On My Bookshelf: January

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A new year, a new bookshelf! Metaphorically speaking, of course. What better way to kick off a new year of reading than with some books dedicated to helping you be the best version of yourself. Take this month to learn something new, refine your craft, set some exciting goals, or perhaps get a new perspective on something dear to you.

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Before Happiness – I had the opportunity to review Before Happiness last year. As a fan of author Shawn Achor’s TED Talk on the subject of happiness, I had high hopes for this book and it didn’t disappoint! Books on the science of happiness tend to get repetitive, but Achor managed to provide tips and insights that usually slip by in similar books, as well as engaging writing all the while (While I was given a copy of this book to review last year, all opinions are my own – it’s easily still one of my favorite books on the science of happiness and I’m happy to share!)

Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World – Jane McGonigal is another author/game designer I discovered via her TED Talk. Modern views on gaming is just one interesting topic of conversation in the field, but discovering how games impact people from a mental and psychological standpoint – be it intelligence and problem-solving, collaboration, perspectives – you name it! – is fascinating to me. If you’ve never considered the impact on gaming on our world, maybe you can discover a new take on life by thinking of things in a different way!

May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness – I honestly couldn’t tell you where or how I heard of Gabrielle Bernstein and/or her book, but a life of “abundance, acceptance, appreciation, and happiness” in just a few subtle, everyday changes? Sign me UP!

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be – Believe it or not, I’ve had this book marked to-read since high school! A favorite teacher of mine recommended it to me along with a slew of other books and this one just managed to get pushed to the bottom of the pile (the hefty Guns, Germs, & Steel kind of sucked all of my energy).

What books are you cracking open first in 2014?