If you are beginning your personal development journey, self help books are a great place to start! This post will go into some of the reasons I love self-improvement books, and list some of the best self help books. (With links to reviews for each one.)

Self Help Books are Inexpensive

The bar of entry into the self-help world is super low through books! Purchasing books is a cheap way to access a plethora of information on personal development. An even less expensive option is through your local library. You can use an app like Libby (for Apple and Android) to access digital versions of books and audio books for free.

Self Help Books Let You Learn from Subject Matter Experts

You can peek into the minds of some of the greatest minds in their fields through their published books. This gives you access to learn from the experts who have studied self-help topics throughout their education, research, and careers from the comfort of wherever you are.

Self Help Books Give the Space for the Author to Expand the Topic

In most formats, you are getting information limited by the time they have to speak on stage, what they can fit into a short online article, or the expected attention span for watching a video or listening to a podcast. Books allow the author to dive deeper into the topic and give more information and thought beyond the surface level explanation available in other mediums.

Best Self Help Books

I’ve always been a note taker. A little way into my self help book obsession, I realized that information could be useful to others and started writing book reviews. I hope this list and the linked book review posts will help you find your next self help book! If there’s a topic you don’t see that you would like added, please reach out!

Connection and Vulnerability

Dare to Lead | Brene Brown

Daring Greatly | Brene Brown

Rising Strong | Brene Brown


The Gift of Fear | Gavin de Becker

For Women

Burnout | Emily Nagoski

Girl, Stop Apologizing | Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face | Rachel Hollis


Atomic Habits | James Clear

The Power of Habit | Charles Duhigg


The Happiness Project | Gretchen Rubin


#FutureBoards | Sarah Centrella

You are a Badass | Jen Sincero

You are a Badass at Making Money | Jen Sincero


Getting Things Done | David Allen


Essentialism | Greg Mckeown

Present Over Perfect | Shauna Niequist

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