With the arrival of a new year comes the promise of new beginnings — as well as those pesky but annually persistent resolutions. But I honestly feel really good about this year and I want to make sure that I actually achieve the goals I set for myself. So I started doing a little research on some of the best books to read to inspire my resolutions!
Whether your goal for the new year is figuring out how to budget your money, learning how to be happier, or trying to find your passion, reading just one of these books this year is guaranteed to change your life for good!
Most of the books below are ones I’ve read. But there are also a few that I’m dying to read to start the new year off in the right mindset!
Below are some of the best books to read in the new year to help you fulfill your goals!
For Those Who Want to Find Themselves
1. My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown by Meera Lee Patel
After Start Where You Are was such a hit, author and illustrator Meera Lee Patel takes us deeper into her artistic vision and emotional journey in this stunning new book. A mix of personal reflections, inspirational quotes, questions for reflections, and breathtaking watercolor visuals, My Friend Fear takes you by the hand and asserts that having big fear is an opportunity to make big changes and to discover the remarkable potential inside ourselves.
Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
One of the books I’ve been waiting for is Gabrielle Bernstein’s Judgement Detox. It’s an interactive six-step process that combines the spiritual principles from A Course in Miracles, Emotional Freedom Technique (aka Tapping), metaphysical teachings, and so much more to allow us to release the limiting beliefs that hold us back from living a better life. Each lesson builds upon the next to support true healing, clearing all the mental blocks, become willing to let go of judgement, and spread more love.
You Do You by Sarah Knight
From the author of the genius bestsellers The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k and Get Your Sh*t Together, Sarah Knight’s new book, You Do You, helps you shake off the expectations of society, start putting your happiness first, and keep on with your badass self. From lifestyle and health to career and finances to relationships and family, Knight rips up the rule-book.
Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser
Shannon Kaiser’s second book, Adventures for Your Soul, is a must-read for anyone wanting to know and love themselves on a deeper level. Whether you want to achieve weight loss, land your dream job, or get out of debt, it all comes back to breaking the habits that are holding you back from your best self. Drawing from her own experiences, Kaiser’s book utilizes an empowering process that encourages you to achieve your goals and live life to the fullest.
The Power of Meaning by Emily Smith
Combining psychological research, philosophy, and her personal stories, The Power of Meaning presents a path for finding real meaning in our lives. Smith identifies four pillars of meaning (belonging, purpose, storytelling, and transcendence) that can help us overcome adversity and become resilient while discovering our own purpose.
For Those Who Want to Make a Difference
WE: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel
An inspiring and empowering manifesto for change, written by actress Gillian Anderson and journalist Jennifer Nadel, WE is a rallying cry to create a life that has greater meaning and purpose. It’s a truly inspiring vision of a happier, more emotionally rewarding future we can all create together!
Kindness Boomerang: How to Save the World (and Yourself) Through 365 Daily Acts by Orly Wahba
For some people, the New Year brings motivation to do more kind acts, but committing to a rigorous volunteer schedule can seem time-consuming or daunting. Orly Wahba, whose “Kindness Boomerang” YouTube video has been watched over 25 million times, brings us a book filled with ideas for how to spread kindness every day. With an act for each day, motivational quotes, and inspiring stories, Kindness Boomerang is sure to bring positivity to your life.
How to Be A Better Person by Kate Hanley
This fun and enlightening book is a unique and practical guide that can help you easily turn your good intentions into meaningful actions. With over 400 everyday activities, How to Be a Better Person serves as daily inspiration for you to make a positive impact in your home, community, and relationships. Each exercise is designed to foster cheerfulness, kindness, acceptance, and integrity so you can learn how easy it is to be the person you’ve always wanted to be.
For Those Who Want to Kick Ass in Their Career
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
Leave Your Mark is the sassy, modern gal’s guide to building your brand and making a lasting impression — even in this era of ever-changing technology. Licht draws from her own experiences and provides you with really clear, easy-to-follow advice on building your personal brand and also kicking ass in the professional world. No matter where you’re at in your career, it’s a definite must-read for some major inspiration!
