5 Books To Start Any Journey Off Right In The New Year

Looking for new reads for the New Year? We found 5 new books to start any new journey off right.

Winter’s cold weather has finally arrived. If you are ready to curl up with a new book, give one of these a try. Here is our selection of books to start any new journey off on the right foot. From self-help to humor, there is something for everyone on this list. 

1. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works; Dan Harris

What is it about? 

“After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong non-believer, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.” 

Why give it a try?

Harris brings firsthand experience and a non-believer eye to the self-help section. His skepticism toward meditation is common, but the results he found changed his mind. If you struggle with ‘new age’ beliefs, crave more peace in your life, and enjoy an intelligent read, give this book a shot. 

2. Wild; Cheryl Strayed

What is it about? 

“At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered, and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

Why give it a try?

Seemingly at rock bottom after the death of her mother and own divorce, Cheryl Strayed decided to find her own path. She embarked upon a journey to find meaning in herself. In doing so she discovered a hidden strength. Even if you have no plans to lace up hiking boots for a 3-month trek into the wilderness, this book is highly inspirational.

3. Me Talk Pretty One Day; David Sedaris

What is it about? 

“A recent transplant to Paris, humorist David Sedaris, bestselling author of “Naked”, presents a collection of his strongest work yet, including the title story about his hilarious attempt to learn French. A number one national bestseller now in paperback.” 

Why give it a try? 

Sedaris has the uncanny ability to remind you that humor still exists, even in your darkest moments. Reading this book can help bring the laugher back to your life, and you know what they say, laughter is the best medicine. 

4. Braving The Wilderness; Brené Brown

What is it about?

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.”

Why give it a try? 

Brown reminds us of the importance of being our true selves and helps us remember who that is. At a time in your life when you may need to rediscover just who you are, Brown’s book can be the catalyst needed. If you like the book, don’t miss her TED Talk or Netflix specials. 

5. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun; Gretchen Rubin

What is it about?

“Gretchen Rubin’s year-long experiment to discover how to create true happiness. Drawing on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world examples, Rubin delivers an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.”

Why give it a try?

Gretchen Rubin’s book turns the lofty thoughts of self-help books into a roadmap with actionable tasks. Though her formula can be daunting to follow, it forces you to think about what happiness means for you and the ways you can achieve it in a manageable, daily routine. Grab this title if you enjoy making and checking off lists.