5 Self-Help Books That Will Get You Hooked on the Genre

The best advice I ever got was that knowledge is power and to keep reading. – David Bailey

There is a reason why self-help books are blowing up right now. What you read can impact you and your life, so why not read something that is directed towards making your life better? These books have been my crack lately, and I’m here today to share five books that will, I mean will, make you a self-help addict.

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the greatest self-help books of all time.

1. You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero

The bestIf you haven’t heard of this book by now, then my gosh, where have you been? There’s a reason why this book is so highly recommended, folks – It’s incredible! Jen is so talented, and she covers everything from the law of attraction to time management in one amazing novel.

One of the greatest parts is Jen’s sense of humor (and an occasional cuss word) that she embeds in her writing. Another pro is this book will give you that kick in the ass you need to start taking action in your life.

Overall, it’s a great book and has so much wisdom jam-packed inside of it. Some points Jen makes that resonated with me were:

  • The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just a learning opportunity.
  • You don’t have to hit rock bottom to rebuild your life, you just need to make the conscious decision to do so and start taking action.
  • Procrastination is the easiest form of self-sabotage .

2. The Shack – William P. Young

“The Shack” – book review | Shawn BarrThis next book is more on the spiritual side, but it’s amazing none-the-less. Before I read the book, I saw the movie which I recommend so incredibly much to all of my readers (warning: it’s a tearjerker). The movie is what initially made me interested in reading the novel, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Basically, Mack, the main character, goes on a family camping trip with his three children and the youngest, Missy, is kidnapped and murdered in an old abandoned shack in Oregon. (It’s tragic, I know)

Mack is devastated and becomes depressed shutting his family, friends, and God out of his life. About a year after the Missy’s death, Mack receives a letter from God telling him to meet at the shack where Missy was found.

The rest of the book is crazy beautiful and there’s an amazing plot twist at the end that makes you question everything you just read. Also, if you’re able to catch it, this book has a lot of hidden wisdom that God tells Mack.

Personally, I adored this book, but it can be a bit hard to follow. I recommend reading the book and watching the movie after as the movie is super accurate and will help you comprehend all that is happening.

3. Mastering Your Mean Girl – Melissa Ambrosini

5 ways to conquer your inner mean girl | Well+GoodI’m in the progress of reading this book, and so far it’s flippin’ amazing. Melissa is an ex-model from Australia that wrote this book about overcoming her “inner mean girl” A.K.A. her ego. This book covers everything from “silencing your inner critic” to creating abundance in your life.

One thing I like about this book is it leaves you feeling great whenever you finish reading it. One of the major points Melissa makes is to live a life of love. It sounds cliché, but when you actually try it, so much goodness comes your way!

Throughout the book, Melissa shares how her life looks after she learned how to master her mean girl, and the life she describes sounds incredible: She is married to the man she loves, owns a business she worked her ass off for, and goes to work every day filled with joy because she adores what she does. Her life didn’t start off that way, she had to work hard at it! Melissa’s life transformation is so inspiring, which is just another one of the many reasons to read this book!

Here are my favorite pieces of advice out of Melissa’s book:

  • You are not your circumstances, your experiences, or your past.
  • Choose only love. In every moment. In every circumstance.
  • Your actions speak louder than your words. Be the example, don’t just speak it.
  • There can’t be joy until there is gratitude. (Related: 111 Reasons To Smile)
  • Comparison keeps you stuck in Fear Town. It will rob you of your happiness and pure joy.

4. Miracles Now – Gabrielle Bernstein
Integrative Nutrition Reviews: Miracles Now Book | Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Miracles Now is just one of those feel-good books written by a girl that knows what she’s talking about. In her book, Gabrielle mentions many different methods of meditation, stress relief with pressure points, and a bunch of other wellness tips that she has acquired over her transition to living a happy, holistic lifestyle.

The greatest thing about this book is it’s like having your own personal coach on techniques that benefit you and only take minutes to complete. I first read this book at the library and loved it so much I plan on buying my own copy to refer to. There’s so much goodness in this book – you’ll just have to see for yourself!

Some of my favorite tips Gabi mentions are:

  • Happiness is a choice.
  • You are not your habits and have the power to change them.
  • Be a vessel of love and look for God in everything.
  • Learn from difficult times and forgive hurtful people.
  • Measure success by how much joy it gives you.

5. The Productivity Project – Chris Bailey

Book Review: The Productivity Project | Project Management HacksThis book is my favorite thing on the planet. The author, Chris Bailey, spend an entire year putting various productivity experiments to the test and wrote his findings in his book. I have learned so many different productivity tricks that have skyrocketed how much I can get done in my days. I owe the return of Liv a Little to this book.

I mentioned in one of my last posts, Establishing Effective Routines You Will Actually Want to Follow, how to find your Biological Prime Time (or BPT for short), which is just one of the many amazing things I learned in this novel that has changed the way I time to manage for the better.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to do more with their time. We all have the same 24 hours. It’s up to you how you use them.


Self-help is a powerful genre, and filling your brain with the feel-good information inside these books will leave a visible positive impact on your life. You can learn just about anything through books, be it productivity, meditation technics, or how to live an abundant life.

If any of these books interest you, be sure to check them out. I have learned valuable lessons from all of theme, and I know you will as well.

About Liv ♡

Hey, there! I'm Liv, an aspiring entrepreneur and blogger that hopes to inspire creative career paths in other teens like myself. Ultimately, my biggest mission is to make the lives of those around me a little brighter. ☆

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