A good book can immerse and entertain us; make us think, laugh or even cry. The very best of them leave us changed forever. They broaden our horizons, challenge our perspectives, and get us thinking in new ways. These are just some of the reasons why reading is celebrated worldwide on the 8th of September. In honour of International Literacy Day, here’s our roundup of five self-help books that will help you transform your life.

 

 

1. THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION: LET GO OF WHO YOU THINK YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE AND EMBRACE WHO YOU ARE – BRENÉ BROWN.

In this number one bestseller, leading expert on shame and authenticity Brené Brown shares her findings from a decade of research into Wholehearted Living – her term for engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. If you’ve ever felt crushed by the pressure to have a perfect life, this is a must-read for you.

 

 

2. BODY POSITIVE POWER: HOW LEARNING TO LOVE YOURSELF WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE – MEGAN JAYNE CRABBE.

What if someone told you, you can live a full and exciting life without having society’s idea of the ‘perfect body’? Megan Jayne Crabbe is saying just that. After overcoming anorexia and years of being a slave to diet culture, Crabbe, who is also known as Instagram star @Bodyposipanda, discovered the body positivity movement and has never looked back. Body Positive Power is rich with both inspiration and practical advice, and reading it will reveal a whole new way of looking at yourself.

 

 

3. NOT WORKING: WHY WE HAVE TO STOP – JOSH COHEN.

In a world that idolizes the ‘hustle’ and busyness is a bragging right, psychoanalyst Josh Cohen asks what would happen if we were to stop working and embrace idleness.

 

 

4. YOU ARE A BADASS: HOW TO STOP DOUBTING YOUR GREATNESS AND START LIVING AN AWESOME LIFE – JEN SINCERO.

You are a Badass should be the self-help Bible for anyone who wants to overcome their insecurities. Witty, yet wise, speaker and success coach Sincero will help you identify self-sabotaging beliefs and tackle them head-on ­– showing you how to overcome your fears to achieve the life you want, how to love both others and yourself, and how to make some money.

 

 

5. YOU’RE NOT BROKE, YOU’RE PRE-RICH: DITCH DEBT, STOP LIVING FROM PAYDAY TO PAYDAY AND MANAGE BLACK TAX TO #LIVEYOURBESTLIFE – MAPALO MAKHU.

This straightforward take on financial management is uniquely tailored for the South African market. Makhu uses relatable stories to skilfully illustrate how to manage all aspects of your money – from savings to budgeting, emergency funds and black tax. 

 

YOU COULD BE ONE BOOK AWAY FROM LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE

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