“Reading the instruction book” can also be a good idea on a symbolic level. My happiness-project resolution is to “Ask For Help.” I am always amazed at how difficult this is for me and how much it benefits me when I ask for help. It turns out that instructions make things much easier. It’s why you should always have a book on how to do things. Read more to learn more about the Best How To Books.
50 Must-Read How To Books
ART & CRAFTS BOOKS
HOW TO DRAW COOL STUFF: A DRAWING GUIDE FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS BY CATHERINE HOLMES
This guide shows you how to draw cool things with confidence and precision. These pages will help you understand the basics of illustration. They focus on simple shapes that can be used to create complex drawings.
BASIC POTTERY MAKING BY LINDA FRANZ
“Step-by-step instructions with color photos. Also includes a chapter about the bisque firing, waxing, and glazing. For the beginner or more experienced potter, there are four basic projects in pottery.
THE POETRY HOME REPAIR MANUAL: PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR BEGINNING POETS BY TED KOOSER
“Here are the tools and insights, as well as the warnings against them, that poets, whether they are practicing or aspiring, can use to sharpen their craft and perhaps even make art.
ORIGAMI 365 BY TARO YAGUCHI
This book includes 12 models that demonstrate key folds and base forms, which provide a solid foundation for origami skills. There are 365 pieces of origami paper in three sizes, perfect for making models as jewelry, ornaments, or just for fun.
STAINED GLASS MAKING BASICS BY LYNN HAUNSTEIN
This guide provides all the information and instructions a beginner needs to create beautiful stained glass projects. These projects, which range from the easiest to the most difficult, focus on learning skills and tools, understanding glass, copper foil, lead came techniques, creating a positive work environment, and stained glass safety.
BUSINESS, CAREER & FINANCE HOW-TO BOOKS
RADICAL CANDOR: BE A KICK-ASS BOSS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR HUMANITY BY KIM SCOTT
This guide is for managers and bosses who are overwhelmed by management. It shows managers how to succeed while maintaining their humanity, find meaning in their jobs, and create an environment where employees love their work and each other.
GET THAT JOB!: THE QUICK AND COMPLETE GUIDE TO A WINNING INTERVIEW BY THEA KELLEY
“Get That Job! is concise and easily readable. This book contains everything you need for the most successful interview of your career. You will be able to stand out with proven tips and tricks, step-by, detailed instructions, sample questions, and worksheets.
HOW TO WORK FOR AN IDIOT BY JOHN HOOVER
Are you sure that drinking heavily, quitting your job, or grinding up your drug into your Idiot boss’s coffee is the only way to get through your Idiot Boss? Don’t despair. How to Work for an Idiot provides hope for the mind’s spirit and strategies.
INFLUENCER: BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA BY BRITTANY HENNESSEY
Brittany Hennessy is a former nightlife blogger and social media strategist. She is now the Senior Director of Influencer Strategy and Talent Partnerships for Hearst Magazines Digital Media. Brittany had witnessed the role of influencers grow and expand to a level that was not possible when social media first appeared. She has unparalleled insight into the state of the branded content market, its current status, and its future.
INVESTING QUICKSTART GUIDE BY TED D. SNOW
Snow brings the experience of over 30 years in finance to bear, much to the benefit of both novice and experienced investors. He provides a complete overview of stocks, bonds, treasuries, ETFs, mutual funds, and indexes. Snow’s innovative but pragmatic asset-allocation investment strategy is well communicated and very appropriate for market novices. ”
HOW TO START A SUCCESSFUL NONPROFIT BY NIAJA FARVE
This book will help you understand the basics of starting a non-profit and provide the resources and skills to ensure that your organization lasts beyond the first year.
FOOD HOW-TO BOOKS
TANOSHII KE-KI: JAPANESE-STYLE BAKING FOR ALL OCCASIONS BY CHEF MASATAKA YAMASHITA
“Chef Yamashita has compiled a wonderful collection of recipes for his sponge, chiffon, and mousse cakes. You can then make your creations. Everyone can enjoy the party with an extra section that includes special cakes that are eggless or gluten-free.
