What's Time Smart about?

Time Smart (2020) is a guide for shifting our emphasis from chasing money to valuing time, asserting that prioritizing time over money leads to increased happiness and personal well-being.

Who should read Time Smart?

  • Busy professionals
  • Those seeking better work-life balance
  • Life optimization enthusiasts

Self-Help Books: The First Rule of Mastery by Michael Gervais

The First Rule of Mastery

Michael Gervais
Stop Worrying about What People Think of You
3.8 (73 ratings)
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What's The First Rule of Mastery about?

The First Rule of Mastery (2023) reveals that letting go of the fear of other people's opinions unleashes your potential by promoting a shift towards values and purpose.

Who should read The First Rule of Mastery?

  • Individuals seeking self-improvement
  • Professionals aiming for excellence
  • Anyone battling social anxiety

Self-Help Books: Zero Sugar / One Month by Becky Gillaspy

Zero Sugar / One Month

Becky Gillaspy
Reduce Cravings - Reset Metabolism - Lose Weight - Lower Blood Sugar
3.5 (82 ratings)
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What's Zero Sugar / One Month about?

Zero Sugar / One Month (2024) is a roadmap aimed at helping individuals eliminate sugar from their diet to achieve long-term health. It provides actionable advice, including guides on what to eat, how to resist temptation, and a day-by-day timeline of what to expect – along with motivational anecdotes and tips to navigate emotional challenges and build confidence throughout the 30-day journey. 

Who should read Zero Sugar / One Month?

  • Individuals looking to reduce their sugar intake for weight loss or health reasons 
  • Health-conscious folks seeking a structured, time-bound nutrition challenge 
  • Anyone curious about sugar’s impact on their health and well-being

Self-Help Books: Breaking Free From Broke by George Kamel

Breaking Free From Broke

George Kamel
The Ultimate Guide to More Money and Less Stress
3.9 (34 ratings)
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What's Breaking Free From Broke about?

Breaking Free from Broke (2024) details the financial philosophies author George Kamel used to move from $40,000 in debt to being a debt-free millionaire. Discover how, with a paradigm shift and the right financial practices, you can achieve your financial goals and start living the life you want.

Who should read Breaking Free From Broke?

  • Anyone who wants to take control of their finances
  • People looking for a modern, no-nonsense approach to becoming a millionaire
  • Those curious about a millennial take on Dave Ramsey’s financial philosophy

Self-Help Books: Real-Time Leadership by David Noble & Carol Kauffman

Real-Time Leadership

David Noble & Carol Kauffman
Find Your Winning Moves When the Stakes Are High
3.6 (21 ratings)
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What's Real-Time Leadership about?

Real-Time Leadership (2021) dives into how leaders can make quick and strategic decisions during high stakes situations using the practical M-O-V-E framework.

Who should read Real-Time Leadership?

  • Emerging leaders
  • Experienced decision-makers
  • Individuals in high-stakes roles

Self-Help Books: How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job by Dale Carnegie

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job

Dale Carnegie
4.5 (21 ratings)
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What's How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job about?

How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job (1955) provides guidance about getting more out of your day-to-day life, by generating more energy into your workday and improving your personal relationships. It sheds a light on how human nature influences the way we behave, so you can improve your interpersonal skills and deepen your self-understanding.

Who should read How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job?

  • The chronically weary
  • Managers who want to become more effective leaders
  • Students of human nature

Self-Help Books: Your Best Financial Life by Anne Lester

Your Best Financial Life

Anne Lester
Save Smart Now for the Future You Want
4.2 (21 ratings)
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What's Your Best Financial Life about?

Your Best Financial Life (2024) charts a course through the complex landscape of personal finance, offering a map to navigate the twists and turns of saving, investing, and planning for the future. It unfolds the secrets of compound interest, the perils of financial pitfalls, and the art of adapting to life’s surprises, all while keeping your eyes on the prize: a secure and prosperous retirement.

Who should read Your Best Financial Life?

  • Early-career savers seeking direction
  • Compulsive spenders craving financial freedom
  • Retirement dreamers in need of a roadmap

Self-Help Books: Beyond the Pleasure Principle by Sigmund Freud

Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Sigmund Freud
4.2 (21 ratings)
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What's Beyond the Pleasure Principle about?

Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920 marks a pivotal turn in Sigmund Freud’s theoretical approach to psychology and psychoanalysis. In this work, Freud introduces the concept of the “death drive,” a fundamental tension between the life instincts that aim for survival, sexual reproduction, and pleasure, and the death instincts, which strive towards inanimate rest and a return to a state of non-existence.

