Ah, self-help books.. The books that almost have a stigma against them if you are caught reading them in public. An invitation to strangers to figure out what’s going on in your life. That being said there are a few great Self Help books out there that aren’t exactly self-help books we fear to buy in public.
These have pretty covers and focus on your lifestyle rather than personal issues shall we say. I’m talking about the books released by lifestyle bloggers we admire, entrepreneurs who have won at the career game and the organisers who really help you get your life together..
An Edited Life - Anna Newton
By blogger Anna Newton An Edited Life is your one-stop to an organised life. Anna covers everything from home & work organisation to life from self-help to money and budgeting. This book has it all. From the get-go Anna says that what is in her book might not work for everyone, she says you can skip parts or skip to the parts you need the most. It’s not meant to be read in order. Its meant to be put down and picked up when you need it. Which is one of the things I loved about this book. It wasn’t a follow everything and it will work. It was a follow and do what works for you.
I felt so inspired while reading it and I instantly wanted clear out my entire life at the same time. I’ve found myself being more organised since reading it and I find myself going back to it every time I need advice.
Out of Office - Ditch the 9-5 and Be Your Own Boss - Fiona Thomas
Out of Office is a no-nonsense guide to everything freelance and being your own boss. All the questions you’ve ever had about being your own boss is answered in this book. From how to properly submit a tax return, claim expenses, how to use social media to your advantage and so much more. Fiona also touches on mental health and productivity when working from home and having no one but yourself to answer too. This one is defiantly targetted at Freelancers and Business Owners but it is a must-read and is packed full of useful information.
Sarah Knight - Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, Calm the F*ck Down
These aren’t your typical self-help books and Sarah Knight says that outright in her books. She calls herself the Anti Guru. So far I have read all her books, Calm the F*ck Down, the Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck. Get Your Sh*t Together, You do You and F*ck No.
These aren’t your typical self-help books and I think that’s why I love them. They are basically no games kind of self-help book. It’s also the first books of this genre where I’ve actually put the methods into practice. While reading I actually found myself using her Methods to Calm Down and stop worrying and found they really helped.
Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
By author Elizabeth Gilbert Big Magic shares Elizabeth’s wisdom and process for creativity. Sharing stories from her life and about people who have inspired her. It’s been a good few years since I’ve read this one but it’s always stuck with me. Her message on creativity is one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place because I’ve always loved being creative. This book definitely spoke to me and it’s one that I plan on reading again soon too.
Little Black Book - Otegha Uwagba
Little Black Book is a toolkit for working woman.. It’s what it says on the front cover and it’s not lying. This covers everything from building your brand, public speaking, money, networking and so much more. This one falls a little more into the Career Book Category but I’ve included it in this list anyway..
Influencer - Brittany Hennessy
So Influencer is definitely targeting a lot more to bloggers I think. If you’re a blogger I can’t recommend this book enough. All the questions you’ve ever had on blogging, building your brand, charging for posts it’s in there. Again this another career-focused book but by now I feel we’ve got a good balance of life and career in this post so I’m going to keep it in. This book will help you have a better understanding of your personal brand and the ways you can grow it.
Failosophy - Elizabeth Day
After the success of her book How To Fail and her podcast of the same name, Elizabeth Day released her latest book Failosophy. Full of little tidbits from her podcast episodes and words of wisdom from her guests. As well as a range of helpful ways to be proud of your failures. Elizabeth Day has created the 7 pillars of failure and she talks you through each of them in this book.