5 Books to Help You Refocus, Rethink & Relax After the Holidays

Christmas is right around the corner and hopefully, after all the celebrations and gift giving you will have time to decompress and relax. This is a great time to escape into a quiet room with a good book. Here are a few books to consider. Some of these books have inspired me to refocus and rethink. Others were just a wonderful exploration into the quirky and mysterious. All of them I have enjoyed and I hope you do too.


The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know
By Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
How confidence in the workplace impacts women with inspirational and practical advice we need to change how this impacts our careers and lives.



10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story
By Dan Harris
A brilliant book that will take you on one man’s journey from drugs and panic attacks to meditation and centeredness with science-based tips you can try on your own journey to inner peace.




Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
By Atul Gawande

A practicing surgeon on the frontlines of life and death takes an in-depth look at how we, as Americans, handle aging and dying. A thought-provoking assessment of our modern-day approach to mortality and what we can do to make this a more sacred journey.



A Murder in Music City: Corruption, Scandal, and the Framing of an Innocent Man
By Michael Bishop
I have lived in Nashville, Tennessee over 20 years and this book grabbed my attention from the first page. It takes you on a journey into the dark past of the people and neighborhoods all around us. It is a fascinating and compelling analysis of a murder that rocked this city in 1964. Don’t worry if you are not from Nashville, this true crime story has all of the shock and intrigue you look for in a good mystery book.


Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
By Mary Roach
Yes, this is as strange as it sounds. This book is a quirky mix of comedy and knowledge. If you love science and a good laugh this book is for you. You will definitely learn some interesting facts that you can impress your friends and family with at your next gathering.

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