Most people will agree that, to say the least, 2020 has been a rollercoaster of emotions. Some days we feel like we’re flourishing and developing new skills, working out in the park, and making Zoom calls with friends, while other days, we are left feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty and start to wonder if we are really taking advantage of the opportunities life has to offer.
One of the ways we have been reassessing how we spend our time has been by immersing ourselves in a great book (or 7).
This month, Kobo Rakuten concurrently launched the Nia, a new compact, affordable device, as well as Kobo Plus, an all-you-can-read eBook subscription for $9.99 per month – summer reading solved!
Complete with features for better night-time reading, a glare-free screen, and lots of storage, Kobo Nia brings a youthful aesthetic that embodies the joy of reading.
On your Kobo, or with the free reading Kobo app on any device, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial of Kobo Plus for the ultimate binge-reading experience. A breadth of stories including literary classics such as The Color Purple and Sophie’s Choice; and popular genre page-turners such as Breathless In Love: The Maverick Billionaires by Bella Andre (Romance); Next Door by Blake Pierce (Mystery); and The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker (Sci-Fi).
Below are 7 books available on Kobo Plus to help make you feel better right now:
1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
A comprehensive guidebook for practising mindfulness in day-to-day living, The Power of Now emphasizes the importance of savouring the present moment and provides readers with the tools to dismiss anxieties surrounding the past and the future. Published in the late 90s, the book introduces relaxation and meditation techniques to support readers in their journey to ground themselves in the present.
2. Visual Intelligence by Amy E. Herman
By showing people how to look closely at images, Herman helps readers harness their “visual intelligence,” a set of skills we all possess but few of us know how to use effectively.
Her lessons go far beyond the physical objects we may be missing – Herman teaches us how to recognize the talents, opportunities, and dangers that surround us every day. Whether the goal is to be more effective on the job, more empathetic toward loved ones, or more alert to the quantity of possibilities and threats all around us, this book will show you how to see what matters most to you more clearly than ever before.
3. Change Your World by Michael Ungar
In this alternative perception of what the science of resilience teaches us about success, Michael Ungar shows that individual growth depends very little on what we think, feel, or behave.
In Change Your World, Ungar explores real people’s lives and discovers that the answers lie in the people and the support systems around us. Caring families, supportive spouses, high-functioning communities, nurturing employers, and effective governments are often the difference between individual success and failure. He encourages readers that contrary to common beliefs in most self-help books, that it is easier to change your environment than it is to change yourself.
4. Tiny Habits by B J Fogg
B.J. Fogg has researched human behavior for over 20 years at Stanford University and during his studies, suggests that only 3 things will change your behavior in the long term:
Option A: Have an epiphany
Option B: Change your environment
Option C: Take baby steps
In TINY HABITS, B.J. Fogg brings his experience coaching more than 40,000 people to help you lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or achieve any goal of your choice, using his behavior formula: make it easy, make it fit your life, and make it rewarding.
5. Let the Elephants Run by David Usher
Creativity is in everyone’s DNA, not just limited to a select few. We all start our lives as creative beings but for many, that spark becomes dimmed over time. How do we jump-start this process as adults? What does it means to be a creative person? How do we follow through with our ideas and turn them into tangible outcomes?
Award-winning musician and founder of CloudID Creativity Lab, David Usher believes we just need the right tools to help us reconnect with our imaginations in our daily lives. In Let The Elephants Run, Usher empowers readers to achieve more moments of clarity through two key principles of creativity: freedom and structure.
6. Expectation Hangover by Christine Hassler
When our expectations are met and things go according to plan, we feel accomplished, in control, and on track. However, when life does not live up to our expectations, we end up with an Expectation Hangover.
Expectations are unavoidable in our lives, therefore, so is disappointment, which can cost us valuable time and energy if not treated effectively. Whether you are facing a loss, going through a life transition, or want to learn how to stop setting so many expectations, this book gives you a treatment plan for how to process Expectation Hangovers on the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual levels.
7. Brain Changer by David DiSalvo
Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, behavioral economics, communications and marketing, DiSalvo replaces self-help with “science help.” He demonstrates how the brain’s impressive capacity to adapt is the most crucial factor influencing how we feel and act—a factor that we can control to change our lives.
Using relatable examples and tackling major aspects of our lives including relationships, careers, physical health, and personal development, Brain Changer shows you how to harness metacognition to enhance and enrich your life.
*Please note that this post was created and provided by the team at Kobo Canada*