The start of a new season is the perfect time for a pick-me-up and new inspiration. If you’re looking for a new book that will improve your life this fall, these are the five insightful reads to kick off the season.

Drinking from the Trough: A Veterinarian’s Memoir by Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson never thought that her life’s work would revolve around healing animals. After leaving her teaching position to become a veterinarian, she found that she had many more challenges ahead of her. This memoir about finding your rightful place in the world is a unique story of trials and compassion.

You’re Not Lost: An Inspired Action Plan for Finding Your Own Way by Maxie McCoy

If you’ve ever felt lost in your life, this book will give you the direction you need to get back on track and accomplish your goals. This encouraging read forces readers to focus on the small yet bright parts of life instead of worrying about the uncontrollable aspects.

WorkParty: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams by Jaclyn Johnson

Female careerwomen, rejoice: Jaclyn Johnson’s debut book is perfect for women entrepreneurs and hard workers who are looking to define themselves and create their own kind of future in the work world. Learn from the CEO and founder of one of the most successful millennial brands with WorkParty.

Imperfect Courage: Live A Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared by Jessica Honegger

Self-made businesswoman Jessica Honegger has teamed up with a Ugandan jewelry maker to not only make a difference in her own town but for those living in Uganda as well. This pairing led to a successful company based on sisterhood and supporting one another. In Imperfect Courage, Honegger inspires readers to follow her lead and make a change in the world.

Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass by Jes Baker

Jes Baker’s memoir is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Opening up about her life and struggles with body positivity and the way the world sees her, Jes breaks down society’s view on weight and appearance. Through this lens, she continues to promote her message of confidence and loving the skin you’re in.

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