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Top 10 Self-Help and Business Books by Millennial Authors
Millennials have gotten a bad reputation of being lazy. But if they set their minds to it, they can be extremely resourceful and successful. The following books share the success stories and lessons learned by a few millennials you should keep an eye on.
#1 How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh
WARNING: How to Be a Bawse – A Guide to Conquering Life does not contain any wishful thinking, soppy quotes, or lucky charms. That’s because if you want happiness, success, or anything else meaningful in your life – you must work hard for it, not just wish for it. To quote Lilly: life doesn’t give you escalators, only stairs. Put on your climbing shoes.
She was voted the Favorite YouTube Star by the People’s Choice Award and now her book is a #1 New York Times bestseller. She’s captured her journey to the top by observing a few basic rules you can follow. Become a confident person, with a genuine smile, because you fought your way to the top. Her YouTube channel, called Superwoman, has reached over a billion people. But she didn’t become successful and famous by pure luck – she worked hard for it. Her topics range from career choices, to relationships and everyday annoyances. The bubbly actress/comedian is smart, funny and insightful.
She realised that there’s no shortcuts to success – both personal and professional. In this inspiring book she captures the lessons she’s learned along the way, as well as her strategies for success. It’s like having your very own personal trainer for your life. Follow her fifty rules for success. These include letting go of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out); realising the value of being nice to people; how to schedule inspiration; and becoming the dumbest so that you can learn more. Lilly tells it like it is in her familiar bold, hilarious voice. Appreciate your life anew after reading this inspiring book.
#2 I Hate Myselfie by Shane Dawson
New York Times Bestseller | Publishers Weekly Bestseller | Los Angeles Times Bestseller | Wall Street Journal Bestseller
In I Hate Myselfie, the famous vlogger takes a step back from his internet persona and offers a deeper look into the life experiences of an introverted, eccentric kid who has a unique way of looking at the weird world around him. He tells the story of how he developed this talent that ended up inspiring millions of fans. This book is a collection of eighteen personal essays that reminisce about how messy life can get while growing up and how amazing it feels when you finally make it to the other side, all cleaned up.
Shane posted his first vlog in 2008 and went on to create a full-length film, with his directorial debut Not Cool. He opened up his life to the public, documenting each step. His vlogs included TMI love life stories, music video spoofs, and outrageous commentary on the celebrity and internet world. Behind it all was a down to earth guy, growing up in a financially-challenged yet loving Long Beach home in California. He was teased and faced social limitations as a morbidly obese kid, with a pretty face, and his mom was his best friend. But he survived it all, and he’s now in pretty decent shape. Let his life journey inspire you to achieve more.
#3 My Life as Eva, The Struggle Is Real by Eva Gutowski
Another YouTube sensation. Her tastemaker channel My Life as Eva has more than seven million followers and she loves sharing her thoughts with people in an earnest and hilarious voice. She has now created a bestselling lifestyle and advice book.
Eva shares more stories about her life, all the ups and downs. While growing up books played an important role in her life and she now feels honoured to create her very own book to inspire people. By sharing both her successes and failures, she hopes to give people the courage to keep pushing through the challenges. If she could make it through and become a big success, so can you! Think of the book as a type of best friend you can turn to when you need a bit of encouragement.
#4 Note to Self by Connor Frant
A follow-up to his bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, this book is a collection of short essays. Connor writes letters to past and future selves, as well as adding poems and original photographs. It’s a very honest, raw look at the inner life of this famous internet sensation. He turns inward to move forward.
His memoir shared the story of his unlikely journey from small-town Midwestern boy to online star. Connor takes a humorous look at his past, with amazing insight. In his first book his fans were reminded why they fell in love with the quirky YouTube sensation.
Two years later the brave YouTuber shares a different side of himself. In the diary-like book he tells of his struggles with social anxiety, self-love, clinical depression, and acceptance. He shares his longing to maintain an authentic self in a world that has shifted its value from true connections to shares and likes. He talks about wrestling with love and loss, and his fierce commitment to staying in the moment – with himself and others.
#5 Binge by Tyler Oakle
He’s the most outspoken LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, a social rights advocate, and pop-culture phenomenon. Now Tyler has created a New York Timesbestselling collection of hilarious, witty, and personal essays.
For someone so famous for over-sharing on the internet, it’s surprising that he still has enough personal shenanigans and mishaps to fill up an entire book. In Binge he will tell you about his strange rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; a close encounter with a White House official; crashing a car in front of the whole high school; a case of projectile vomiting; and many more. Your tummy will ache from laughing at all his hilarious moments.
