The best self-improvement books to boost your personal development in 2023 – Evening Standard


n recent years, the notion of self-care has become synonymous with face masks, hot baths, and pasta dinner with a glass of wine. Now don’t get us wrong, we’re absolutely here for this definition of self-care and indulge in it at least bi-weekly.

However, with the New Year already in full swing, we thought it might be useful to hark back to the self-care methods of ‘ole. That’s right, your good old fashioned self-help books. With the advent of podcasts, short-form media, and mental health improvement apps, we seem to have forgotten the universal power of reading a fantastic book.


Whether you stumbled across a piece of literature that unexpectedly threw you into a state of deep self-reflection, or you’ve actively sought out books that force you to pause introspectively with a singular finger on your chin – you might be aware of just how life altering some texts can be. You know, the kind of book which, upon finishing, requires you to place it down slowly and quietly while you stare into space.

If you’re looking to recreate that feeling, or perhaps experience it for the first time, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite self-help books for you to snag in 2023. Keep scrolling to meet the new you.


The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Namaste Publishing

Tolle’s seminal text was written in 2001 and still has an immense impact in the present day. Having studied at both the University of London and Cambridge, Eckhart Tolle has made a name for himself as one of the leading contemporary teachers of spirituality and self-help.

In just 192 pages, Tolle take guides us on a journey into the life-changing nature of acknowledging and existing within the present moment. Guided by a non-patronising question and answer format, readers are taught how to take a concept that at first feels incredibly simple all the way to reach a greater enlightenment.

If you’ve ever attempted to embark on a simple, five-minute guided meditation session but found it utterly impossible – as most do – you’ll want to grab a copy of Tolle’s incredible book.

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