10 Books To Read For 2024

Covering habits, your practice, difficult conversations, focus and creativity

Wang Yip


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I always enjoy good book recommendations. Friends tell me what they’re interested in learning more about and what books they have already read, and I will suggest a book for them to try (try it in the comments if you like). I haven’t done anything scientific or tracked the hits, but I do think I generally have a good track record for recommendations.

What I’ll do instead is take five different topics and recommend two books on each topic with one short takeaway from each book. I hope that one of the subjects resonates with you — and if not, feel free to leave a comment letting me know what topic you’re interested in and what books you have read on that topic already so I can give you a better recommendation.

Building better habits

Atomic Habits by James Clear

It’s hard to talk about good habit books without talking about Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s one of the reasons why I called this newsletter 1% Better at Work. James has a story about the British Cycling Team where they looked for minor improvements everywhere — from the comfort of the seat to recovery and sleep and nutrition to even the clothing the team wore. Each by themselves was perhaps a 1% improvement, but together, the improvements compounded and led the British Cycling Team to multiple gold medals at the Tour de France and the Olympics.

That’s what I want to leave you with today — choose one small habit you can change in 2024. Maybe it’s meditating for 10 minutes each day. Maybe it’s taking three deep breaths when something triggers you. Maybe it’s adopting Meatless Mondays as a diet. Whatever it is, stick with it. You won’t see any results the first day, the first week or even the first month, but stick with it long enough and you will see the benefits.

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenaza

If you have ever wanted to break a bad habit and form a new one, read this book by Dr. Joe Dispenza. The funny thing about this book is there is probably nothing new in this book that is going to make you go “wow, I didn’t know…



Wang Yip

Author of Essential Habits. I write about personal development, work and managing your career. Connect with me at www.wangyip.ca