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Oftentimes, I want to read a thriller that makes me forget I have brain cells. But sometimes I want to read a book that really understands me and what I'm going through. The thing is, sometimes it can be hard to figure out what book would appeal to what you're feeling at the moment — and it can be even harder to figure out what book would actually help. Especially during our unprecedented era.
We've got some suggestions for the self-improvement book that's perfect for you based on how you're feeling right now. These books can't only improve the state of your career, but can help you rethink your personal life, too.
If you're feeling ready to take on the world after this is all over...
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Originally published in 1936, this self-help classic has sold over 30 million copies. The book offers a time-tested approach to persuading others, making it the perfect read for anyone who's feeling excited about the opportunity to climb the ladder of life when this is all over.
If you're feeling reserved or downtrodden...
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
Let's be honest: the precarity of our era can make it hard to be optimistic, much less vulnerable. Brené Brown's beloved "Daring Greatly" is just the kind of inspiration you need to approach life — even a precarious one — with hope.
If you feel like your priorities are changing and something's gotta give...
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
If you aren't sure what you need right now but know you need something, Glennon Doyle's "Untamed" can help you tap into your emotions and desires. This recently published New York Times Bestseller isn't just a memoir — it's a guide to living a life that is unashamedly yours.
If you feel lazy (and it's not the satisfied kind of lazy)...
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
If you are looking for a way to get back on track, "Atomic Habits" provides the perfect antidote to feelings of malaise. The book breaks down how to build better habits and routines in a digestible way. But hey, I'm obligated to remind you we're kind of going through some stuff — be nice to yourself.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the world...
Digital Minimialism by Cal Newport
If your push notifications and social media feeds are causing you pain but you don't know how to look away, you need Cal Newport's book. This read can help you detox from the apps and the articles not only by providing advice but by reminding you why getting offline can be so important.
If you're feeling especially interested in (or confused by) your interpersonal relationships...
Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love by Amir Levine
Are your relationships feeling complicated in quarantine? Amir Levine's book lays the foundation for why your relationships look how they do. It's a close look not just at how you interact with others but how you interact with yourself. So, if your internal dialogue has been a bit weird lately, this book may be useful to you, too.
If you're feeling motivated or experiencing a new sense of purpose...
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Feeling motivated in any or all spheres of your life? This highly regarded book — originally published in 1989 — can help you channel your energy set yourself up for success.