Who should read Beyond the Pleasure Principle?

  • Students of psychology
  • Those intrigued by human behavior
  • Readers interested in Freud’s theories

Self-Help Books: In Praise of Folly by Erasmus

In Praise of Folly

4.1 (14 ratings)
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What's In Praise of Folly about?

In Praise of Folly (1511) is a critical examination of societal norms and institutions with a satirical lens, unveiling an unconventional wisdom that praises folly, or foolishness, as a driving force behind much human action and happiness.

Who should read In Praise of Folly?

  • Fans of Renaissance literature
  • Students of philosophy
  • Individuals questioning societal norms

Self-Help Books: Come Together by Emily Nagoski, PhD

Come Together

Emily Nagoski, PhD
The Science (and Art!) of Creating Lasting Sexual Connections
3.7 (29 ratings)
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What's Come Together about?

Come Together (2024) warmly and compassionately offers practical advice for improving sexual well-being, particularly in long-term relationships where one or more partners may be experiencing low libido. It explores the complexities of human sexuality with a focus on the science of sexual response and the psychology of desire. Notably, it’s highly inclusive and applicable to people in relationships regardless of gender, orientation, or relationship structure.

Who should read Come Together?

  • Couples seeking to improve their sexual intimacy and understanding 
  • Individuals exploring their own sexuality and sexual health
  • Sex educators looking for research-based information to share

Self-Help Books: Break the Cycle by Dr. Mariel Buqué

Break the Cycle

Dr. Mariel Buqué
A Guide to Healing Intergenerational Trauma
3.1 (188 ratings)
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What's Break the Cycle about?

Break the Cycle (2021) delves into the deep-seated generational trauma and challenges implicating many families. It emphasizes breaking free from cycles of pain and encourages readers to embrace change, healing, and emotional growth for a promising future.

Who should read Break the Cycle?

  • Individuals facing generational trauma
  • Seekers of emotional healing
  • Advocates of change and personal growth

Self-Help Books: The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle

The Nicomachean Ethics

4.2 (244 ratings)
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What's The Nicomachean Ethics about?

The Nicomachean Ethics (around 340 BC) explores the question of what makes a good life. It argues that achieving a balanced, virtuous life through rational activity is the essence of human happiness.

Who should read The Nicomachean Ethics?

  • Students of philosophy
  • Those interested in ethics
  • Anyone seeking a meaningful life

Self-Help Books: Radiant Rebellion by Karen Walrond

Radiant Rebellion

Karen Walrond
Reclaim Aging, Practice Joy, and Raise a Little Hell
3.5 (17 ratings)
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What's Radiant Rebellion about?

Radiant Rebellion (2023) challenges the conventional perceptions of aging, arguing that growing older can be a period filled with happiness and health, contrary to common ageist beliefs.

Who should read Radiant Rebellion?

  • Aging individuals
  • Wellness enthusiasts
  • Anti-ageist advocates

Self-Help Books: The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber

The Little Book of Stoicism

Jonas Salzgeber
Timeless Wisdom to Gain Resilience, Confidence, and Calmness
3.9 (247 ratings)
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What's The Little Book of Stoicism about?

The Little Book of Stoicism (2019) is about how using stoic principles can turn life’s adversities into advantages, promoting resilience, confidence, and calm in everyday life.

Who should read The Little Book of Stoicism?

  • Fans of philosophy
  • Self-improvement enthusiasts
  • People facing stress

Self-Help Books: Why We Remember by Charan Ranganath

Why We Remember

Charan Ranganath
Unlocking Memory's Power to Hold on to What Matters
4.3 (143 ratings)
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What's Why We Remember about?

Why We Remember (2024) is an exploration of the fascinating mechanisms that underlie human memory. Challenging conventional perceptions, it presents memory as a dynamic force that not only records the past, but influences our present and future. Through engaging case studies and current scientific research, it reveals the processes that shape our ability to form lasting memories, and the factors that influence forgetting. Ultimately, it shows us how we can harness our memory for learning, healing, and growth.

Who should read Why We Remember?

  • Anyone fascinated by the inner workings of the human brain
  • Individuals experiencing memory loss, and their caregivers
  • Students of psychology and neuroscience

Self-Help Books: Hello Sleep by Jade Wu

Hello Sleep

Jade Wu
The Science and Art of Overcoming Insomnia Without Medications
3.5 (19 ratings)
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What's Hello Sleep about?

