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The self-help books you need to read

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When I think about self-help books the first thing that pops into my mind is books about self-worth, self-confidence and positive thinking. I’ve read a couple of those books in my own native language (Dutch), but I usually think they are hard to read. Most of the time I have to read a sentence multiple times and reading those kinds of books makes me very tired for some reason.

Lately I’ve been really into books that are motivating and self-help books that are written with a sense of humor. I find these so much easier to read and every time it gets me really motivated to do stuff. So it’s only fitting I share with you the books that have given me kick ass motivation.

The life changing magic of not giving a f*ck

The first book that got me in the self-help, motivational kind of book flow is “The life changing magic of not giving a f*ck” by Sarah Knight. This is the first book in her “The life changing magic…” series.

The book is about how you can choose what you want to spend your energy on and which relationships are actually healthy for you as a person.

It’s written with a lot of humor, which for me is very helpful when reading a self-help book. It’s also really easy to read with a lot of explanation about the adult world and how everything works.

For me this book really structured my mind and helped to not doubt myself and over-analyze the things I do.


This book, #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amaruso, is one in the more motivational category.

In #GIRLBOSS Sophia shares here own story of building here company Nasty Gal. Along the way of sharing this story she also tells you the good and the bad choices she made, nothing is being left out.

Combined with a good sense of humor and a great way of telling you what she would and wouldn’t do again it’s a very easy book to read.

Every time I read a chapter in this book I got so much energy to start organizing, planning and tidying up. She also gives you a lot of motivation that you can achieve anything, if you have a passion for what you want to achieve and work hard.

Little Black Book

I’m currently reading Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba, which is again an awesome book to read. She, kind of similar to #GIRLBOSS, tells you also about here story of building here own brand.

Though, this book has lots of guest writers write a contribution to the book. There is also a lot of advice about being a freelancer, which I find really interesting.

This book gives me the same motivational feelings as #GIRLBOSS, but in a different way. I hope after finishing this book I got lots of inside tips about freelancing and building a brand.

To add to your reading list

There are a couple of books that are on my wish list. One of them is already on my “to read” pile, which is “Ice cream for breakfast” by Laura Jane Williams. In my opinion this is really a how to adult 101 book, but written in a similar style as the book by Sarah Knight.

The second book on my wish list is “The Working Woman’s Handbook” by Phoebe Lovatt. This book is full of tips and tricks on how to balance your lifestyle as a woman with a career. I haven’t really read a book that’s kind of similar to this one.

And last but not least is “The F word” by Lilly Pebbles, which is releasing at the beginning of March. This book is, in my opinion, so helpful for all women out there struggling with girl friends. I think, after watching here book-explaining video, this book would be really helpful for classifying all kind of different female friendships in your life.



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