If you are here, my guess is that you are ready to change your life. Like, make a HUGE CHANGE.
Shit just isn’t going the way you planned and you know what? That’s alright. Not everything in life is going to happen as we want it to. In fact, most of what happens is going to be a bit different than we originally hoped for.
When you have been through the struggle, trauma, pain, and life-changing moments, you need to try to improve YOURSELF, not improve your life. YOU are what is going to make it happen.
So get yourself together first and then the rest will fall in place. And if it doesn’t happen as expected, you will be able to handle it, roll with the punches, and make the necessary adjustments.
Why? Because you are confident in who you are, what you can overcome, and your badass abilities.
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Not What You Expected
To help you improve yourself and become the person you WANT to be, I have compiled a list of 11 books that will change your life. No bullshit.
It doesn’t matter what your past was like, what you had to overcome, or how many mistakes you have made.
These books will help you and even better, they are not the same damn books recommended by everyone else.
I don’t know how many articles I have read that list the same books about personal growth and self-imrpovement. Truthfully, I have even bought quite a few of them because I’m like oh wow, that’s going to help me. That sounds so cool. And when I started to read it, it truly sucked.
So let’s put the Unjunkiefied twist on this kinda thing and get to the 11 books that will change your life.
Each of these books is different. Yet, each book includes knowledge, information, tough love, and the right amount of badassery. If you are ready to get real with yourself and make some life-altering decisions then, I suggest you start right here.
How Reading Books WILL Change Your Life
Unjunkiefied is a self-development, addiction recovery blog but this list of books is not all recovery related.
These are books to help you change your life, starting where it matters the most. YOU.
I chose books that will make you focus on the what needs to change and actually influence you to make serious commitments to change.
These books force you to realize what you are ultimately capable of and it will give you the confidence and willingness needed to make that happen.
You are here beacuse you truly want to make positive adjustments to your life. You know that in order to make the most of your future, you have to do some serious work.
I am 110% certain that you will read something in one of these books that will inspire and motivate you to take the necessary steps to improve yourself, change your life, and set the stage for the future you desire.
Are you ready to find out which books were cool enough to make this list?
You are going to want to read each and every one of these. So, you might as well get comfy, grab what you need, and pay close attention.
11 must read books that will change your life (for the better)
Before we begin, grab a cup of coffee or tea so your wide eyed and bushy tailed, excited to change your life for the better.
If you don’t have a favorite mug for your coffee, check these bad boys out.
We all have made a decision in life that we later regret. But have you ever made a choice that resulted in something horrific, ultimately changing your life forever?
This is a true story of a young woman who chose to drink and drive, killing her best friend in the passenger seat. Not only did she lose her BFF but, it changed her life completely.
She went from a college student, never in trouble a day in her life to a convicted felon in prison. She felt broken, hopeless, and defeated.
The book goes on to explain the decision that she made next. To either lay down and succumb to being a murderer or to take a stand and make something out of herself despite all the obstacles?
This is unlike any book you will ever read and it’s more than just a story. It’s inspirational, valuable, and gives you options no matter how messed up your life has got. You can get Shattered here.
Talk about life changing events? Being the boss, your own boss, and owning your own business whether you are the only employee or you have many people working for you is not an easy task. It’s an intense decision that should not be made in one day. lol Seriously.
It doesn’t matter why you choose to start your own business and make money doing what you want to, there could be a number of reasons.
Whatever those reasons may be, Being Boss is a guide to take control of your work and live life on YOUR own terms. It is possible and you can do it. This book will show you what you got to do to get there.
If this is something you want to do, get the book, Being Boss right here, right now. You won’t regret this purchase.
To further your curisoity, you should visit the website of these phenomenal women to see just what you are getting yourself into.
You have probably seen this book on a few lists for the best personal growth books but, I had to include it.
Andrea Owen is one of my role-models. She is beautiful, intelligent, and has a no bullshit attitude, which I love and admire. Not to mention, she did create a new life after recovery. A kick-ass life. Yes, she is a recovering addict. Well, technically alcoholic.
Instead of me giving you a breakdown of this book, which you can purchase here. I will let her tell you all about it.
4. Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales and Scars From A Memoir by Marni Mann
This is a 2 book addiction memoir series from Marni Mann. I first read this book when I was in active heroin addiction. I feel that everyone should read these books.
First, anyone in addiction or who overcame their addiction needs to read it. I can’t explain because I don’t want to mess up the story.
This is probably the realest, authentic, true account of what heroin addiction is about. Finally, a memoir that doesn’t glamorize drug addiction and talk about having millions of dollars and livng life in the fast lane and making drug addiction look cool. It’s real and raw.
To so-called “normies” the opiod epidemic is infecting our country at a staggering and sickening rate. People are dying by the minute and there are stil those who think junkies are a waste of life and our tax dollars should not be spend on helping them.
Read these books and wake the fuck up about what is really going on, how addiction can even affect you, and that these “junkies” are real life people that can change.
Click here to get these intense books.
Also Read: How To Write Your Own Addiction Memoir
I was skeptical about purchasing this book at first but I’m glad I did.
See, I hate when I see books that talk about being badass and curse constantly coming from a woman that has had no struggles to overcome, looks like she is the captain of the chess team, and has a pink bow in her hair wearing a flowered blouse. To me, that is not badass and it’s a person pretending to be someone they are not.
