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2022 Reading List to Improve your Personal Development

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Do you consider yourself a bit of a bookworm? Even if you aren’t, reading is still a popular past-time even in our technologically advanced world. In fact, UK book sales in 2021 have been the highest in a decade! But what are the actual health benefits of reading?

Did you know that regular reading has many benefits. For one thing, it’s been shown to improve brain connectivity, helping to reduce stress and brain decline as we age. It also encourages your vocabulary and comprehension. Another unexpected benefit is that reading actually helps you to empathize with other people as well.

Here are some books to add to your book list this year. Why not challenge yourself to read a book a week (52 books in a year)?

Books for Personal Development:

Happy - Fearne Cotton - Having dealt with depression and dark days herself, Fearne brings her own experiences to the table. She gives tips, tricks and exercises to help you harness the everyday and be happier as a result.

Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes - Shonda Rhimes tells how her life was before her year of yes. This poignant , intimate and hilarious memoir speaks about how her life changed when she started saying Yes and how it can help you too!

Power Moves - Lauren McGoodwin - This book helps professional women feel understood and achieve their goals. It's filled with advice, information and guidance on how to take control of your financial future. It will help you to take the next steps in your career as a powerful business woman. McGoodwin also hosts the Femail podcast.

Mindset (updated edition) - Dr Carol Dweck - This book focuses on having a growth mindset and how that can help aid you being successful regardless of your abilities. It helps readers to understand how powerful mindset and the mind itself really is.

Why has no one ever told me this before? -Dr Julie Smith - This is a must-have for improving your mental health. Whether it’s dealing with criticism, managing anxiety or low mood, this book is full of helpful hints and tips. It's filled with secrets from a therapist's toolkit and tackles everyday issues that affects everyone.

Happier Hour: how to beat distraction, expand your time and focus on what matters most - Cassie Holmes - Expert Cassie Holmes helps give tips on how to invest your time wisely, prevent burnout and live a fulfilling life. Just like how a financial advisor would advise you on how to invest your money, Cassie helps you to invest your precious time wisely to create positive change.

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne - This popular book is based on the film of the same name and focuses on the law of attraction and how what you think can happen. It's helped men and women have wealth and happiness.


Book Lovers - Emily Henry - One of the most anticipated books of 2022. Nora is a cut-throat literary agent whose whole world revolves around books. However, her sister persuades her to take a holiday in Sunshine Falls, North Carolina where she keeps seeing Charlie. There’s just one problem…he’s her sworn enemy in the book industry! But can they take a page out of their own book? Find out in this rom-com.

The Night Shift - Alex Finlay - One of the most anticipated books in 2022. How is a recent murder of four teens connected to a small town murder 15 years earlier? In 1999 a group of teens were attacked whilst working at a blockbuster except for one. Recently, another group of teens but one is attacked in an ice cream shop in the same town. What’s the real secret behind the night shift murders? Find out in this explosive thriller….

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott - A classic coming of age period novel. It's a tale of four very different girls growing up in the 19th century. It's an oldie but a goodie and has recently been turned into a major motion picture, bringing the tale to life on the big screen.

1984 - George Orwell - This dystopian social science fiction novel was published on 8 June 1949. It warns against a world governed by propaganda and surveillance. If you liked Animal Farm then why not try this?

11.22.63 - Stephen King - On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assasinated. But what if you were a time traveller that could go back in time to prevent it? Find out more in this edge-of-your-seat thriller!

Hopefully this list will give you some inspiration for your next few reads! However, if you are looking for something more career orientated, why not check out the Cpl Insights page? There are many articles that can help, from CV writing to advice for video interviews.