Summertime is the perfect time to kick back with a new read. These books have recently been brought to our attention and are on our to-be-read list for this summer. Which will you pick up first?

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5 New Self-Development Books To Read This Summer:

1. No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

We love that this memoir paints a different picture from what society says is the traditional path for women. Glynnis MacNicol takes life by the horns and creates her own destiny. Don’t miss this one!

From Amazon:

If the story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then? This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her 40th birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer, and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she had neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a baby. She knew she was supposed to feel bad about this. After all, single women and those without children are often seen as objects of pity, relegated to the sidelines, or indulgent spoiled creatures who think only of themselves.

Glynnis refused to be cast into either of those roles and yet the question remained: What now? There was no good blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world. She concluded it was time to create one.

Over the course of her fortieth year, which this memoir chronicles, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she’d been led to expect. Through the trials of family illness and turmoil, and the thrills of far-flung travel and adventures with men, young and old (and sometimes wearing cowboy hats), she is forced to wrestle with her biggest hopes and fears about love, death, sex, friendship, and loneliness. In doing so, she discovers that holding the power to determine her own fate requires a resilience and courage that no one talks about, and is more rewarding than anyone imagines.

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Intimate and timely, No One Tells You This is a fearless reckoning with modern womanhood and an exhilarating adventure that will resonate with anyone determined to live by their own rules.

2. Love Yourself by Tami Walker

We are massive proponents of self-love. If you struggle with making yourself a priority, caring for yourself, and are stuck in a place you can’t move past — this one is for you.

From Amazon:

Do you love yourself, truly and unconditionally? If you’re like a lot of people, the answer is no—and that’s okay! In today’s world, we’re constantly bombarded with images of successful celebrities, airbrushed models, picture-perfect homes, and Instagram-worthy lives. It can be hard to see all this and not think of yourself as less-than, even a failure in the eyes of society.

So, what is the answer to this problem? Self-love.

But in the chaos that is modern life, it can be hard to find time for yourself. Whether you’re always on the go or just think you don’t deserve it, it’s no surprise that so many of us put ourselves on the back-burner. However, contrary to widespread belief, self-love isn’t selfish, and it’s something you need to make time for. Your body and mind will thank you. So, if you’re feeling stressed-out, not good enough, or just plain depressed, you need to introduce some self-love into your life. And Love Yourself: A Journey of Self-Care, Self-Acceptance, and Total Self-Love can show you how.

In this book, you’ll learn how to accept, love, and care for yourself every day, at any time. Break the vicious cycle of insecurity, get rid of those overwhelmed feelings, and rebuild your life from a new, happier place. Soon, you’ll become satisfied with who you truly are, what you actually have, and where you’re going. It’s time to learn to love YOU, with Love Yourself: A Journey of Self-Care, Self-Acceptance, and Total Self-Love!

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3. A Year Of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron 

In a world that so often seems fueled by anger and tragedy, Donna Cameron challenges us to something almost radical. She documents what she learned from a year of living kindly. Not only will you learn the true impact of kindness, but you’ll know exactly how to implement it.

From Amazon:

Being kind is something most of us do when it’s easy and when it suits us. Being kind when we don’t feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that’s also when it’s most needed; that’s when it can defuse anger and even violence, when it can restore civility in our personal and virtual interactions. Kindness has the power to profoundly change our relationships with other people and with ourselves. It can, in fact, change the world.

In A Year of Living Kindly―using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research―Donna Cameron shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. She presents compelling research into the myriad benefits of kindness, including health, wealth, longevity, improved relationships, and personal and business success. She explores what a kind life entails, and what gets in the way of it. And she provides practical and experiential suggestions for how each of us can strengthen our kindness muscle so choosing a life of kindness becomes ever easier and more natural. An inspiring, practical guide that can help any reader make a commitment to kindness, A Year of Living Kindly shines a light on how we can create a better, safer, and more just world―and how you can be part of that transformation.

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4. Happy Guide by Michael Kinnaird

The idea proposed here is that our habits and lifestyle choices influence our happiness. Tired of being tired all of the time? Pick up this quick read to make a  positive change.

From Amazon:

When did being happy and healthy get so complicated!? There are thousands of theories out there leaving us feeling confused. But Happy Guide is like a breath of fresh air. It shows that being happy and healthy is actually simple and that most problems have the same solutions. So whether you’re overweight, depressed, self-destructing or tired all the time, Happy Guide gets the job done.

5. Angels Can’t Swim by Alexandra McCann

We love that this novella takes challenging topics head on. In this coming-of-age story, three girls navigate their way through friendships, their mental health journeys, and sexuality.

From Amazon:

Angels Can’t Swim is an original, honest coming-of-age novella that examines what goes on behind the scenes for three college swimmers. Jenna, Maggie, and Eden are each incredibly different in their personalities and struggles. Yet under pressure they must come together in this compelling story of friendship and what it means to be a good teammate. While balancing the pressures of swimming at a high level and also dealing with the realities of college life, the three young women grow immensely as individual people and in their bonds with each other. In portraying these bonds, the novella tackles important issues such as eating disorders and what it means to be an LGBTQ young person. This intense, unforgettable novella is a must-read for young adults, college students, and all people who wish to take a glimpse into a world not often seen.

We received advance reading copies of the books listed in this post for review.