Make 2018 your year of character development. We’ve gathered up some books to help build a better you in all aspects of your life, whether it’s something big, like a complete overhaul of your space, or something as simple as taking a five-minute break to laugh. Check out our list below and if you have any more to add, let us know in the comments!
THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo
Start 2018 with the things that bring you joy. For those who have yet to try, the KonMari method is a huge leap—a complete overhaul—but one that is definitely worth taking. Besides, let’s face it: no New Year, New Me list would be complete without Marie Kondo.
If you have already KonMari-ed your life, you can take things to the next level with Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class in the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.
THE DINNER PLAN by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion
Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion share five meal strategies to help us produce practical—but still delicious!—dishes at the end of a long day. The Dinner Plan has over 100 recipes you can mix and match to make sure you always have dinner on the table, no matter what the week holds.
EAT MOVE SLEEP by Tom Rath
With multiple bestsellers on his belt, Tom Rath gives us yet another piece of practical advice with just three words. Eat Move Sleep reveals his greatest passion and expertise, which only inspires its readers even more to improve on our lifestyle. It also contains a personalized Eat Move Sleep Plan and many other online tools to help us lead a better life.
Eat Move Sleep is the inspiration for the 2016 documentary Fully Charged and the children’s book The Rechargeables.
FIND YOUR WHY by Simon Sinek
After the success of his previous book, Start with Why, Simon Sinek now gives us this practical, step-by-step guide on how to find our Why, whether it’s for ourselves, our team, or even our company. This detailed exercise book has action steps for each stage of the process to guide us on our path to success and fulfilment.
IT’S NOT HOW GOOD YOU ARE, IT’S HOW GOOD YOU WANT TO BE by Paul Arden
Paul Arden offers sage advice on how to make the impossible possible, not just in the world of advertising, but in all kinds of careers and, ultimately, in life. This pocket-sized handbook contains quotes, facts, pictures, and practical advice laid out in easy-to-digest spreads, and the bold and bare title on the cover is a great reminder to keep our eyes on the prize.
HOW TO BE INTERESTING by Jessica Hagy
We all have our own quirks, but if you ever feel like you need a little boost of personality, let Jessica Hagy help with this uniquely inspirational instruction manual. Inside we’ll find diagrams, charts, and other illustrations on exploring, taking chances, and making our mark in this world.
HOW WE TALK: THE INNER WORKINGS OF CONVERSATION by N. J. Enfield
With the rapid growth of technology, we have also witnessed the rapid evolution of language. Our daily communications now are leaps and bounds from how we used to converse—so maybe it’s time we go back to basics and (re)learn the inner workings of conversation.
LETTER TO MY DAUGHTER by Maya Angelou
Through these essays, Maya Angelou reaches out to the women of the world, the “daughter she never had but sees all around her,” and shares the personal experiences that built in her a heart full of compassion and fortitude.
THE LONELY CITY: THE ART OF BEING ALONE by Olivia Laing
In this world of constant communication and virtual semi-omnipresence, sometimes the hardest thing to do is be with yourself—and just yourself. Olivia Laing’s memoir shows us how being alone can also be an adventure as she navigates the streets and art of New York City on her own.
HEART AND BRAIN by The Awkward Yeti
If there’s anything Heart and Brain and all their other organ friends can teach us, it’s to find the balance between doing what’s smart and doing what’s fun. There are still many things to learn (and sometimes unlearn) to live truly happy and fulfilling lives—and we need both Heart and Brain to see this through.
Or if not that, they at least teach us to take a break and laugh uncontrollably every once in a while.