Seven self-help books to read when you desire happiness and a new approach to your life.

  1. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich– Timothy Ferriss
  2. This is a new, updated and expanded edition of this New York Times bestseller on how to reconstruct your life so it’s not all about work. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred – life plan – there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: how Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week; how to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want; how blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs; how to eliminate 50 per cent of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist; and how to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent ‘mini-retirements’.

This new updated and expanded edition includes: more than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point; real-world templates you can copy for eliminating email, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than GBP5 a meal; how lifestyle design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times; and the latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

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2. The Power of Soft: How to get what you want without being a ****- Hilary Gallo

How to get what you want, whether you are closing million dollar deals, arguing over the washing up with your partner or trying to get your kids to go to bed. Pilates for the mind from the Malcolm Gladwell of negotiation.

Having spent decades negotiating deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds, Hilary Gallo realised that bullying behaviour rarely got him or his clients the outcomes they were looking for. Over the years he began to develop a new way of approaching negotiations — the power of soft — and soon found his work and home life getting richer. The power of soft started as a negotiation tactic and soon became a philosophy for life.

In life and in business we often mask our inner vulnerability by adopting a hard, unwavering and ultimately ineffective approach. In The Power of Soft, Hilary Gallo proposes drawing our strength from our mental core, improving our power relative to any situation. He teaches us to see reality by looking past our judgements and preconceptions without letting go of what we’re trying to achieve. Gallo pulls examples from the archives of human history — referencing everyone from Machiavelli to Butch Cassidy, F. Scott Fitzgerald to 007 — and draws on his own experience to show how we can all make use of the power of soft.

The Power of Soft perfects the art of balancing inner strength with a softer front, offering us an elegantly written and holistic piece of business literature in the style of Les McKeown and Malcolm Gladwell.

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3. Lean In– Sheryl Sandberg

Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this extraordinary edition of Lean In includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary; listening to your inner voice; owning who you are; and leaning in for millennial men.

In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In became a massive cultural phenomenon, and its title became an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of best-seller lists both nationally and internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated op-ed pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked fierce debate about women and leadership. Now, this enhanced edition provides the entire text of the original book updated with more recent statistics and features a passionate letter from Sandberg encouraging graduates to find and commit to work they love. A combination of inspiration and practical advice, this new edition will speak directly to graduates and, like the original, will change lives.

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4. What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul– Deepak Chopra

The basis for the PBS Special, What Are You Hungry For? is the breakthrough book that can bring weight under effortless control by linking it to personal fulfilment in every area of a reader’s life.

After promoting this message worldwide for thirty years, bestselling author Deepak Chopra focuses on the huge problem of weight control in America with exciting new concepts. What are you hungry for? Food? Love? Self-esteem?  Peace? In this manual for “higher health,” based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine, Deepak Chopra creates a vision of weight loss based on a deeper awareness of why people overeat – because they are trying to find satisfaction and wind up using food as a substitute for real fulfilment.  Repudiating the failed approaches of crash dieting and all forms of deprivation, Chopra’s new book aims directly at the problem of finding fulfilment.  When that problem is solved, he argues, normal eating falls into place automatically, and the entire system of mind and body achieves what it desires.

“Everyone’s life story is complicated, and the best intentions go astray because people find it hard to change,” writes Chopra. “Bad habits, like bad memories, stick around stubbornly when we wish they’d go away. But you have a great motivation working for you, which is your desire for happiness. I define happiness as the state of fulfilment, and everyone wants to be fulfilled. If you keep your eye on this, your most basic motivation, then the choices you make come down to a single question: “What am I hungry for?” Your true desire will lead you in the right direction. False desires lead in the wrong direction.”

Wherever you are in life, this book will help point you in that right direction.

