The 10 Best Books to Change Your Life This Year

Updated 10/28/19

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Finding the drive to pen that best-selling novel or paint a masterpiece takes courage. So where do we turn to for inspiration? The most common and readily available (not to mention affordable) therapists we can all look to 24/7 are books. There are books out there that can transform your life, career, health, or simply just inspire you.

Below, our favorite 10 books that can change your life this year and put you in the right mindset, because it's time to turn the page. Here are our picks for the best books to change your life.

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The Brain Fog Fix by Dr. Mike Dow

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If you need more than a book to switch up a stubborn routine, try Dr. Mike Dow's simple three-week plan to reclaim your focus, memory, and happiness. Don't let stress take over and prevent you from living an extraordinary life. If you're feeling the fog-like effect of anxiety and worry, you're not alone. Dow says it's sweeping the nation, and it's time we started repairing our cognitive dysfunction. Dow's simple approach will have your brain performing at its optimal levels and return crucial hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol, naturally. From easy diet swaps to memory-boosting games and spirit-enhancing practices, you'll be performing at your peak again in no time—or three weeks, to be exact.

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Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

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If you're a fan of The Tim Ferriss Show business podcast like we are, you'll be more than aware of his potential for extracting the best out of elite performers and successful people. Well, 100 million downloads can attest to how powerful and inspiring these conversations are. In his second best-selling book, Ferriss has compiled all of his interviewees' tactics, tips, life lessons, and tools into one easy reference that'll not only alter the course of your career, but also potentially change your life. The action items are outlined in easily digestible sound bites thanks to Ferriss's direct line of questioning, from "What do these people do in the first 60 minutes of each morning?" to "What do their workout routines look like, and why?" There's something for everyone in this handy tome.

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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Jen Sincero You Are a Badass $9
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In bite-size, to-the-point chapters, success coach Jen Sincero shows us how to turn our self-sabotaging beliefs into positive mantras. These will help us to not only get what we want, but also kick fears to the curb and finally reach our goals while making some serious money. With all that, it's no wonder that You Are a Badass is a New York Times bestseller.

04 of 10

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

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If there's one book that will seriously change your life, it's this oldie but goodie by Dale Carnegie. If you err on the side of worry, this book can up your happiness factor. More than six million copies sold is a pretty good sign that the messages and methods in this book work. Carnegie's practical formulas from 1948 are time-tested and can turn your life around regardless of the year you're living in.

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Money, and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks

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Married couple Esther and the late Jerry Hicks believe the law of attraction can bring wealth, happiness, and abundance in all aspects of your life. If you really want to push through stubborn roadblocks in your life and quash that tired, negative self-talk in lieu of health and happiness, this book can help you create the life you want. If there's an area in which you'd like to improve, you'll know how to tackle it and create the change by the time you've finished reading Money, and the Law of Attraction.

06 of 10

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

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From the same author who penned the hilarious Marie Kondo parody The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, this is yet another amusing self-help book that tells it like it is. Knight's no-BS message puts a fire under those of us who have an aversion to change or can't get our act together on our own. It's officially time to get off the couch and take charge, whether that's going to the gym or starting that passion project you've been talking about for too long. Knight's no-holds-barred approach will get you motivated once and for all with a heady dose of humor thrown in.

07 of 10

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

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There are so many successful women who inspire us daily from the books they read to their morning and night routines, but there's one female leader who stands out above all others: Oprah. Here, the inspirational figurehead compiles her popular O Magazine column "What I Know for Sure" into one handy book organized by theme. From joy to power and gratitude to resilience, Oprah's wise words speak to the heart and allow us to enter the world of one of today's most extraordinary women so we too can empower our own lives and become our best selves.

08 of 10

Educated by Tara Westover

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Sometimes it takes seeing a difficult experience someone else has been through to help you appreciate that your own situation isn't so bad. You would never guess that Dr. Tara Westover was 17 the first time she stepped foot in a classroom at Brigham Young University—today she has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, after all. But growing up in a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho along with a violent brother required Westover to find a way out, and that way out was through education. It's impossible to not feel inspired by her New York Times bestselling memoir.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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This modern classic may have been required reading for you in school, but we say it's high time for a reread. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is Maya Angelou's story of facing racial prejudice while growing up poor in the south, being attacked by an older man, and finally learning to love herself as an adult. Upon finishing this book, you too will know why the caged bird sings.

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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Imagine having to raise yourself. That's what Jeannette Walls and her siblings had to do growing up with their alcoholic father and troubled mother. Through hearing about Walls's strength in her memoir The Glass Castle, you might just gain some too.

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