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Self Help Books You Should Read

By Alycia McNamara

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

This book tells of Haig’s battle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Through sharing his story, he assures readers that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Haig lists reasons to stay alive mostly including the simple pleasures in life reminding readers to be grateful for the casual magic of the everyday. This book tackles mental health with a humorous approach and has saved many lives by reminding readers they are not alone. My personal favourite line from the book was ‘even buddha himself would have struggled these days’.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

This follow-up to Haig’s best selling Reasons To Stay Alive focuses on the difficulty we face to be happy in the 21st century – the modern age of social media. Although we live in a generation in which we are more connected than ever, many often feel more alone. This book explores the added pressure we face to feel content in the modern day and breaks down our connection to the world and to ourselves.

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving A Fuck by Sarah Knight

Knight’s parody of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo helps readers to recognise what is important and unimportant in their lives. Knight teaches readers how to care less and live more through the power of ‘giving less fucks’ about trivial things. Knight helps us decide what we should and shouldn’t care about and then advises us on how to put this into practice. The book comes complete with pages for notes to help us decide what we don’t want to give a fuck about anymore. Definitely an interesting and funny read.

Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

Given’s bestselling book Women Don’t Owe You Pretty, is aimed at women growing up in the social media age where feeing confident and empowered is often difficult. Given teaches readers how to practice self-love while acknowledging the difficulties society poses to feeling fulfilled as a young woman. This book is enlightening, empowering and a fun colourful read featuring many feminist ideas and illustrations. Also, the bright cover looks great on your coffee table.

I Wish I knew This Earlier by Toni Tone

Tone’s first short novel I Wish I knew This Earlier, was an instant success when it was published in 2021. She reflects on the three stages of relationships, the dating, the loving and the healing. Through imparting her lessons onto readers, she talks of acceptance, excitement, and regret. This short but sweet read will leave you feeling knowledgeable and enlightened. This book will not only help you understand yourself better but will also teach you things about your friends and families relationships too. If you know anyone who needs it, this book would make a great gift.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

The Secret is incredibly popular and successful. Byrne teaches readers how to ‘manifest’ their dream lives and how to understand and practice the law of attraction. While this concept may be a little hard to grapple with at first, the book features the accounts of others who have found their way to success and happiness through using the methods describe in the book showing its potential for success. Do you believe you can ‘manifest’ your way to your dream life? Read the book to find out how...

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