Four of the UK’s Most Popular Self-Care Books

For Introspection and Solace Seeking…

Throughout the past year, the trend for self-care has rocketed. People everywhere have been using the lockdowns as an opportunity not only for self-improvement but for self-love.

Angelic Diamonds has – through research – identified four self-care books that saw a dramatic increase in search volumes over 2020.

They were;

  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
  • Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker
  • The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger
  • Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst

Read on to find which of these might suit you, depending on what you’re striving for in life.

1.      Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given

With an incredible search volume of 12,100 in 2020, Florence Given’s Women Don’t Owe You Pretty has made waves thanks to its fun, down-to-earth presentation of the feminist agenda. The book set a whole new generation on to the ideals of female empowerment through eye-catching colours, quirky illustrations, and a relatable narrative style.

The over-arching message of this particular self-help book is that you are already enough, and do not need a partner to complete you.

2.      Quit Like a Woman by Holly Whitaker

Holly Whitaker’s Quit Like a Woman saw a 1,375% increase in searches between 2019 and 2020. This book focuses on breaking the barriers of what is expected of a woman in modern society and offers great advice when it comes to living by your own rules.

Reflecting on her own journey of giving up alcohol for good, in a society fuelled by drinking culture, Whitaker – founder of the first female-focused recovery program – lays out a roadmap for anyone who wants to quit drinking for good.

3.      The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger

The Gift of Forgiveness proved to be another hugely successful book of 2020, with a search increase of 950% from the previous year.

Along with helping you learn the art of forgiveness; this self-help book will assure you that you’re never alone. By delving into the experience of others, as Schwarzenegger so eloquently does, you’ll be able to process your own pain and resentments without feeling isolated or alone.

4.      Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst

In a similar vein to Schwarzenegger’s The Gift of Forgiveness, Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst offers another insight into the damage that resentment can do.

As far as TerKeurst is concerned, forgiveness is a key element to a peaceful life and successful future relationships. With a search increase of 800% between 2019 and 2020, it looks like a surge of people have decided to bury the hatchet during the pandemic, choosing to focus on their own wellbeing instead.


Angelic Diamonds is a UK diamond jewellery specialist.

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