Some of us read voraciously while others of us rarely pick up a book. If you fall into the latter camp, it might be time to change your habits. After all, a recent poll found reading for pleasure can have a positive effect on your life. In fact, 27% of those polled said reading inspired them to make a positive life change – from switching careers to ending a toxic relationship.
If you like what you’re hearing, we went ahead and picked out five life-changing books that recently hit the shelves. Whether it’s time to get your finances in order, embrace the single life or organise your mess – reading these five books is a sure-fire way to kickstart your new life.
All the Single Ladies
In All the Single Ladies, New York-based journalist Rebecca Traister takes a deep dive into the rise of the single American woman – at a time when the proportion of American women who are married has dropped below 50%, and the median age of first marriages has risen dramatically to 27. Finally, Traister says, women can choose whether to marry or not marry. “The revolution is in the expansion of options,” she writes. This statement is swiftly reinforced by the numerous profiles of single women navigating life on their terms. To sum up: All the Single Ladies is a must-read.
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
In 2014, decluttering expert Marie Kondo transformed homes and lives across the world with her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a #1 New York Times best-seller. Now, Kondo is doubling down on her popular KonMari organising method with her new illustrated guide Spark Joy. The idea behind the book is simple: to “spark joy” in anyone who wants to simplify their life. Readers will receive step-by-step instructions on the little things that have big results – from folding shirts to organising your storage spaces. If you thought cleaning couldn’t bring you joy, you were wrong.
The 52 Lists Project
If you want to spend the next year taking ownership of your life, you need to pick up The 52 Lists Project. Based on Moorea Seal’s popular blog series, The 52 Lists Project is less book, more journal. Inside, you’ll find a list for every week of the year that will help you “discover the beauty, joy, creativity and power” you have tucked away inside. You don’t have to go it alone – each list features a quick prompt designed to unleash your self-help beast, plus there is an entire online community devoted to the project. This book isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s worth every cent.
The Index Card
There are hundreds of books that get into the nitty-gritty of managing money, but according to the authors of The Index Card, everything you need to know can fit on a basic index card. Yes, you read that correctly. There are ten simple rules to managing your money, and they all fit on a four-by-six-inch card. While The Index Card obviously expands on these rules – or there would be no book – the premise remains the same. Use the ten easy-to-follow strategies found in this book and you’ll have everything you need to take control of your finances. So what are you waiting for?
The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen and Harold Pollack
Year of Yes
Shonda Rhimes is the creator and producer of three major television shows, but until recently, she was also an introvert who avoided public appearances and suffered severe panic attacks when attending media events. Towards the end of 2013, Rhimes made a decision. No longer would she live in fear. Instead, she would embrace her fears and say yes to everything that terrified her. Everything. In this hilarious yet heartbreakingly honest memoir, Rhimes chronicles her year of yes and explains how her truest self was finally revealed. If you read one book on this list, this is the one.