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9 Self-Help Books That'll Resonate With Black Millennials Looking To Get Their S**t Straight

Self-help books for the soul.

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These are trying times. Whether you are a student, recent college grad, new to the workforce, or in the beginnings of a new job, we all need a little push. Sometimes, our loved ones spare our feelings so we need someone without bias to get us from under the blankets, out of our feelings (sorry Drake, we can't be in that space with you forever) and face our issues like the dope humans we're destined to become. So we compiled a list of 13 self-help books to assist you in getting your mind right. 


1. Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené


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British besties Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené conducted interviews with some of Britain's most successful black lady bosses to remind us of our infinite potential to slay.

2. You’re A Bada**: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero


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Who here feels personally victimized by their inner doubt? *Raises hand.* Sincero will help to stifle that nagging voice and connect you to your inner bada**. The #1 New York Times bestseller utilizes short chapters full of relatable anecdotes that will get you right.

2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari 

“Master of None" star Aziz Ansari steps outside of his comic roots – but not out of his hilarious language – to give us Modern Romance. After compiling interviews and data on relationships and romantic behavior with the help of NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and several social scientists, Ansari gifts the hopeless romantic with a guide. Readers can approach love with data that can better help them understand what to text back their crush so we can stop wasting our battery sending all those screenshots to the homies. 

3. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson

Many people who survive anxiety do so without showing outward signs of distress. Author Sarah Wilson reached millions while struggling with chronic anxiety. First We Make the Beast Beautiful offers a hand to those managing anxiety, as well as to those who wish to help. 

4. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes


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Shonda Rhimes has brought us absolute gold in the form of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” Though her characters face challenges where they must act boldly, and with little time to decide, Rhimes found herself acting the opposite. After Rhimes’ sister called out her introverted nature, Rhimes agreed to say yes to everything for a year – and lived to tell the tale in Year of Yes

5. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh 

Under the username ||Superwoman||, YouTuber Lilly Singh has gathered over 14 million subscribers on her channel. In How to Be a Bawse, Singh dishes on what it takes to rise to the top and makes it clear that it ain’t easy. But in the end, you’ll be ready to boss up, too!

6. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachael Hollis


Did you hear the news?! We’re doing a Girl, Wash Your Face book club all August long on live stream AND we’re giving away this 45 page discussion guide for free to go along with it! All you have to do to enjoy the book club is tune into our daily livestream at 8AM central time here on Instagram or over on my Facebook page. Tomorrow we’re starting off strong with chapter one and the lie “something else will make me happy”. Do you ever find yourself thinking “I’ll be happy when...” or “if I was only married or pregnant or had that job or had this much money...” that’s a lie. The truth is, you have to find joy in TODAY or you’ll never be happy tomorrow no matter what blessings it holds. Join me and my baby boo @mrdavehollis mañana as we talk through this. Want the snazzy discussion guide to go along with it? Of course you do! It’s your free gift when you sign up for my weekly email. In fact, if you’re already signed up you should have received in today’s note. 💃🏽 Not signed up? Hit the link in my bio and snag it sis! #GirlWashYourFace #MadeForMore A post shared by Rachel Hollis (@msrachelhollis) on

Girl, Wash Your Face is not only number one on Amazon’s Most Read list for Self-Help books, but also a New York Times Bestseller. Rachel Hollis, the founder of TheChicSite.com, uses her book to address falsities that many internalize and allow to hold them back. Hollis takes readers past the wrong and into the right. 

7. What a Time To Be Alone: The Slumflower's Bestselling Guide To Why You Are Already Enough by Chidera Eggerue

Referred to as a millennial mastermind by ELLE, Eggerue compiled pages of quotes and proverbs for those who need quick reminders as to why they're the sugar honey iced tea. The Nigerian blogger and founder of the #SaggyBoobsMatter movement was featured in ELLE's list of "faces to watch in 2018."

8. Resonate: For Anyone Who Wants To Build An Audience by Alex Wolf 


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Millennials are starting businesses, working diligently on building their own brands and utilizing social media to build an audience. Alex Wolf built a following of over half a million through the founding of the lifestyle brand for female millennial entrepreneurs Boss Babe. Her book Resonate aims to help those looking to make their brand known in the technological and creative fields. 

9. Live Richer Challenge: Learn How to Budget, Save, Get Out of Debt, Improve Your Credit and Invest in 36 Days by Tiffany 'The Budgetnista' Aliche 

So maybe our budgeting skills aren't what they should be. Can you really blame us? It's not like economics class actually taught us how to do anything useful. The Budgetnista's Live Richer Challenge book takes readers on a five-week journey to financial success. 

Books are not only a great escape from a stressful situation, but also filled with words based on the experience and trials of another person who may have gone through something you’re going through now. Whether it be anxiety, or just a lack of motivation, they’ve got you covered. 


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