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13 Self Discovery Books For Young Adults | Book Recommendations

Self-discovery is one of the most fulfilling things you can do with your time. That being said, it’s something that we tend to do later in our life. This shouldn’t be how it is. If you want to understand yourself a little better here are 13 self-discovery books for young adults.

#1 The ReSisters by Cassie Premo Steele

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The ReSisters is a new novel about a 15 year-old teen trying to come to deal with life after her mother is sent to a detention center. It recently hit #1 in Amazon’s hot new releases of books for children on racism and prejudice. Young people who have read it find the ways the main character learns from her mother’s friends how she can help her mother to give them a way to reflect on their own journeys as young adults in a politically turbulent time. 

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Contributor: Cassie Premo Steele from Co-Creating, LLC

#2 Something Better by Melissa Mattie

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Melissa Mattie's life of abuse, abandonment, the foster system, drug and alcohol addictions and mental illness should have landed her in prison or an early grave. Instead she lives a life of freedom, peace and happiness today. In Something Better, Melissa walks hand-in-hand with readers as they journey from the Wilderness into their Promised Land. 

For anyone who is down on life and is looking for something, anything to help pick you up off your feet and set you on the right path, know that it can be done, Melissa is proof that it can be done, and you should let this book be your inspiration 

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Contributor: Melissa Mattie from Luke Publishing

#3 Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz

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Ms. Goetz unflinchingly details her experience uncovering her truth; through food, through religion, through life and family. I savored my read. I think perhaps especially good for a young person struggling with eating disorder...or anyone aiming to figure out the truth of themselves. 

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Contributor: Bracha Goetz from Bracha's Books

#4 My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future

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My Life Map lays out a gentle life mapping process, with journaling questions to answer and maps to fill out. The journal questions help clarify what you want in various parts of your life (family, work, friends, play, learning, and service). The maps are for you to sketch out what you’re striving for, and when. Of course no plans you write are set in stone, but it’s inspiring to flesh out ideas and use them as a roadmap for future decisions. 

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Contributor: Kate Marshall from Marshall Books

#5 The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

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This book offers a searing comment on adult society as seen though the eyes of a young woman on the verge of joining it. While set in the libertine atmosphere of 1970s San Francisco, Minnie’s journey to understand herself and her world is universal: this is the story of a young woman troubled by the discontinuity between what she thinks and feels and what she observes in those around her.

Acclaimed cartoonist and author Phoebe Gloeckner serves up a deft blend of visual and verbal narrative in her complex presentation of a pivotal year in a girl’s life, recounted in diary pages and illustrations, with full narrative sequences in comics form.

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Contributor: North Atlantic Books

#6 Picture of Me: Who I Am in 221 Questions

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Picture of Me offers an engaging way to answer life’s most basic question: “Who am I?” Fill in these entertaining, thought-provoking prompts to celebrate who you are, where you are in life, and all the things that make you unique. Capture the essence of YOU and, if you choose, to share it with friends and family to help them know you better. 

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Contributor: Kate Marshall from Marshall Books

#7 Finding Our She-Compass by Helen Owens

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Unlike traditional self-help books that tell readers to do X-Y-Z to achieve certain goals, “Finding Our She-Compass” leads readers to answers through the power of personal narrative. And many of the stories feature young women in the prime of their life struggling with a variety of important decisions who come to discover their life’s purpose. The journeys of the characters leave us all feeling empowered, confident, and renewed. Most importantly, “Finding Our She-Compass” helps us reflect on how we can be better to ourselves and others at any stage in our lives.

And women who want more of the book’s positive message can enjoy a stimulating podcast that features women of all ages sharing their stories of triumph, sisterhood, and empowerment.

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Contributor: Helen Owens from The She-Compass Show and Podcast | She-Compass

#8 Rebel With Time by Safa Shaqsy

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It's about A young Muslim woman from Oman is set to marry someone she does not know in an arranged marriage. Her parents approve of this. She doesn't, and follows her dream of becoming a super model. much to the consternation of her parents. Little do they know that the man who falls for her is of royal birth, who keeps his origins secret for his own reasons. 

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Contributor: Safa Shaqsy from Modern Publish

#9 How to Win Friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

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From the contributor: I reference this book at least once a day because the practical advice he gives is so applicable to everyday life. Whether it’s business, interpersonal relationships or family relationships, he shifts the paradigm on how it all works. This is one of those books that everyone needs to read, because yes, it’s that helpful. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#10 12 Rules to Life by Jordan Peterson

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Jordan Peterson has a cult following among young philosophers. The reason for this is because his philosophy is focused on bringing out your full potential, by allowing meaning to fill your life. In his book, he lays out the 12 rules you need to follow in order to have a fulfilling life. He infuses philosophy, psychology, and anthropology to adeptly untangle the complexities of society.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#11 The 10 X Rule by Grant Cardone

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Grant Cardone has one rule, his rule is that everything in life is 10 times harder than you think it is. He argues the reason people are always failing is that they underestimate how hard their goals actually are to accomplish, so the minute things start getting hard they give up. Cardone shows in great detail how hard this rule is to follow, and assures that if you stick to this rule religiously you’ll accomplish whatever you set your mind to. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#12 Working My Way Back to Me by April Kirkwood

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A Frank Memoir of Self-Discovery: Inspired by the plight of a woman who shares WHY her MeToo happened, her broken relationship with a star, and how she managed to rise from the ashes and help others in light of the movement. A little girl born into a dysfunctional lower middle class family filled with addiction, molestation, and adultery now is beginning conversations about what happens after we realize our life is a mess. A beacon of light for healing: Why Women Let Men Use them and the Solution to Fixing it? 

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Contributor: Bracha Goetz from Bracha's Books

#13 Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre is a great book for young adults wanting to tap into the purpose in life. Philosopher Sartre explains how individuals have control of their essence and their life. You don't need to have a deep philosophical knowledge to read the book which is great for people seeking self discovery through philosophy. 

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Contributor: Alvin Garcia from Fueled 

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