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Make 2019 The Best Yet - New Year New You Guide

Charlotte Walker

By Charlotte Walker on 6th December 2018

The New Year is the perfect opportunity for everyone to commit to getting more out of life: improve your cooking skills, take better care of yourself - body and mind  - or expand your horizons and we have some brilliant books for you to have a browse through. 

We look forward to embarking upon this new year together and offering reviews of wonderful books we love to help you accomplish your goal of reading more in 2019.

How To Retrain Your Appetite

A great book for those wanting to feel better in themselves by eating healthy. Our Editorial Expert Victoria Goldman shares her thoughts:

"This book isn’t a quick fix solution. It takes time to ditch unhelpful eating habits that have become a natural part of your daily life. Instead, it’s a book to read slowly, one step at a time, identifying your current habits, exploring why you eat when you’re not hungry and working out how to change your eating routine. 

How to Retrain Your Appetite provides a fascinating insight into hunger, self-control and emotional eating – and could potentially help you to achieve permanent weight loss."

Joe's 30 Minute Meals

perfect for anyone wanting to cook more but don't seem to find the time. 

This book contains 100 recipes that are not only quick to prepare, but healthy and delicious. Fancy chicken but not sure what to cook? The recipes are organised simply by the main ingredient - offering you speedy access to a range of meals specific to what you fancy.

Easy fuss-free meals perfect for expanding your everyday meal repertoire. 

Lost Connections

This book is a brilliant insight into the way we think about depression and anxiety and is a great book for anyone looking to live a happier and more fulfilled life. 

"This book is in a word: brilliant. 

Partly a tale of Johann’s own journey of understanding about his mental health. It is also a summary of research that connects to depression and anxiety from experts in a wide range of fields. And finally, it attempts to offer effective solutions to those in despair.

Hari’s easy, almost colloquial writing would appeal to anyone with a professional or personal interest in psychology." 

Notes on a Nervous Planet

On the same lines of Lost Connections, Matt Haigh's book looks at the rising rates of stress and anxiety. We are more connected to each other than ever thanks to social media, but everything seems to encourage us to worry. 

Matt Haigh experienced years of anxiety and panic attacks, so began to look into the link between what he was feeling and the world around him.


Craftfulness pounces on the feeling of getting lost in an activity.

Whether the time flies by as you paint, build, sculpt or knit, this book looks into the science of being creative and how developing a crafting hobby could help some people to overcome stress from a hectic schedule, self-criticism and struggles with confidence. 

This book is discussed in Episode 7 of our LoveReading Podcast and includes first-hand accounts from everyday crafters. 

The Science of Meditation

Written by not one but two New York Bestsellers, this is a practical and interesting guide into the benefits of meditation using state-of-the-art scientific research.

Sharing for the first time the remarkable scientific findings that show without drugs or high expense, just meditation, can help to develop qualities such as selflessness, equanimity, love and compassion, and redesign our neural circuitry.

The data has been collected from a pool of world-class meditators and is a book that has the power to change us at the deepest level and is perfect for those looking to start or improve their meditations. 


Michelle Obama was brought to the world's attention as First Lady of the United States. She is now thought of as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era due to her hard work and encouragement of others to create a life filled with accomplishments, and meaning regardless of background and heritage. 

This is an intimate and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady who has become a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. From her childhood to motherhood and work, Michell Obama's memoir is an inspiration to us all

Rewild Yourself

In a world that's becoming more advanced and developed, we forget to look at the wild world around us. And we are losing it. 

This book contains 23 different techniques for bringing the magic of nature much closer to home and is perfect for anyone who is wanting to spend more time with nature in 2019.

Rewild Yourself help you to become wilder in your mind and in your heart and once you know what to do, it seems to appear before you.

The Art of Not Falling Apart

As the proverb says, "We plan and God Laughs", but no one finds it funny when things start to fall apart. 

Mst people are looking for something - love, a family, a nice home, a good job and for their children to be happy. Everyone around you seems to make it look so easy. What do you do when you feel like you've messed up? 

Christina Patterson was left frustrated by self-help books and her work investigating the ups and downs of life as a journalist. So she changed the questions and had conversations that were more touching, funny and surprising than she ever thought.

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