books to read in the new year
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Best Books to Kick Off the New Year

There’s no better way to kick off the new year than with some inspirational books, right? Here are a few recommendations to help you start your year off on the right foot. Let’s get started!

books to read in the new year

one | Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Get your creative juices flowing for 2021 with Elizabeth Gilbert’s inspiring book, Big Magic. Gilbert explores the nuance of creativity and inspiration in this non-fiction book, and it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Gilbert approaches conversations about creativity by talking about how to face your fears and tackle your passions. This book is now in my rotation of annual reads, and I highly recommend picking it up.

two | Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
Based on a real relationship between Mitch and his old professor, Morrie, Tuesdays with Morrie chronicles the weekly meetings the pair have when Mitch finds out Morrie has ALS. Mitch is given a second chance to learn about life from one of his most trusted professors. During their weekly meetings, Morrie shares insight Mitch never thought he’d have the chance to get.

three | The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Do you have some lofty goals for the new year? Trying to work out more or learn a new language? The Power of Habit digs into why habits exist and how they can be changed. It’s an in-depth look into how and why certain people/businesses fail to create habits and how the patterns in our brains can change everything.

four | Daring Greatly by Brené Brown
Vulnerability is our superpower. You may view it as a weakness, I know sometimes I do in myself, but in truth, it’s what gives us the power to connect and impact those around us. That’s what Brown dives into in her acclaimed book, Daring Greatly. Learn what it takes and how it can more greatly impact your life what you have the guts to lay it all out on the table.

five | Between You & Me by Mary Norris (or another book related to your career)
Between You & Me is the perfect book for me since I write every day, often copy edit, and love grammar, but for this final book, I recommend reading something that will further you in your career. Between You & Me is written by an editor with over 30 years of experience at The New Yorker. It delves into the world of grammar in a light-hearted, yet educational way. Norris attacks common problems like “that” vs “which”, comma faults, and everything in between. It’s helped me in more ways than one when it comes to my day job, and I hope you find a book that does the same for you.

Happy reading,

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