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5. Outliers: The Story of Success– Malcolm Gladwell

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

 

6. Taming the Tiger Parent: How to Put Your Child’s Well-Being First in a Competitive World- Tanith Carey

Practical, realistic solutions that give parents permission to take their foot off the gas and reclaim a more relaxed family life

Mozart in the womb, Baby Einstein DVDs for newborns, and ipad learning apps for toddlers—from the moment the umbilical cord is cut, today’s parents feel trapped in a never-ending race to ensure their child is the brightest and the best. But while it’s completely natural for us to want our kids to reach their potential, at what point does too much competition become damaging? With constant testing in schools also raising the stakes, how can we tell when hot-housing children is actually doing more harm than good? In this ground-breaking and provocative book, Tanith Carey presents the latest research on what this contest is doing to the next generation. She explains why, far from making our children more go-getting and successful, it can back-fire with life-long repercussions, damage their emotional well-being, and fracture their relationships with the very people who love them most: their parents. Packed with insights, experts’ tips, real experiences, and resources, this book is a timely guide to safeguarding your child’s well-being in a competitive world, so they can grow into the happy, emotionally balanced people they really need to be.

 

7. Mere Christianity- C. S. Lewis

In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.

Awesome books to read with your kids at bedtime.

“I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.”

~ J.K Rowling

It’s so easy to dismiss reading books in a world increasingly controlled by gadgets and gizmos- that we forget to understand the lasting impression that books can have on a child’s life. A cosy nook and a splendid book are all you need to create some precious time with your kids this holiday season and plant that seed to cultivate a rewarding habit for the new year.

Simply put, books give wings to your children to take flight outside of their world. You should take a bow if that’s what you’ve been doing in 2016 because we are applauding you!

The opportunities are endless with a paperback in your hands; transport your kids to the magical land of Narnia¹, go through the looking glass with Alice², be inspired by Auggie Pullman³ or even be Huck Finn’s trusted sidekick⁴!

¹Chronicles of Narnia- C.S Lewis | ²Alice through the Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll | ³Wonder- R J Palacio | ⁴The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

If you are thinking of starting something new with your kids in the new year, consider that one of the best gifts you can give your children is the gift of imagination and a long-lasting love for reading.

Here are a few of our favourites at Chapters to help you start the new year on a grand note.

A Little Stuck- Oliver Jeffers

A Little Stuck Board book by Oliver Jeffers, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

From the illustrator of the #1 smash ”The Day the Crayons Quit” comes another bestseller –a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled to free a kite!

A specially adapted board book edition of Oliver Jeffers’ laugh-out-loud classic, Stuck.

When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning. Stuck is Oliver Jeffers’ most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy. Childlike Image result for stuck oliver jeffers in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?– Eric Carle

Do animals have mothers, too?

Of course, they do—just like me and you! From baby kangaroos, called joeys, to baby elephants, called calfs, every kind of animal has a mother. Inside this playful and colourful book, you will see all sorts of different babies with their mothers, all with one thing in common: Their mothers love them very, very much—just like your mother loves you! Come right in and meet the family—the animal family, that is—in words and pictures by Eric Carle.

Guess How Much I Love You All Year Round– by Sam McBratney
Illustrated by Anita Jeram

“Gorgeous watercolours illustrate this affectionate story. A perfect picture book.”

-The Good Book Guide

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Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, from the multi-million-copy-selling picture book “Guess How Much I Love You”, return in these four stories: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each captivating tale is seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated – perfect for sharing with your very own Little Nutbrown Hare, no matter the time of year!

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The Mick Inkpen Treasury

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Mick Inkpen is a household name; his books are loved and cherished by children around the world. Here is an endearing treasury for children to listen to and enjoy for many years. Titles featured in the treasury are: “Lullabyhullabaloo”, “Billy’s Beetle”, “Nothing”, and, “Bear”.

It is a perfect gift item and is destined to become a child’s personal treasury.

Giraffes Can’t Dance- Giles Andreae

Number One bestseller Giraffes Can’t Dance from author Giles Andreae has been delighting children for over 15 years. Gerald, the tall giraffe, would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance. Or can they?

A funny, touching and triumphant picture book story about a giraffe who finds his own tune and confidence too, with joyful illustrations from Guy Parker-Rees and a foiled cover.

“… wonderfully funny.” – Independent

A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp of a picture book. All toddlers should grow up reading this or hearing their parents read it aloud to them. – Daily Telegraph

A joyful read about an outsider who finds acceptance on his own terms…. there’s also a simple moral about tolerance and daring to be different. – Junior

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea– Judith Kerr

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - China Tea Set Mixed media by Judith Kerr

Read the classic story and enjoy your very own tiger tea party, with this delightful book and china tea set!

