These Are the Summer Reading Books You Actually Want to Read

As your journey toward personal growth and adulting continues pulling you in a hundred different directions, both near and far from your potential, no matter what you’re going through, whether it be a break-up, confidence issues, a general life rut, or all of the above— it’s important to know you’re not  alone.

Even the most successful authors are juggling with their own demons everyday, writing about them, and sharing their struggles with the world. And because the areas we are weakest are the places that require the most attention, reading about other people’s experiences tend to have a positive impact on our own. Sometimes it takes feeling a sense of normality and connecting with someone through familiarities to help us move on and become worthy of the bigger picture.

These four self-help books cover a broad range of topics applicable to women’s lives, and offer sage advice on how to rise above them. Be sure to check them out— it’s time to broaden your horizons and allow something other than your phone screen to captivate your attention. Aim for the mentality that you can conquer every challenge you’re faced with, with poise and assurance, starting today!

1. You Are A BadA**  by Jen Sincero— I tend to be picky about the books I invest myself in, they need to be inspiring and smart, yet comical and entertaining, a combo which is rare to find, but always a winner once you come across it. This refreshing how-to guide does just that! 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 kick some serious ass.

“It’s a self-help book that made me realize I can be powerful.” —Style Guru Samantha Neira

2. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur— This #1 New York Times Bestseller is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity, taking readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finding sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

“I could feel this book in my bones, each page spoke to me spiritually and truly helped to get me through a difficult time in my life, and that’s exactly what author Rupi Kaur hoped her writing could do.”  —Style Guru Gabrielle Scherer

3. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz— This practical guide to personal freedom reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of true happiness and love.

“This book puts your problems into perspective and shows you how to forgive not only others, but also yourself. You feel totally empowered after reading it.” —Style Guru Norah Murphy

4. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben— In this #1 New York Times Bestseller, Gretchen Rubin noticed that she was letting life pass her by, and wasn’t paying attention to the things that really matter the most. Sound familiar? Because of this, she dedicated a year of her life to enhancing her quality of living and kept track of her adventures along the way— in hopes of inspiring readers (like us) to find more fulfillment in their own lives.

“This book will inspire you to take advantage of every opportunity and train your mind to enjoy the little things that make life sweeter.” —Style Guru Jordan Shiley

So don’t think of it as “Why do I need someone else to tell me how to live my life?” Look to it as a push to bring you closer to your desired destiny. Just a chapter a day can make all the difference in how you see yourself and the world around you.