It’s no denial we’re in a bleak era of history, and many of us have probably felt out of control. And as a result, many of us have been paralyzed with anxiety and unable to be productive with ourselves. Here are five books to read when you’re in a rut.

If you feel as though you’ve been in a rut or haven’t been able to progress in your life as much as you would’ve liked, we are here to help. Everyone deserves to have knowledge of and access to resources that can help them feel like their lives are together.

So this week, we’re going to point out some books to read that are perfect for reading if you feel like you’ve been in a rut. And remember, you’re never alone, and there is always help available to you if you look for it.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

“With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”

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By this point, we’ve all heard of Ms. Marie Kondo. You may have come across her methods on lifestyle YouTube channels. Or maybe you saw her show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix.

But if you haven’t yet taken the time to read her life-changing book, you are definitely missing out. Your surroundings often reflect your mental state. And because many of us have been inside for so long, tidying up is more important now than ever.

Plus, by the time you’re done reading the book, you’ll know what you need to do to be surrounded with all the things that’ll spark joy for you.


This beautiful memoir by Michelle Obama is an essential read if you’ve been feeling powerless or in a rut. Obama is an excellent and inspiring writer (and speaker). And the words within her memoir can help you feel so much more powerful than you may have been feeling.

It’s always life-changing to learn more about strong women. Because it reminds us that we need to find our voices and take care of ourselves so that we can support each other as women. 

The book description reads as follows: “In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.”

Home Sweet Rented Home

Are you currently renting your home and apartment? If so, making the renovations that would genuinely make you happy can seem impossible to you. But according to this book, you can make specific changes to spruce up your apartment and still get your security deposit back.

Regardless of the space that you’re living in right now, you can make your surroundings a place where you want to be. You can have the interior décor, wall décor, and well-made beds of your dreams within your rented apartment.

How to Be a Grown-Up

Sometimes, we all need some personal and practical advice on being adults. And that is nothing to be ashamed of. The transition from becoming a dependent teenager to an independent adult is difficult for many of us. 

Even years after becoming a full-fledged adult, we can still get into the mindset of not being able to support ourselves and to do things right. If this is you, then Daisy Buchannan is about to give you all of the support you need to reassure yourself that you’re doing a great job. 

Atomic Habits

“Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits–whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.”

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Pretty much every lifestyle YouTuber recommends this book. But have you read it yet? 

If you’re ready to make small changes in the things you do each day that’ll change your life forever, this is the book for you. 

You might get into ruts because you have that big goal that you want to achieve but feel discouraged because you haven’t got there yet. And this book is here to help you implement systems that’ll take you one step at a time towards your goals.

With these great books in your collection, you’ll feel better in no time! For more books to read that’ll help you get out of a rut, check out 3 Law of Attraction Books to Help Make Your Life Better