Whether you’re feeling twenty-two or kicking off the year 2022, it’s the perfect time to include some new books on your shelf. As you’re looking forward to a year full of new opportunities to further develop yourself, consider reading a book that will reteach you how to care for yourself and others. These book recommendations should help guide those emotions that make you feel happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.
Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes by Michelle G. Stradford (2021)
As the title states, "Self Love Notes" is a collection of inspiring poetry, moving affirmations, and uplifting quotes that celebrate the art of unconditionally loving yourself. This book creates a stimulating reminder to appreciate the small wins in your continuous strive for personal growth. It is intended to nurture self-worth in overthinkers and self-doubters by encouraging readers to appreciate themselves despite the pace set on their healing journey.
The Comfort Book by Matt Haig (2021)
As someone who’s struggled with mental health, best-selling author Matt Haig presents snippets of his personal struggles in "The Comfort Book." Intended as notes to his future self, these notes offer guidance and reassurance for even the darkest of days. Full of anecdotes and encouraging messages, it serves as a reminder to slow down intrusive thoughts and to appreciate even the smallest of things. This is a book about hope and self-compassion for anyone who struggles with mental health.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (2021)
"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" is a deeply personal memoir that recounts Lori Gottlieb’s mental health journey as she becomes a therapist. This book pulls back the curtain and allows readers inside Lori’s sessions allowing us to catch a glimpse as to how she’s able to grow while understanding both sides of the sofa. As an instant New York Times Bestseller, Lori’s insights focus on examining the truths and fiction we convince ourselves of, which illustrate various narratives that collectively demonstrate what it means to be human.
Star Wars Be More Yoda: Mindful Thinking from a Galaxy Far Far Away by Christian Blauvelt (2018)
"Be More Yoda" is a fun and light collection of words of wisdom from Star Wars mentors such as master Yoda. Just as a Jedi must embody inner calm and a balanced mind, these mindful tips are perfect for everyone, whether force sensitive or not, to discover new meditative techniques. Perfect for fans, this light-hearted book contains iconic moments while highlighting engaging and mindful practices.
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam M. Grant (2021)
"Think Again" explores why as individuals we struggle to admit our wrongs and challenges us to rethink our stances. This book highlights the benefits of being open-minded by asking us to question ourselves and our assumptions. By presenting the idea to “think again,” it provides the opportunity to visualize different perspectives by demonstrating that not everything is final. It reinforces the idea that everything can be reconsidered.