Okay, hear me out: I’m a firm believer that some of the best company you can keep is yourself. No one is going to love you the way you love yourself, and that self-love trickles into every other aspect of your life, making it sufficiently better than if you didn’t have true, or at least a decent amount of, self-acceptance. It sounds corny, but it’s true! If you need a hand in that area, or appreciate a good reminder, these self-love books are so inspiring that you’ll actually want to reread them (or lend them to your friends, because they could probably use a reminder, too).
Buy Yourself the F*cking Lillies, by Tara Schuster
TV exec Tara Schuster gets brutally honest in this witty book about growing up–whether you’re in your 20s or 50s–and “learning to love yourself in a non-throw-up-in-your-mouth-it’s-so-cheesy way.” She shares the daily rituals that helped her re-parent herself and become a self-love expert.
What a Time to Be Alone, by Chidera Eggerue
This book is all about how being alone is literally the best thing that can ever happen to you. It centers on how you decide your own self-worth and how to avoid toxic relationships. Plus, it features author Chidera Eggerue’s original artwork. Who doesn’t love a well-designed, helpful book?
Untamed, by Glennon Doyle
Jam-packed with life lessons, Glennon Doyle’s memoir boils down to abandoning the world’s expectations of you. It’s about fully embracing every aspect of your life to live totally free as a woman in the modern world.
Don’t Overthink It, by Anne Bogel
Overthinking seems uncontrollable, but author Anne Bogel is here to tell you that it’s an act you can actually stop doing. In Don’t Overthink It, she offers strategies to help you deal with indecisions and what-ifs both big and small.
You Were Born for This, by Chani Nicholas
Astrologer Chani Nicholas takes you through three foundational parts of your birth chart in this page turner that essentially tells you to stop looking outside of yourself for validation, and embrace self-acceptance. To achieve that, it features journal prompts, reflection questions, and affirmations tailored to your astrological makeup.
The Self-Love Experiment, by Shannon Kaiser
Author Shannon Kaiser draws from her personal experience of learning to love herself and finding purpose after recovering from eating disorders, drug addictions, corporate burnout, and depression. It’s basically about learning how to put yourself first, which, FYI, isn’t selfish!
You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero
In 27 super short chapters, bestselling author Jen Sincero offers inspiring stories, solid advice, and simple exercises to help you get a grip on one thing: You are a badass. By the end of the how-to guide, you’ll understand yourself better, love what you can’t change, and know how to alter what you can change.
Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic focuses on self-love through creativity. In it, author Elizabeth Gilbert dives into the nature of inspiration. She encourages readers to tackle what they most love and let go of any fears, all while nurturing curiosity and smothering needless suffering.
Unf*ck Yourself, by Gary John Bishop
”Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a fu*king miracle of being,” Gary John Bishop writes in this straightforward handbook that centers on moving past self-imposed limits. You’re the only one standing in the way of getting or doing what you want.
The Body Is Not an Apology, by Sonya Renee Taylor
Body shaming is fueled by oppressive systems that activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor suggests we not only overcome, but totally interrupt. It focuses on self-love in relation to our bodies and spreading it on a global scale.
How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, by Andrea Owen
It’s time to destroy your self-destructive behaviors. That means ditching people-pleasing, tuning out your inner critic, and holding back from catastrophizing. Through digestible chapters on bad habit awareness, you’ll learn how to stop getting in your own way of happiness.
Unfiltered by Jessica Abo
Award-winning journalist and speaker Jessica Abo goes all-in on our complicated relationship with social media. She reminds us that our happiness IRL is more important than the way we portray ourselves online, and offers tools to avoid the “compare and despair trap.”
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
The great Shonda Rhimes, who brought us Grey’s Anatomy and many other incredible TV shows. spent a year saying yes to everything that scared her. In this memoir, she shares her experiences in that year that helped her love her truest self.
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Maybe you should apologize when, say, you break your roommate’s irreplaceable mug. But when it comes to being yourself and living your full potential, don’t apologize for it. In this book, author Rachel Hollis challenges women to go for what they want and believe in themselves without remorse.