Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever

By Elizabeth Lee , Dec 29th 2016

must-read books for 2017

These must-read books will help you set and achieve all kinds of goals.

January is all about setting goals, making plans, and trying new things. All things are possible, especially at the start of a new year! There are a bunch of books for 2017, from up-and-coming titles to popular best sellers, that can help you with all your New Year's resolutions. Here are our top book recommendations that will help you make this year your best year ever.

Must-Read Books for 2017:

For your health and fitness goals...

1. The Well of Being: A Children's Book for Adults by Jean-Pierre Weill

the well of being

An illustrated exploration of the art of happiness and what it means to be alive in our daily moments, this beautiful "children's book" is a philosophic text that empowers us to rethink the way we see ourselves.


2. If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body by James Hamblin

if our bodies could talk

Based off his series of videos for The Atlantic, also named "If Our Bodies Could Talk," this doctor-turned-journalist explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away. It covers topics such as sleep, aging, diet, and much more.


3. Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life by Oprah Winfrey

food health and happiness oprah winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has spent her life trying to make peace with food and in this title, she showcases recipes that have allowed food to be a source of joy for her again. This extraordinarily personal cookbook celebrates food as it should be: a source of happiness, a ritual to be shared, and a celebration of life.


4. The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide: 200 Recipes and Weekly Menus to Kick Start Your Journey by Kayla Itsines

the bikini body 28 day healthy eating and lifestyle guide

This book is the ultimate tool to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Packed with meal plans, recipes, and motivating information, Kayla Itsines makes exercising and healthy eating achievable and fun.


For your career and work goals...

1. Startup Your Life: Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness by Anna Akbari

startup your life

One of the best things about startups is their ability to "pivot" quickly — basically a euphemism for failing and starting over. Anna Akbari quickly found that personal success is no different because it's not just developing and following the right process, but also having a good idea that you pursue daily with rigor.


2. Win at Losing: How Our Biggest Setbacks Can Lead to Our Greatest Gains by Sam Weinman

win at losing

A showcase of how our most difficult moments can be turned into powerful growth opportunities, Win at Losing is a guide that asks readers to redefine what success and failure really mean. It offers a key blueprint for fully harnessing the power of setback to achieve all that we want in life.


3. The Hollywood MBA: A Crash Course in Management from a Life in the Film Business by Tom Reilly

the hollywood MBA

In The Hollywood MBA, Reilly examines the 10 key strategies he used to manage big crews, big budgets, and big personalities in the world of major motion pictures — and how these strategies can be leveraged in any business for success.


4. Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future by Jol Ito and Jeff Howe


Joi Ito and Jeff Howe have distilled nine organizational principles for navigating and surviving the tumultuous revolution of communication technology. These principles will provide you with a roadmap to thrive no matter what industry you're in.


For your personal self-development goals...

1. One Question a Day: A Five-Year Journal by Aimee Chase

one question a day

This simple journal offers one question a day to be answered on the same day for five consecutive years. From common questions like "What did you have for lunch" to more reflective questions such as "Can people really change," this journal will give readers a comprehensive look into their own attitudes, feelings, and thoughts over the span of five years.


2. This Moment Is Full of Wonders: The Zen Calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hanh by Thich Nhat Hanh

this moment is full of wonders

Boasting a collection of more than 60 full-color artworks from the world famous Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, this book is as beautiful as it is inspirational. In its pages, you'll find ink-rendered phrases of Buddhist wisdom, simple sayings that resonate with meaning.


3. 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal

52 lists for happiness

Social media maven Moorea Seal is back with a new journal — a followup to her runway hit The 52 Lists Project. Drawing on happiness research and her own personal beliefs, she presents a tool for list-lovers everywhere to discover the unique keys to their own happiness: 52 Lists for Happiness.


4. The Golden Ratio Coloring Book: And Other Mathematical Patterns Inspired by Nature and Art by Steve Richards

the golden ratio coloring book

In The Golden Ratio Coloring Book, the elegance of mathematics collides with the creativity of art. This gorgeous coloring book showcases the beauty of Fibonacci's most famous sequence, and the ways numbers and beauty combine.


What goals do you have set for 2017? Check out America's top 10 New Year's resolutions and tips for how to actually achieve them: Everything You Need to Know About New Year's Resolutions.

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This post was written by Elizabeth Lee, the marketing manager at BookPal. She is currently reading Onward by Howard Schultz and The Evil Hours by David J. Morris.

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