“Self-help books” isn’t the most exciting part of Barnes & Noble, but when you’re in a bookstore, it’s fun to look around. until you find out that it has a few great, non-cheesy books that will make you feel good, like you’re getting advice from a trusted friend or an inspiring mentor. The pandemic is taking a toll on us all. Whether it’s a breakup, a job change, an identity crisis, or just feeling overwhelmed, we could use a pick-me-up. People should have to read these books in 2022.
‘Find Your Unicorn Space’ by Eve Rodsky
Raise your hand if your creativity has been put on hold during the pandemic. Is that true? Slowly, he raises his hand. Eve Rodsky’s book, “Find Your Unicorn Space: Reclaim Your Creative Life in a Too-Busy World,” could not be more timely, as the author of “Fair Play” helps readers channel their most creative selves even during a pandemic.
‘Body Talk’ by Katie Sturino
If you don’t already follow Katie Sturino on Instagram, you should do so right now. In the “Boob Sweat” podcast, Megababe, the founder and host, talks about things that most women don’t want to talk about. Body Talk is a book by Sturino that reminds us how much time we spend talking about our bodies and how to get rid of everything we’ve been taught that isn’t true about how we should look.
‘More Than Enough’ by Elaine Welteroth
Elaine Welteroth is here to tell you that you’re more than enough, and she wants you to know that. In this memoir-manifesto, the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and a judge on “Project Runway” talks about how she broke through barriers in her own life and career. She also talks about race, identity, and how to be successful.
‘You Are Your Best Thing’ by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
Tarana Burke and Brené Brown’s “You Are Your Best Thing” isn’t called a “self-help book,” but it is a “therapeutic anthology.” Here, a wide range of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures talk about the Black experience. They talk about shame, vulnerability, and the trauma of white supremacy.
‘Wintering’ by Katherine May
In “Wintering,” Katherine May talks about how she got through a difficult time in her life, like when her husband got sick, her son stopped going to school, and she left a demanding job. She shows how others can do the same. Her story helps people learn to embrace the new seasons of their lives and the power of rest and retreat, so they can enjoy them.
‘Full Out’ by Monica Aldama
Fans of “Cheer”! As the second season of the Netflix documentary nears, Monica Aldama, a cheer coach at Navarro College, shares how she built one of the best cheerleading teams in the country.
‘Untamed’ by Glennon Doyle
You should get Glennon Doyle’s book, “Untamed,” right away if you haven’t read it yet. It’s a good thing to do. When you read the book, Doyle will show you how she went from being a fake person to living a real one that will make you want to do the same. “We can do hard things.”
‘Professional Troublemaker’ by Luvvie Ajayi Jones
A feeling of not being good enough She hasn’t been on my radar. With her signature humor and honesty, Luvvie Ajayi Jones can help you deal with fear both at work and at home.
‘Where to Begin’ by Cleo Wade
Where to Begin, by poet and activist Cleo Wade, is a collection of poems, ideas, and mantras about how to make the world a better place by starting with ourselves.
‘Own It’ by Diane von Furstenberg
For when you need a pick-me-up, keep this small A-Z guide to life from Diane von Furstenberg on your desk.
‘Yoke’ by Jessamyn Stanley
Jessamyn Stanley wants readers to find the “yoga of the everyday” in her book, “Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance.” She wants us to deal with our toughest situations with the same energy and acceptance we would use in our favorite yoga class.
‘Am I There Yet?’ by Mari Andrew
Visual learners, grab a copy of Mari Andrew’s book “Am I There Yet?,” which talks about adulthood and all the growth, vulnerability, and heartbreak that comes with it. It’s for you!
‘First & Only’ by Jennifer R. Farmer
The book “First & Only: A Black Woman’s Guide to Thriving at Work and in Life,” by Jennifer R. Farmer, has to be read by every Black woman who has had to work twice as hard as their white coworker to get a raise.
‘Keep Moving’ by Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith’s book, “Keep Moving,” helps people deal with grief, loss, transformation, and more through her collection of heartwarming poetry.’
‘Your Time to Thrive’ by Marina Khidekel & the Editors of Thrive Global
Anyone who knows about Arianna Huffington’sThrive Global and feels the exhausting effects of the pandemic will enjoy ‘Your Time to Thrive,’ a guide to preventing burnout and improving overall well-being through a shift in mindset. Marina Khidekel and the editors of Thrive Global put it together.
‘Believe It’ by Jamie Kern Lima
Jamie Kern Lima, the founder of IT Cosmetics and the first female CEO of an L’Oréal brand, tells her inspiring story of how she worked her way through the beauty industry’s impossible standards. She also helps you get over any feelings of self-doubt that might be holding you back in your own life.
‘Maybe You Should Talk to Someone’ by Lori Gottlieb
People who are therapists sometimes need help. If you want to learn how to break down the walls you’ve built around yourself consciously or not, Lori Gottlieb has a story for you.
‘Why Not Me?’ by Mindy Kaling
They love Mindy Kaling’s new book, ‘Why Not Me?, which chronicles the actress’s weird and hilarious journey on how to find excitement in every part of her life. The collection of Kaling’s essays can also be found at this link:
‘Little Weirds’ by Jenny Slate
The collection of essays by Jenny Slate, though not a self-help book, will make you feel less alone as she talks about things like love, anxiety, heartbreak, and the little things in life that mean the most to her.
‘Year of Yes’ by Shonda Rhimes
I can still remember how I felt when I read the last page of Shonda Rhimes’ “Year of Yes.” I was brave.
Author and creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, Jill Glass, talks about her own journey of learning how to say yes. She encourages you to let go of your own guard and give yourself the chance to experience the life moments you never thought you would.
‘You Are a Badass’ by Jen Sincero
Success coach Jen Sincero’s book, “You Are a Badass,” is both funny and helpful. It’s a 27-chapter, no-bullshit guide to living a life you love. It’s also a great gift for that friend who sometimes has trouble seeing their own worth.
‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo
Before watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix show, “Tidying up with Marie Kondo,” read her best-selling book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
Using Kondo’s KonMari method, anyone who thinks of their home as a sacred space will learn how freeing and uplifting decluttering can be, even if they don’t think of it that way.
‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
‘Big Magic’ is a must-read for anyone who wants to be an artist but also wants to work in the Big, Bad Corporate World. There, best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert shows that you can always live a creative life if you have some faith in yourself and the universe. She says this in the book, which is called “Believe in Yourself.”
‘Cringeworthy’ by Melissa Dahl
How did you end up liking the picture of your ex’s new girlfriend on Instagram, by accident? Was there. Seeing a stranger fall in front of a group of people? I’ve done that. Melissa Dahl’s book, “Cringeworthy,” talks about a “lifetime of cringing” and how our most embarrassing moments can help us learn about ourselves and who we are.
‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ by Cheryl Strayed
Probably, you already know Cheryl Strayed as the best-selling author of the book “Wild,” but before the movie “Wild” came out, she was a secret columnist at an online literary magazine called “The Rumpus.” She used the pen name “Sugar,” and she wrote under that name. “Tiny Beautiful Things” is a compilation of advice on love, loss, and everything in between that Strayed has received. A Marie Claire editor said this: “This book has changed my life.”