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
More and more women are discovering the beautiful independence and satisfaction that comes with owning their own businesses. Life coach and author Cara Alwill Leyba’s Girl Code empowers women to fulfill their dreams of entrepreneurship and “live effervescently.”
The Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba
Little Black Book is a must-read for any creative woman! Writer Otegha Uwagba takes your though everything you need to build a successful self-made career as a creative: from how to negotiate a pay-rise to building a killer personal brand, and loads of tips for overcoming those pesky creative blocks. Whether you’re just beginning your creative career, or have been in the game for a while, this book will give you that no-bs practical advice that you need!
For Those Who Want To Cultivate Truly Healthy Habits
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin
Habits are one of the most powerful tools we have — for better or for worse. In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin writes about this very true phenomenon, and how you can go about “mastering” your habits to better support the kind of life you want. And there’s even a journal that goes along with the book!
Destination Simple: Everyday Rituals for a Slower Life by Brooke Mcalary
With busier lives than ever, Destination Simple shows how making a few tweaks to the flow of our daily lives can create long-lasting changes. Brooke McAlary teaches us how to slow down, simplify, say no, and focus on the things that truly matter. Based on her Slow Your Home blog and Slow Home podcasts, this book describes that no matter how busy we are, we can minimize stress, sleep better, and find pockets of peace on even the busiest of days.
Modern Mindfulness by Rohan Gunatillake
Modern Mindfulness gives you the ideas, principles, and techniques you need to bring awareness, composure, and kindness to whatever you are doing. Filled with more than sixty practical exercises, writer Rohan Gunatillake’s approach brings the benefits of meditation to even the busiest of lives.
For Those Who Want Financial Stability
The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan
As someone who doesn’t really like dealing with finances, I thought I should take a look at this book. Based on Fagan’s popular blog, The Financial Diet dispenses practical, no-nonsense financial advice and shows how our finances and lifestyle intertwine. Fagan’s easy-to-digest layout is filled with practical financial advise as well as a few tips on being a badass adult!
Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry
In Broke Millennial, author Erin Lowry highlights that your actions with money are mostly the result of your money mindset “which is shaped by a number of things, such as your relationship to future thinking, how your parents related to money, and your financial fears.” Through the questions in this book, you can start to understand your own money mindset and what hurdles might be in your way to getting your financial life together.
Beautiful Money by Leanne Jacobs
Beautiful Money: The 4-Week Total Wealth Makeover is all about taking a holistic approach to creating a life of wealth. Leanne Jacobs lays out a four-week plan that uses practical money management advice, personal stories, and various guided exercises to help you feel more confident and excited about your financial future.
For Those Who Want to Grow Spiritually
How to Love Yourself (And Sometimes Other People): Spiritual Advice for Modern Relationships by Lodro Rinzler & Meggen Watterson
How to Love Yourself is one of the best books I’ve read on the topic of relationships. Authors Lodro Rinzler and Meggan Watterson translate life-changing spiritual principles in a hip and relevant way and offer the most treasured gift — a pathway to learn to love yourself no matter what. I recommend this book to anyone ready to give, receive and embody love!
White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte
If you love Brene Brown and Liz Gilbert’s authenticity, and Marianne Williamson’s strong spirit, you’ll find yourself devouring White Hot Truth. Danielle LaPorte makes you feel like one of her besties and is jam-packed with insightful nuggets of truth, a wickedly good sense of humor, and a reminder of what self-love truly looks like. It’s a definite must-read for anyone and everyone!
E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout
If you’re into spirituality, the law of attraction, or the power of intention, you will love E-Squared. It’s especially good for anyone who feels a little lost or stuck in their current situation. Perform these energy experiments within the book and witness life-altering changes.