It’s a brand new year. Time for a fresh start and a commitment to make 2016 better than 2015. Get inspired to take on new challenges and overachieve on those resolutions. Here are four books to help you make 2016 your best year ever.
100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi
From the very beginning, you get it. There will be no happy ending. In just the first few pages, you meet Lucio Battistini, an unfaithful husband caught in an affair. You also meet Lucio’s buddy “Fritz,” a tumor in his liver that is hosting inoperable cancer.
When Lucio calculates that he has 100 days left to live, his father-in-law allows him to sleep on his couch. He asks Lucio, “So, how do you want to spend these hundred days?”
There are 100 chapters – written in sequence with these final days of Lucio’s life. They are filled with laughter, tears and quite a few warm doughnuts.
Lucio invites you, the reader, to join in his journey, and leaves you blank pages in the book to answer the same questions. Perhaps you’ll find your own 100 days of happiness…or maybe even 365.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Already in need of a healthy dose of motivation for the new year? Then take a trip to ShondaLand and get to know the woman behind Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. The uber-talented Rhimes opens herself up in this biography entitled Year of Yes.
You might be surprised to read that the mega successful Rhimes is actually an introvert. She may have created strong female characters like Cristina Yang and Olivia Pope, but Shonda herself has struggled with confidence in the past.
It took one comment from her sister during Thanksgiving dinner to set into motion the next year of Rhimes’ life: You never say yes to anything. And suddenly there were six simple words that would influence Rhimes – and maybe even you – to say “yes” more.
Reading this book will make you feel like you’re chatting with your best friend, as Rhimes likes to break the fourth wall and speak directly to her readers. And might I suggest, if you are a fan of audiobooks, give this one a shot. Rhimes narrates it herself, so don’t be surprised to find yourself laughing out loud and maybe even talking back to her recording.
Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act by Barry Yourgrau
Everyone has a little (or a a big) mess in their life, including writer Barry Yourgrau. Come along with Yourgrau as he sorts through stacks of newspapers, postcards and boxes just in order to find his kitchen table, and as he researches the psychological and cultural aspects of hoarding.
Yourgrau’s quest to declutter his home (and his life) in order to save his relationship is not unlike that of most people, especially during this season of resolutions. Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act will make you think outside the messy room box and consider the “what” and “why” behind the clutter. It will also give you the strength and courage to finally say goodbye to the giant rubber band ball on your desk.
The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Made a New Year’s resolution to cut back on oversharing in 2016? Social media can no doubt influence your life, but what if you could use it to actually control your life? This is exactly what happens in The Status of All Things to Kate – a social media junkie whose fiancé leaves her at their rehearsal dinner for her coworker.
Suddenly, Kate discovers that her Facebook status updates become reality. Her attempt to use the power of social media to rewrite her life reinforces the fact that the Internet is extremely powerful – but not always in a good way. Kate’s struggle to portray a perfect life on the Internet, both before and after her new magical status updates, shows the impact that posting everything on social media can have on happiness, relationships, and self-identity.
While the story is certainly a stretch when it comes to Internet time travel and Facebook “genie wishes,” this book will keep you entertained while at the same time teach you a lesson about the disillusioned world of social media.
Hannah Faye, Contributing Editor
Part-time writer and full-time reader, Hannah Faye is happy to be Stylaphile’s new contributing book editor. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s molding the minds of students in her English classroom or watching Netflix with her husband.
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