Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing by Pete DavisWhat it is: a persuasive call to reexamine individual and social perspectives on commitment and their effects on our professional and personal lives.
Why you might like it: Author Pete Davis presents his arguments only after a compassionate and thorough explanation of what draws us toward what he calls "infinite browsing mode," which keeps the book from feeling preachy.
Try this next: Now for the Disappointing Part by Steven Barker, which reflects on the same topics from the perspective of a longtime contract worker, who urges readers to "quit everything until you find something you don't want to quit."
You Will Get Through This Night by Daniel HowellWhat it's about: tackling difficult life experiences, dealing with trauma, and thinking about big, existential topics like fate and choice.
Reviewers say: This Night is "raw and powerful" and avoids getting too "simplistic, reductive, or one-dimensional" (Library Journal).
About the author: British video game Youtuber Daniel Howell has co-hosted the BBC Radio programs Dan and Phil and The Internet Takeover. His previous books (co-authored with his partner Phil Lester) include This Amazing Book is Not on Fire and Dan and Phil Go Outside.
Happy Not Perfect: Upgrade Your Mind, Challenge Your Thoughts, and Free Yourself... by Poppy JamieWhat it is: an engaging guide to overcoming perfectionism and self-doubt through mindfulness and learning to be flexible.
Read it for: the upbeat tone and approachable, practical steps to help readers who don't know where to start.
About the author: Poppy Jamie has hosted multiple shows for British broadcasters ITV and Channel 4 and co-founded the accessories brand Pop & Suki. Happy Not Perfect borrows its title from her mental health and wellness app of the same name.
Love People, Use Things: Because the Opposite Never Works by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan NicodemusWhat it's about: taking minimalist philosophies beyond your physical surroundings and instead applying them to concepts like values, creativity, money, and relationships.
About the authors: Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus write, host a podcast, and give TED Talks as a team under the name The Minimalists. They are also known for their two Netflix documentaries, Minimalism and Less is Now.
What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? Discover a Life Filled with Purpose and Joy... by Michal OshmanWhat it's about: This practical guide to self-reflection and self-improvement by TikTok executive Michal Oshman is based in principles from Jewish teachings and concepts.
Topics include: tzimtzum (making space for others), shvira (growing from setbacks), and bittul (finding purpose in service).
Reviewers say: The book's layout "allows for self-reflection at one's own pace, making it very approachable for readers of any or no religious persuasion" (Booklist).
The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy PaulWhat it is: an accessible and thought-provoking exploration of perception, analysis, and wisdom beyond just our brains.
Beyond our minds? Yep! Including signals the body sends, the cognitive effects of physical spaces (nature, inspiring architecture, etc.), and the creative solutions that can come from working on problems in groups.
Reviewers say: "A practical and mind-expanding guide for writers, artists, teachers, and anyone who wants to increase their brain power and help others do the same" (Library Journal).
No One Succeeds Alone: Learn Everything You Can from Everyone You Can by Robert ReffkinWhat it's about: the inspirational story of Compass CEO Robert Reffkin's difficult upbringing and the wisdom he has gained from his connections (and disconnections) with others along the way.
Topics include: being ostracized by his mother's Jewish family because his father was Black; the power of his mother's unwavering support; the unintentional lessons others can teach us if we're paying attention.
Want a taste? "Being extremely adaptable is a hugely valuable skill. It transforms every interaction into an opportunity."
Let's Talk About Hard Things by Anna SaleAbout the author: Journalist Anna Sale is a longtime contributor to NPR shows such as Fresh Air and This American Life, and is the creator and host of the podcast Death, Sex, & Money.
What it is: a reflective appeal to readers to engage with difficult topics, and a discussion of the benefits of opening up.
Read it for: Sale's willingness to practice the vulnerability she preaches, including candid and introspective personal stories.
Body Talk: How to Embrace Your Body and Start Living Your Best Life by Katie SturinoWhat it is: an upbeat and inspirational guide to changing your relationship with your body and negative self-perception, based on the personal experiences of social media influencer and Megababe Beauty founder Katie Sturino.
Why you might like it: Body Talk is well-organized and includes useful instructive tools such as flow charts and writing prompts to get readers started on their self-acceptance journeys.
Try this next: Landwhale by Jes Baker, an irreverent exploration of similar topics.
Checking In: How Getting Real About Depression Saved My Life--And Can Save Yours by Michelle WilliamsWhat it is: the candid and inspiring memoir of singer Michelle Williams, with a focus on her struggles with depression and her relationship with God.
Who it's for: Destiny's Child fans; people of faith with an interest in mental health issues.
You might also like: Why Do I Feel Like This? by Dr. Peace Amadi, which explores coping strategies based in both psychology and Scripture.
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