January is a time of recaps and resolutions, making plans for the year ahead and preparing ourselves for what’s next. So our books this week include a celebration of the rest & retreat winter brings, a psychologist’s tips for handling life’s ups and downs and a heartwarming manifesto on togetherness…
1. Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? By Dr Julie Smith
Moving into January we might all need a pick me up or just some balance for our mental health. Drawing on her years of experience as a clinical psychologist, Dr Julie Smith shares skills that can help you through life’s ups and downs. These bite-sized entries give you a place to turn to when you need tools to help you overcome a challenge, build self-confidence or find the motivation to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
2. Lift Your Vibe by Richie Norton
For many of us, work, socialising and keeping fit are more challenging than ever and we are feeling disconnected from and unsure of the world around us. After an injury brought a sudden end to his professional rugby career, Richie Norton discovered the peace, contentment and joy of breathwork, yoga, nutrition and meditation, and now shares his expertise to help you unlock and develop your full physical and mental potential.
3. This is Vegan Propaganda (And Other Lies the Meat Industry Tells You) by Ed Winters
Veganuary is a tried and tested resolution for many, and while the reasons people take up veganism differ from person to person it is quickly becoming a lifestyle many are choosing. There is still a lot of debate about the positive effects of becoming vegan whether that be health-wise or environmentally. Winters covers a range of topics from farming to economics to animal rights all of which lead to a manifesto for a better, vegan world.
4. Together by Luke Adam Hawker
A beautiful book to connect us after such a challenging time. A monumental storm brings huge and sudden change. We follow a man and his dog through the uncertainty that it brings to their lives. Through their eyes, we see the difficulties of being apart, the rollercoaster of emotions that we can all relate to, and the realisation that by pulling together we can move through difficult times with new perspective, hope and an appreciation of what matters most in life.
5. Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May
Wintering is a poignant and comforting meditation on the fallow periods of life, times when we must retreat to care for and repair ourselves. Katherine May thoughtfully shows us how to come through these times with the wisdom of knowing that, like the seasons, our winters and summers are the ebb and flow of life.