Time For Self-Improvement: Read These Books Online To Be The Best Version Of Yourself

With all the free time available (whether we like it or not), it’s a great time for self-reflection, growth and development. Of course there’s no one size fits all philosophy, neither is there a pace for this sorta thing, so turning to books is a great way to start your journey of discovery and development. If getting physical books poses some logistical or storage based challenges, fear not! Here are some great ebooks of popular self-help books to download on your Kindle to help you become your best self. If you don't have a Kindle, you can always download the app on your phone. 

The prices mentioned of the books are accurate as of the day this list is published. 

Work Smarter Not Harder

You can tell a lot about this one from the title, yes, and if procrastination is your middle name then pick Work Smarter Not Harder: 18 Productivity Tips That Boost Your Work Day Performance! In less than a month, Timo Kiander will help you supposedly break the chain of procrastination and stress that’s been keeping you up all night, or from not conquering the world. It’s great for those of you who get distracted easily, especially if you’re doing remote work, like us! 

Price: 0

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

For those of you who are tired of overly positive and saccharine self-help advice, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck is perfect, because let’s face it, a positive mind doesn’t always result in a positive outcome. Quoting established research and pairing it with tongue-in-cheek examples, the book by  Mark Manson basically talks about how acceptance is the key to overcoming our obstacles. By paying attention to and working on things we actually care about, we will ultimately be happy it would seem. Don’t take our word for it, get the book!

Price: INR 250

Minimalism: The Path to an Organized, Stress-free and Decluttered Life

It’s hard to keep the mind free and uncluttered when everything around us is anything but. Minimalism by Gweneth Snow will show you (hopefully) how to take care of your physical surroundings and keep things - that’s right- minimalistic. After taking you through the minimalist movement, how to get closer to that minimalist lifestyle and how to keep it going, the book will also touch upon how to bring that philosophy into other aspects of your life like health, finances, and wellbeing.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This one’s a classic and doesn’t need an explanation we feel. With seven core habits, the book claims to fully transform your life. Written by Stephen Covey back in the late 80’s, we’ll warn you when we say that the book might be a tad dry to read (as the definition of engaging was slightly different back in the day), but you’ll definitely have a couple of takeaways once you’re done! Maybe one or two of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People might actually make their way into your life, hey?

Price: INR 800

Man’s Search For Meaning

Written by Auschwitz survivor and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, this book actually dives into the spiritual. His experience in the camp, and people he treated after he got out gave insight into how suffering and how one reacts to it ultimately determines the person they become. Man's Search For Meaning explores how the decision to find meaning in external events through internal choices is what potentially drives people ahead. Even if not for self-help, the memoir is one to be read for perspective. 

Price: INR 89

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Ikigai

This one probably had a moment on many an Instagram feed due to how aesthetically pleasing the cover is (judging a book by its cover? No judgement from us, hey!). The book by Hector Garcia is a great place to start your journey to discover your purpose in life. Based on our reading(and the author), the meeting point between our needs, wants, ambitions, and satisfaction is what Ikigai is. What’s important is the journey that’s determined by the factors mentioned before. An easy read, with some insightful lessons, we think it’s worth it. 

Price: INR 180

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

Resulting in a Netflix (Tidying Up with Marie Kondo) series, reading the book is a good place to start if you haven’t got a Netflix account. Inspired by her own life, and practices, the book is a light read, and if you’re someone who shops every time there’s a sale, it is perfect to declutter. Not that we’re saying throw out your family heirlooms and all, but if you have way too many things at home and don’t know what to do with them, just ask yourself if it sparks joy, she says. Then you might feel the Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying

Price: INR 230

The Happiness Project

Written by Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun is a diary-like book. Not only does Rubin experiment with living life to the fullest, she also acknowledges the not-so-great parts of life and herself and learns to accept them to be more content. Happiness is an everyday project, and an ultimate goal. To find out how, get yourself a copy of this self-help book. 

Price: INR 310

The Power of Habit

Why do we do what we do? How to stop (or start) doing something and change our inertia? Charles Duhigg goes into the science of habit formation, triggers, cues, and influences on them, especially when it comes to change in The Power Of Habit. Not just on an individual level, but he also goes into how habits work when it comes to groups (workplaces, and society in general). It’s quite eye opening when you realise that habits aren’t formed by yourself alone. 

Price: INR 150

The Gifts of Imperfection

In a world where everything and everyone looks and seems perfect (heads up - they’re not), it’s good to acknowledge and accept our flaws and shortcomings. Brené Brown, through her storytelling will help start your journey of self-compassion, motivation, and self-acceptance. Forget about Instagram motivational quotes, this is the real deal. At the core of it, The Gifts Of Imperfection basically says “ you are enough” and “you are worth it” in your entirety. 

Price: INR 700

Quiet

In a world where extroverted people are rewarded for being themselves, what about the introverts? This book is ideal for those who like to go their way quietly and without fuss. With many examples of successful introverts, Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking can be the calm in your surrounding storm of extroverts. Susan Cain’s book is set in corporate America, so it might not be as relatable to those of you not living there, but still full of information, learnings, and some amount of solace. 

Price: INR 250

Pro-Tip

Want to chat about a recent book you read? Peeps in these online book clubs would love to discuss. Meanwhile, also look at these amazing online libraries to make the most of social distancing.