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

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    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.

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    If you think a lot of finance information tends to be full of jargon, you'll find the way this book cuts straight to the point refreshing! It answers all those questions you have about your personal finances but are too afraid to ask, with easy-to-understand information about tricky topics like housing and investments, as well as how to save hundreds of pounds on your bills.

    Price: £5.75

    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.

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    The environmental impact of fast fashion is no secret, but buying fewer clothes doesn't mean your wardrobe has to be boring. In this book, Lauren Bravo guides you through how to appreciate, restyle, and revamp your current clothes as well as make more sustainable choices when looking for new items.

    Price: £9.35

    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.

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    If you find yourself fatigued by comparing yourself to others online but don't know how to stop, this may be the book for you. The author Katherine Ormerod talks to numerous experts to unpack the ways social media affects us in ways we may not even realise. It shows that you're not alone in your relationship with social media, but offers some light at the end of the tunnel by giving you tactics to use social media in a way that benefits - rather than exhausts - you.

    Price: £9.35

    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.

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    This book may be short but it's highly impactful, documenting Greta's powerful speeches that have made waves across the globe. It's an important reminder that your voice matters and that people can make a difference.

    Price: £2.69

    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.

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    Time to chuck any preconceptions of vegan food out of the window! This book contains recipes for delicious curries, tacos, and pasta dishes as well as some vegan-friendly puddings.

    Price: £9.99

    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!

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    Bella Mackie was ending her twenties on a low note, in the depths of depression and anxiety. One day she spontaneously decided to go for a run, and again the next day, until running had become an unexpected but joyous part of her life. This is a refreshingly honest account of struggling with mental health problems, and of the positive impact exercise had on her during tough times.

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    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!

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    Much of this book is sage advice regardless of whether you have children or not, focusing on how our past can impact how we behave and treat others now, as well as how to nurture relationships so that they're as healthy as can be. The book is a warm, understanding look at how we communicate with those we care about, that doesn't berate you for making mistakes and instead explains what you can do about them in a compassionate way.

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    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.

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    This book has thousands of glowing reviews – out of the 18,000+ reviews it's received it has a 4.8-star average rating. It's hard not to feel inspired after reading this, with its message of integrity of hope. There's a lot of heart and humility to be found in Michelle Obama's story, which touches on many things that have a universal relatability to them.

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    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.

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    Writer Dolly Alderton's memoir will speak to anyone who finds this whole growing-up thing to be much more complicated than they had anticipated. It talks about mistakes - bad dates, house parties, and getting a bit drunker than planned - but also how truly good friends are there for each other throughout it all. It's not just about romantic love, but also the importance of the love between friends and the love you have for yourself.

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    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.

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    Having spent many years as a mental health nurse, Nathan Filer has a unique insight into psychiatric wards. In this book he speaks to experts and those with a lived experience of schizophrenia, alongside drawing on reflections and learnings from his years of work. It thoughtfully unpacks an often misunderstood condition, shedding a light on it and also on the people who it affects every day.

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    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.

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    With chapters on love, family, friendship, and more, Elizabeth Day covers the areas of life where many of us fear we're failing at. Drawing on her own life experience, as well as creating a call to arms for us to change how we view failures, she encourages you to learn from failure and not be afraid to try again.

    Price: £6.49

    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.

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    The stories of Gottlier's patients are interspersed with her own therapy sessions, for an interesting narrative on humanity and the things people face - and work to overcome - behind closed doors. It's insightful, thought-provoking, and offers a lot to learn along the way.

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    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.

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    This illustrated guide takes you through tons of topics around sex and relationships such as consent, ghosting, and faking orgasms. The frank and open tone encourages you to be more frank and open in your own sex life, and there's lots of fun, inclusive illustrations that perfectly demonstrate that sex is supposed to be joyful.

    Price: £8.49

    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.

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    All the advice is achievable and realistic, such as taking the time to celebrate your achievements and helpful exercises for combatting negative self-talk. This little book is like a hug in hardback form, showing it is the little things that can make a big impact.

    Price: £4.99

    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.

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    Period-shame has been around since forever, and this book says that it's time for that to change. Its aims to normalise discussing menstruation without shame, reinforcing the fact it's a normal, natural thing and that talking about it has real benefits.

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    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.

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    Laura's expertise shines in this book, which doesn't contain any hard-and-fast rules but rather suggestions and exercises for trusting your body's needs and assuaging the feeling of guilt that can be tied up in eating. Its ultimate aims are to help you develop a happy relationship with food and your body, with Laura's words acting as a supportive friend to guide you through it!

    Price: £9.35

    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.

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    With quizzes, insights, and case studies, this goes into great detail about the attachment styles and helps you to identify which camp you fall into. Armed with this information, it aims to make it easier to also identify which style other people have, so that you can find someone compatible or better understand your partner if you're already in a relationship.

    Price: £8.52

    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.

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    Part of the bestselling Roasting Tin cookbook series, it contains 75 recipes that deliver tons of flavour with very little time and effort required. Whether you want a midweek meal or a showstopping pudding, there's so many easy-to-follow recipes that will brighten up your evenings.

    Price: £8.49