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The L’Oréal Paris Book Club: 10 Books to Read in the New Year

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The L’Oréal Paris Book Club: 10 Books to Read in the New Year The L’Oréal Paris Book Club: 10 Books to Read in the New Year The L’Oréal Paris Book Club: 10 Books to Read in the New Year

It’s that time of year! The New Year is upon us, and that means it’s time to make a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Something that’s on our list? Making the effort to read more! While it’s easy to get consumed in resolutions surrounding frequent workouts and getting more sleep, taking the time to expand your knowledge and get lost in a new book is just as important if you ask us. Below, we’re helping you get started with 10 books to read in the New Year.

1. YOU WERE BORN FOR THIS: ASTROLOGY FOR RADICAL SELF-ACCEPTANCE BY CHANI NICHOLAS

Are you a fan of zodiac signs? We have the perfect book for you! You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance by Chani Nicholas is all about your birth chart—what the sky looked like at the moment you were born. Your birth chart is said to have the answers to many things, including your life’s purpose and what motivates you. If you’re looking to make some changes in 2020, this read could be just what you need to learn more about yourself and start making moves.

2. TINY HABITS: THE SMALL CHANGES THAT CHANGE EVERYTHING BY BJ FOGG

Change is scary—yet each time the New Year rolls around, we vow to make changes in our lives, big or small. Many of us end up giving up on this vow only partway into the year. If you’re looking to commit to your resolutions this year but aren’t sure how, this book is a must-read. Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by BJ Fogg Ph.D. is all about how to transform your life, little by little, small change by small change. By focusing on small adjustments you can make, you’ll be more likely to achieve your goals than ever before.

3. SECONDHAND: TRAVELS IN THE NEW GLOBAL GARAGE SALE BY ADAM MINTER

The New Year is the perfect time to declutter. Thinking about investing in secondhand items rather than buying something new? Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter, is certainly worth a read. Minter goes into the thrifting and secondhand industry, sharing the truths—including the ones you may not want to know—and covering ways we can continue to build a more sustainable future sans excess, materialistic items.

4. THE MORE OR LESS DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO SELF-CARE: FROM A TO Z BY ANNA BORGES

We’ll always be advocates for incorporating more self-care into your daily routine, and the start of the year is a great time to step it up. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: From A to Z by Anna Borges is a book that everyone needs, in our opinion. Complete with a list of over 200 tips, activities, and stories, consider this self-help guide a tool and friend for getting through life’s most trying days.

5. THE FEMINIST HANDBOOK: PRACTICAL TOOLS TO RESIST SEXISM AND DISMANTLE THE PATRIARCHY BY JOANNE L. BAGSHAW AND SORAYA CHEMALY

While women have certainly made their strides, gender inequality is still a thing in 2020. The Feminist Handbook: Practical Tools to Resist Sexism and Dismantle the Patriarchy by Joanne L. Bagshaw and Soraya Chemaly is a must-read for every woman, providing the tools to help end discrimination, gain self-confidence and stand up for yourself, and resist the negative messages we’re often exposed to in today’s world.

6. WINE FOR NORMAL PEOPLE: A GUIDE FOR REAL PEOPLE WHO LIKE WINE, BUT NOT THE SNOBBERY THAT GOES WITH IT BY ELIZABETH SCHNEIDER

Your New Year’s resolution doesn’t have to involve a major life change. Perhaps, like many of us, you’d like to become more educated in a specific area of expertise. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on wines, Wine for Normal People: A Guide for Real People Who Like Wine, but Not the Snobbery That Goes with It by Elizabeth Schneider is the perfect read for you. Pour a glass, and do a face mask while you read!

Editor’s tip: Consider trying one of these 4 Wine and Face Mask Pairings to Try on Your Next Night In.  

7. EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD: FACE YOUR FEARS AND UNLEASH CREATIVITY BY FELICIA DAY

Looking to embrace your creativity this year? It’s easy to hold yourself back. Whether you’re prone to anxiety, perfectionism, or fear, there are so many things that can hinder your creativity and keep you from using your imagination. Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity by Felicia Day is all about tackling those obstacles so you can go into the New Year ready to seize the day—and your passions.

8. ORDINARY GIRLS BY JAQUIRA DÍAZ

Sometimes, we just need an inspiring story to put things into perspective and motivate us to conquer our daily lives. In her memoir, Ordinary Girls, Jaquira Díaz does just that, sharing the struggles she dealt with—from a broken family to sexual assault—and how she pulled herself out to become the best version of herself.

9. NO STOPPING US NOW: A HISTORY OF OLDER WOMEN IN AMERICA

You know what they say—age is just a number. It’s easy to feel as though the older you get, the less you’re able to accomplish. But that’s not the case! If you’re an older woman searching for some inspiration, look no further than No Stopping Us Now: A History of Older Women in America by Gail Collins. Covering heroines of the past, this book is one that will remind you anything you set your mind to can be accomplished, regardless of how many trips you’ve taken around the sun.

10. MEG AND JO BY VIRGINIA KANTRA

It’s easy to get consumed in our own hectic lives and neglect the things most important to us. Meg and Jo by Virginia Kantra, which is inspired by Little Women, tells the story of four sisters who go down separate paths in life, only to be brought back together when their mother becomes ill. This heartbreaking and heartwarming book serves as a reminder to spend more time with your family—both the one you’re born into and the one you choose—and never get so consumed in the day-to-day that you forget about what really matters.

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