#6 Grace’s Guide, The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up by Grace Helbig
The comedian Grace Helbig is the host of The Grace Helbig Showon E! and famous for her YouTube channel, It’s Grace. She has created an unexpectedly educational and amusing guide to navigating your way into adulthood. The colourful and refreshing guide proves that you don’t have to necessarily grow up to become an adult.
It’s aimed at millennials but encompasses everything a young or new (or regular or old) adult should know about life. Written in her tell-tale sweet and funny voice, it’s a tongue-in-cheek textbook. Learn how to live online, land your dream job, survive a breakup, decorate your first apartment, and more. The book includes quirky illustrations, photos, and interactive worksheets. Grace shares her own misadventures including a horrible NBC’s Page Program interview, her struggles with anxiety, and how she met her first boyfriend at a Latin convention in high school.
#7 The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany can’t help it, she’s just naturally funny. She realised the power of this talent at a young age. She grew up in one of the poorest South-Central Los Angeles neighborhoods and her ability to make people laugh came in very handy, it helped her survive in her troublesome surroundings.
She could make her classmates laugh and they would allow her to copy their homework; the other foster kids would leave her alone and not beat her up; and she made a bit of money by being the paid school mascot and popular Bar Mitzvah hype woman. Now she’s a famous stand-up comedian, actress, and star of Girls Trip.Tiffany’s book The Last Black Unicornis a collection of extremely personal essays. It includes side-splitting, edgy, and unflinching stories of her journey to stardom.
Learn more about her rollercoaster love life, how she taught herself to cope with fame and broke out of a poor-person mindset. The stories are hilarious and brutally honest. Tiffany is down-to-earth, authentically funny, and humble. Her rags to riches story might sound cliché, but there’s nothing ordinary about her journey. Let her inspire you through the power of laughter.
#8 So Much I Want to Tell You, Letters to My Little Sister by Anna Akana
Anna started her YouTube career in 2007 after Kristina, her teen sister, committed suicide. She used YouTube videos as a part of her grieving process, mostly using comedy as a way to cope. The creative expression also served to connect with others.
Ten years later she has over a million subscribers. They love her smart, honest vlogs. Videos with the most hits include “How to Put on Your Face” and “Why Girls Should Ask Guys Out”. Her videos are both comical and provocative, but they all have a deeper message: you and you alone determine your worth. And you must learn to firstly love yourself.
In So Much I Want to Tell You, she openly shares her personal struggles with low self-esteem. She tells tales of the highs and lows of the transition into the world of grownups. Anna offers poignant advice to young women in a fresh and funny way. Topics cover everything from how to care for yourself, how to manage your money, to how to approach sex. She openly and refreshingly tackles the realities of dating, female friendship, and making your dreams come true. In it all she holds her sister Kristina close to her heart. You can see the book as advice offered to you by a loving big sister.
#9 The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison
The focus has been so intensely on the addiction story, that for a long time the recovery story has fallen by the wayside. In Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, Leslie tackles the other side of the journey. It is a mixture of cultural history, literary criticism, reportage, and memoir.
Leslie shows that the story of recovery can be just as haunting as the addiction that caused the train wreck. She uses her own story and the stories of others to examine the recovery process. The book dissects the recovery movement history, focusing on the strange phenomena were class and race taints our view of who is criminal and who is ill.
She also tackles the discussion of the relationship between literary/artistic geniuses and alcoholism or substance dependence. These include Jean Rhys, Billie Holiday, Raymond Carver, John Berryman, Denis Johnson, and David Foster Wallace. She also looks at lesser-known figures such as George Cain. In the end she exposes a different kind of dependency that every human being must deal with, grappling with it in their own unique way: the way our desires and intense craving for love affects how we approach life.
#10 Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose
“Too much and not the mood” was a statement made out of frustration by Virginia Woolf. It was the end of A Writer’s Diary, written in 1931. The statement was uttered as she contemplated placating her readers. The famous author pondered whether she had anything of worth to say.
The sentiment resonated with Durga and she chose it as the title of her book exploring her experience as a first-generation, creative young woman, trying to make an honest living for herself in this day and age.
It is a collection of poetic essays examining personhood and artistic growth, combining memoir with criticism. Durga drew inspiration from an assorted group of perceptive and inquiring female authors. She perfectly captures the inner struggle with a restlessness that keeps her on the verge of creative expression.
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