10 Non-Fiction Books to Start the New Year Right

Wednesday, January 06, 2016
10 Non-Fiction Books to Start the New Year Right

#1 Manage Your Day-to-Day by Jocelyn K. Glei

Jocelyn K. Glei and the 99U team will help you create a solid daily routine, enabling you to discover the time you need to do the work that matters. This book explores time management and life balance and is the key to conscious planning that will keep you on track with your creative career.


#2 You Are Now Less Dumb by David McRaney

This book featuring popular psychology and trivia is a real eye-opener, which will make you realise we are not the objective observers of reality that we think we are. David McRaney explores the quirks of humanity and will teach you how to think in new ways. Confront your own self-delusions and read this book.


#3 Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson's TED talk - Do schools kill creativity? - is a phenomenally entertaining and profoundly moving talk exploring how creativity has been hugely undervalued and largely ignored in Western culture for a long time, especially when it comes to our educational systems. In this book, Robinson further explores how these educational systems are broken and what changes we need to make.


#4 The News: A User's Manual by Alain De Botton

The way our news system works is to confuse, baffle, and scare us into believing we are not safe, everyone's an enemy, and our world is corrupt. Alain De Botton discusses the effect this has on our minds and offers a way of bringing understanding and a sense of calm when dealing with the media machine.


#5 Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan

64 tips for eating well in a world where bad choices are easily made when it comes to food. Food Rules: An Eater's Manual is an easy-to-use guide drawing from a variety of failsafe traditions that all hinge on sticking close to nature.


#6 Creative Confidence by Tom Kelly and David Kelly

Creative Confidence is a powerful book hoping to dispel the myth that creativity is reserved only for the "creative types." This book aims to tap into our creative potential in order to enlighten and change both our work and personal lives in terms of how we tackle and solve problems. If you're someone who doesn't consider themselves to be creative, you should read this book.


#7 Getting Things Done by David Allen

David Allen believes the key to productivity is having a clear mind and organised thoughts; our ability to be productive is, according to Allen, directly proportional to our ability to relax. This book truly is for people who consider themselves "too busy" with "no time" for time off. Allen provides sustainable ways we can relax more by working smarter not harder.


#8 Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Brené Brown writes about courage, strength, and the power of vulnerability. Rising Strong is all about self-awareness and cultivating wholeheartedness, acknowledging our vulnerability, and being brave enough to keep trying even though we might fail. Brown encourages us to own our stories and be a present and authentic player in our own lives.


#9 The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

This is the book every writer and blogger should read. The Elements of Style provides a resource of concise, easy to understand, and practical writing advice, which will help you to communicate more effectively and improve your writing abilities.


#10 The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein explores how the most dominant ideology of our time has exploited cataclysmic events in order to implement specific economic policies. Shock and extreme violence are used as tools for disaster capitalism to capitalise on its foothold and aid this booming new economy. A shocking, unsettling, and deeply disturbing book, The Shock Doctrine is an extremely important read for any generation.