11 Books That You Absolutely Need To Read To Start The New Year On A Positive Note

By Biya Haq | 12 Jan, 2018

Now that we reach the middle of January, most of us are probably falling off track with our new year resolutions. No judgment here, since we are also in that boat. What we can do however is do our best to gain focus before we head into the rest of the year. January is the best month to do that. If you set the tone right at the beginning of the year, there’s NO STOPPING YA!

So take a look at this list of 11 must-reads to read this January to set your year right:


1. The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

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Gaining insane popularity all around the world, this book has opened the eyes of many. And for us Pakistanis who live by the cruel words of ‘Log kya kahein gai?’ Oh yeah. MUST read.

2. The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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For all of you out there who are into poetry and more specifically, Instagram poetry, this book is the ultimate cuddle in your bed with a big cup of chai treat to indulge in.

3. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

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But in all seriousness, this book is BEST pep talk you could ever get. It’s taken the world by storm and it will give you the push you need to absolutely KICK ASS in life.

4. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

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Originally published in the 50’s, this book, as suggested by the title, outlines the powers of positive thinking. There is no such thing as a bad situation, only a bad attitude. This book may just change your life.

5. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life by William H. McRaven

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Written by a retired Navy officer, this book is the ultimate inspiration provider. It will help you to gain confidence in your life, how to take control and be the ultimate leader. Whether it’s in your work or personal life, this book will give you just what you need to hold your own. P.s. Great gift to give your boss!

6. Listful Thinking: Using Lists to Be More Productive, Successful and Less Stressed by Paula Rizzo

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Okay for all of you out there who love finding new ways of making their lives more productive – THIS BOOK, will change everything. Making lists may seem like a small step to take but friends, we guarantee it’s gonna be the right one.

7. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Timbuktu Labs

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Okay yes, this is a children’s book but hear us out! This unique book is a compilation of real-life inspirational stories of women all over the world, reinvented into fairytales. I’m sorry, but have you heard of anything more incredible? In today’s society, women are embracing their power more than ever and this book is a manifestation of that. LOVE IT.

8. The Twits by Roald Dahl

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Yes, another children’s book but who said children have to be the only ones to read these books? Roald Dahl’s stories are full of powerful emotions and lessons that apply to all ages and all stages of life. The Twits is a book that teaches people that in every negative situation, there is always beauty to be found.

9. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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Taking the entire world by storm, Exit West has been a huge success for the author, Mohsin Hamid. Connecting people all over in the name of identity is a thing Hamid does extremely well and this book is nothing short of it. Absolute must read.

10. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this book is the ultimate love story to start your year off with. Moving and intricately written, Roy’s storytelling gift is on full display in this magical piece of writing.

11. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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Speaking of love stories, the author of the insanely well-received book, ‘The Fault In Our Stars,’ – John Green is back with his new tale. Outlined with the story of love, long-lasting friendship and a hint of mystery – what. a. story.

Have any other books you would like to see on this list? Read any of these? How do you plan on setting the tone for the rest of the year? Let us know in the comments below! Love you.

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