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I'm sure some of you have heard of hygge (hoo-ga), but do you know what really constitutes this uniquely Danish feeling? Unable to be directly translated, this warm and fuzzy comfort-ness is woven into every aspect of Denmark's culture. I walked away from this one a happier person than I thought, and I hope you will, too.
If you want one witchy book for your shelf, pick this one. If you have a shelf of witchy books, then this is the perfect addition. Unlike other magical reference books, Damien & Lorri stay grounded, and a big section of this book is dedicated breathing and grounding exercises! Great for newbies, experts, and curious kids alike.
If you've ever felt dissatisfied with an apology, or struggled to remember someone's pronouns, or grappled with a big decision, this book is for you! Self help books are great in theory, but in practice, it's often hard to find time to sit down and read them through. Bear's book is illustrated and broken into manageable chunks, so it's easy to pick up and set down for folks who are overscheduled or struggle with attention span (or both, like me)! Best of all, he even includes handy cheatsheets at the end of each topic, so you can snap a picture and take the highlights with you for later when you've forgotten the details.
You need to read this book. I don't care who you are, but if you're living in year three of a pandemic and have even an iota of connection to the world (I wouldn't blame you if you've checked out) you need to read this book. Emily and Amelia Nagoski have created a book that brings you through actual real things you can do to help yourself feel less burnt out even when you can't change the world around you. I am not a self help book person, but even before I finished this book I found myself flipping back to passages, annotating the parts I needed the most, and quoting it to those around me. I know for a fact I will be reading it again.
Sometimes things are popular for a reason. I picked up Atomic Habits in 2020 in a desperate attempt to structure my lockdown. And I’m not going to say it worked miracles, but it made so much sense! Try it. Small changes can yield big results. Perfect for your New Year’s resolution regimen.
How to be creative, for people who don’t believe in books on how to be creative. Questlove unpacks the (many, varied) processes of the artists he’s known and worked with. His advice is interspersed with stories from his life and fascinating dissections of what makes a creative piece work, from The Wizard of Oz to Norm Macdonald’s jokes to Da Vinci to D’Angelo. At the very least you’ll come away with a great
Who ever said being an adult was easy? Done with humor and poise, Brown helps those new (or not) navigate their way through the facets of adulthood without condescension, from decorating an apartment on a budget and writing thank-you notes for just about everything, to how to cultivate meaningful relationships in your career and personal life.
An even-handed look at the way social norms, and biology combine to limit women's confidence, especially in the workplace. The authors know the world isn't going to change overnight, so the book is full of strategies for developing confidence and -- even more important, according to studies -- making other people think you're confident.