How can you tell me how to fix my life after the hell I’ve been through when you have never had an obstacle to face in your life?
But that just goes to show that we shouldn’t make assuptions when we don’t know the story. That was my assumption on this book to which I was pleasently suprised.
This woman did not have to overcome the struggles that I have or deal with the chaos that I did, or hope to make it through the night alive. She is normal and normal people have their shit too.
As people recovering from our past, we long for a sense of normalcy, just to discover that their is still chaos and struggles in a normal life. Just a different kind of bullshit.
And on our way to creating our ultimate dream life, we will run into difficulties and can relate it all to what she says in this book. Get it here and watch her TED talk below.
Not everything is going to go as planner in life. We are people who know that.
Did you ever stop to think that what you do right now matters? That everything we do shapes our future?
This is one of the most inspirational books that I think everyone can relate to in one way or another. Don’t give up on yourself so easy. In fact, take a second to read this book. You need to.
While, I don’t relate to NA and AA programs or practice 12 step recovery treatment and even though, I can’t stand Russel Brand, this is a damn good book.
Also Read: Narcotics Anonymous Is Not For Everyone
If you are a recovering addict and your parents or loved ones don’t get the whole recovery thing or if you are a loved one of a recovery addict, don’t hesitate to get this book. You can purchase it by clicking here.
Russell does dive into how addict’s think, feel, why recovery is so hard, and how to take the steps to get the treatment you need. Plus, he does it all in a way that you actually want to listen to him. It is a must read book that can be highly effectie in changing your life for the better.
Are you still stuck in the past? Scared to move forward or go for it beacause of what could go wrong?
Or maybe you just don’t believe in yourself enough because your life is one HUGE mess.
If that’s the case, The Courage Habit is the guide for you.
You can use the action steps and advice in this book and apply it to your personal fears and thoughts. Click here to check it out now.
Another awesome women’s self-improvment book by Andrea Owen.
Women tend to do think differently then men. There are things we do and think about ourselves that is plain bullshit. We seriously need to get it together but, we do it anyways. Including myself.
Andreas hits 14 habits that women do and tells you actionable steps for you to improve on yourself. Trust me, if your a woman, you need this. Hell, I’m sure there are plenty of men that can relate to it as well. lol
Don’t wait a second longer and get your copy here.
If colorful language offends you then, don’t buy this book. Although, you are on Unjunkiefied so it must not bother you too much. lol
This is one book that I haven’t read yet but I’m ordering it right now and you should too. Click here to take my lead.
Here is the summary I took straight from Amazon. Read it and you will understand completely why I want and need to get this book. It sums up my crazy head completely.
Our brains do their best to help us out, but every so often they can be real assholes―having melt downs, getting addicted to things, or shutting down completely at the worst possible moments. Your brain knows it’s not good to do these things, but it can’t help it sometimes―especially if it’s obsessing about trauma it can’t overcome. That’s where this life-changing book comes in.
With humor, patience, science, and lots of good-ole swearing, Dr. Faith explains what’s going on in your skull, and talks you through the process of retraining your brain to respond appropriately to the non-emergencies of everyday life, and to deal effectively with old, or newly acquired, traumas (particularly post-traumatic stress disorder).
P.S. – If you click here, it will take you to the Unfuck Your Brain Workbook which I’m getting too! 🙂 I have full confidence that I will love this set. I do.
11. What the hell do I put here?
It’s time for a major moment of truth. I have NO clue what to put here, obviously.
This is an updated version of this post and believe it or not, 11 Must Read Books That Will Change Your Life is one of my top performing posts. I had to update it bevause it sucked. I had no review, just 11 books with no explanation. None of those books are the ones I have listed now.
They were the same old books on every list of life-changing books to get and this #11 spot belonged to You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero.
You Are A Badass
I do own this book. My bad, a waste of money.
I think I made it through about 30 pages or so before I couldn’t read anymore. Never do I want to be told how to be a badass by someone who in my opinion, is NOT a badass.
I expected so much from this book and in my opinion, it was a woman who never had to deal with any real struggle telling people who want good advice that if they really want something, why don’t they have it. Her condecending, ignornat ass attitude turned me off.
I swear quite often but that’s the way I talk. My impression was that of a poser. Someone who wishes that they were a badass woman. In order to appear like she is a badass success, she belittles and degrades people with real problems. WTF?
Get off your high horse. The book sucked. If you aren’t sure of the book I’m referring to, look below. Best seller? smh – what is this world coming to? Did these people actually read it?
Owning Books That Will Change Your Life
Alright, there you have it.
I am extremely certain that you will find at least ONE thing that resonates with you in each and every one of these books.
You will read that one sentence, one paragraph, or one page that flicks on the lightbulb in your mind. Which in turn will light a fire under your ass to go out there and make something happen. It will be the spark you need to change your life for the better.Find one thing that resonates with you and RUN with it! Go after your dreams! Click To Tweet
That is exactly what a worthwhile book is supposed to do. It gives you the information needed to make highly-effective changes to your life.
So if I were you, I would start with at least one of these books and work your way through the list. Minus, the last book mentioned. lol
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P.S. – If you know of one that I left out, let me know. I am a true book nerd and love to read. If you know of a book that is a must read -a life-changing – inspirational – mind fuck – I NEED to know!