Diwan’s January Reads: 7 Books to Kick Off the New Year!


New Year, New Inspiration! Diwan has you covered with some titles guaranteed to get you self-reflecting, goal-setting, and hitting the ground running for a fantastic 2019.

Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

by Hector Garcia Puigcerver, Fracesc Miralles, Heather Cleary (Translator)

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai – a reason for living. And according to the residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a happier and longer life.

Inspiring and soothing, this book will bring you closer to these centenarians’ secrets: how they leave urgency behind; keep doing what they love for as long as possible; nurture friendships; live in the moment; participate in their communities and throw themselves into their passions. And it provides practical tools to help you discover your own personal ikigai.

Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You

by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)

Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day.  At the request of countless fans, Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone looking for a lift.

The Laws of Human Nature

by Robert Greene

From the author of The 48 Laws of Power comes the definitive new book on decoding the behavior of the people around you.

We are social animals. Our very lives depend on our relationships with people. Knowing why people do what they do is the most important tool we can possess, without which our other talents can only take us so far. Drawing from the ideas and examples of Pericles, Queen Elizabeth I, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others, Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control, how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people’s masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose. Whether at work, in relationships, or in shaping the world around you, The Laws of Human Nature offers brilliant tactics for success, self-improvement, and self-defense.

Brief Answers to the Big Questions

by Stephen Hawking

The final book from one of the greatest minds in history is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next. Professor Stephen Hawking, the bestselling author of A Brief History of Time is arguably the most famous scientist of our age.

The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience

by Jules Evans

Why should rationality be considered the highest part of human nature when we are capable of so many more states of experience?

Piecing together interviews, analysis of ancient and modern philosophy, and his own eclectic encounter with the sublime, philosopher Jules Evans mounts an investigation into what we can gain from mastering the art of losing control.

A funny, life-enhancing journey that will change the way you think about how you feel.

The Humans

by Matt Haig

After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where he is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, Professor Andrew Martin is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst an alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog. Who is he really? And what could make someone change their mind about the human race . . . ?

Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults

by Lucy Mangan (introduction) Various

Tales to soothe tired souls. A nighttime companion for frazzled adults, including calming stories and poems for a good night’s sleep.

Switch off and snuggle down with writing from Checkov and Wilde to Wharton and Saki, and find consolation and wonder in other worlds, where all is well and sleep is just a page or two away. Sweet dreams…

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