Recommended Books to help you ‘Adult’


Here are some books I’ve read that I’ve found useful when it comes to living like a (happy) grown-up. These recommended books will help you ‘adult’ by teaching you skills that I talk about in my blog–things like healthy eating, developing social skills, managing your money, creating good habits, improving your mental health and more.

healthy eating

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

One of the best books about eating a healthy diet.

No fad diets here, just common sense rules that anyone can follow.

Food is also about pleasure, about community, about family and spirituality, about our relationship to the natural world, and about expressing our identity.


social skills

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

If you identify as an introvert, this book will help you understand how you work and how to make the most of your strengths.

In other words, introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.


mental health

The Upward Spiral

A guide to beating depression through a series of small changes.

This book is based on scientific research, and so contains useful, effective changes that you can make to your lifestyle.

They find that the patients moved to sunny rooms suddenly have a higher tolerance for pain and need less medication.

personal finance

I Will Teach You to be Rich

A step-by-step guide to getting in control of your finances.

Ignore the goofy title, this is a great book (and not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme).

Just as the diet industry has overwhelmed us with too many choices, personal finance is a confusing mess of overblown hype, myths, outright deception—and us, feeling guilty about not doing enough or not doing it right. But we can’t just blame corporations and the media: With both food and money, we’re not taking personal responsibility to step up, learn this stuff, and get started.

I hope you find these recommended books to help you ‘adult’ as useful as I do!

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