No idea what to do after graduation? Don’t worry, we’ve been there. These inspirational page-turners will help to guide you towards the right direction in life.
OPEN: A TOOLKIT FOR HOW MAGIC AND MESSED UP LIFE CAN BE
By Gemma Cairney
A colourful guide that paints a relatable picture of growing up, you’ll find plenty of personal stories and practical advice in this comprehensive ‘toolkit’. Filled with expert advice spanning a wide range of topics from mental health to matters of the heart, this “wise best friend in a book” has you covered for every aspect of your life. It may seem like a heavy read, but we like that it’s peppered with vibrant illustrations and speech bubbles to spice things up. Trust us, you wouldn’t be able to put it down!
DESIGNING YOUR LIFE
By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Let design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show you how to design your life, one page at a time. Embracing the notion that most of us have yet to figure out our career paths, Designing Your Life seeks to help others find fulfilment in their lives the way a designer would – from experimentation to way-finding to prototyping. Chockfull of fact-finding exercises and sensible advice, it’s an improvisational guide that unlocks one’s imagination and allows you to make better decisions in the future. For those hoping to kickstart your career, this is the book to turn to.
IGNITE YOUR SPARK
By Patricia Wooster
Unlike the typical self-help books that tend to sound overly formulaic, Ignite Your Spark is anything but. Packed with thought-provoking quizzes, interactive activities and even role-play scenarios to keep you thoroughly entertained, each chapter discusses relevant topics such as relationships, self-image and goals in a fun yet insightful manner. It also includes interviews with millennials and professionals where they share their success stories and personal experiences, inspiring you to truly ignite your spark within.
THE PRODUCTIVITY PROJECT
By Chris Bailey
If you’re prone to procrastination and often find yourself unable to cope because of poor time management, The Productivity Project is here to help. This book is the result of a year-long series of experiments Chris Bailey conducted on himself – whether it’s cutting out caffeine, going on a digital detox, or even living in isolation for days, he’s done it all – in order to find the most effective ways to increase one’s productivity. Besides sharing his top tips, he also gathered advice from experts in the field so you can’t go wrong with these tactics.
MIND YOUR HEAD
By Juno Dawson
When it comes to the topic of mental health, people tend to shun it instead of openly talking about it. Mind Your Head, however, does a clever job of sparking conversation about all things mental health. Not only does it help to school teenagers on various conditions like anxiety and personality disorders, Juno Dawson also delves into ways to confront your own issues and offers suggestions to cope with these complex emotions. Although this book deals with mainly serious topics, it still manages to be lighthearted enough to ease you through.
THE TEENAGE GUIDE TO STRESS
By Nicola Morgan
There are plenty of tips out there to help you handle stress, but what made us pick up The Teenage Guide to Stress was its ability to truly resonate with the readers on a personal level. Nicola Morgan tackles everything from the pressures of exams to body image to cyberbullying, sharing her personal experiences while providing practical strategies to manage them effectively. It comes complete with a list of useful resources to assist anyone who may be struggling with mental health issues.
THE SECRET TO TEEN POWER
By Paul Harrington
Don’t be too quick in dismissing The Secret to Teen Power as another cheesy novel. Despite the somewhat questionable title, it’s an absolute pleasure to read. At the core of it, this book teaches you the concept of using the law of attraction to draw positive things into your life. It isn’t entirely about philosophy either – Paul Harrington also incorporates a good mix of real-life stories, inspirational quotes and even pop culture elements to make it more engaging. Bonus points for the Star Wars references!
This article was adapted from Teenage Vol.30 Issue 2.
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