Good vibes only: 9 Uplifting Books you Must Read in 2021

Get ready for a better year with 9 books that passed our good vibes only test. We hope this list will inspire you to move forward with courage and creativity as you kick off 2021. Remember: this too shall pass. 

It’s 2021 and we are so ready to move on from the catastrophe that was 2020. Clear your mind and get ready for the new year to unfold with our good vibes only book list. 

Each one has a lot to say about finding the courage to let your true self emerge in spite of the various struggles we face. Read about personal stories of beating the odds, advice on crafting your narrative, and how to use nature to inspire you to live a more connected, creative life. 

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Good Vibes Only Books

Rising Strong: the Reckoning, the Rumbling, the Revolution

Brené Brown

We’re all coming out of a difficult year, and this book teaches you all about reframing past struggles. Learn how to give your story a new ending and recognize the value of your experiences. 

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

by Adrienne Maree Brown

This book offers insights from a wide variety of sources of wisdom - most notably, Octavia Butler’s science fiction. It demonstrates the power of new ways of thinking through a series of natural symbols. Use this book to shape your world and create social change. 

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

by Richard Bach

Through the lens of an uncommon seagull, this classic novella teaches us to find the courage to take a different path than all of the other people around us.  

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now

Meg Jay

Why do people have such low expectations for people in their twenties? This decade is a time when you develop your sense of self. This book guides you on what to expect and how to make your twenties roar. 

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Adventures in the Anthropocene: A Journey to the Heart of the Planet We Made 

by Gaia Vince

Wait, there’s a positive book on climate change? That’s a first. So this book tells stories from around the world about how people are courageously grappling with our moment. 


by Tara Westover

This fascinating memoir tells how one woman from Idaho with no formal education growing up managed to work hard and get into Harvard and Cambridge. It’s the perfect book to inspire you to rise above your circumstance.  

Reasons to Stay Alive

By Matt Haig

In this memoir, a well known novelist normalizes depression and shows the way through it. The book is filled with helpful tips for anyone having a bad day, year or life. 

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Feel Free 

By Zadie Smith

Here’s a brilliant collection of essays by gifted novelist, Zadie Smith. You’ll love her witty, inspired take on everything from pop-culture to daily life. 

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World

by Peter Wohlleben

It’s hard to believe it, but even trees are talking to each other. Read this book and learn to love your planet even more, by understanding the fascinating networks of communication between trees. 

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