I often find it helpful to read books written in the second person—they address “you” directly, and as a result they encourage self-reflection and personal development. At its best, that’s all the genre of “self-help” really is.
Is this genre corny? Sometimes. But I look for self-help authors who are thoughtful and don’t generally insult your intelligence.
What follows is a list of books on careers and work, and life and happiness.
Here is a talk for the book, How to Find Fulfilling Work, By Roman Krznaric
Other books on careers:
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
Drive by Dan Pink
Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence G. Boldt
Books on life and happiness:
The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bante Henepola Gunaratana
The Buddha Walks into a Bar by Lodro Rinzler