I almost called this blog "Meet Me in the Self-Help Section" because I have srsly assembled my own library. Here are my must-reads:
You Are a Bad-Ass by Jen Sincero: Read this book right now. Do it! Not only is it as hilar as the title suggests, but it lights a fire under your ass. Start living the life you want now! Do not ruminate about passing Go and worry away your $200! Jen tackles major hang-ups like money and spirituality in bite-sized chunks that make a ton of sense.
Loving What Is by Byron Katie: If you are open to a real mind-eff, this is your book. Katie aims to get people out of their heads, where all the drama lives, and in touch with what actually is, what is real without all of the assumptions we make and stories we tell ourselves. The book largely consists of examples of Katie doing what she calls "The Work," asking real people a series of simple questions, to shift their negative thought patterns. Her book totally changed the way I look at the world.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay: This book seems to have inaugurated the self-help genre. Although rather... hippie-dippie, it's a great resource for affirmations and other ways to take care of yourself.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: Naturally, I put off reading this book as long as possible! Although it's pretty heavy and I sometimes thought my brain would start smoking because it was working so hard, Eckhart offers vital information about getting out of the zombie mindset that modern society collectively embraces.
Silently Seduced by Kenneth Adams: Pay no mind to the Lifetime movie-esque title. While much of the book focuses on covert incest, a field of research that Kenneth pioneered, it offers loads of insight on unhealthy, but totally common, family dynamics. Prepare for the lightbulb to light while reading this.