Inspirational Reads to Kickstart 2019

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay PhD

‘The Defining Decade’

Do your twentysomething years matter, or are they are a total wash? Clinical doctor Meg Jay argues in her book The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now that our early years as adults are among the most important.


Weird in a World That's Not Jennifer Romolini

‘Weird in a World That’s Not’

Misfits rejoice! Media powerhouse Jennifer Romolini is proof that being a bit awkward or outside-the-norm can be an asset in the workplace, as opposed to a hinderance. Romolini shares her meteoric rise from a “broke, divorced, college dropout” to becoming a vice president in this quasi-memoir and career guide. Within its pages, she shares how to network, become a leader, and stay true to yourself.


The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg

‘The Power of Habit’

Our habits become a part of us, which is why it’s so hard to break them. You may already have this aha-inspiring read on your book list, and for good reason. Author and New York Times editor Charles Duhigg explains how our habits influence some of our decisions, and by changing our habits, we can slowly change the course of our lives.


Gmorning, Gnight Lin-Manuel Miranda Jonny Sun

‘Gmorning, Gnight!’

Before Lin-Manuel Miranda was the star of Hamilton, he was writing inspiring nuggets on Twitter at the beginning and end of each day. When he catapulted into fame, these messages of encouragement grew in popularity among his ever-expanding social media following, so he partnered with an artist to create Gmorning, Gnight!. These little pick-me-ups will brighten your day.


Dot Journaling Rachel Wilkerson Miller

‘Dot Journaling’

A new year symbolizes a fresh start, and the first step toward getting your objectives in order is getting them out of your head and onto paper. Dot Journaling is your key to organizing your day-to-day and month-to-month lists, spreadsheets, and goal trackers.


Daring to Drive Manal al-Sharif

‘Daring to Drive’

The author of this gripping memoir, Manal al-Sharif, became the leader of a movement that won Saudi women the right to drive, after shouldering a series of gender-discriminating events that became too difficult to endure. This inspirational story will have you cheering on the accomplishments people can make by banding together and standing up for what they believe in.


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