Self Improvement

12 Must Read Self Help Books in 2020

One of my goals this year is to read one new self-help book every month. In the past, I have been TERRIBLE about reading. I spend much of my time in front of my PC either working or doing other things and as a result, reading has just gone by the wayside. But, this year I want to change that. For the last few months now I’ve been spending the last hour before bed away from my computer and phone. I have an e-reader that reduces blue light exposure and I’ve been catching up on some fiction. But now I want to swivel and spend the year reading books that will help me improve. So here are my 12 must read self help books in 2020.


You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

We’re all guilty of sabotaging ourselves from time to time and I’m not afraid to admit it happens to me quite a bit. That’s where I’m hoping that Jen Sicero’s advice will come in. Her book You Are a Badass is said to be incredibly inspirational and educational so I’m hoping it will help me find my inner badass and squash those sabotaging thoughts.


The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

I’ll admit, I want to read The Four Hour Workweek because I am a skeptic. Can you actually get away with just working 4 hours a week? I don’t know. It honestly sounds too good to be true. But, I want to find out what wisdom he has and see if I can apply any of it to my life.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I really enjoyed watching Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix but I still haven’t picked up the book. I’m looking forward to reading the book then implementing some of her suggestions in my home. Be sure to keep an eye out for more on this topic in Spring when Spring Cleaning season comes in.


Must Read Self Help Books


When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

The idea that there is a perfect time to be doing different activities throughout the day is a very appealing one. There are always things that I feel like I’m dragging my feet on. Maybe it just isn’t the best time to be doing them? I’ll have to see what Daniel Pink has to say.


How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer

I am always looking for ways to boost my productivity and while there are a million books on the topic I wanted to pick one that I could relate to. That’s where Erin Falconer comes in, she’s the Editor in Chief and co-owner of Pick the Brain, a hugely successful blog. Writing online is something I’ve been doing for more than a decade and it is my passion, so of course, I’m going to pick a book from someone doing what I love.



Hatch, Leap, Soar by LaToyia Dennis

A three-step plan to fulfillment, success, and true happiness. I’ll admit, for this one I went looking for something a little bit different and a little bit less well known. It came out in May of 2019 and doesn’t seem to have that many reviews online yet. But I’m intrigued by the idea of Hatch, Leap, Soar and I can’t wait to read it and find my way out of my shell.


The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

When I first stumbled upon Dave Ramsey it was on Youtube listening to some of his most out of this world callers from his radio show. Through that, I learned more about his method of money management but now I want to take that knowledge to the next level. This might just be the most important of the must read self help books that I pick up this year.



Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Justin Malik and Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists)

Over the last few years, I’ve been considering the idea of minimalism and I’m really looking forward to trying it out myself. I listen to The Minimalists on their podcast and my husband and I have been slowly decluttering our house. I’m especially interested in seeing how I can combine minimalism with Marie Kondo’s suggestions.



The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose Weight for Good by Dr. John A. McDougall

I’ve gone on the potato diet twice now and I have another one planned for later this month. So far I’ve done all of these diets based on blogs, vlogs, and news stories. So it seems like it is time to finally read about it from Dr. McDougall who has proposed that 70% of your diet be made up of starches.


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I’m really intrigued by the idea of a happiness project and spending an entire year dedicating myself to it. Who knows, this book may end up inspiring me to make 2021 the year of my happiness project. While some people may think that it’s a gimmick I think living by themes adds great structure and variety to your life. So, sure, it might not be for everyone, but I’m looking forward to giving The Happiness Project a shot.

More From Less: The Surprising Story of How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources – and What Happens Next by Andrew McAfee

The idea of living with less has always had a certain appeal. I adore the idea of tiny houses and I feel quite at home in my apartment. It also ties in with minimalism and my hatred of shopping.


This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein

I’m really interested in learning more about the role our society is playing in the ongoing climate crisis and, hopefully getting some solutions to the problem. Things that we as individuals can accomplish.


As I work through my list of must read self help books this year I’ll be posting my reviews of each of the books. Keep an eye out for them towards the end of every month. Do you have any recommendations for other books? Let me know in the comments below!