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    18 Non-Fiction Books To Help You Be Your Best Self In 2020

    Turn a new page this year.

    1. Money: A User’s Guide will give you practical information on everything from pensions and investments to how to get a great credit score.

    2. Find yourself with more clothes than you know what to do with, but still keep buying more? How To Break Up With Fast Fashion contains realistic changes you can make to your shopping habits.

    3. Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life tackles how social media has affected our behaviour and attention span, while also providing you with ways to develop a healthier relationship with it that works for you.

    4. No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference is a collection of speeches by climate activist Greta Thunberg to empower you to do what you can for the planet.

    5. If you want to incorporate some more meatless meals into your rotation, the BOSH! cookbook is full of hearty plant-based recipes that make perfect midweek meals.

    6. JOG ON: How Running Saved My Life is no ordinary fitness book, but rather a frank and funny account of how Bella Mackie used running to cope with anxiety and depression. It'll give you the motivation to take your own steps to happiness, however small they may initially be!

    7. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) by psychotherapist Phillipa Perry is full of wisdom on parenting such as how to break out of negative cycles and understand what different behaviours communicate. Even if you're not a parent, lots of these tips can apply to other relationships!

    8. Becoming by Michella Obama is a deeply powerful memoir by an iconic modern figure. Taking readers through her compelling journey - from her childhood in Chicago right through to becoming First Lady and now embarking on post-White House life - this book inspires you to defy expectations as the author as done.

    9. Everything I Know About Love is the soothing balm you need when you feel like you have no idea what you're doing when it comes to life and love.

    10. This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health encourages you to re-think your assumptions around mental illness, offering a thoughtful and thorough insight into schizophrenia that includes stories from people living with the condition themselves.

    11. Failure is something we've all been taught to be ashamed of, but How to Fail might make you rethink that and see failing in a new light.

    12. This heartfelt memoir of a therapist who is also in therapy herself, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a rare look into a world and experience that is often very private.

    13. Sex lives are, unfortunately, not always free of sexism. How to Have Feminist Sex is a useful, often funny, guide on enjoying the sex you genuinely want without fretting over body insecurities and whether you're doing it the "right" way.

    14. 101 Tiny Changes to Brighten Your World is filled with loads (101, to be exact) tips on nurturing various aspects of your life as well as the wider world and society.

    15. Period is all about smashing taboos around - you guessed it - periods. It reveals the ridiculousness of the shame and "ickiness" around periods, and encourages you to shed the embarrassment around discussing menstruation.

    16. Just Eat It calls out diet culture and the impact it has on our lives, advocating for a move away from restriction and punishment. It's full of evidence-based information delivered in a fun, no-nonsense way.

    17. Love and science may not seem to naturally go together, but Attached is a fascinating read which categorises how people behave in relationships into three attachment styles: anxious, avoidant, and secure.

    18. This will be the year of tasty home cooking thanks to The Quick Roasting Tin – all the meals take no more than 10 minutes of prep and 30 minutes in the oven.