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10 Self-Improvement Books So Good, You’ll Want To Read Them Twice

September 03, 2020DMT Beauty

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September is Self-Improvement Month — and it's really no surprise, given that the season is all about change. The weather change; your schedule changes; your wardrobe changes. It's the perfect time to turn over a new leaf.

Admittedly, talking about self-improvement in 2020 feels a little strange. It's been a hard several months for many of us. But that's the thing about self-help books: They have a reputation for being a lot of work — but some of them are just motivating, uplifting, entertaining reads, perfect for delivering the perspective shift you need to make your days a little sunnier. (That said: If you're more about rewatching the entirety of Friends right now — we feel you, and we support you.)

Take a look at our picks for the most inspiring self-improvement books on the market for you to enjoy this month.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

Sabotage: How to Get Out of Your Own Way by Emma Gannon


Self-improvement can't happen when self-sabotage gets in the way. Sabotage's practical, personal stories and research-based insights are here to help you to banish that inner voice that's saying 'I can't', so you can find your own success.

Sabotage: How to Get Out of Your Own Way, $, available at Barnes & Noble

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor


This book is preaches the message that radical self-love — not self-esteem or self-acceptance — is the foundation for social justice and individual well-being. And it begins with accepting your body.

The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, $, available at Barnes & Noble

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi

This book of humorous essays will inspire you to actually do better by calling out bad behavior that's apparent in our extremely online lives.


I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, $, available at Amazon

Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood by Trixia Mattel and Katya


Two drag superstars channel their fabulous energy into an old-school etiquette guide with a splash of high-fashion. The duo packed their book with beauty and fashion advice, and tackled other important topics such as money, self-love, and friendship. 

Trixie and Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood, $, available at Target

Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for Girls Who Dig Girls by Lindsay King-Miller


Advice columnist Lindsay King Miller offers eye-opening advice for queer women on everything from their first Pride to confronting discrimination in the workplace. "Ask a Queer Chick is a benevolent, non-judgmental comfort for when you just don’t want to get through it alone," Michelle Tea, author of How to Grow Up, wrote in a review.

Lindsay King-Miller Ask a Queer Chick: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life for G, $, available at Walmart

Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness by Melissa Dahl


Think of the most awkward, embarrassing moment of your life. Rough, right? But you got through it — and you learned from it. Melissa Dahl's book explores the most cringeworthy moments of our lifetime, what we learn from them, and how they make us better.

Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness, $, available at Amazon

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert


The author of Eat, Pray, Love is back for another life-changing book that'll offer a new insight in how to better take control of your life. Gilbert shares her personal wisdom and unique perspective about creativity and embracing curiosity.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, $, available at Amazon

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes


If Shonda Rhimes tells you to do something, you do it — especially when her advice is in the form of an easily-digestible memoir. In her well-known book, Rhimes explores the power of saying yes. Inspiring and amazing, just as you'd expect.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and, $, available at Amazon

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed


Tiny Beautiful Things is a classic. The collection brings together the best musings from The Rumpus's Dear Sugar advice column. If you're looking for life advice, sift through this book — you'll be sure to find something.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dea, $, available at Amazon

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoing, and Underliving by Celeste Headlee


We've all been affected by burnout at some point. This book allows you to really accept (or at least try to) that doing nothing can be the best option for our overactive minds.

Do Nothing: How to Break Away from Overworking, Overdoi, $, available at Amazon

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