Top Ten Self-Help Books for Women

There are tons of self-help books on the market but which one to choose? We can help – here are the first five of our top ten picks

#1 Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

The author: Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author.

 What it’s about: This book is basically about – yes, you guessed it right – therapy. The therapy that she undertook and that she’s provided to others, as well. A fully engaging record about real-life situations, 58 brief chapters and funny titles, this is therapy between the pages for readers.

Funniest anecdote: On one occasion, when she’s with her therapist, Wendell, going on about her problems, Wendell walks over and lightly kicks her foot. When asked why he did that, he says, “Well, you seem like you’re enjoying the experience of suffering, so I thought I’d help you out with that.”

What others say about the book: “Rarely has a book challenged me to see myself in an entirely new light, and was at the same time laugh-out-loud funny and utterly absorbing.” Katie Couric, American journalist, author, and Yahoo’s global news anchor.

#2  Option B – Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

The Authors: Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org, and Adam Grant, American psychologist and author, currently a professor at the Wharton School.

What it’s about: A book about finding strength and resilience during trying times in life. Option B imparts readers insights on coping with life-shattering events, rediscovering joy, appreciating life, and finding its deeper meaning.

Pivotal moment: Two weeks after losing her husband, Sheryl was preparing for a father-child activity. “I want Dave,” she cried. A friend said to her, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of Option B.”

 What others say about the book: “A remarkable achievement: generous, honest, and poignant. Option B reveals an aspect of Sandberg’s character – her impulse to be helpful. This is a book that will be quietly passed from hand to hand, and it will surely offer great comfort to its intended readers. The condor and simplicity with which she shared all of it is a kind of gift. Helpful, moving.” Caitlin Flanagan, The New York Times. 

#3 Get Your Sh*t Together

The Author: Sarah Knight has a penchant for cheeky titles. She also wrote the New York Times bestseller The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k and many other books in the same series.

What it’s about: The subtitle of this book itself is self-explanatory: ‘How to stop worrying about what you should do, so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do.’ In life, most people are so anxious about the future that they end up not doing enough in the present. Sarah helps in making the readers realize the cycle of self-sabotage that they put themselves through and explains how they could finally break the vicious circle.

 Pearls of wisdom: Sarah writes: “In my book – and in the Game of Life – you’re competing exclusively against yourself. Not other players, not even the computer. Winning is getting what you want out of your time on planet Earth, whatever that entails. It could be the house, job, car, partner, or hairstyle of your dreams.”

What others say about the book: “Genius. Get Your Sh*t Together is more of Knight’s special brand of anti-self-help self-help, peppered with profanity and witty pop culture references.” Vogue

#4 Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

The Author: Elizabeth Gilbert, the icon of self-discovery and self-help.

What it’s about: The celebrated writer of Eat, Pray, Love came up with the idea of this book to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its success. This sequel is a collection of first-hand experiences from readers around the world whose lives changed after reading the original title ten years back.

Life-changing effect: Eat Pray Love helped one writer to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and yet another to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all.

What others say about the book: “Compelling. It’s amazing to see how universal our issues are as well as how unique the situations and results.”Chicago Tribune


#5 Let Your Mind R A Memoir of Thinking my Way into Victory

The Authors: Deena Kastor, American athlete, and Michelle Hamilton, writer and journalist.

What’s it about: This autobiography gives the first-hand experience of how a budding runner quit due to self-doubt before giving her best, only to realize the power of cultivating positivity all throughout life. The memoir of this elite athlete, who later achieved all that she’d wanted and became America’s first Olympic medal winner for a marathon, is worth reading – even if one is not interested in sports.

Happiness factor: “I loved running right from the start. It was simple and fun. It lacked rules and structure. There was no equipment to fuss with, no technique to learn. Running was also, to my surprise and delight, both solitary and social. One minute I was dashing down the track as if by myself on the side of the hill. The next, I was whipping around and making funny faces, trying to make my teammates laugh.”

What others say about the book:  “In her captivating new memoir, Kastor takes us on a run through her psyche so we can learn from a true master. Let Your Mind Run will fine-tune your mindset for optimal performance both on and off the road!” Scott Jurek, champion ultrarunner and New York Times bestselling author of ‘Eat and Run’.

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