TWENTY Must-Read Books in 2018 (Keto, Finance, Organization, Self-Help & More)

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Are you making New Year’s resolutions? With 2017 now over, you may be looking to improve your physical health, finances, relationships, home organization, OR just want more sanity and peace of mind in 2018. Here are TWENTY highly rated and best-selling books that we LOVE at Hip2Save…

Nutrition and Health:

The Keto Diet: The Complete Guide to a High-Fat Diet

by Leanne Vogel

For too long we’ve blamed dietary fat for weight gain and health problems. The truth is, a diet that’s high in natural, healthy fats can actually help your body burn fat! A one-stop guide to the ketogenic way of eating, The Keto Diet shows you how to transition to and maintain a whole foods–based, paleo-friendly, ketogenic diet with a key focus on practical strategies—and tons of mouthwatering recipes.

Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

by Catherine Shanahan M.D.

Deep Nutrition cuts through today’s culture of conflicting nutritional ideologies, showing how the habits of our ancestors can help us lead longer, healthier, more vital lives. Deep Nutrition offers a prescriptive plan for how anyone can begin eating The Human Diet to: improve mood, eliminate cravings and the need to snack, boost fertility and have healthier children, sharpen cognition and memory, eliminate allergies and disease, build stronger bones and joints and get younger, smoother skin.

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

by Dr. Jason Fung

Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps, a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels, Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight—for good.

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted

by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II

The China Study—Revised and Expanded Edition presents a clear and concise message of hope as it dispels a multitude of health myths and misinformation. The basic message is clear. The key to a long, healthy life lies in three things: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success

by Shawn Stevenson

Stevenson shares easy tips and tricks to discover the best sleep and best health of your life. With his 14-Day Sleep Makeover, you’ll learn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate your circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements you need, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp. Sleep Smarter is the ultimate guide to sleeping better, feeling refreshed, and achieving a healthier, happier life.

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers

by David Perlmutter

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., blows the lid off a finding that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. Even so-called healthy carbs like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, decreased libido, and much more. Featuring a blend of cutting-edge research, real-life stories of transformation, and accessible, practical advice, Grain Brain teaches you how to regain wellness, and enjoy lifelong health and vitality.

Finance and Business:

The Total Money Makeover

by Dave Ramsey

With Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, you’ll be able to design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt (meaning cars, houses, everything!), recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you!), and secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

by Ramit Sethi

For a generation that’s materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi’s 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance – banking, saving, budgeting, and investing-and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

by Chip Gaines

Now a #1 New York Times bestselling book, Capital Gaines offers readers a ringside seat as Chip relives some of his craziest antics and the lessons learned along the way. His mentors taught him to never give up and his family showed him what it meant to always have a positive attitude despite your circumstances. Throw in a natural daredevil personality and a willingness to do (or eat!) just about anything, and you have the life and daily activity of Chip Gaines.

Home Organization:

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living

by Emily Ley

In A Simplified Life, you’ll find Emily’s strategies, systems, and methods for permanently clearing the clutter, organizing your priorities, and living intentionally in 10 key areas—from your home and meal planning, to style and finances, parenting, faith life, and more. Emily will show you how to truly make the most of your days with realistic, achievable, and tactical tools.

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

by Joshua Becker

Joshua Becker helps you: recognize the life-giving benefits of owning less, realize how all the stuff you own is keeping you from pursuing your dreams, craft a personal, practical approach to de-cluttering your home and life, experience the joys of generosity, and learn why the best part of minimalism isn’t a clean house, it’s a full life. The beauty of minimalism isn’t in what it takes away. It’s in what it gives.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by Marie Kondō

Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Whereas most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, the KonMari Method’s category-by-category, all-at-once prescription leads to lasting results.

Self-Help and Relationships:

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path

by Erin Loechner

You’re here, but you want to be there. So you spend your life narrowing this divide, and you call this your race, your journey, your path. You live your days tightening your boot straps, wiping the sweat from your brow, chasing undiscovered happiness just around the bend. Higher! Faster! Better! Stronger! And on and on you run. Life’s answers are not always hidden where they seem. It’s time to venture off the beaten path to see that we’ve already been given everything we need. We’ve already arrived.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

by Michael A. Singer

What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? The Untethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, & energy patterns that limit your consciousness. Finally, this book opens the door to a life lived in the freedom of your innermost being.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

by Shauna Niequist

Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.

The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

by M. Scott Peck

Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one’s own true self.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

by Brené Brown

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. This important book is about the lifelong journey from “What will people think?” to “I am enough.”

Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World

by Joel Salatin

From farmer Joel Salatin’s point of view, life in the 21st century just ain’t normal. In Folks, This Ain’t Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.

Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy

by Emily Ley

Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? Are you ready for a new way of seeing your time? Learn to live a little more simply. Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in Grace Not Perfection, and allow that grace to seep into your days, your family, and your heart.

The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

by Mel Robbins

What if the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich your life and work is simply knowing how to push yourself? In The 5 Second Rule, you’ll discover it takes just five seconds to: become confident, break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt, beat fear and uncertainty, stop worrying and feel happier, and share your ideas with courage.

Happy reading! May your 2018 be full of wonderful, NEW beginnings!

Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off Jesus, running long distance, bargain shopping, warm Texas weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She also loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.



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Comments 10

  1. kayti

    The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up is wonderful! I purged so much stuff it was unreal! I thought hanging on to things would change my life, but I don’t miss any of it. And Dave Ramsey is pretty amazing too! Now to stop spending money on these deals…. Lol

  2. Mary

    Because four of the books on this list are favorites of mine, I’ll definitely be checking out many of the others. Thanks for the list!

    • Holly Syx

      You’re welcome!

  3. Luna

    Thanks for the list, Hope to read atleast couple of them this year!! 🙏

  4. Tonya

    Awesome list. Thanks so much. I love listening on the Hoopla free reading app ❤️

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome! Great tip!

  5. *Angela-Miles*

    Dave Ramsey is awesome, love all the advice I’ve learned from him. Everyone should check him out. Also the book Present Over Perfect is a great read..I loved it!! Thanks for the list, I will be checking out some of the ones I don’t own 🙂

  6. Lisa

    I will definitely be saving this post. Dave Ramsey is awesome . I have been wanting to read Present Over Perfect and there are several more on this list that interest me.

  7. Allison

    The obesity code is amazing, been doing it for about 2 months now, and love how much better I feel, progress is slow, but consistent. The more of less is also super cool. Looks like an all around amazing list.

  8. Kim

    YES to both of the Emily Ley books!

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