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.

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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:

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

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SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome

by Darin Olien

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Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life

by Max Lugavere

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The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People

by Dan Buettner

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Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

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PUSH: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin’ Body, and the Life You Deserve!

by Chalene Johnson


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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

by Christopher McDougall

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Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

by David Goggins

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The Big Picture: 11 Rules That Will Change Your Life

by Tony Horton


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The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

by Marie Kondo

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The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World’s Happiest People

by Dan Buettner

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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

by Matthew Walker, Ph.D.

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Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success

by Shawn Stevenson

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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

by Lori Gottlieb

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The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

by Meik Wiking

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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

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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.

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Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together… Finally

by Nicole Lapin

Personal Growth and Habit Formation

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Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

by James Clear

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Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

by Brian Tracy

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Know Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth

by Mika Brzezinski

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High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way

by Brendon Burchard

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The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives

by Katie Couric

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Stick With It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life – for Good

by Sean Young, Ph.D.


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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

by Gary Chapman

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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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Life Lessons from the Oldest and Wisest: Inspiration, Wisdom, and Humor for All Generations

by David Romanelli


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The synergy of our engineering minds and ten years of health coaching experience produced Ryan and Alex Duo Life. Our mission is to help you transform your bodies, minds, and relationship, as a couple.

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