8 New Books To Read In 2020

Every few months, we love to share some new release titles that are coming out in the self-development and career space. Here are book new books to read in 2020 that have caught my eye!

New Career Books To Read In 2020

1. Brave(ish) by Margaret Davis Ghielmetti 

At forty, Margaret quits her sales job to follow her husband’s hotel career to Paris. She’s setting sail on this adventure with a glass half full of bravery, a well-traveled passport, a journal in which she plans to write her novel, and the mentally engrained Davis Family Handbook of Rules to Live By.

Everyone tells Margaret she’s living the dream, but she feels adrift without a professional identity. Desperate to feel productive and valued, she abandons her writing and throws herself into new roles: perfect wife, hostess, guide, and expatriate. When she and her husband move to Cairo, however, the void inside she’s been ignoring threatens to engulf her. It’s clear that something needs to change, so she does the one thing she was raised never to do: asks for―and accepts―help.

Over the next fifteen years abroad, the cultures of Egypt, Thailand, and Singapore confront Margaret with lessons she never would have learned at home. But it’s only when they move back to Chicago―with Margaret now stepping into the role of perfect caretaker to her parents―that she has to decide once and for all: will she dare to let go of the old rules and roles she thinks keep her safe in order to step into her own life and creative destiny?

2. What Next?: Your Five-Year Plan for Life after College by Elana Lyn Gross

Create a five-year plan that covers all aspects of daily life—including work, finances, and health—with this all-inclusive guide to successfully reaching your goals after college graduation.

The celebrations have ended and you’ve finally graduated from college. But the one looming question remains over every recent grad’s head: what’s next?

In this book, you’ll find a detailed guide to putting together a five-year plan to set yourself up for success. No need to stress about having the rest of your life mapped out—instead, you’ll focus on how to make the most after graduation so you can thrive in the years to come. Whether you’re looking for advice on turning your first job out of college to a long-term career or need some tips on managing your money so you can pay down your student debt (and treat yourself), you’ll find all that and more in What Next?.

Filled with advice from journalist and lifestyle blogger Elana Lyn Gross, What Next? includes all the tools you need to achieve your goals one step at a time. Offering helpful guidance on every aspect of life, you’ll have no problem answering the question: what’s next?

3. Creative Culture by Justin Dauer

Mobile First? In reality, it’s humans first.

The first edition of Justin Dauer’s 2017 book Cultivating a Creative Culture was written around a core concept: empathy, humility, and creativity at the office–permeating how we treat one another, support one another, and the collective influence upon how we create.⁣

It’s upon that last notion, “how we create,” where this second edition further focuses on the parallels between “making” and “interacting.” Process and practice. Design and culture.

We cannot preach outwardly about empathy for those we’re designing for if as designers, researchers, architects, developers (and on and on) we’re not supporting each other. The notion of being human-centered has an innate synergy between design process (and ultimate product) and office culture (and empathetic interactions). To the benefit of both dynamics, those touch points are identifiable and exploitable.

Creating with compassion in an environment fueled by compassion means we never lose sight of what it’s all about: people. Beyond functioning in this manner because “it’s the right thing to do,” quality of design work, loyalty internally (team) and externally (users), and product innovation are all benefits to reap.Join Justin as he demonstrates how putting humans first – in our design process and in the workplace – yields a successful end product and an endlessfountain of inspiration.

With a new foreword by Steve Portigal, author of “Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries: User Research War Stories,” and “Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights.”

4. Individual Development Plan 2:0: Master Your Professional Development in 4 Easy Steps by Gonzalo Cordova

Gonzalo Cordova, the author of Individual Development Plan 2:0: Master Your Professional Development in 4 Easy Steps, started out with big dreams. He was determined to develop professionally and reach his goals, so he read widely and found mentors who invested in his professional development. For years he sought a way to synthesize his actions into an efficient method for success.

Over the next decade, Cordova developed a unique approach to effectively managing professional development. He calls it Individual Development Plan 2.0. In this easy-to-use handbook, he shares the innovative curriculum he’s used to guide numerous young professionals he has led, mentored, and coached, creating powerful and lasting results.

This incredible professional development tool will empower readers to take charge of their careers in a strategic, simple, actionable, and meaningful way.

5. WINTERING: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

An intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down.

Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. Wintering explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.

A moving personal narrative shot through with lessons from literature, mythology, and the natural world, May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat. Illumination emerges from many sources: solstice celebrations and dormice hibernation, C.S. Lewis and Sylvia Plath, swimming in icy waters and sailing arctic seas.

Ultimately Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season.

6. Mending America’s Political Divide: People over Partisan Politics by Rene Levy

Rene Levy’s Mending America’s Political Divide: People over Partisan Politics is a practical guide that begins by identifying five barriers that prevent dialogue between Democrats and Republicans. But more important that the diagnosis is Levy’s take on a cure. Readers learn the steps needed to repair a breakup among family, friends, and/or coworkers;  how to prepare for a political dialogue; how to remain unaffected by the political beliefs of others (i.e., feeling victimized or threatened); that, in the end, we all choose the significance we attribute to our political differences; and skills to help us improve all of our relationships.

7. A Mindful Year by Dr. Aria Campbell-Danesh and Dr. Seth J. Gillihan

From two experts on the psychology of behavior change comes A Mindful Year, the first book of its kind to join the age-old wisdom of mindfulness with cognitive behavioral science—the best-tested set of practices for alleviating stress and anxiety.
 
At a time when there have never been more ways to connect with one another, it has also never been easier to lose track of the people and passions we hold most dear. The demands of the day can leave us feeling exhausted and uninspired, while alerts and notifications constantly tug at our attention. We fall into unhealthy patterns that can be all too difficult to break.
 
Written from friend to friend, one day at a time, A Mindful Year invites you to start a new pattern—one that begins with taking just a few quiet moments to reconnect with what is most important, each day. As practical as it is inspirational, A Mindful Year marries moments of mindful reflection with calls to action—daily nuggets of wisdom paired with friendly encouragement to live in a way that is grounded, authentic, and compassionate.
 
It’s so easy to get caught up in the flood of everyday life, to become disconnected from the things that really make us us—to get lost. Thankfully, simply being open and attentive to the present moment can help us find a sense of space and ease and get back on the right track. With A Mindful Year as your guide, reconnect with what matters most.
 
 

8. Adventures in Opting Out A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life by Cait Flanders

Opt out of expectations and live a more intentional life with this refreshing guide from the national bestselling author of The Year of Less.

We all follow our own path in life. At least, that’s what we’re told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or follow the invisible but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those paths are fine — even great. But they leave some of us feeling disconnected from ourselves and what we really want. When that discomfort finally outweighs the fear of trying something new, we’re ready to opt out.

After going through this process many times, Cait Flanders found there is an incredible parallel between taking a different path in life and the psychological work it takes to summit a mountain — especially when you decide to go solo. In Adventures in Opting Out, she offers a trail map to help you with both. As you’ll see, reaching the first viewpoint can be easy — and it offers a glimpse of what you’re walking toward. Climbing to the summit for the full view is worth it. But in the space between those two peaks you will enter a world completely unknown to you, and that is the most difficult part of the path to navigate. 

With Flanders’s guidance and advice, drawn from her own journey and stories of others, you’ll have all the encouragement and insight you’ll need to take the path less traveled and create the life you want. Just step up to the trailhead and expect it to be an adventure.


Let me know which books you are most looking forward to this year!