Our book expert is back with a brand new list of everything that you #need to have on your list for the New Year. Between novels and how to’s and even journals, these books will get you jump started on your New Year’s Resolutions and any other goals you have for 2018. Out Literary Corespondent, Megan, is serious #goals herself (she writes, hikes, wifes and travels with the best of them!) so she knows a thing or two about self-motivation and inspiration. Take her word for it, you’ll want to pick up these books ASAP…
1. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Yes, the intent of this book was to describe how to raise empowered, feminist children, but the message is actually much simpler: Don’t be an asshole. Adichie’s 15 suggestions are relevant to everyone, everywhere.
2. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson
Move aside, Marie Kondo. The new trend in decluttering and simple living has arrived, and you can learn all about it in this new book from Scandinavian artist Margareta Magnusson.
3. Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
This short and sweet essay collection by the late Oliver Sacks provides a timely reminder to be grateful and embrace life, the ideal message for any new year.
4. The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money by Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage
Maybe your New Year’s resolutions include to save more money, or maybe they include things like travel more or buy a house (spoiler: these also require money!). Whatever your goals for 2018 are, the savvy financial practices shared in this book can help you save (and spend) wisely.
5. Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More by Courtney Carver
The founder of the “Project 333” capsule wardrobe expands her ideas about practical minimalism and simple living to other areas of your life.
6. Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get on the Mat. Love Your Body. by Jessamyn Stanley
Fitness, beauty and body positivity. Enough said.
7. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book by Dan Harris
I first heard this book described as “mindfulness without the ‘woo woo’” (thanks, Book Riot!) and was immediately intrigued. If you aren’t sure how to incorporate mindfulness into your own life, this book offers a non-intimidating foray into accessible meditative practices.
8. At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe by Tsh Oxenreider
Tsh Oxenreider was 37 years old when she and her husband decided to sell their home and take their three children (all younger than 10!) around the world for nine months. Laugh, cringe and be inspired by her journey.
9. Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi
Manoush Zomorodi understands the value of technology in today’s society, so rather than advocating giving up gadgets, she encourages smarter living within a digital world.
10. How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life by Catherine Price
If you really need a kick in the butt to put your phone down more, read this practical guide to turn your smartphone addiction into a healthy long-term relationship.
11. Treating People Well: The Extraordinary Power of Civility at Work and in Life by Lea Berman & Jeremy Bernard
Looking for a useful etiquette guide for 2018? Try this new book by two former White House staffers, which is already a top seller on Amazon.
12. Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together by Rachel Wilkerson Miller
Have you heard of bullet journaling but are intimidated by the insane works of art you see on Instagram? Don’t be! This book is a practical introduction to the art of bullet (or dot) journaling, complete with a plethora of functional (and doable!) page examples.
13. Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Motivation by Meera Lee Patel
Some people (including me!) need a structured journal if they hope to do any journaling at all. Start Where You Are is meant to help users nurture their creativity, but there are lots of guided journals to choose from.
14. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you missed the trend train for this nonfiction book by Eat, Pray, Love’s Elizabeth Gilbert back when it released in 2015, the first month of a new year seems as good as time as any to hop on.
15. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Speaking of hugely popular books, if you haven’t read this slim poetry collection yet, read it! This is a love letter to women everywhere, with gorgeous poems like “who tricked you / into believing / another person / was meant to complete you / when the most they can do is complement.”
16. Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence
If you want to read more in 2018, this charming collection of love letters (and Dear John letters) to books from a Midwestern librarian will help your TBR list explode.
17. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
I’m not saying you’ve resolved to sleep more in 2018 (though I wouldn’t judge if you did!), but if you want to be more rested and energized, this book by the Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science will help you understand how sleeping works and form better habits.
18. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown
The bestselling author of Rising Strong explores what she sees as “an age of increased polarization” in her most recent book, which offers four practices to help you find true belonging.