7 Inspiring books for a good start in 2021

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” - Mason Cooley


Being forced to stay indoors, away from friends and family can be tough. Covid-19 has indeed affected all of us but let’s keep our heads up and start the year with a smile. Although it may seem difficult to find motivation amidst a crisis, a good book is all we need! Does the idea of reading a nice book on your comfy chair while sipping on a bottle of Bokbunja sound comforting? If the answer is yes, you will definitely enjoy the list of book recommendations we have for you. Start anew this 2021 with these 7 inspirational books:

1) Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life - by Richard Carlson

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Other than the absurdly long and self-explanatory title, this book tells readers not to let the little things in life get in your way. The author, Richard Carlson, reveals ways to calm down amid our incredibly hurried, stress-filled life and emphasised that it is all about perspective. According to him, it is all about taking a step back to look at the bigger picture. If you are the type of person who worries about every little thing, then this book is for you. Dr Carlson also shares some tips on how you can make your actions more peaceful and caring, with the added benefit of making your life calmer and stress-free.

2) Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms - by Shellye Archambeau

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Shellye Archambeau recounts the inspiring story of how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. In the face of adversity and hardship, she shares the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success.

Unapologetically Ambitious invites readers to move beyond the solely supportive roles others expect them to fill, to learn how to carefully tread the thin line between assertive and aggressive, and to permit themselves to strive for the top. If you yearn for success in climbing the corporate ladder or in business, Shellye Archambeau will show you how.

3) The Alchemist - by Paulo Coelho

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The Alchemist is about transforming the power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts to put aside our materialistic desire and search for what truly gives life meaning. Sounds cheesy and corny? Well, Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way, he meets many interesting people who point Santiago in the direction of his quest. What starts as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. The deeply humane story of Santiago would surely capture the hearts of readers.

4) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" - by Mark Manson

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You know you are in for a ride when you see the very flavourful and classy title. If you are tired of overly positive and heartwarming self-help books that seemed a bit too fake for your liking, this book is for you. Painfully truthful and blunt, Mark Manson offers a refreshing outlook that life is unfair and that we just have to accept whatever life has thrown at us. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, we stop running and start confronting painful truths. If you are the type of person who wants to give less f*ck about what is happening around you and the world, this book is for you.

5) The Power of Habit - by Charles Duhigg

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Do you want change in your life? Do you plan to exercise more, socialise with others more often, or maybe you want to get rid of some habits? If so, this book is for you. Charles Duhigg dives into how powerful of a tool ‘habit’ can be, particularly in correcting our bad habits and behaviours—by slowly replacing those habits with a positive and healthy one. If you are suffering from bad habits such as smoking or procrastinating, or you wish to adopt new and positive habits for the new year, this book is highly recommended!

6)  Think and Grow Rich - by Napoleon Hill

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The author Napoleon Hill has interviewed 500 self-made millionaires over 20 years to find out what made them so successful. It is pretty impressive, especially when he imparts that knowledge to readers. What is interesting is that Napolean doesn't use terms like “finance” or “stocks”. Instead, he focuses on the psychological side of things and how our mental barrier is stopping us from achieving the best we can be. Napoleon shares 13 “money-making” principles to help readers set the right mindset in the pursuit of monetary success. If your New Year’s resolution is to grow rich and be successful in your future endeavours, this book is a must-read.

7) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - by Steven Covey

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is written on Covey's belief that the way we see the world is entirely based on our own perceptions. To change a given situation, we must change ourselves; and to change ourselves, we must be able to change our perceptions. He also discusses the common habits of highly effective people that helped develop their effectiveness and foster healthy relationships with others.

We hope these 7 book recommendations will inspire you to have a new outlook or a new goal in the new year. But while reading is fun and all, don’t forget to stock up on your Bokbunja! After all, there’s nothing more relaxing than being able to sip on a glass of wine while reading in the comfort of your own home.