• Queen Peasant

5 Books to Jumpstart Your New Year

Updated: Jan 7, 2019

New Year's resolutions have never been my thing. I've only ever followed through with one resolution, and I don't think I've made another one since. A lot of people rely on New Year's resolutions to improve their lifestyle or better themselves, and that's not always an easy thing to do.

Last year was a very long and emotional year. I spent the majority of my year soul-searching (in a less hippie-sort-of-way) and found myself in the self-help section of the bookstore quite a bit. Over the last year or so, I've read quite a few books that have helped me put a new perspective on things, and really made me sit down and think about what is important, and change how I approach everyday situations.

These are my top 5 books that will help you jumpstart your 2019 if you're looking for a little bit of extra help. You can find all of these books for under $20 on Amazon or at Indigo.

5. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

I got this book last year as a Christmas gift from my Mum, because she knew I was struggling with some self-esteem and happiness "issues."

This book was pretty funny, lighthearted and really gave me some good insight into why people and situations are the way they are, and why that's okay. Sincero also touches base on mediation, self-care and self-love and how to finally get your shit together (her words, not mine).

This book uses a more gentle approach, and it focuses a lot on energy and spirituality. But for some people that might just be what they need.

4. The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

I picked this book up on recommendation by my boyfriend who said this helped him see things (literally) more clearly. This book focuses more on the psychological end of self-improvement, and talks a lot about cognitive thinking, logic and reason.

I liked this book because it took emotions out of the equation, and made me look at situations and scenarios more rationally.

The chapters are short, sweet, concise and really change your way of thinking in everyday situations.

3. Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I got it as a gift last Halloween from my cousin Jess, who has always been a very spiritual and super rad person in general.

I didn't really know what to expect when I got this book, but inside was tons of really funny information on loving yourself, embracing your true style, enjoying time with friends and family and really just learning from yourself.

Add in some spells, hexes and witchcraft history and you have a really cool book that will keep you turning pages all night (and maybe trying some witchcraft of your own).

2. You're Not That Great by Elan Gale

This book was hilarious. I bought it because I saw an Instagram ad (yup) and because it was written by the guy who runs "Tinder Nightmares" on Instagram.

I loved this book because it was full of honest-to-god truths and really dry but dirty humour. It basically explains that everyone is average, no one is special and why that's a good thing. You also learn in this book how to take all the negativity in your life and turn it into something positive.

Super awesome read, IMO.

1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

I recommend this book to anyone who will listen. I saw it one day when browsing through Indigo, and I decided that it was going to be the book that changed everything.

I was right.

This book is so well thought out, so funny, blunt, and really changed the way I look at things.

If you need a pick-me-up, or need to unplug and restart your life, this is the book that will help you do it.

It goes over issues such as work, friends, money, sex, relationships and basically everything else life revolves around.

I promise it will change your life!



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