Six Self-Help Books You Need to Read This Summer

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Just picture it: you’re soaking up the sun, you’ve got some lemon water, a yummy snack and a perfectly light breeze. But wait, what’s missing? Yes, that’s right — a self-help book. Summer is the time to reinvent and better yourself. What better way to do so than learning from some self-help experts? VALLEY has compiled a must-read list of books to help you be your best self this summer. 

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey
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This one is a classic and a long-time best-seller. It was published in 1989 and was initially intended to be a business-oriented book. Covey uses personal stories to describe the seven habits that can lead to a more successful life. Although this one can feel outdated, it has timeless lessons and relatable personal references.

“How to Win Friends & Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
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This book is all about different types of relationships. It is an oldie but a goodie. A timeless classic originally published in 1939, it has stood the test of time. It is full of tips for handling difficult people, how to make people like you, how to be a leader and much more. These tips and tricks can apply to all relationships whether it be friendships or coworkers. It is one of the best-selling books of all time and can help improve all aspects of your life. 

“You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero
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This book was published in 2013 and is all about bettering yourself and doing what you want to do. Sincero points out what is wrong with our daily choices and habits to help us change these detrimental beliefs. It covers everything from learning to love yourself to making lots of money. Basically, everyone’s two favorite things! Sincero isn’t just an author, but a motivational speaker and life coach. If you want to conquer your fears and be happier and richer, give this one a try. 

“Small Move, Big Change” by Caroline L. Arnold
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Published in 2014, this is a guide to getting things done using micro resolutions and battling procrastination. Arnold shows you how to turn general personal goals into more focused behavioral changes to permanently improve your life. She focuses on both personal and professional growth. For those who struggle with procrastinating or just want to learn how to work smarter, this book is a must.

“The Automatic Millionaire” by David Bach
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If you want to make more money and become more financially successful, Bach has all the tools for you in this book. He is a financial advisor and author. This book was published in 2003 and promotes a realistic, revolutionary system to make you richer and secure your financial future. This book is primarily focused on financial advice — the stuff they don’t teach you in school. If you’re looking to figure out how to save for the future while also having enough money to spend now and have fun, check this out. 

“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
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The focus in this book is self-reflection, spirituality and the psychology of people. As you would assume by the title, this book tells you how to live in the moment and make the best of now without worrying about the past or future. This was published in 1997 and focuses on self-identification and relationships. If you are intrigued by enlightenment, spirituality and focusing on the present, give this a read. 

This summer, lay in the sun with your favorite self-help book and improve your life while getting that nice tan. Self-help books are all unique, so pick which one interests you and fits you the most. Enjoy this summer of improvement and tweet @VALLEYmag on Twitter with your fave self-help book! 



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