The trend for 2019 is ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’ thanks, in part, to Marie Kondo’s Netflix series: Tidying Up.
As many of us jump aboard the immaculate Tidying Up bandwagon, it is predicted that we might be keen to continue the trend holistically. Organising our lives as well as our underwear drawers, and self-care alongside sparking joy in the home, are just a couple of trends influencing non-fiction literature in 2019.
The organisational system of the bullet journal, self-help books with self-care tips, or scientists explaining the meaning of happiness; the following list will keep you on trend and ready for 2019!
“Marie Kondo’s method is based on a ‘once-cleaned, never-messy-again’ approach…”
Sounds like magic to me but the neatness craze is sweeping the world thanks to Marie Kondo, and now everyone is asking: “Does it spark joy?”
De-clutter your home, and de-stress your life with Marie Kondo’s philosophy of keeping only what is necessary and makes you happy- a method that can then be applied to other aspects of your life. At first you may scoff at her folding skills or being thankful to inanimate objects but readers should not be surprised if you start decluttering that drawer while reading this book.
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Paul Dolan is the Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a happiness expert who has written over 100 peer-reviewed papers on the subject along with behaviour, and public policy.
If you need an accessible and absorbing look at how our actions and decisions affect our own happiness then Prof. Dolan can help. The book is not your traditional self-help book but instead the reader is treated to a comprehensible version of Dolan’s lifetime of research. He explains how some of our big ticket goals and daunting pressures on ourselves are holding us back from an attainable happiness.
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The ‘revolutionary organisational system’ designed by Ryder Carroll is meant to help you keep your mind clear by having all plans, wants, and needs recorded and reflected upon.
Carroll’s system combines elements of a wishlist, a to-do list, and a diary, and keeps it simple by needing only a pen and paper to start your own bullet diary. With so many external pressures on people today this system can help to at least calm the stress we put upon ourselves. Bullet journalling can help organise your thoughts and your priorities to guide the reader towards what Ryder calls “intentional living”.
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Chidera Eggerue, AKA The Slumflower, is an award-winning blogger, author, and all-round feminist bad ass.
Self-care, self-love, and self-acceptance seem to be Eggerue’s main ethos, and What A Time To Be Alone is no different. Described as ‘millennial mastermind’ by Elle, and ‘this generation’s agony aunt’ by Dazed magazine, the powerful young woman wants readers to understand their worth and to help them become happy in their own skin. Written as a big two-finger-salute to a world that seems hell-bent on telling us we aren’t good enough, if you love your female friends you will buy them a copy of Chidera’s vibrant and empowering wisdom.
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Sarah Knight, fresh from her popular Ted Talk, wrote this book with the easily anxious in mind.
When change makes you break out in a sweat, or your body confuses excitement with fear, this book can give you tools to control and change your reactions. Written by someone who knows how it feels to freak out for what seems like no reason, this book is like the sweary best friend you need pouring your wine and giving you the real talk. Knight is a self-confessed recovering perfectionist who would like to share her experiences and stoicism-inspired coping mechanisms.
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“Just as we are advised on airplanes to take our own oxygen first before helping others, we must first be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with the world around us.”
It seems like an alien concept to many of us- help yourself before you help others- but for Haemin Sunim it is imperative in order to lead a happy life. Love For Imperfect Things is a follow up to the Buddhist monk’s bestseller follow-up to his international bestseller The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down. He continues his chilled out outlook with a meditation on how we could all help others more effectively if we took time for self-care too. Sunim shows the reader how important it is to be authentic with yourself before attempting an authentic relationship with others.
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Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!
When the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City was opened in March 1990, it was declared “the eighth wonder of the world” by the owner. Despite the fact it was in deep debt before it had even opened, Donald Trump declared it the saviour of Atlantic City. Unfortunately the insurmountable debt would never be overcome, and Trump’s promises were unfounded. The casinos went from employing thousands and bringing in a third of the city’s gambling revenues to being accused of money laundering and being prepared for demolition. The city soon became a ghost town when the casinos collapsed under the weight of their own unsustainable economics, and many who helped set it up have still not been paid for their work.
The book will be published worldwide in several languages and is due for release in September of this year.
As well as songwriting, Mitchell is an artist in other ways. Her poetry, drawings, and paintings are soon to be released to the public in a brand new anthology. The book, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, is a must-have for Joni Mitchell fans as it includes hand-written lyrics and paintings. The anthology was created originally as a Christmas gift for close friends and family in the year her album Blue topped the charts.