Duo Life Book Club
While we’ve moved on from the days when you wouldn’t be caught dead in the “Self-Help” aisle at Barnes & Noble, reading personal development books is the hot new trend.
From Mark Manson saying “f*ck” all over the internet to Brené Brown’s cameo in the Netflix comedy, Wine Country, the wisdom and appearance of personal development gurus have become omnipresent.
So, whether you’re seeking mindfulness, a better spending routine, or more meaning at work, there’s a fun and easy-read for you. Here are our favorite personal development books that don’t suck and that you don’t want to miss.
the duo life book club
One of our reoccurring New Year’s Resolutions is to read more.
The average American of our age group, aged 25-34, reads either a book or magazine for 7 minutes a day. On top of that, 24% of all American adults didn’t even complete one book in 2018.
We enjoy reading, we want to read, and we know how important it is. Numbers like these show us that reading must be prioritized. Studies show that reading books:
- Increases longevity with 20% reduced risk of mortality
- Reduces the likelihood to develop Alzheimer’s disease by 2.5 times
- Can lower stress up to 68%, even more so than listening to music, drinking a cup of tea, or taking a walk.
Once you do prioritize reading, it quickly becomes fun.
Let’s Be Readers Together
Set a goal to read at least one book per month. The Duo Life Book Club is not a traditional book club. We don’t all read the same book. We believe that you’re more likely to read if you enjoy the book. So, whatever it is you choose to read — from a smutty romance novel to historical fiction to personal development — you do you.
With that said, we have read a crazy amount of books on diet, fitness, motivation, self-care, personal growth, habit formation, and relationship. We share our 27 favorites on this Duo Life Book Club page and highly recommend all of these books, both for you and your plus one.
As you read your books throughout the year, we challenge you to comment on this page to stay accountable. Also, feel free to share book recommendations.
What better way to better ourselves in 2020 than to read more?
Let’s dive into the recommendations.
Diet and Nutrition
Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life
by Max Lugavere
Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
by Shawn Stevenson
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
by Lori Gottlieb
The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
by Cait Flanders
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brené Brown, Ph.D.
Personal Growth and Habit Formation
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert
by John M. Gottman, Ph.D.
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