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31 Amazing Books That Will Actually Motivate You To Do Shit

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about motivational books that have *actually*, you know, motivated and uplifted them. Here are their diverse picks:

1. Yes Please is like your own laugh-out-loud therapy session with Amy Poehler, rooted in extremely honest advice and self-deprecating wit.

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"There's a particular passage about shutting negative feelings in a drawer until they wear themselves out, and it resonated with me in a huge way. Plus, the book's freaking hysterical!" —Savvy Kirk, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $13.11 (paperback) or $11.99 (Kindle).

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2. Furiously Happy encourages readers to embrace the craziness and ridiculousness of life when managing anxiety and mental illness.

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"The art of telling your mental illness to go fuck itself." —Samantha Barnes, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $12.79 (hardcover) or $9.99 (Kindle).

3. The Happiness Project is one woman's year-long mission to focus her time on what actually matters, and it'll teach you to do the same.

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"Unlike other books that are about big life changes and grand journeys, Rubin writes about little things you can do to make yourself happier every day. It's a much more realistic and relatable approach." —Elizabeth Emery, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $9.19 (paperback) or $1.99 (Kindle).

4. Laughing at my Nightmare takes on life's awkward situations from the viewpoint of a twenty-something living with spinal muscular atrophy.

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"It's funny, personal, and gives insight into the mind of someone who has had a disability his whole life. More importantly, Shane gives advice in a lighthearted, comedic manner, making his book a good choice for readers of all ages." —Theresa Harris, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $4.99 (paperback) or $7.09 (Kindle).

5. Just Kids is a poetic tribute to Patti Smith's late partner and a passion-fueled relationship between two vying artists in '60s and '70s NYC.

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"It’s not actually a motivational book but her words always inspire me to utilize my ability to create art or just give me that extra push in whatever I feel like I need help with in life. It’s my go-to." —Abby Jov

Get it from Amazon for $13.11 (paperback) or $13.49 (Kindle).

6. The Last Lecture addresses the question of what kind of legacy you want to leave behind, even if your life hasn't been cut short by terminal cancer.

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Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon and his last lecture was titled "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams."

"You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and learn about what’s really important in life. I re-read it every few years!" —samk44

Get it from Amazon for $17.14 (hardcover) or $10.99 (Kindle).

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7. Bossypants chronicles Tina Fey's pre-breakout days to remind people that all Liz Lemons start off with just a dream to become a comedian...and to be called "bossy."

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Because that's when you know you've really made it. And of course, bossy in a positive sense, as in people respect you and you get shit done. 💪

"She's motivated me to be a boss lady, even if not in my career quite yet, at least in my own life!" —Melissa Greenwalt, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $6.74 (paperback) or $8.99 (Kindle).

8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is the wake-up call you and your overstuffed closet desperately need.

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Also known as the book ~everyone and their mother~ has heard about.

"I picked this up when I felt overwhelmed about packing up my apartment before a move. I figured her methods were a win-win: either I would adopt her philosophy of staying tidy, or I’d still be messy but own fewer possessions and generally not be as overwhelmed by cleaning. It worked, and I found that adopting an attitude of gratitude helped me let go of objects/clothes I was previously struggling to release. I donated six garbage bags of clothes and sold another bag to ThredUp. In a society obsessed with material goods, Kondo’s philosophy of things is a refreshing mental reset to focus on what is actually important: taking delight in and using the possessions we care for." —Grace R.

Get it from Amazon for $10.19 (hardcover) or $9.99 (Kindle).

9. Or its follow-up "practical parody," The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, that serves up real talk about saying no to time-wasters.

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"Truly inspirational; it really changed the way I think about things that I consider to be obligations and my right to say no to them. Saying no is such a gift to myself." —geocallie

Get it from Amazon for $11.55 (paperback) or $11.99 (Kindle).

10. Quiet challenges society's long-standing penchant for extroverts with an in-depth look at the oftentimes untapped strengths of introverts.

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"Great book about introversion. She also has one for young adults called Quiet Power, which is also amazing!" —zxcnovi

Get it from Amazon for $9.69 (paperback) or $8.99 (Kindle).

11. Adulting is a charming and relatable AF handbook for aspiring grown-ups who could use *very practical* help for navigating the so-called "real world."

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"It's funny, real, filled with actionable information, and it even got a shout-out from JJ Abrams. It has advanced 'I’ve-had-a-job-for-years' level adulting tips as well as stuff you could get started on in college or even high school, like making the perfect steak and mashed potatoes." —m401844f28

Get it from Amazon for $9.19 (paperback) or $9.99 (Kindle).

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12. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth taps into a mixture of memoir and motivational material sprinkled with dry humor, and of course, a truly out-of-this-world perspective on life.

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"Not only did it inspire me to pursue my dreams, but it also taught me the value of enjoying every step towards achieving those dreams. It's full of fun space stories that talk about the true meaning of a fulfilled life." —Michelle Elizabeth Payne, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $4.28 (paperback) or $11.99 (Kindle).

13. Gift from the Sea explores groundbreaking meditations (published back in 1955!) on the trappings of modernity during a brief escape from everyday life...of course by the sea.

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"When I graduated from high school, my stepgrandmother gave me the book as a gift. I loved how she said being alone is good for the soul!" —Lisa McBroom McBroom, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $6.32 (paperback) or $8.99 (Kindle).

14. Seriously…I’m Kidding is basically a ray of sunshine in book form with a generous heaping of laughter and optimism — like chatting with your best friend.

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"I’ve always been a fan of Ellen but only just recently read her book (I can’t believe I didn’t buy it sooner). Never have I felt more inspired and confident in myself than I have after reading it. Not only is the content absolutely hilarious, it also provides very honest truths and wonderful advice about life, love, and everything in between. Would recommend this to anyone who needs a pick-me-up or even just a laugh." —Giorgina McKay

Get it from Amazon for $6.43 (paperback) or $9.99 (Kindle).

