Top Ten Self-Help Books from 2019: How to Keep Your Resolutions This Year

How do we get New Year resolutions to stick? I think we can all agree that we all are fantastic (experts, even) about recognizing the changes we need to make in life, but we are much less enthusiastic about actually doing something to make them. If sheer willpower isn’t enough to get you off your cozy couch to make that next career move, to hit the gym, to de-clutter your house, to de-clutter your life, etc., well –  here are the most inspirational self-help books of 2019 that you can read while you sit there.

1. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis 

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Boys — don’t let “Girl” in the title lose you; this book will change your life if you choose to let it. Or at the very very least, increase your perspective so you can better understand what you’re fellow lady friends are dealing with.

The author, Rachel Hollis, is sounding a wake-up call; she knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people–whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee–instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

This book helps with:

  • Self-actualization (Psychology) in women
  • Self-actualization (Psychology) in general
  • Self-esteem in women
  • Finding happiness
  • Developing confidence
  • Achieving success

Call Number: 158.1082 H726


2. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

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Lori Gottlieb, a therapist with a Los Angeles practice, faced a crisis that caused her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist who seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but. Now Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

The book helps with:

  • Answering questions about therapy
  • Demonstrating realities of therapy
  • Gathering courage
  • Developing hope

Call Number: 616.8914 G715


3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

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By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method of purging unnecessary items from your life and organizing what remains. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this book featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home — and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire. So, what are you waiting for? When you’re ready to have your house be the cleanest its ever been, her book will take you through all the types of stuff you’ve accumulated and tell you how to get a handle on it once and for all.

This book helps with:

  • Keeping your house in order long-term
  • Tidying up, general organizing 
  • Storing your things in an efficient manner
  • De-cluttering rooms, closets, etc.
  • Housekeeping
  • Improving home economics
Call Number: 648 K8364

4. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

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Digital minimalists are the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don’t go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives. What we need is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions. Here Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. By rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, you will feel less overwhelmed and more in control.

This book helps with:

  • Minimizing technology use
  • Understanding social aspects of technology
  • Reducing stress
  • Feeling more in control of your life 
  • Helping with internet/technology addiction
Call Number: 303.4833 N472

5. How Happiness Happens by Max Lucado

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Only one-third of Americans surveyed said they were happy. How can this be? Education is accessible to most. We’ve made advancements in everything from medicine to technology, yet 66 percent of Americans can’t find an adequate reason to check the “yes” box on the happiness questionnaire. Max Lucado shares the unexpected path to lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy in any season of life. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, Max Lucado presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change a person from the inside out.

This book helps with:

  • Achieving happiness
  • Facing the challenges of comparison and unmet expectations
  • Using Christian teachings and research to help understand happiness
Call Number: 248.8 L9622

6. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

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For too long, we’ve believed in a single path to excellence. Start early, specialize soon, narrow your focus, aim for efficiency. But in this groundbreaking book, David Epstein shows that in most domains, the way to excel is something altogether different.
Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
Epstein examines the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists to discover that in most fields — especially those that are complex and unpredictable — generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel.

This book helps with: 

  • Achieving success and/or excellence
  • Turning failure into success
  • Developing your skill set
  • Diversifying your talents
Call Number: 153.9 Ep853

7. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Elizabeth Gilbert “offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us.

This book helps with:

  • Cultivating creative ability
  • Being inspired and motivated
  • Developing confidence
  • Finding courage and evaluating fear
  • Thinking “magically”
Call Number: 153.35 G373

8. Radical Acceptance: embracing your life with the heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach

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If you struggle with anxiety, depression, or mental illness and are hoping to work toward a more peaceful state of mind, then Tara Brach’s book Radical Acceptance may be for you. This book will help you heal with the help of a little self-compassion. Find purposeful living, less suffering, and peace through mindfulness.

This book helps with:

  • Learning self-compassion 
  • Working towards a peaceful state of mind
  • Accepting one’s self
  • Dealing with addiction, anxiety, depression
  • Balancing overworking and perfectionism
  • Utilizing Buddhist principles
Call Number: 294.3 B723

9. How Not to Die: discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease by Michael Greger

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The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Physician Michael Greger examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America — heart disease, cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more — and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives. The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. By following Dr. Greger’s advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.


This book helps with:

  • Learning self-care
  • Improving physical health
  • Preventing chronic diseases
  • Making your diets more nutritious 
  • Adjusting to a healthier lifestyle
Call Number: 613.2 G8618

10. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

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Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Daniel Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married? Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

This book helps with:

  • Managing your time
  • Understanding the psychological aspects of time
  • Learning how to live a more fulfilling, engaged life
Call Number: 153.753 P6555

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