The arrival of January brings with it the inevitable New Year promises that come and go as quickly as the festive season flashes past.

After the chocolate and booze-fuelled flurry of resolutions settles, it's time to carve out some realistic goals for this year - and that's where we come in with our brilliant round-up of self-improvement books for the new year!

If hitting the gym at five in the morning is not your idea of a fresh start to the year, we have plenty of alternative ways to make changes that last - with none of the cliché! From gentle approaches to self-care and simple ways to be a little friendlier to our planet, we have your self-improvement goals covered. Best of all, there's not a diet book in sight!


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"It's the 500 most thrilling, memorable, downright interesting places on this planet [...]"

Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist - Lonely Planet

1. Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travelist: The 500 Best Places on the Planet... Ranked - Lonely Planet

A self-improvement book to help you explore the world
2019 is the year to take yourself out of your comfort zone and explore the multitude of beautiful places our world has to offer. With plenty of inspiration from leading travel guide publishers Lonely Planet, you can be sure your trip will be in safe hands - wherever your journey takes you!

Showcasing must-see spots and hidden gems alike, there's no shortage of wanderlust in this definitive guide to the world's dreamiest destinations. Pick up a copy to start planning your next getaway and don't forget to stop by our travel essentials collection for anything else you might need!

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Lonely Planet

"Hygge is the antidote to the cold winter, the rainy days, and the duvet of darkness."

The Little Book of Hygge - Meik Wiking

2. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

A self-improvement book for self-care
Make like the Danes and embrace the wonderful concept of hygge in your daily life. Filled with simple-yet-heartwarming ideas on how to make the most of the seasons, there'll be no January gloom in the air this year!

Learn a little more about Danish culture and its obsession with candles, lighting and this magic key to happiness. With thoughts on everything that touches our lives - from food to clothing to spending time with loved ones - it's a gentle introduction to making our everyday that little bit more meaningful.

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"Mindfulness is [...] as simple as rediscovering the taste of fresh water or the vastness of the sky."

Mindfulness - Tessa Watt

3. Mindfulness: Your Step-by-step Guide to a Happier Life - Tessa Watt

A self-help book for a clearer mind
Living in a hectic world gripped by the state of always keeping busy, it's no wonder that our minds are filled to the brim day in, day out. For 2019, try clearing your thoughts through the ever-popular technique of mindfulness.

Designed to help you live a happier, less stressful life, this brilliant self-help book is made up of case studies, practical advice and step-by-step instructions to help you achieve a sense of contentment. Concise but practical, it offers tips on how to be more present and in tune with our bodies - a must-have read for the new year!

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"It's time we put [our phones] down and rediscovered the simple art of taking a few minutes out."

101 Things to Do Instead of Playing on Your Phone - Ilka Heinemann

4. 101 Things to Do Instead of Playing on Your Phone - Ilka Heinemann

A self-help book to increase your productivity
Give your thumbs a well-deserved rest from the endless clicking and scrolling that our phone addictions have brought about. If the thought of adding up all the hours spent browsing social media fills you with dread, this might just be the one for you...

With plenty of ideas to unleash your creativity and train your brain cells, this self-improvement book will help you to re-evaluate your relationship with technology and realise the abundance of activities at our fingertips - away from the screen!

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101 things to do

"You can [...] decrease your global footprint dramatically by going vegan."

The Homemade Vegan Pantry - Miyoko Schinner

5. The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples - Miyoko Schinner

A self-improvement book to become more planet-friendly
The future is vegan! Keep the planet spinning and your tummy happy by "simply changing what's on our plates" with these brilliant ideas for creating homemade essentials to stock your cupboards with.

Whether you're on the lookout for an alternative to dairy basics or a vegan-friendly way to bake your favourite yummy treats, this self-improvement book has it all.

Showcasing a more natural, wholesome approach to eating, it's packed with recipes for kitchen staples to make your own delicious vegan meals at home - virtually fuss-free!

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Vegan pantry

"Transform your home into a permanently tidy, clutter-free space and be amazed at how your whole life changes."

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying - Marie Kondo

6. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying - Marie Kondo

A Self-improvement Book to Help Clear Clutter - For Good!
Although every day should be viewed as a new chance, the New Year unquestionably brings about the biggest fresh start - and the ideal opportunity to look at the clutter in our lives! Thanks to Marie Kondo's renowned method of KonMari, keeping our homes (and minds as a result!) clear and tidy could not be easier.

Start by organising your clothes before moving on to other categories found in the home, such as books and papers. A fresh approach to decluttering, this nifty self-help book is perfect for getting to grips with the mundane task of tidying - and taking a second look at our belongings...

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"The land on which we live has always shaped us. It has shaped the wars, the power, politics and social development [...]"

Prisoners of Geography - Tim Marshall

7. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics - Tim Marshall

A self-improvement book to expand your knowledge and widen your world view
With everything that is going on in the political sphere across the globe, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and want to shut off completely. However, if one of your goals for the new year is to be a little more clued in, this fantastic self-improvement book from our selection of non-fiction books perfectly explains all that you need to know about the state of our world through ten easy-to-digest chapters.

From Putin's obsession with Crimea to China's ever-expanding global powers, you'll be perfectly equipped to keep an intelligent conversation going!

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Prisoners of Geography

A key thing to remember when it comes to our resolutions is that it's only January and we have 11 more months to work on them! So, approach slowly, take small steps and keep in mind that's it's all about the progress - whether that's starting out with a short city break on your pursuit to see the world or cutting down your screen time by just 20 minutes each day for a more productive use of your time. With our list of the best books for New Year's resolutions, you can take a fresh look at old problems and start working on becoming your best self!