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If the New Year’s resolutions aren’t cutting it and your vision board has never felt less clear, here’s a simpler way to level up. A big reading list (twelve books, one for each month of 2024). The only promise you need to make? Giving each read a go. Love them or loathe them, you’ll have something new to think about. And who knows? You might even spark a new intention for your life you’d never thought about before:


Global (04 January 2024) — Like settling down with an unspoilt book, the new year offers us the chance to dive into an abundance of fresh, different and wonderful realities—if we are brave enough to put in the work to make these our own. Of course, it’s not as simple as just picking whatever life you want and waiting a microwave minute before it’s yours. As it is with any book worth reading and any life well lived, twists and turns are inevitable.

But, the good news is that we can start investing in these realities relatively simply. And yes, it will mean effort, opening your mind, and keeping promises to yourself. But really, there isn’t a helluva lot to lose.

This year, instead of a never-ending list of resolutions, try starting with a simple intention or promise: one book. Every month. For the year.

What is reading a book from someone I’ve never met going to do? 

Actually, you have met them. Or at least, you’ve met people who have read them, considered their ideas and live as an extension of these ideas. They might be some of the most successful people you know, or they might just be the most free.

This is a list that might make a difference to your 2024. In fact, it will, because every time you learn something new, you make a difference in your existence.

The order of when you read what doesn’t matter, just make sure you try one every month for the year.

Beyond giving you a few good reads (which will help you discover new intentions and resolutions you haven’t even thought of) you will also get to enjoy the power of making a promise to yourself, and sticking to it!

Without further ado:

1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

For anyone and everyone who needs a tough love read to unlock a more resilient life.

2. Atomic Habits

For the people who need to get to the bottom of what’s holding them back and the actionable steps to change it.

3. The Power of Now

For anyone who thinks that living in the moment is impossible, and that your mind will have a chokehold on you forever.

4. The Creative Act, a Way of Being

For those who need to trust the process.

5.101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think

A big love letter of healing, for anyone who needs it.

6. The Diary of a CEO

For the go-getters who need structured guidance, with pictures.

7. The Alchemist

For everyone seeking a little more peace.

8. Surrounded By Idiots

For anyone who feels misunderstood or can’t understand the behaviour of those around them—yet.

9. Tuesdays With Morrie

For the life lesson seekers.

10. How to Win Friends and Influence People

For everyone who needs to unlock their self-esteem in a world with many, many other people.

11. Thinking Fast and Slow

For those looking to understand the big puzzling computers that are our minds.

12. Only Good Things

For anyone who needs proof that good things really do happen, all the time. Psst – You can find your copy here.

Sources: Good Things Guy
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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