The 18 Best Self-Love Books You’ll Want to Read More Than Once

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Okay, hear me out: Some of the best company you can keep is yourself. That’s right, you’ve gotta learn to be your own best friend and show yourself the love you would shower your bestie with, because as the great RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?” Self-love (or lack thereof) can have a big impact, making navigating your day-to-day sufficiently better than if you didn’t have true self-acceptance. I know, I know, it sounds corny, but it’s true!

Now I also know that in a world of self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and having to navigate difficult situations that can leave us feeling, well, a little critical of ourselves, it’s usually easier said than done to show ourselves a lil’ self-love. But just like any skill, learning to love yourself and understanding where negative self-talk is coming from (and how to talk back to it!) is something you need to actively work on. If you need a hand in that area or just 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).

1

The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown

2

Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself, by Nedra Glover Tawwab

3

Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women, by Becca Anderson

4

Be That Unicorn, by Jenny Block

5

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lillies, by Tara Schuster

6

What a Time to Be Alone, by Chidera Eggerue

7

Untamed, by Glennon Doyle

8

Don’t Overthink It, by Anne Bogel

9

You Were Born for This, by Chani Nicholas

10

The Self-Love Experiment, by Shannon Kaiser

11

You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero

12

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

13

Unf*ck Yourself, by Gary John Bishop

14

The Body Is Not an Apology, by Sonya Renee Taylor

15

How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, by Andrea Owen

16

Unfiltered by Jessica Abo

17

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

18

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Associate Editor Kelly Allen is the current Associate Editor at House Beautiful, where she covers design, pop culture, and travel for digital and the print magazine.

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