15. You Are a Badass gives you the kind of advice that your cool aunt would, which means giving it to ya straight sans cushy bullshit.

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"I have a tendency to be hard on myself and the best advice from this book was to stop myself when I’m in the downward spiral of self-hate and realize that I AM a badass! So effective that I told my fiancé about it and now we catch each other getting negative and make the person say they are a badass. It’s been awesome." —kaseyvand

Get it from Amazon for $7.75 (paperback) or $9.99 (Kindle).

16. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls consists of personal and guest essays that shed light and encouragement on the almighty cause of loving your own body.

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In a world that often conditions you to do the opposite.

"Life-changing book." —indigoam

Get it from Amazon for $10.25 (paperback) or $9.99 (Kindle).

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17. The Alchemist is the breathtaking story of Santiago, a wanderlust-driven Andalusian shepherd boy who seeks to fulfill his dreams.

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Paulo wrote the book after fulfilling his own travel-related dream, a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. However, the book's simple message to follow your heart is general enough to appeal to all readers.

"I totally believe that the universe worked its magic to let the book find me. Definitely an easy read when you’re feeling lost and need some inspiration." —Leah Nicolette Russell

Get it from Amazon for $10.59 (paperback) or $11.99 (Kindle).

18. Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously focuses on exuding courage on a daily basis and, dare we say, ~celebrating~ fear and the unknown.

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While stories and successes built around extraordinary circumstances are incredibly inspiring, courage also lives in the average person's day-to-day routines. ✨

"If you’re slightly petty (like me), it’s such a wonderful reminder to not sweat the small stuff and focus on bigger truths." —Dustin S.

Get it from Amazon for $6.95 (paperback) or $9.99 (Kindle).

19. Lean In reviews the problematic theme of women "having it all" through self-deprecating humor, hard-hitting research, and personal anecdotes.

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Apply advice liberally until you become Facebook's COO.

"All of my fears and the inadequacies I felt were so well-articulated; I honestly never knew other women felt this way. I found it especially motivating as I was deciding between two job offers at the end of graduate school: one with a company I had been with for the past year and the other from a large, well-known company. I re-read certain chapters and ultimately decided to not give into my fear of not being good enough and accepted the offer from the other company. This book has given me the courage to be wholly and unashamedly myself in a world that often attempts to silence young women." –Amy F.

Get it from Amazon for $11.91 (hardcover) or $12.99 (Kindle).

20. Absolutely Should-Less puts you back in control of your decisions by tossing the word "should" from your vocab straight into the trash.

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"It is a fantastic book about eliminating the word 'should' from your life (as in 'I should do this' or 'I should go there') and holding yourself accountable for your decisions. It saved my life." —M.J. Cormier, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $10.40 (paperback) or $9.99 (Kindle).

21. Diva Rules serves up life lessons like "Give Good Face" and "Be Thankful You're a Misfit" straight from radio personality, businesswoman, and RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage.

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"Michelle is a shining light and so relatable. She is strong and empowered, and her book makes me feel that way too." —Simone W.

Get it from Amazon for $13.31 (hardcover) or $9.99 (Kindle).

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22. The Four Agreements unleashes practical advice based on ancient Toltec wisdom that helps you dispel beliefs that prevent you from reaching your potential.

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"It gave me the tools to develop my own confidence and self-esteem. I learned to move past worrying about what people thought of me and start forming goals for myself based on what I wanted." —Sara S.

Get it from Amazon for $5.83 (paperback), $5.95 (hardcover) or $15.95 (48-card deck).

23. No Mud, No Lotus talks about getting in touch with your suffering — rather than running away from it — through practices like mindful breathing and deep concentration.

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"It's about developing new perspectives and a different outlook on life." —Tanay Nestico, Facebook

Get it from Amazon for $9.51 (paperback) or $12.99 (Kindle).

24. F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems is the sage (but very blunt) advice from a doctor and writer father-daughter duo.

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The New York Post called it "the Ice Bucket Challenge of self-help books," so there's that. 💦

"It gives many examples of common things that keep you from being happy and examples of how to deal with them." —Vicki F.

Get it from Amazon for $10.87 (hardcover) or $10.99 (Kindle).

25. Staying Strong affirms commitment to your health, happiness, and overall well-being every day of the year.

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The book also has a companion journal!

"You read a page every day for a year, and each day has a quote and goal. It’s really easy to keep up with and Demi is such a great person to look up to." —Kelsey Molina

Get it from Amazon for $12.44 (hardcover) or $9.99 (Kindle).

27. What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn) reads like a full-color magazine and pushes you to do all the work you've been avoiding (yep, you know).

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"This book is giving me all the right coaching to get going, make things, do things, and push out all my projects." —Sean Farnum

Get it from Amazon for $21.98 (paperback).

28. How to Win Friends & Influence People is full of time-tested advice that helps you navigate the tricky waters of interpersonal relationships and putting your best (but genuine) face forward.

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"Hands down one of the best books on handling interpersonal relations." —David N.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (paperback) or $1.19 (Kindle).

29. Dumplin' stars fearless, self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson, who enters a teen beauty pageant to take back her confidence.

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"It taught me not to be so critical about my body and that bigger girls are beautiful and precious too." —annastiinap

Get it from Amazon for $10.59 (hardcover) or $9.99 (Kindle).

31. It Gets Worse is one hilariously insightful essay after another about millennial culture and relatable-yet-bizarre personal experiences.

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"It helped me come to terms with my bisexuality and accept it." —kayleipeak15

Get it from Amazon for $10.11 (paperback) or $10.99 (Kindle).

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