7 Self-Development Books to Read

7 Self-Development Books to read

7 Self-Development Books to Read

I’ll admit it, I love self-development books. No shame. I listen to them as audiobooks whilst I’m commuting or at work because I find them helpful and easy to follow along with.

I’m not looking for books that preach at me but self-development books that tell me about how other people, mostly women, succeeded in their lives. Today I thought I would share some of my favourites.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I listened to this book via BookBeat after I read the copy and thought that sounds interesting. Rachel Hollis is an American public speaker who helps women to succeed in their jobs. This book is actually a christian book – something I usually wouldn’t go near because I am completely agnostic and Christian books, or any religious books, just are not for me. But I did enjoy it.

There are a lot of life lessons in here, some as simple as how Rachel stopped drinking Diet Coke after realising she was becoming addicted, to the perserverance that comes with going through the adoption process. Very moving and powerful read.

The Freelance Mum by Annie Ridout

I am not a mother, I’m not even in a relationship. So why would I read a book with this title, because it’s mostly about being freelance – not about being a mum. If you’re looking for great advice on how to become a freelance creative then definitely read this book. It has a lot of helpful advice about getting started and ways to avoid burn out. It reminds you that’s it’s okay to ask for help and struggles are normal. Easy, inspiring read.

Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Sanjini

Another favourite of mine is Brave, Not Perfect. This book is another career-focused book that looks at the difficulties women face in the workplace. It is common knowledge that a woman will only apply for a job if she fits 95% of the criteria for the role, whereas a man will apply if he only fulfils 60%. Women are constantly striving for perfection when really we just need to be brave and put ourselves out there. We don’t need to be more like a man – I hate that phrase! – we just need to trust ourselves.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I don’t know what it is about this book but it’s a really great read. I probably only implemented about 10% of the things she said to do but the message was strong and enjoyable. I do love a declutter, as avid readers of EllesBellesNotebook will know, so this was definitely a must-read for me at some point in my life.

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

Cait realised that she had an unhealthy dependence on shopping so challenged herself to not shop for two years. Yes, two years! She did it. Even when times were tough and she was desperate to buying things here and there she stopped herself and she learnt a lot about consumerism, her desires and how our minds work when it comes to shopping for the sake of feeling good about ourselves.

The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon

I wax lyrical about this book but it truly changed my life – yes, how cheesy is that! I started multiple side-hustles, embraced my multi-hyphenate status and this year has been the best year of my life because of it. If you haven’t read this book yet – do it!!

Money: A User’s Guide by Laura Whateley

Why don’t schools teach you how to do your taxes?! Two things in life are certain: death and taxes, so how come it took me until I read this book to learn anything about them. Mortgages aren’t as scary when someone explains them – they’re still scary but not as scary at least – and now I know so much about investing it’s unreal. So educational. This should be on the schools syllabus!

Love Ellie x

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