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    17 Books To Buy If You're Currently Trying To Get Your Life Together

    Sort out your life and complete your bookshelf.

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    1. Hinch Yourself Happy by Mrs Hinch

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    If you’ve seen her Instagram, you’re probably already obsessed with Mrs Hinch and everything she stands for (what even was life before booming out R.E.S.P.E.C.T. while cleaning your oven?!) This book is full of the best (mostly affordable) cleaning products to use and tips on how to use them. Readers say it has genuinely made cleaning fun: something they look forward to and not a chore!

    Price: £7.00 for hardcover.

    2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

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    This one’s a no-brainer, surely? Tidying your personal space can help to declutter your mind too. If you’re the kind of person who has T-shirts (that you never wear) older than your childhood pet, this book’s the one for you. Customers love this for its simplicity: it makes the mammoth task of clearing out your attic actually seem achievable, and it’s also really easy to flick through for a lil’ inspiration every now and then.

    Price: £7.89 for paperback.

    3. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

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    Denmark is known for being one of the happiest places in the world, and apparently hygge is their not-so-secret weapon. Pronounced ‘hoo-gah’, it’s basically the epitome of all that is cosy, joyful, and soothing to the soul. If you love the feeling of curling up on the sofa with a good book while the rain pounds on the window, and want to make this a ~lifestyle~ then this book will help you get there.

    Price: £7.19 for hardcover.

    4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

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    This book walks you through taking a different outlook on life: one where you stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time so that you leave enough room to be genuinely happy. Readers love Manson’s laid-back approach to what is essentially a self-help guide, making it feel so much less therapy-esque and more like talking to a really helpful friend.

    Price: £12.45 for hardcover.

    5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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    Written by the same author that penned Eat, Pray, Love, this book will really get your creative juices flowing. Whether you’re failing to find inspiration to start that new project, are stuck in a creative rut, or just want to make your life more vivid and enjoyable, this book will help you work your way through the usual blocks to creativity.

    Price: £6.14 for paperback.

    6. What Would the Spice Girls Do? By Lauren Bravo

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    Did you get a *bit* too into Wannabe at the school disco, have an obsession with hair glitter, and refuse to take your Scary Spice leopard print leotard off for a whole week? ‘Cause, same. Aside from bringing back memories that you thought were forever buried, this book takes an honestly refreshing look at the fun and fearless brand of feminism that our favourite girl band introduced all those years ago. The Spice Girls were quite obviously badass, and if you want to bring a bit more zig-a-zig-ah back into your life, this is the book for you.

    Price: £6.47 for hardcover.

    7. How To Own the Room by Viv Groskop

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    If you’ve ever stood up to speak in front of a huge crowd and found that you couldn’t utter a single word, or felt like you couldn’t get your point across in person in the same way you can say it in your head, this book will resonate with you in so many ways. Groskop goes over what actually happens IRL: giving helpful tips on what you can do *in the moment* to get over performance anxiety. And these tips aren’t limited to speaking to a big group, but also tell you how to ‘own’ smaller rooms, speak to your boss with confidence and authority, and get people to sit up and really listen to your every word.

    Price: £9.12 for hardcover.

    8. Bloody Brilliant Women by Cathy Newman

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    A great collection of accounts about the female geniuses and pioneers of the past that were probably left out of your history lessons. Just a lil’ bit of inspiration to make you realise that (at the risk of sounding disgustingly cheesy) you too, can do anything you put your mind to.

    Price: £7.00 for hardcover.

    9. Becoming by Michelle Obama

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    ‘Cause given the choice, who wouldn’t want to be a bit more like Michelle Obama?! This book is beautifully written: Obama’s writing honestly draws you in, and her heartfelt memoir has helped to inspire readers when nothing else could, so it might do the same for you!

    Price: £15.00 for hardcover.

    10. Home Sweet Rented Home by Medina Grillo

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    Full of flat-friendly tips like the best ways to ‘dress’ your bed, and how to create the ultimate (removable) feature wall, this book will basically help you put your own stamp on your home without pissing off your landlord. It’s got lots of general tips for interior decor too, so will be a treat no matter what your home status.

    Price: £10.50 for hardcover.

    11. The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

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    Your twenties can be a scary time – you might have just finished uni and are probably taking on some form of new responsibility: living on your own for the first time, starting a ‘proper’ job, getting a cat?! This book answers all the difficult questions we should be asking ourselves, and helps you to make the most of your twenties, ‘cause they really do matter.

    Price: £10.49 for paperback.

    12. How To Be a Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan

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    Readers say this smart and witty book made them literally laugh out loud in inappropriate places. Its goal? To help prepare you for what’s out there in the ‘adult’ world, and to guide you through said world, as well as help you realise that you’re actually pretty amazing already. ‘Cause sometimes, you just need someone to tell you that ‘you’re doing great, sweetie’.

    Price: £7.19 for paperback.

    13. Gmorning, Gnight by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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    Before creating and starring in the award-winning musical Hamilton, Miranda grew to fame on Twitter with his short and sweet daily doses of motivation. This collection of his best quotes is easy to flick through anytime you need a lil’ pep talk.

    Price: £10.09 for hardcover.

    14. The No Spend Year by Michelle McGagh

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    If you find yourself spending a little too much, a little too often, this is the book for you: McGagh gives an honest account of her year-long challenge of spending the absolute bare minimum (we’re talking bills and a minimal budget for groceries, and that’s it!) There are some great tips for creative ways to have a social life and travel for free, and basically all the little ways that you can save a lot of money!

    Price: £7.10 for paperback.

    15. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry

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    According to readers, this book has massively changed the way they interact with their children and parents, and helps with all other types of relationships in life, too.

    Price: £8.37 for hardcover.

    16. Self-Care for the Real World by Nadia Narain

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    We all know self-care is important – but sometimes real life just gets in the way, y’know? This book is all about how to make sure you’re getting everything you need on a personal level, while not letting your other priorities slide.

    Price: £11.87 for hardcover.

    17. If I Could Tell You Just One Thing by Richard Reed

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    Reed has collected little pearls of wisdom from inspiring people all around the world including Katie Piper, Nelson Mandela’s comrades, and the absolute babe David Attenborough for a lesson in how to live, how to love, and how to succeed.

    Price: £10.80 for hardcover.