If 2018 was a bit of a rocky ride, one of the best ways to recharge over the summer is to get your hands on a book that will inspire and excite you for the year ahead. Take a book to the beach, curl up on the couch with a cuppa or even listen to an audiobook during your commute. Your mind and body need a good rest, so all the more reason to read something that gets you in the right mindset and ready to own 2019.
Not sure where to start? Explore our list of 5 summer reading essentials.
1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. By Mark Manson
Sure, this book has been at the top of every reading list since its release in 2017, but if you haven’t had the chance, you’ll see why. Dubbed the self-help book for people who don’t believe in self-help, Mark Manson hits the nail on the head when it comes to letting go of negativity that holds us back in our careers and personal lives.
2. The Happiness Project. By Gretchen Rubin
Want to start your new year on a happiness high? Check out The Happiness Project. Chronicling Rubin’s self-appointed 12-month journey to reverse engineer happiness in her life, it’s jam packed with wisdom and tidbits of what she learnt during that time. It’s sure to get you feeling positive for whatever the next chapter of life throws at you.
3. Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence. By Daniel J. Siegal
Did you find that a lack of focus was your biggest challenge to overcome during the year? Why not use this time to find out why that was? Aware is an instruction manual for increasing your self-awareness and reflecting on the emotions that distract from mindfulness. This book can also double as a meditation guide for those that need a little help ‘finding their centre’.
4. Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals. By Michael Hyatt
Have you set your goals for 2019? Your Best Year Ever is here to help you start planning. Proclaimed as a “quitter-proof” guide, you’ll learn how to set goals that stick and keep track of your progress as you go.
5. Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur. By Richard Branson
Big business goals on the horizon, or maybe you’re gunning for that big promotion at work? You’ll find all you need to channel the motivational energy of entrepreneur Richard Branson, in Business Stripped Bare. While he hits the nail on the head of what it takes to be successful in business, he doesn’t hold back in his honest account of what it takes to get through the tough stuff.
Looking for other fun ways to get active? Check out the range of exciting classes on offer at Virgin Active clubs, or book a tour of your local club.