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12 Books That Will Help You Navigate The Weird Maze That Is Life

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1. How To Be A Grown Up – Daisy Buchanan

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Because we all need a bit of help to navigate the weirdness that is adulthood, and this witty book is full of great emotional and practical advice. Get the paperback for £9.74 here, or the Kindle edition for £6.49 here.

2. You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

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We all have that little voice in our head that tells us we're not good at things, but this book is here to yell at that voice. It's packed with useful advice, exercises, and much more. It's like having a really loud and supportive friend in your pocket. Get the paperback for £6.70 here, or the Kindle edition for £2.99 here.

3. The Little Big Things – Henry Fraser

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Henry was 17 years old when an accident crushed his spinal cord, but out of that experience came a new way of navigating life and of looking at the world. It's inspirational. Get the paperback for £8.99 here, or the Kindle edition for £5.99 here.

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4. What The **** Is Normal? – Francesca Martinez

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Francesca Martinez is an awesome, hilarious comedian. She also has cerebral palsy, but prefers to describe herself as "wobbly". This book is basically a life lesson in sticking two fingers up at the ableist idea that anyone is "normal." Get the paperback for £9.99 here, or the Kindle edition for £2.99 here.

5. Body Positive Power – Megan Jayne Crabbe

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In a similar vein, this fab book by unicorn-haired goddess Megan Jayne Crabbe (a.k.a. Instagram's @BodyPosiPanda) will make you take another look at ingrained attitudes to fitness, dieting, and self-image that put us at war with our own bodies. Get the paperback for £9.09 here, or the Kindle edition for £9.49 here.

6. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k – Sarah Knight

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Do you give too much of a fuck? Do you find yourself doing things just to make other people happy? Then this book will help you start to put yourself first, stop saying sorry all the time, and enjoy your life more as a result. Get the hardback for £8.57 here, or the Kindle edition for just 99p here.

7. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

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Why do some people "rise above" others to become famed athletes, scientists, or entrepreneurs? Malcolm Gladwell takes a look at these "outliers" and tries to figure it out, with surprising and eye-opening results. Get the paperback for £7.96 here, or the Kindle edition for £5.49 here.

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8. How To Be An Explorer Of The World – Keri Smith

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This lovely book aims to teach you to document your life and the world around you through note-taking, drawing, copying, and tracing, because if you're aware of things, you'll appreciate them even more. Get it for £9.06 here.

9. How To Be Human – Ruby Wax

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Ruby Wax is a veteran comedian and a damn wise woman, and she's used some of this wisdom to create this invaluable handbook to guide you through life. In it, she speaks to a Tibetan monk and a neuroscientist to really get at life's mysteries. Get the hardback for £7 here, or the Kindle edition for £9.99 here.

10. Make Your Bed – William H. McRaven

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This best-selling book by a 37-year Navy SEAL veteran teaches you to conquer the world by starting small. In fact, the first step is to simply make your bed. Little achievements then add up to bigger ones, and a more centred and clear outlook on life. Get the hardback for £6.99 here, or the Kindle edition for £6.49 here.

11. First, We Make The Beast Beautiful – Sarah Wilson

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Anxiety is a many-limbed beast, and many people suffer from it in one form or another. In this beautiful book, Sarah Wilson examines anxiety from a new angle. Can we learn to come to terms with it instead of trying to beat it into submission? Get the hardback for £15.18 here, or the Kindle edition for £9.99 here.

12. How To Be A Bawse – Lily Singh

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Youtuber Lilly Singh wants you to be a BAWSE: a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, smiles genuinely, and fights like a badass to get what you want. Sounds like a great way of life. Get the paperback for £8.99 here, or the Kindle edition for £9.99 here, and start BAWSE-ing everything you do.