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6 books to help those New Year’s resolutions stick

From stable finances to soaring careers, these reads are sure to kickstart your motivation for 2020

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Woman smiling while reading a bookThere is nothing like hunkering down with a good book over the holidays, while finding some inspiration for the New Year.

It’s time to put 2019 to bed and step into the New Year with a clear game plan in place. To get you on track to do just that, we’ve pulled together six inspiring reads for 2020. This literary encouragement will help you stick with those resolutions or ignite some new ones.

SHOOT FOR THE MOON: THE SPACE RACE AND THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE OF APOLLO 11
By James Donovan

There’s nothing quite as inspiring as an achievement once perceived impossible. In Shoot for the Moon, author James Donovan sheds light on just that, reflecting on one of the world’s greatest technological accomplishments: landing on the moon. This account of Apollo 11’s mission captures not only details of the mission itself (and those that came before it), but the atmosphere at the time, amid Cold War tensions, sharing the “dangers, challenges and determination” beneath it all. Described by Mike Collins, command module pilot of Apollo 11, as “the best book on Apollo” he has ever read, Shoot for the Moon is a must-read for those who would like to enter 2020 a little awestruck.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK – A TOOLKIT FOR WORKING WOMEN 
By Otegha Uwagba 

Women from all walks of life and professional experience should get their hands on this book. Pegged a “modern career guide” for any creative woman, this travel-friendly book includes fresh perspectives, practical advice and inspiring insights from its author, Otegha Uwagba (one of Forbes European 30 under 30, and founder of Women Who), and other trailblazing contributors including renowned author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Refinery29 co-founder Piera Gelardi and the Gentlewoman's editor-in-chief Penny Martin. Whether on route to the C-suite, a budding entrepreneur, thriving artist or freelancer, this book can help give rise to your self-made career. 

YOU ARE AWESOME: HOW TO NAVIGATE CHANGE, WRESTLE WITH FAILURE AND LIVE AN INTENTIONAL LIFE
By Neil Pasricha 

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” We’ve heard the saying, but are we living it? New York Times best-selling author and popular TED speaker Neil Pasricha challenges readers to rise above an “against all odds” sentiment in his latest book. Promoting resilience in an age where we seemingly have it all, Pasricha shows readers to how to cope with (perceived) failure, learn and adapt, and quash worry when life feels like it’s all too much to bear.

24/6: THE POWER OF UNPLUGGING ONE DAY A WEEK
By Tiffany Shlain 

You’ve thought about it, talked about it, now just do it. Turn off that tech addiction with 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One day a Week. Renowned author, filmmaker and internet pioneer Tiffany Shlain shows readers the power of going screen-free for 24 hours each week, which she and her family have practised for more than a decade. Taken from the ancient Jewish ritual of Shabbat (also known as a day of rest), Shlain guides readers into restoring balance in their lives through living 24/6 by tuning tech out and boosting human connection through face-to-face interaction. Together, she and her family, for example, play board games, read, journal, cook or garden.

A CANADIAN’S GUIDE TO MONEY-SMART LIVING
By Kelley Keehn 

Finance will, no doubt, be top-of-mind once those credit card statements roll in after the holidays. Whether you’re looking for an overhaul or to simply set yourself steady for 2020, CPA Canada’s A Canadian’s Guide to Money-Smart Living by Kelley Keehn (with CPA Alex Fisher) can put you on the right path. Its step-by-step instructions show readers how to live money smart and in control of their financial future with simple, easy-to-implement everyday solutions. 

THE ART OF MAKING MEMORIES: HOW TO CREATE AND REMEMBER HAPPY MOMENTS
By Meik Wiking

Each new year brings with it an opportunity for reflection, with thoughts of what’s occurred and what’s to come. Discover how to make the most of the memories you carry forward (and how to make more of them) with The Art of Making Memories. In this practical guide, New York Times best-selling author, Meik Wiking—CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen—explores how “peak experiences are made, stored, and remembered” using data, interviews, surveys and studies, as well as real-life behavioural science and happiness experiments.

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