4 Books to Help You Build New Habits (Like Reading More Books This Year!)

Posted by Cybil on January 3, 2019

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
-Jim Rohn

Ah, January! The time of optimistic promises, good intentions, and boundless motivation. If you’re resolved to do better in 2019 (like read more books, a goal we wholeheartedly support!), here’s some help.

We asked the authors of some of the best books on making positive changes in your life to share exclusive insider notes. Read on to find new ways to establish good habits and achieve your goals this year. And be sure to add one of these life-changing books to your Want to Read shelf.

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This is the book that brought the science behind habits into everyday life. Even better, Duhigg is an excellent writer who keeps you engaged with captivating stories that illustrate what’s happening in our brains, along with tips on how to transform your habits.

Read Charles Duhigg's Kindle Notes & Highlights.

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According to Rubin, "we repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives." In this book, Rubin looks at some of the common areas where people want to improve (exercise, finances, clutter, etc.) and gives advice on what to do. In particular, she looks at how your personality impacts how you adopt new habits.

Read Gretchen Rubin's Kindle Notes & Highlights.

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This 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards nominee explores the impact of timing on our day-to-day lives. Changing from a bad habit to a good habit is already hard enough, so understanding the time of least resistance could be the key to success for you this year. And if you missed kicking off your new habit on January 1, Pink shares “86 Days in the Year When You Can Make a Fresh Start.”

Read Daniel H. Pink's Kindle Notes & Highlights.

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This book, which was also a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee, aims to give you practical and actionable advice, based on science, to help you make the changes you want. According to Clear, "if you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change."

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message 1: by Sergio (new)

Sergio I have added all these to my WTR list. Thanks for the recommendations, it's definitely a good way to start the year!

message 2: by Lovelin (new)

Lovelin Nangah Thanks for the recommendations

message 3: by Bounty (new)

Bounty Pepple Thanks for guidingbmy reading actions and compelkingvmy habits

message 4: by Kahtan (new)

Kahtan Mohanna شكرا... توجيهات رائعة

message 5: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia Thanx for the recs

message 6: by Sebolelo (new)

Sebolelo I've read The Power of Habit and absolutely loved it. It has helped me a lot.

Jessica/Carissa Robinson I have just added all of these to my TBR list 😀

message 8: by Leah (last edited Jan 05, 2019 07:53AM) (new)

Leah I highly recommend Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock Potential in Yourself and Your Organization. Many change "experts" overlook the most important aspect of making new habits and stopping old habits. Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey address this fundamental component to change.

message 9: by Bola (new)

Bola Owoade I read The Power of Habit last year and I would recommend it to everyone. It's a very insightful book but at the same time very scary in terms of some of the things that organisations based on their understanding of habits. There are so e key helpful lessons in it such as how to build new habits that want to read about sgain.

message 10: by Anna Franklin (new)

Anna Franklin I read Better Than Before last years and raved about it ( mainly the four personality types) to anyone I spoke to! So useful. I'm tempted to re-read now!

message 11: by Maria (new)

Maria I only read one book from here, thank you for the recommendations.

message 12: by The (new)

The Elves Have read The Power of Habit and found it to be excellent as a self reflective tool for change. Thank you for the other three as recommendations. I also suggest What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct. It is a book by two guidance counselors who observed in 100's of people some surprising things about gut intelligence that will help you take charge of your own decisions for success.

message 13: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Manchester May I add You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith to this list? Best book on habit and change I've read.

message 14: by Shady (new)

Shady Thanks

message 15: by Mandy (new)

Mandy I read When last year and loved it! I highlighted so many passages and made notes, it really resonated with me. I can’t wait to read the others in the list!

message 16: by Thomaskohner (new)

Thomaskohner Nice books (well not all but..) but the real thing is https://paperleaf.ca/aide-essai/ that changed my habbit was my diploma at university =)

message 17: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Thank you for the recommendations! I’ve added them to my WTR!

message 18: by Sanna (new)

Sanna Ammasha Good recommendation thanks

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message 21: by Alex (last edited Apr 19, 2019 03:29AM) (new)

Alex Gambler Good list of books, thank you for the recommendation. I have two hobbies, books and online games in Canada on this site, no matter how strange it sounds. Thanks a lot once again.

message 22: by JoshJones (new)

JoshJones Yes, this is exactly what I need, thanks! I was just looking for some new books to read this month, I really liked your recommendation.
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message 23: by MaryJones (new)

MaryJones Great list, but my favourite one is Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, just superb book, I am pretty sure that everyone should read it, thanks to the advices from that book, I was able to write this review https://rapidessay.com/write-essays-f..., take a look when you will have a free minute.

message 24: by Romandavis (new)

Romandavis I like these four books and I hope these will change my habit into goodness.

message 25: by Sebastiaan (new)

Sebastiaan Hooft I've read two out of four. Adding the other two to my reading list. Thank you for the suggestions!

message 26: by Agnes (new)

Agnes | Live Loved I have read two (The Power of Habit and Atomic Habits) of the four so far. Will add the remaining two to my reading list for this year .

Thanks for the recommendation!

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message 28: by Milkiways (new)

Milkiways Thank you for posting these 4 great books together. I have been wanting to read a series of books on the same topic for a while now. This is a great example of how to merge them together. Also, I have read three of the four books randomly, but reading them once again in sequence might help to understand and implement the principles more efficiently.

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