7 essential books for your winter reading list
Job searching can be mentally and physically exhausting. Sometimes, all you need is a good book to get you out of your rut — and ready to take on the world.
You promised yourself that this year, 2019, would finally be the year you make a career change. Sure, you made the same promise to yourself last year, you really mean it this time (you put it on Instagram and everything!). And right now is the perfect time to do it. The holidays are over, and Game of Thrones doesn’t start for another four months. And yet, you just can’t seem to muster the energy to resume your job search.
If you’re having trouble getting motivated, consider curling up with a good book. (Remember books?) A good book can help you gain a different perspective, new insight or fresh ideas, leaving you feel refreshed and ready to get back to your goals. Whether you want to feel more organized, channel your creativity, muster up the courage to take a career risk, or simply be inspired by others, one of the books listed below is for you.
He may technically fall into the category of “business writer,” but Gary Vaynerchuk’s books are anything but boring. Vaynerchuk has a gift for weaving vibrant storytelling into practical business advice. His 2009 international bestseller, Crush It, was all about using social media to build a personal brand and successful business. His latest book, Crushing It, builds on those ideas, taking into account how social media has changed in the last 10 years. In addition to tips and advice for building your brand through every social media platform from Twitter to Snapchat, he also provides real-life examples of other entrepreneurs who have found success using Crush It principles. Regardless of what line of work you’re in - or want to be in - there are practical, inspiring takeaways for building your brand and living the life you want to live.
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers probably already held a special place in your heart. The Good Neighbor does nothing to dispel the image of Fred Rogers as a kind and compassionate man who devoted his life to educating and entertaining children, helping them see the world through kindness and compassion. If you’re ready to be inspired by the unexpected career path and enduring passion of a beloved American icon, this is the book for you.
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown
In her 2015 book, Daring Greatly, renowned researcher and bestselling author Brené Brown discusses the virtues of being vulnerable, and how it’s not only an act of courage, but a clear path to success in our professional and personal lives. With her latest book, Brown takes that idea even further. Using research with 150 C-suite executives, Brown explores why vulnerability is essential to strong leadership, along with empathy and a willingness to learn. At a time when many of us are questioning what it means to lead, what our leaders owe us and how we can step up and be leaders in our own lives, Dare to Lead helps answer those questions.
Despite a successful career as a TV writer whose credits include The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown and The Muppets, Nell Scovell has struggled with her fair share of career anxiety. This memoir provides a candid, humorous, behind-the-scenes look at the often tumultuous life of a Hollywood writer. While women will certainly relate to Scovell’s experiences working her way up in an industry dominated and run by men, this book is for anyone who has ever felt unsure about their career path. Just the Funny Parts delivers on its promise of being funny, while also providing insight into a what it takes to survive in an industry where there are never any guarantees.
Creative Quest by Questlove
Believing that “more creative work is one way to save the world,” Ahmir Khalib Thompson, better known as Questlove, set out to write a book that was different from the countless other books on the market that explore creativity. The result was Creative Quest, a unique guide to helping others discover their creative potential. Using anecdotes from his own life and lessons he’s learned working with some of today’s most prolific artists, Questlove explores what it means to be creative, the benefits of building a creative network and dealing with critics, among other topics. Whether you want to be inspired or simply entertained, this book will help you achieve both.
If you’ve seen Netflix’s hit show, you know that Queer Eye is more than your standard makeover show. Somewhere in the midst of learning the right way to apply hair product and the many, many uses of avocado, the makeover subjects learn something about themselves, too. In their new book of the same name, the Fab Five bring their trademark style, sense of humor and humanity to help readers discover their best selves - both inside and out.
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee
Much like Marie Kondo did in her best-selling books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy (and on her new Netflix show), designer and TED star Ingrid Fetell Lee aims to help readers see the transformative power of our surroundings in Joyful. But where Spark Joy is about ridding your life of things that don’t bring you joy or inspiration, Joyful is about understanding why certain objects and spaces incite the feelings they do. Lee uses principles from neuroscience and psychology to argue her point, while providing practical advice for creating a space that brings out the best in you.