ARTISAN SOURDOUGH MADE SIMPLE BY EMILIE RAFFA
She is a professional chef and an avid homemaker and uses her knowledge to help readers understand the science and art behind sourdough. The master recipe guides provide step-by-step instructions and more than 60 recipes for baking a wide range of bread.
THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO CHEESEMAKING BY ELENA R. SANTOGADE
“The easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipes for cheese making are specifically created for beginners. You’ll soon be making delicious, fresh cheeses in no time.
THE FOOD LAB: BETTER HOME COOKING THROUGH SCIENCE BY J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT
Kenji is a scientist who focuses on the science behind favorite American dishes. He studies the interactions between heat and energy as well as the molecules that make great food. Kenji shows us that conventional methods often don’t work well and that home cooks can get better results by using simple but effective techniques.
GAMES & HOBBIES BOOKS
THE ULTIMATE RPG CHARACTER BACKSTORY GUIDE BY JAMES D’AMATO
This interactive workbook is a must-have addition to any gamer’s gaming collection. It will help you revitalize your role-playing games (RPG) and make your character unique.
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF MAH JONGG BY AMY LO
“The perfect guide to all levels of Mahjong knowledge, from beginners to professionals.”
CHESS FUNDAMENTALS BY JOSÉ RAÚL CAPABLANCA
“J.R. Although Chess Fundamentals is a book for beginners, it contains valuable insights that all players, even masters, can use.
THINK LIKE A CAT: HOW TO RAISE A WELL-ADJUSTED CAT—NOT A SOUR PUSS BY PAM JOHNSON-BENNETT
Understanding your cat’s needs, motivations, and communication will help you modify or prevent behavior problems. You can also avoid common mistakes made by novice and experienced owners. This will allow you to continue enriching and enjoying a loving relationship with your cat where you are always loved unconditionally, forgiven for all your mistakes, entertained constantly, and never judged.
101 Magic Tricks- Any Time. Any Place101 MAGIC TRICKS: ANY TIME, ANY PLACE BY BRYAN MILES
Learn classic tricks of the hand that are easy enough to understand for anyone. You will be able to master magical tricks that don’t require any special equipment and are explained with easy step-by-step instructions.
GO: A COMPLETE INTRODUCTION TO THE GAME BY CHIKUN CHO
It was written by one of the most powerful players in the world and explained the rules, strategies, and strategy in an easy-to-understand manner.
BEESWAX ALCHEMY BY PETRA AHNERT
“An introduction explains the many uses of beeswax throughout history and the products that use it today. There will be an explanation of each type of beeswax and tips and tricks for working with it. Then, step-by-step instructions will be given to make candles, balms.
THE STUDENT PILOT’S FLIGHT MANUAL: FROM FIRST FLIGHT TO PILOT CERTIFICATE BY WILLIAM K. KERSHNER
This handbook is for student pilots and includes everything a student pilot will need to obtain aviation certification.
BONSAI: THE COMPLETE STEP BY STEP GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS BY HIKARU YAMASAKI
Yamasaki offers expert advice about growing bonsai, including profiles and detailed descriptions. This book contains all the information you need about bonsai growing.
You can find more books in this category at our Best Crochet Books, Cross-Stitch Books, and Woodworking Books For Beginners lists.
HEALTH & FITNESS BOOKS
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID AND SAFETY HANDBOOK BY AMERICAN RED CROSS AND KATHLEEN A. HANDAL
The most crucial moments following an injury are the first. This guidebook is based on the course materials of Red Cross chapters throughout the United States and shows you how to deal with every type of emergency in first aid.
T IS FOR TRANSFORMATION BY SHAUN T
“Shaun T reveals the seven principles of transformation that he used to guide his life and are the basis of his highly successful workouts. T is for Transformation is Shaun’s motivational masterclass. He will show you how to be more flexible, resourceful, give all you have, and most importantly, trust in your path to success.