Hello Sleep (2023) delves into the often-misunderstood nature of insomnia, emphasizing that the key to overcoming sleepless nights lies not in exerting more effort but in mending your relationship with sleep. It offers a wealth of concrete, science-backed strategies, aimed at helping you to rediscover a sense of wonder and appreciation for your sleep.

Who should read Hello Sleep?

  • Anyone battling chronic insomnia
  • Readers seeking science-backed sleep improvement strategies
  • Fans of compassionate health and wellness guidance

Self-Help Books: Slow Productivity by Cal Newport

Slow Productivity

Cal Newport
The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout
4.2 (50 ratings)
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What's Slow Productivity about?

Slow Productivity (2024) offers a transformative philosophy for achieving meaningful accomplishment while avoiding overload. It critiques the broken definition of productivity that leads to overwhelming task lists and burnout, proposing a more sustainable alternative inspired by history's creative thinkers. Drawing on examples from Galileo to Jane Austen, it presents the principles of "slow productivity", offering practical advice for escaping overload and pursuing long-term quality in work.

Who should read Slow Productivity?

  • Stressed knowledge workers overwhelmed by pointless admin
  • Burnt-out professionals who’ve lost their creative spark
  • Managers who want to see real results from their teams

Self-Help Books: Languishing by Corey Keyes


Corey Keyes
How to Feel Alive Again in a World That Wears Us Down
4.6 (25 ratings)
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What's Languishing about?

Languishing (2024) delves into the often-overlooked state between mental well-being and mental illness: languishing. It offers a comprehensive analysis of how individuals can find themselves stuck in this state of stagnation and emptiness and presents a compelling guide for recognizing and addressing this state. Through an exploration of strategies for enhancing well-being, it empowers readers to transform their mental health landscape, advocating for a proactive approach to emotional and psychological resilience.

Who should read Languishing?

  • Individuals experiencing burnout or feeling overwhelmed by life
  • Wellness and life coaches
  • Anyone curious about or looking to improve their mental well-being

Self-Help Books: Practical Optimism by Sue Varma, M.D.

Practical Optimism

Sue Varma, M.D.
The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being
4.5 (21 ratings)
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What's Practical Optimism about?

Practical Optimism (2024) offers actionable strategies for fostering well-being and resilience in everyday life. Through nurturing relationships, forming positive habits, and cultivating self-compassion, individuals can enhance their mental and physical health while thriving amidst life's challenges.

Who should read Practical Optimism?

  • Anyone looking for a boost of positivity in their lives
  • People coping with depression or anxiety
  • Those eager for more confidence and resilience

Self-Help Books: All It Takes Is a Goal by Jon Acuff

All It Takes Is a Goal

Jon Acuff
The 3-Step Plan to Ditch Regret and Tap Into Your Massive Potential
4.5 (12 ratings)
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What's All It Takes Is a Goal about?

All It Takes Is a Goal (2023) is a transformative guide that empowers readers to achieve their dreams. It demonstrates how setting effective goals can help individuals escape their comfort zones, make measurable progress, and ultimately reach their full potential.

Who should read All It Takes Is a Goal?

  • Those seeking personal growth and self-improvement
  • People who struggle with lack of motivation
  • Anyone feeling stuck in their comfort zone and wanting to change

Self-Help Books: The Mindful Body by Ellen J. Langer

The Mindful Body

Ellen J. Langer
Thinking Our Way to Chronic Health
4.7 (3 ratings)
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What's The Mindful Body about?

The Mindful Body (2023) delves into the intricate connection between the mind and the body, presenting the idea that they aren’t separate entities but rather one unified system. Backed by cutting-edge research, it explores how changing our thoughts and perceptions can profoundly impact our physical well-being.

Who should read The Mindful Body?

  • Psychology enthusiasts exploring mind-body connection theories
  • Individuals seeking holistic approaches to health and wellness
  • Anyone interested in mindfulness insights

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What's the best Self-Help book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Rising Strong as the ultimate read on Self-Help.

What are the Top 10 Self-Help books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Rising Strong by Brené Brown
  • Hardcore Self Help by Robert Duff
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) by Brené Brown
  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy (Ian McMahan revised)
  • Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey
  • Think Again by Adam Grant
  • Rich Dad’s Retire Young Retire Rich by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • Kaizen by Sarah Harvey
  • Good Habits, Bad Habits by Wendy Wood
  • Courage is Calling by Ryan Holiday

Who are the top Self-Help book authors?

When it comes to Self-Help, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Brené Brown
  • Robert Duff
  • Brené Brown
  • Joseph Murphy (Ian McMahan revised)
  • Chris Bailey