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, furry, stripy tiger!
This captivating picture book has delighted generations of children for more than forty-five years. Now little ones can recreate the tiger’s visit with their very own tiger tea set.

This beautiful gift set contains: 1 hardback edition of The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, 1 china teapot, 2 china cups, 2 china saucers and 1 china milk jug perfect for hosting your own tiger tea party!

“A modern classic.” The Independent —

 

 

Heart-warming reads for Tweens

We are constantly looking to fill our pre-teen shelves with literature that will inspire your kids to develop their love for books and more importantly, provide them with a rich reading experience. Here’s our latest hand-picked list which your kids can read to their heart’s content.

1. A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson

*For fans of “Wonder”!

“A boy called Hope” by Lara Williamson is a book about a boy, Dan Hope.

A story about his dreams and A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamsonwishes, his fears and worries, and his search for hope. Because in life sometimes things are complicated and messy, not everyone is perfect, things can surprise us, they can make us laugh but they can also make us cry. This is Dan’s story, about what makes the world go round, what brings people and families together, and most of all, how hope helps you dream.

Sam Harper, age 10 – ‘This bitter-sweet book is fantastic, brilliant, funny and sad.  It made me laugh and cry and I’ve never read a book which could do that before.  You must read it.’

A Boy Called Hope is a joyous, heart-breaking and life-affirming story of one boy and his messy, muddled and madcap family. Dan Hope may be an ordinary boy, in an ordinary home, in an ordinary town but he has an extraordinary amount of hope in his heart particularly when it comes to his dad who has left the family home. Perfect for fans of Annabel Pitcher and Frank Cottrell Boyce.


2. How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. Martin

11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. How to Look for a Lost Dog by Ann M. MartinBut when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for him…A touching story from the bestselling author of The Babysitters Club.

Anastasia Abdian, age 11 – ‘How to Look for a Lost Dog is a truly amazing book. It gripped me the whole way and I could not put it down. Rose is a girl who likes these things: numbers, rules, words and her dog Rain. You will love it!’


3. A Dog’s Life by Ann M. Martin

*For fans of Michael Morpurgo

Best known for the Babysitters Club, Ann M Martin here tells the story of aA Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin dog, and with the warmth and understanding that made that series so popular. There’s nothing special about Squirrel, this isn’t a story of heroics, though she is brave when she has to be. Instead, it’s a story of finding your way, enjoying the good things and coping with the bad, and learning to trust and to love. Squirrel is a stray, and for most of the book has to manage alone; not till the very last chapters does she find somewhere safe to stay.

She tells her story calmly, without anger or bitterness when things go badly, and never asks for readers’ sympathy: she’s a dog, and she leads a dog’s life. It makes for a very touching story and one which will enthral readers.

“Heart-wrenching and heartwarming” – Kirkus


4. The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson

*One of our Books of the Year 2015 – Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2016

All Becket wants is for his family to be whole again. But standing in hisThe Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson way are two things: 1) his dad, his brother and him seem to have run away from home in the middle of the night and 2) Becket’s mum had died before he got the chance to say goodbye to her. Arming himself with an armchair of stories, a snail named Brian and one thousand paper cranes, Becket ploughs on, determined to make his wish come true.

With tears and laughter – often both at the same time – Lara Williamson deals with family drama with a poignancy and a lightness of touch that is incredibly moving.

The humour comes from Becket’s idiosyncratic view of life, and the things he gets up to with little brother Billy, but also from the gap that exists between adults’ and children’s understanding of the world. Becket does find the answers to his questions, and ends the book happier and a bit wiser – readers will too.


5. The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

The story of a young boy who rescues an orphaned white lion cub from theThe Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo African bush. They remain inseparable until Bertie has to go away to boarding school and the lion is sold to a circus. Years later they are reunited until the lion gently dies of old age.

Amrit Bunet, age 15 – ‘Anyone will be able to read this heartwarming story and feel a smile creep across their face. This is one of Morpurgo’s great works and will always be one to remember.’


 

 

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