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

LIfeStyle and Motivation

Self-Care and Happiness

Personal Growth and Habit Formation

Marriage and Relationship


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The creators of Ryan and Alex Duo Life. We are a husband-wife duo and “lifestyle engineers.”

After eight years working in the corporate world, originally as engineers, we left our high-powered jobs to tackle our true passion — helping couples engineer their best lives.

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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