A new year always has us ready to revitalize our lives and, to put it simply, get it together. While we sometimes try to pull it from within, you might consider getting the help and information from elsewhere. Reading is always a great hobby to have, but it’s even better when we’re able to get something valuable from it. It’s time to change your life! From overcoming anxiety to figuring out how to conquer the world, here are 6 life-changing books to read in the New Year.
F**k No! by Sarah Knight
Many of us find it difficult to say “no.” In fact, you might even feel like a broken record, constantly saying “yes,” even when you don’t want to. Now is the time to kick that habit to the curb. In her latest guide, Sarah Knight is giving you all the tips you need to know in order to “stop saying yes, when you can’t, you shouldn’t, or you just don’t want to.” If you’re afraid of a few expletives, it’s probably best to stay away from this book, but if you’re looking to start saying “no,” it’s a must-have.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
If you’re looking to get lost in a story, consider The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The story follows a young boy, Santiago, who travels the world looking for treasure. If you’re dealing with major ups and downs in life, this story is a reminder to never lose hope and to always pursue your dreams, no matter how many obstacles fall in your way.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
When you don’t have anxiety, it’s very hard to put yourself in the shoes of someone who does. Anxiety can be crippling, and if it’s something you’re dealing with, Notes on a Nervous Planet might be what you need to help manage it. Author Matt Haig follows up Reasons to Stay Alive with this book about how the world feeds into what causes personal anxiety. As someone with panic disorder, anxiety, and depression, Haig gives tips on how to live a better life in this crazy world.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
All the books on this list are relatively new, but How to Win Friends and Influence People is from 1936. In this day and age when influencers are a moving force in the business world, you can consider this book ahead of its time. With tips for increasing your popularity and earning power, making you a better speaker, and getting out of a mental rut, Dale Carnegie’s book might be the push you need to make the best moves in 2020.
It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis
One thing that society tends to portray is that everyone is happy. That’s a lie! Everyone is dealing with their own problems, even your favorite celebrities. It’s Not OK to Feel Blue is one book that’s going to make you feel like you’re not so alone. They’ll tell you it’s OK to talk about it, but it’s also OK to not want to talk about it. The book features stories from a variety of stars, including Sam Smith, Emilia Clarke, Ben Platt, and more.
Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously by Jessica Pan
If you’re looking to shake up your life and try something new, Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come might be the book that helps you turn a new leaf. Author Jessica Pan describes herself as an unhappy introvert who winds up living in England without a job or friends. Throughout her journey, she takes on a series of personal challenges from performing stand-up comedy to traveling alone in order to help herself gain the courage she was previously lacking.
Life isn’t going to wait for us, so it’s time we strap ourselves with the necessary tools for a great existence. Every single one of these books will help you gain a new sense of self and help you build. 2020 is about making the necessary changes we’ve been putting off for some time. Now get to reading and change your life!