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There are thousands of books on self-help, habit change, and personal development. Some are good and some are … not so good, but what are the best self-help books? The ones that can really make an impact in changing your life for the better?
That is the question this exhaustive list of over 175 great habit and self-help books strives to answer. It can be hard to drill through all the options to find the books that really have an impact on your life, so I have tried, with the ongoing help of some friends and readers to narrow the list down to size.
(Side note: If you don’t know how to build a habit, then check out this nine-step blueprint that walks you through the entire process of creating lifelong habits.)
Who am I to talk about habits and self-help books?
I have been writing about habits, both in books and on this blog, for about 3 years now. For over 20 years before that, I was reading a variety of personal development books. That is a lot of time and lot of books.
Lately, I've been asked about my personal favorites. So I decided to create a small resource…maybe a top 25 list. But this list grew and grew until it hit 100 books. Then 125, then 150. Finally, I stopped at 175.
It would be really hard to navigate a list like this, so I settled on a simple solution…
(Update 2018: The list of self-improvement books continues to grow. I continue to make new sub-lists and refine older short books lists into multiple more larger, yet more narrowly focused book lists. Most recently I published a post on real estate investing, something I just had a lot of experience in. Soon I will be revamping the lists for business, entrepreneur, investing and leadership. Following those lists, I will delve into more health and fitness book lists. As this post stands now, the total is around 325 great books. I expect the list will have grown to 500 by 2020. Broken into 30-35 sub-book-lists. Stay tuned!)
250+ of the Best Self Help Books (in 22 Categories)
The personal development field is very large. So it would be challenging to detail my favorite books in one large list.
That's why I've broken down the 200+ books into 18 distinct categories.
That means someone who wants help with their fitness can just jump right to that section. But someone who wants to build simple habits can check out the few pages on building powerful, daily routines.
How to Use This List…
The following list can be used for many purposes.
The main reason is for the reader. If you are looking for a specific type of book, you'll get a nice list which has been vetted which should suit your purposes — from fitness to productivity.
The secondary reason is for self-help book gift ideas. If you know someone who is “into”, personal development, habit change, health, fitness, productivity and any other style of “self-help” books, you get a list of ideas for books they might enjoy.
Without further ado, here's the list…
250+ Top Self-Help Books (by Section)
- 28 Best Books for Changing Habits
- 20 Personal Development Books
- 25 Best Self Help Books for Women to Read
- 20 “Must Read” Books about Achieving Success
- 10 Daily Habit and Routine Books
- 27 Best Books on Productivity and Time Management
- 17 Best Leadership Books to Advance Your Career
- 20 Best Mindfulness Books to Help You Find Peace in a Crazy World
- 11 Learn and Study Habit Books
- 15 Simplicity, De-Clutter and Organization Books
- 13 Financial and Money Habit Books
- 22 Best Personal Finance Books
- 12 Best Budgeting & Frugal Living Books
- 16 Best Real Estate Investment Books
- 33 Best Entrepreneur Books
- 18 Happiness Books
- 15 Best Books on Procrastination.
- 7 Travel and Lifestyle Books
- 11 Best Philosophical Books to Expand Your Mind
- 13 Fitness and Exercise Books
- 12 Weight Loss and Healthy Living Books
- 11 Best Books to Overcome Anxiety
- 16 Stress Relief Books
- 39 Best Adult Coloring Books to Help Relieve Stress and Anxiety
- 24 Best Relationship Books Every Couple Should Read Together
- 5 Books to Change Your Mind (and Sense of Reality)
- 13 Writing and Publishing Books
- 47 Best Books Available on Kindle Unlimited for 2020
And… How to Navigate This List
Also, reading through an 18-page list can be difficult. So to make things easier, I have added an additional option for finding your page.
Every page has a button that will take you to the next page in order.
And there's also a fancy button to get back to this main page:
175+ self help books now well nearly 250+ self help books
I started this collection of the best self-help books around nearly 2 years ago. At the time I clocked in 175 books, so I split then into separate lists. As new books are both found and released, I have grown each of these sub-pages. The total on this book is currently (15 May 2016) at a whopping 244 books, and continuing to grow. I hope you enjoy this self-help collection, and please share your favorites and/or new choices.
Finally, I need your help.
I spent a fair bit of time combing through Amazon, finding books that are both popular and brand new (including a few of my own.)
I think this list is really good, but it could always be better. That's why I need your help.
So (in the comments section below) let me know if you:
- Like, love or hate the list.
- Have any additions, that should be on the list. I will check them out, and perhaps with time, they will be added. Simply include the title and author name. (I'll do the rest.)
- Think this list has some value, please spread the word. (Simply use the social media buttons to the left of this article.)
The more input this list has, the better of a resource it will become.
Well, that's it for my preamble.
Finally, if you need help with building habits, then check out this nine-step blueprint that walks you through the entire process of creating lifelong habits.)
I hope you enjoy the 200+ Top Habit Books!