5 Books to Make This Your Best Year Yet


Whether you believe in New Year’s resolutions or not, there is something incredibly refreshing and uplifting about turning the page of the calendar to a fresh new year. Personally, I am a fan of goal setting and ongoing growth throughout the year, January included. This year, why not skip the list of do’s and don’ts, and refocus instead on holistic growth. To help guide you, here are my top 5 books for personal growth in the new year

The Happiness Equation | Neil Pasricha 

If you read just one book on this list, I highly recommend selecting The Happiness Equation by Canada’s own Neil Pasricha. Presented as a lighthearted, fun read, Pasricha offers a series of insights, or “secrets”, on how to reposition your daily outlook to become more positive and therefore happy. By providing succinct examples of how to incorporate each “secret” into your day-to-day activities, this is easily one of the most actionable and impactful books I have ever read.

Who should read it: Everyone! This really is an easy and enjoyable read, perfect for the beginning of a new year.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People | Stephen R. Covey 

Let’s be honest, there is no way I could leave this classic off the list. Even if you haven’t read 7 Habits yet, chances are you’re already familiar with at least some of the habits. With it’s fundamental focus on fairness, integrity and honesty, this classic digs beneath the surface of each habit to explain it’s value and holistic, long term impact.

Who should read it: Anyone with the time and patience to work through each chapter, habit by habit. To be truly effective, I recommend approaching it as more of a textbook to learn from and incorporate into your daily life.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying | Marie Kondo

I. love. organizing. Most people already know this about me, so it likely comes as no surprise that I can get behind a book that preaches the value of organizing one’s surroundings.  With it’s detailed guidance on how to approach organization and decluttering, this is the perfect book to help organize your surroundings for the new year, and in a way that enables you to stick with it until next December.

Who should read it: Anyone who needs to clean out clutter or is looking for a permanent way to re-organize their surroundings.

Lean In | Sheryl Sandberg

Written by the COO of Facebook (and my personal hero) Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In looks at why women’s progess in corporate leadership roles has stalled, examines the root causes, and provides thoughtful, actionable advice as if from a personal mentor. I particularly value Sheryl’s perspective on how society has not evolved with the dual income, dual-working household, and how couples can work together to find an effective solution for this modern challenge.

Who should read it: The ambitious ladies who are working their way to the top (and their partners!)

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life | Alice Schroeder

While a biography would not normally be considered a personal growth book, I have included The Snowball because I found it to be such an inspirational and educational read. Alice Schroeder does a fantastic job of not only chronicling Warren Buffet’s incredible investing success, but also the thought process and rationale that led to his success. I didn’t necessarily agree with all of Warren Buffett’s decisions, particularly his single minded focus on work over family and health, but his story still contains an incredible number of powerful lessons and insights on life.

Who should read it: Anyone who is looking for an interesting, educational book for vacation (it’s a long read!).

Author: Ashley Barby

I believe that our biggest regrets are for the chances that we don’t take. Above all, I believe that people are intrinsically good and that we are the sum of the people we surround ourselves with.

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