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Non-Fiction Books to Inspire You to Make the Most Out of 2019

by Durrah Sharifah Azlan. |


We’ve already passed the halfway mark of 2019 and might have reflected our growth since the start of the year to find not much has changed despite the ambitious goals made. It’s never too late to pick yourself up back together to make sure the rest of the year goes in a meaningful way!


Here are some books you can check out that will give you the extra push to make positive changes in your life, whether physically or emotionally:


1. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Albert Liebermann and Hector Garcia


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It’s no secret that Japan is the country we aspire to be like, whether it is in their respectable attitude such as in cleanliness or punctuality, their constant determination to produce innovative products and their lifestyle. In Ikigai (translated as ‘a reason to live’), we look at how the people in the Okinawa prefecture of Japan specifically maintains a happy life with the majority of the citizens living way beyond the average lifespan of the rest of the world.


The book shares the secret of living long and happy by studying the community of a Japanese village with the most 100-year-olds residing in, in hopes that readers are able to find their ikigai as well. Asserting on doing the things that you enjoy that gives meaning to your life, this book will make you question yourself if the things you are doing now are worth sacrificing your happiness for.


You can get it here.


2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Let’s face it, in this age when information from all across the world is accessible at the tip of your fingers, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, enraged or anxious with everything that is going on. These feelings might impair your day-to-day performance and focus in carrying on life peacefully.


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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a book on accepting that negative experiences are a natural part of life and that we shouldn’t force ourselves to stay positive all the time. The book also encourages readers to not stress about the things you can’t control and letting it be instead of forcing ourselves to be positive all the time. A contrast with the first book recommended, but hey, you need a balance of ideologies for you to judge what’s best for your self-development.


You can get yourself a copy here.



3. When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

What would you do if you found out you are dying when you are at the peak of your life with a stable career and a loving partner? When Breath Becomes Air documents the life of the late Paul Kalanithi, a doctor who did not expect himself to be the victim of lung cancer when he was almost complete with his training to become a neurosurgeon. A reminder to our own temporary state on this world, this book not only inspires readers to cherish every moment in life, but also in making sure that the life lived is one that is meaningful.


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Get this book here.



4. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How often do we find ourselves envying those who are able to find their footing effortlessly in networking events, parties or social situations, wishing we could do the same? Look no further, as How to Win Friends & Influence People is a must-read self-development book that explains how to communicate and make connections effectively through clear set instructions, analogies and anecdotes.

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A bestselling book with over 15 million copies sold worldwide over 80 years of its publication, you wouldn’t want to miss a chance to get your hands on this book on your path to being able to convince anyone, anytime.


You can get it here.



5. The Journey to Becoming Fearless: A Story of Hope, Courage & Strength by Emelyne Carmen Ho

This biography of Emelyne Carmen Ho tells the story of the girl from Kuching, Sarawak, being diagnosed with five medical diagnoses including Beta-Thalassemia major within a span of 12 years. When most teenagers in Malaysia have their lives revolving around their family, friends, and school, this was not the case for her as she struggles to lead a normal life with a strong determination to become fearless in the face of adversity. Currently a JPA scholar as a result of attaining straight A+s for SPM, Emelyne is now studying Pharmacy in Monash University Malaysia.


Image: Emelyne Carmen Ho


The book is available by messaging her on Facebook or Instagram.


We hope that either one of these books peaked your interest and would be helpful in someway to you. What are your favourite non-fiction books that we didn't include in this article? Let us know below!



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