7 Self-Help Books You Need to Read That Aren’t Girl, Go Wash Your Face

Self-help is a genre of reading that I usually gravitate to. They can be motivating, eye-opening, affirmative, and useful for different areas of my life. It can be a overwhelming genre since every single book promises a better life and thought process. I have read really BAD self-help books. Some have even made me feel even worse about myself when I was done. Some I quit after a chapter or two. A good self-help book “clicks” with you pretty early on. I have found myself reading things in these books and saying “Yes!!!” out loud because finally someone gets me!

I really did like Girl, Go Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. It took me 3 days on a beach to read it and I admit, I was left feeling very motivated after I finished. But it was too … clean? Simple? Not enough push? self help book

I put together a list of books that, for me, were both deep and extremely helpful. Most I have read more than once because I get something out of them every time I read them. While all of these will not be perfect for everyone, I picked the ones that I feel would benefit the most people. A few you have probably heard about or hopefully even read yourself. 

You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

I tried reading this a few years back and something about it turned me off. I put it down for a few months and later tried again since it was showing up all over my Instagram. BOOM. Everything totally resonated with me. It was what I needed to hear. Being stagnate is something I know many women are trying to push through and this one is a good push.  This really motivated me to step outside of my comfort zones and that vulnerability isn’t such a bad thing.

You Are A Badass At Making Money – Jen Sincero

While this one talks about making money, deep deep down it is about being happy. Manifesting things was foreign to me before reading this but after I finished, I put it to practice. Spoiler alert: It works. 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

Confession: I didn’t read this. I listened to it on Audible. I wasn’t able to mark pages and make notes like I normally do with these books but the message I heard was still the same: STOP SPENDING SO MUCH TIME CARING WHAT OTHERS THINK. 

How To Win Friends And Influence People – Dale Carnegie

I got so much out of this one that I am currently re-reading it right now. It has been around for such a long time because it is just that good. This one is all about working on those people skills, and whether you think you need to or not, we all need to sharpen them. Different situations bring on different ways to handle them. This book has taught me how to stay in control.

A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose- Eckhart Tolle

This one was intimidating at first for me. There is a lot of really deep thinking and a lot of really taking a look at yourself. Sometimes that can be difficult for me to do. Finding my purpose has been an internal war within myself for quite a long time. I picked it up at the recommendation of a therapist friend of mine after a discussion on my frustrations on feeling totally stuck. This book was spot-on. This book is great for learning more about yourself and those around you. 

The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown

I could seriously list every book that Brene Brown has ever written, as they are all excellent. But for me, I got the most out of this one. A lot of times what we want is there, but we are standing in our way. We have to give a little to get a lot. I love Brown’s way of storytelling. It is almost as if she is your friend and sitting in front of you.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

This one is a classic. It is motivating and a fairly easy read. This book helps you be more proactive, set goals (and have the motivation to achieve them) and the mindset to go after whatever it is that you want. 

Let me know if there is a book not on this list that is a MUST read.

Misty and her husband of 7 years live in Gonzales, LA with their 2 energetic and amazing children, Jax-7 and Elliot-4. She is native to Alexandria, LA and moved to the Baton Rouge area in 2005, where she now works for a large electrical contracting group. Her son Jax was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 8 days old and Misty has made it her mission to fund raise and educate as many people as she can about CF. Misty and her family love to find local (and non-local) adventures on the weekends and playing board games together. She is an avid reader, make-up buyer, and coffee-drinker. She can be found on the sofa binge watching The Office on Netflix and on Instagram at @MISTYROUSSA.


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