Books to Make 2021 the Year We Thought 2020 Would Be

There’s no sugarcoating it: 2020 year stink, stank, stunk. While a calendar year is an arbitrary measure of time when it comes to the end of things such as a pandemic, the promise of a new year is a simple and effective way to help people look forward to new beginnings and to give them hope for change. 2020 was most definitely a year unlike anything we have experienced before, in the most drastic of ways, and early on, the pandemic brought a halt to so much. It stopped people from accomplishing their New Years resolutions, it sent us into isolation, and brought a lot of hardship and despair into our lives.

Obviously, the pandemic didn’t miraculously disappear when the clock stuck midnight on New Year’s Day. But the world is well on its way to a cure, and a little optimism would do us all some good right now. Which is why it’s important to take care of your mental health and your spiritual well-being. Self help isn’t just an Instagram hashtag, it’s an essential part of healthy living. And what better way to learn about all the good things that you can do for yourself than by—say it with me now—reading books! Here are six inspirational books to guide you into a new year, new you, and help you succeed in having a happy new year in 2021. Because we deserve it.




Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor, co-host of All the Books, and above all else, a ravenous reader. She resides in Maine with her cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, who hate to read.