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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Dawn

Five Books you Need to Read in 2020

I spent the better part of 2019 reading personal development books for you and I found five I really think you need to read. They aren't cheesy or annoying, just interesting and may help you. I also made sure to cover all topics and not just "feel your best" genre. Personal development is so important to life and I believe it's good for the soul. It's good to take time to read something that may be beneficial to you. I really hope you like my suggestions.


1) The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Brené Brown came to my attention when her Netflix special came out and then I read a review for this book and it seemed interesting. "Let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are" was a very moving title page to me because I in the last year have shifted my life and it's nowhere near where I thought I would be. I really loved the length of the book and what she covered in the chapters.

2) The Unexpected Joy of Being Single by Catherine Gray

I was alone in a hotel room and I felt sorry for myself and it was stupid, so I found a book to remind me why being single is good and fun and not lonely. I didn't love the first two sections, but the last sections were interesting and really I found that she really emphasizes self care and self love. I also liked her dating in moderation chapter.

3) Who Moved my Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

A book about change that is perfect for work and life development. It's about an hour read and a cute little story about mini people and mice looking for cheese. It covers how they adapt to change and asks who you want to be in the story. It's very insightful.

4) Work-Free Money by Shannon Lee Simmons

Finally a Canadian book about money that just makes sense. I read this on a car ride home because I couldn't get enough and I set my savings up once I got home. It was so interesting and such an important read to my life. If you need money help or are feeling stressed about money, I highly recommend this book.

5) The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter

This isn't a book about women's stories, this is a book about anything and everything covering the anatomy of a women's vagina. I will be honest, I didn't read it all because this book is long and filled with medical knowledge, but IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW. I really appreciated that someone took the time to write about the women's body and there's a place to go to when women have questions. It's a great read for everyone, not just women, of all ages (yes, I think your kids should read it). The more we talk about female health, the more actual research will be done for women's health.

I hope you get to read because what a privilege it is to read.

Thanks for reading,



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