IDIOT’S GUIDES: AYURVEDA BY SAHARA ROSE KETABI
“Ayurveda, the oldest and most popular health system globally, was founded in India over 5000 years ago. It is the ancient secret to long life, good digestion, beautiful skin, and balance. Today, it’s back in fashion for its tried-and-true methods.
STRETCHING TO STAY YOUNG BY JESSICA MATTHEWS
“Jessica will meet you at your level of stretching ability and guide you step-by-step through each stretching exercise. She will also give you the confidence to move on to deeper stretching levels for greater flexibility and strength.
MAKING SPACE: CREATING A HOME MEDITATION PRACTICE BY THICH NHAT HANH
Making Space is a guidebook and inspiration for people new to mindfulness. It provides:
Easy-to-follow directions for setting up a room.
Listening and breathing in meditation, cooking.
Eating mindfulness meals.
HOW-TO BOOKS FOR THE HOME
ORGANIZING SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ADHD BY SUSAN C. PINSKY
“Organizing Solutions for People with ADD” outlines new organizing strategies that can be used by anyone who wishes to improve their organizational skills.
HOMEBODY: A GUIDE TO CREATING SPACES YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE BY JOANNA GAINES
This comprehensive guide will help to assess your priorities, your instincts, and your likes and dislikes. It also provides practical steps to navigate and embrace your unique design style.
TINY HOUSE DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION GUIDE BY DAN S. LOUCHE
The guide is your roadmap to the entire building process. The guide will help you understand the steps and where to begin building your tiny house.
MY BOYFRIEND BARFED IN MY HANDBAG . . . AND OTHER THINGS YOU CAN’T ASK MARTHA BY JOLIE KERR
Jolie’s signature sassy and straight talk make it easy to answer questions such as “How do I use a mop?” or “What should I do if my ginger beer bottles explode in my kitchen?” My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag shows that even the most difficult cleaning problems can be solved by a smile, the right supplies, and some music.
WATER STORAGE: TANKS, CISTERNS, AQUIFERS, AND PONDS FOR DOMESTIC SUPPLY, FIRE, AND EMERGENCY USE BY ART LUDWIG
This guide will help you design, build, and maintain water tanks, cisterns, and ponds. It also helps you to manage groundwater storage sustainably. This guide will assist you in your water system, fire protection, and disaster preparedness. It is low-cost and follows ecological design principles.
HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT: BREAK FREE OF THE OVERPARENTING TRAP AND PREPARE YOUR KID FOR SUCCESS BY JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS
This book is relevant to parents of toddlers and twentysomethings and of particular value to parents raising teens. It’s a rallying cry for parents who want to see their children succeed in taking control of their lives.
OUTDOOR HOW-TO BOOKS
BASIC FISHING: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE BY WADE BOURNE
Wade Bourne, an award-winning outdoor writer and expert angler, has written a step-by, comprehensive guide to fishing that combines diagrams, photographs, and lessons.
HOW TO RAISE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES BY CAROL PASTERNAK
This detailed guide makes it easy to raise Monarch butterflies. How to Raise Monarch Butterflies describes the threats Monarchs face and how readers can protect their feeding grounds. Enjoy one of nature’s most amazing miracles.
ESCAPE FROM THE ORDINARY BY JULIE BRADLEY
“Julie tells the story with sharp observations and wry humor. She describes the joys and terrors of living on a boat where every decision can have huge consequences. This true, thrilling story will delight those who plan to sail into the sunset and armchair adventurers alike.
THE BICYCLING GUIDE TO COMPLETE BICYCLE MAINTENANCE & REPAIR BY TODD DOWNS
This book is for both beginners and experts alike. It will help them get their bikes out of the shop quicker and keep them on the road longer, regardless of whether they have the most recent model or an old classic.
PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT BOOKS
HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A GUIDE TO CONQUERING LIFE BY LILLY SINGH
“The definitive guide to being an awesome a person that exudes confidence and reaches goals gets injured efficiently smiles sincerely because they’ve made it through it all.
THE GREATEST YOU: FACE REALITY, RELEASE NEGATIVITY, AND LIVE YOUR PURPOSE BY TRENT SHELTON
“Trent walks you through the steps necessary to be everything you want to be. From facing your reality and understanding your purpose in life to forgiving others-including yourself-to, to breaking free of toxic environments and learning how to protect yourself from the pitfalls of living.
HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO DO STUFF BY SUSAN WEINSCHENK
We all want people to do things. It doesn’t matter if you want customers to buy from your company, vendors to give your business a great deal, employees to be more proactive, or your spouse making dinner every night. The goal is to get people to do stuff. Instead of using the same old tactics that work sometimes and don’t always, how about harnessing the power of psychology to motivate people? Even getting them to want to do what you want.
THE BODY LANGUAGE OF LIARS BY LILLIAN GLASS
“Dr. Lillian Glass, a world-famous body language expert, shares her quick and simple method to uncover deceptive signals. It can be anything from “innocent” white lies to life-altering whoppers.
THE YEAR OF LESS: HOW I STOPPED SHOPPING, GAVE AWAY MY BELONGINGS, AND DISCOVERED LIFE IS WORTH MORE THAN ANYTHING YOU CAN BUY IN A STORE BY CAIT FLANDERS
This book documents Cait’s twelve-month-long life. She bought no consumables, including groceries, toiletries, and gas for her car. She also challenged herself to eat less other than shopping. She cleared out her apartment, got rid of 70% of her stuff, learned how to fix them rather than throw them away, researched zero waste movements, and banned television. She discovered that the more she ate, the happier she felt.
HOW TO PACK: TRAVEL SMART FOR ANY TRIP BY HITHA PALEPU
Hitha Palepu is a former consultant and has traveled more than 500,000 miles worldwide. She shows that the things you pack reflect who you are. Comfort and confidence are key to success when you arrive in a new place, whether you’re looking for a job, exploring a new area, or simply relaxing on the beach.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY BOOKS
ASTRONOMY: A SELF-TEACHING GUIDE
This classic beginner’s guide was completely rewritten to reflect the most recent discoveries. The latest information, updated with new online resources and over 100 new graphics, photos, and graphics.
COMPUTER HACKING BEGINNERS GUIDE BY ALAN T. NORMAN
“You will learn all you need to know to get into the dark world of computer hacking. This book provides an in-depth overview of hacking and cracking as well as their impact on the world. Learn about the requirements for hacking, the different types of hackers, and the various hacking techniques.
HOW TO USE GRAPHIC DESIGN TO SELL THINGS, EXPLAIN THINGS, MAKE THINGS LOOK BETTER, MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH, MAKE PEOPLE CRY, AND (EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE) CHANGE THE WORLD BY MICHAEL BIERUT
He shares his creative process, his life, and his relationships with clients. “He also gives insight into the challenges that design professionals face in bringing new ideas to the world. How to… is a book that will be the standard for graphic design ideas. It is inspiring, informative, and authoritative.
FICTIONAL HOW-TO BOOKS
HOW TO ARCHER BY STERLING ARCHER
“Living is 95% of my work. Believe me; this book will show you how to be a master spy like me. You won’t be as skilled as me, but it’s because I’m Sterling Archer.
HOW TO SURVIVE A SHARKNADO AND OTHER UNNATURAL DISASTERS BY ANDREW SHAFFER
Mother Nature is furious in the post-apocalyptic world that we live in. There is danger at every turn. We have learned from disasters such as the Los Angeles Sharknados that there is always a danger. Fear not. “How to Survive Sharknados and Other Unnatural Disasters” is the only complete guide for surviving any natural disaster Mother Nature throws at us.