Books To Read This August
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5 New Books To Read This August [Phili’s Book Club]

Welcome to Phili’s Book Club! Every month we will be featuring new reads to pick up, and new releases to watch out for. Let’s begin as we share our first list of new books to read this August.

Looking for a little motivation? You’re in luck because this month, this is exactly what our recommendations will give you. Thumb through the books under this list, and gain some form of advice in one way or another. Although self-help books and articles have a tendency to become preachy or holier-than-thou, these books and articles draw upon real-life experiences. They offer that much-needed motivation or guide to help you live a better, more meaningful life. Check out our list of recommendations below!

1Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things
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Tiny Beautiful Things is a compilation of the best entries from Cheryl Strayed’s column as Sugar on The Rumpus. It also includes never-before-published ones that only appeared in the book. In her Dear Sugar column, she gives out irreverent yet honest and insightful advice to others on love and life while sharing her own experiences. The experience of reading Tiny Beautiful Things will immediately remind you of a loving, motherly figure that is compassionate, strong, and wise.

2The Amazing True-Ish Story of Andres Celestial and The Life & Death of Amorsolo Esperanza: Faith Healer of Talinghaga: Two Short Tall Tales by Elbert Or

The Life & Death of Amorsolo Esperanza

Slightly straying away from the “Sound Advice” theme of our book recommendations, this 2-in-1 flipbook graphic novel by Elbert Or interestingly contains two stories. They show how dreams play a role in our relationships, as well as the worlds that we create for ourselves.

3Please Yourself by Mia Sabjaly

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We love sharing quick reads, too! In this essay written by Mia Sabjaly for Rookie, she talks about how learning philosophy helped her get over her quest for external validation and approval to know her self-worth.

4God Is Always Hiring: 50 Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work by Regina Brett

God Is Always Hiring

If you ever find yourself at a crossroads with your job, this book will provide you solace. Citing her experiences as a journalist, author, wife, mother, and cancer survivor, Regina Brett’s stories will help you face challenges in the workplace. She gives advice on finding your vocation and putting God at the center of it all.

5Change Course featuring interviews by Tavi Gevinson and Diamond Sharp

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This feature on Rookie contains interviews with individuals who changed their careers or college majors, and how these decisions brought out the best in them.

What books have you picked up this month of August? Share with us in the comments below or tweet us at @Philihappy. We would also love to know what books have helped you change perspectives and improve your life. We would love to hear from you!

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