“Reading self-help books gives you the impression of being productive when, really, it’s just another form of procrastination,” writes Gregg Clunis in his upcoming self-help book “Tiny Leaps, Big Changes.”
That might sound counterintuitive, but it’s already a recurring theme in 2019 self-help books. Since the blockbuster success of blogger Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k” in 2016, they are increasingly written by authors who don’t claim to have all the answers. On the first page of Dr. Venus Nicolino’s new self-help book “Bad Advice,” she describes the very idea of self-help literature as a “f–ked premise” and “super dumb.”
They’ve created a new aesthetic in modern self-help, one that offers life guidance to readers with the caveat that nobody is an “expert.” “I’m not here to lecture you,” writes John Kim in the just-released “I Used To Be a Miserable F*ck.” “I am doing this with you, as a brother. As a fellow human.”
Here are five titles in the next wave of self-help books, which want to help readers change their lives without being too pushy about it.