Motivating and Inspirational Books for the New Year

Can you believe it’s almost 2024 already? Crazy how time flies. As we embark on a brand-new year filled with untapped possibilities and fresh beginnings, what better way to kickstart your journey than with a dose of motivation and inspiration? Whether you’re seeking a mindset shift, pursuing personal development, or simply craving a boost of positivity, these handpicked gems are sure to ignite the spark you need to make 2024 your most extraordinary year yet.

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Books for the New Year

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

In this book, Gilbert invites us to embrace our creativity, nudging us beyond the boundaries of fear that often hold us back. With anecdotes, insights, and a sprinkle of humor, the author explores the magical realm of ideas, encouraging readers to pursue a life driven by curiosity and passion. It’s not just a book; it’s a manifesto for anyone seeking to live a more creatively fulfilling and authentic life.

The Comfort Book

Whether you’re seeking solace, a dose of encouragement, or simply a moment of quiet reflection, Haig’s words provide a comforting embrace. With its eclectic mix of musings, poetry, and heartfelt insights, “The Comfort Book” is a treasure trove that reminds us of the shared human experience and the beauty found in life’s simplest moments.

Everything Is Figureoutable

Forleo’s infectious energy and no-nonsense approach make this read a game-changer for anyone facing challenges or chasing dreams. The central mantra, “Everything is figureoutable,” becomes a powerful tool, empowering readers to tackle obstacles head-on with a mindset of resilience and resourcefulness. Whether you’re navigating personal goals or professional pursuits, Forleo’s insights and practical wisdom turn complex problems into solvable puzzles.

Find Your People: Building Deep Community in a Lonely World

“Find Your People: Building Deep Community in a Lonely World” by Jennie Allen is a heartfelt guide for those seeking meaningful connections in a world often marked by isolation. Allen delves into the profound importance of authentic relationships, providing practical insights on cultivating deep connections in an age where surface-level interactions often prevail.

The One-Minute Gratitude Journal

In a world that moves at a rapid pace, this journal serves as a gentle nudge to pause, appreciate, and find happiness in the small, often overlooked moments of life. It’s a small but mighty tool for cultivating a mindset shift toward appreciation and joy. By prompting you to jot down moments of gratitude, it becomes a daily reminder of the beauty in the ordinary.

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, unveils the Danish art of hygge—embracing warmth, comfort, and togetherness. This delightful guide explores the simple pleasures that contribute to a happy life, from candle-lit gatherings to savoring comfort food. With a perfect blend of research and charm, Wiking invites readers into the heart of Danish culture, offering practical tips to infuse a bit of hygge into daily routines.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

This no-nonsense guide is a wake-up call, inviting you to reassess your priorities and live a more authentic and purpose-driven existence. It’s not about giving zero f*cks; it’s about choosing the right f*cks to give. With a candid and irreverent tone, the book urges readers to let go of societal expectations, reevaluate their values, and focus on what genuinely brings fulfillment.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Rhimes shares her decision to say “yes” to unexpected opportunities for an entire year, pushing her boundaries and embracing life-changing experiences. With humor, vulnerability, and insightful reflections, she inspires readers to step out of their comfort zones and live boldly. Rhimes’ journey is an empowering reminder that sometimes, the most profound growth happens when we dare to say “yes” to ourselves.

10% Happier Revised Edition: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story

This true story is a testament to the transformative power of mindfulness, making it accessible for skeptics and seekers alike. Harris’s journey is a relatable and down-to-earth guide, proving that finding a slice of happiness may be more attainable than we think. Harris, an ABC News anchor, shares his quest for happiness and mental well-being with humor and honesty. The revised edition delves into the practical aspects of mindfulness and meditation, offering insights into how even a small commitment—just 10%—can lead to significant positive changes.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Clear unpacks the science of habits with clarity and practicality, showing how small changes can lead to remarkable results. This book is a blueprint for building positive habits and breaking free from destructive ones, emphasizing the cumulative impact of consistent, incremental improvements. Clear’s insights, backed by scientific research, make this book a compelling read for anyone looking to understand the mechanics of habits and create lasting positive change. I loved this book!

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Brown, a renowned researcher and storyteller, challenges traditional notions of leadership, urging readers to embrace their authentic selves in the professional realm. I’ve loved every book of hers. Through compelling stories and actionable insights, this book provides a roadmap for cultivating brave leaders and fostering resilient teams. It’s not just a leadership manual; it’s a call to dare greatly, have tough conversations, and lead with whole hearts.

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Do you have an inspiring book to recommend? Please share in the comments.


  1. My Stroke of Insight by Jill Taylor, Ph.D. is the book my husband is deep into and telling me about. I will read when he is done as we share our Kindle library. She had a major stroke at age 37 and lost her whole left side of her brain and connected with God, the Universe the Oneness but lost her ability to speak or communicate at all. It took 8 years for her to get it all back and she is now a college professor. I want to read it. Happy Holidays everyone!

    1. That sounds amazing!!! Wow. Do you love your Kindle?

  2. Shawn Roberts says:

    What an inspiring post. I’ve already read several of the books you suggested so I bought one more. I’ll be reading Jennie Allen’s Find Your People. Here’s to a year of connections and meaningful relationships. Merry Christmas and a very blessed and happy New Year!

    1. Merry Christmas Shawn!

  3. Thank you for the post today. It’s a lovely and inspirational treasure trove of great books. I can’t wait to start reading!!

    1. I’ve got several on my list too.

  4. Hi Jennifer,
    I have a folder in my email for your column, and my favorite Christmas top is the plaid poncho you recommended last year.

    All the best,

  5. Aged 12, I read Betty Jeffrey’s book, ‘The White Coolies’, which detailed her experiences an Australian Army Nurse taken prisoner by the Japanese in World War Two. Her story, along with the remarkable Vivian Bulwinkle (the only survivor of the Banka massacre) inspired me to become a nurse and later join the RAAF.

    1. That’s amazing, Susan! Thank you for sharing.

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