Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help

Hey, Nerdy Peeps!  I wanted to put a list of self-help books together that will help with my mental health. Then, I got a text from a friend giving me an idea for a blog post, and he asked for self-help books on being a better you. So, here is Spotlight Sunday: recommendations for self-help…

Book #1

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Book Blurb: By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Book #2

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things

Book Blurb: According to Jenny: “Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.”

Book #3

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help
Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why

Book Blurb: In Deep Survival, Laurence Gonzalez combines hard science and powerful storytelling to illustrate the mysteries of survival, whether in the wilderness or in meeting any of life’s great challenges. This gripping narrative, the first book to describe the art and science of survival, will change the way you see the world. Everyone has a mountain to climb. Everyone has a wilderness inside.

Book #4

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Book Blurb: For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s all feel good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Book #5

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Book Blurb: Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

Book #6

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help
the Untethered Soul: The Journey beyond Yourself

Book Blurb:  Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

Book #7

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help
How to Win Friends and Influence People

Book Blurb: Learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.

Book #8

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help
7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Book Blurb: In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

Book #9

Spotlight Sunday: Recommendations for Self Help
Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life

Book Blurb: Are you tired of feeling fu*ked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unfu*ked version of yourself. “Wake up to the miracle you are,” he directs. “Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a fu*king miracle of being.” It isn’t other people that are standing in your way, it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive, it’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.


I know Spotlight Sunday is usually just one book, but I have been looking for some self-help books and decided these needed the spotlight. Also, I had a friend who asked for some recommendations, so it was the perfect opportunity for this post. There is a mixture of books to help you be a better you and books for mental health, I wanted to cater to all needs and give multiple options. If you have been in the need for a new self-help book journey, I hope these help.

What are some recommendations you think I should check out? If you have read any of these I would love to know your thoughts!


  1. Salma Mehajabeen July 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Its been a long time that i have stoppwd reading books and now when i wanted to think about self help books im happy that i got the list… thanks for the help😊

    1. NerdyBookLife July 17, 2017 at 9:06 am

      You’re welcome! Let me know which one you decide to pick up!

  2. Jess July 17, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Definitely going to have to check some of these out thank you!

    1. NerdyBookLife July 17, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Yay! Let me know what you think!

  3. Zoey July 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Love love love these ideas! Definitely want to check out the one about not giving a f**k lol. Thank you for sharing!! 💙

    1. NerdyBookLife July 17, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Right I want to check out Unf*ck yourself and furiously happy! They all seem so good though!

  4. Samantha erickson July 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Fun article. Good suggestions!!

    1. NerdyBookLife July 17, 2017 at 8:37 pm


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