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Your Mid-Year Reads: 10 New Practical Books To Perk Up Your Rainy-Day Blues

If your 2018 New Year’s resolutions have included ‘Read one book a week’ and that one book’s still untouched by the end of June, you’re not alone.

Now that the rains of July are upon us, it’s the perfect time to refresh that reading list. We’ve pulled together freshly released feel-good books for you to enjoy with a gigantic mug of cinnamon rum-laced hot cocoa.

But these books aren’t just your typical heartwarming fluff – they’re jampacked with realistic advice and wisdom that you can immediately apply to your daily routine. Whether it’s a way to kick up your confidence with people, become more efficient at work, or center your mind at home, these reads can be your instant lifeline.

What’s great about them is their digestibility: you can start, stop, and resume by section and still find something useful and inspiring without always having to backtrack through the pages. Perfect for ultra-busy readers!    


1. Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek

British author and speaker Simon Sinek talks about finding your WHY – your personal reason, belief, and purpose for doing what you do, and making it relevant in your workplace. This helps you make more meaningful choices and decisions, which can extend to other areas of your life outsde of work.


2. Stress The Psychology of Managing Pressure: Practical Strategies to turn Pressure into Positive Energy by DK Publishing

This guide to effectively managing stress includes quick questionnaires and infographics to help you identify and get a grip on your daily patterns that cause you the most stress, be it at home, work, school, relationships, social interactions, and more.


3. Pre-Suasion by Robert B. Cialdini

In this bestseller, social psychologist Robert Cialdini shares groundbreaking techniques for you to become more persuasive with others. While his methods are primarily based on marketing, they’re also applicable in any social scenario outside of the workplace.


4. Happiness Hacks: 100% Scientific! Curiously Effective! By Alex Palmer

Try to make everyday a little brighter with at least one of these hacks. Featuring 300 tried-and-tested methods to encourage positive experiences, this book covers all aspects of your life, including improving relationships, enjoying parts of your job more, handling sticky situations, and discovering ways to genuinely enjoy others’ and your own company.


5. How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

When you were young, did you want to be a doctor, a painter, a chef, a princess, and a T-Rex all at the same time? Emilie Wapnick helps you channel your diverse interests into a workable structure that gives you the chance to indulge and be great at all of your passions.


6. Make Anything Happen: A Creative Guide to Vision Boards, Goal Setting, and Achieving the Life of Your Dreams by Carrie Lindsey

Have you tried going the visual route and making your own vision board for meeting your personal goals? This book shares great tips, guided worksheets, templates, and planning pages to help you determine your short- and long-term goals, and make a cretive visual reminder that will help you track your progress.


7. Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day) by Randi Zuckerberg

That other book in the list says you can be everything you want to be, and Randi Zuckerberg here tells you just not everyday. That’s why it’s important to pick three goals or activities to focus on for the day. This handbook shows you how to make the most of your daily priorities and accomplish as much as you want while avoiding burnout.


8. Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life by Francesca Gino

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, Francesca Gino’s book may help teach you positive rebellion, that is, the art of constructively breaking set rules that hold you back from doing what you truly want to do. It’s a healthy and creative way of undoing old habits and unlocking your full potential.


9. Speeches that Made History by Octopus Books

So this compilation of historical speeches aren’t exactly tips but their well-written wisdom can boost your chutzpah when you need it the most. Find your oratorical battlecry when you need to attend that boring meeting, when you’re having a difficult day, or whenever you just want to feel invincible.


10. The Empath Experience: What to Do When You Feel Everything by Sydney Campos

This book is for you if you find that you’re everyone’s default sounding board and confidante. Being a natural empath is a gift, but it can mentally, emotionally, and physically drain you. This book teaches you how to use your empathy to your advantage while balancing compassion for others with emotional self-care.