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    The benefits of reading are no secret, with research proving that bookworms experience more mental stimulation, vocabulary expansion, and stress reduction than their non-reading peers. Beyond the health advantages, reading is a source of inspiration that equips readers with the courage to complete formidable tasks and often leaves them feeling more connected to the world around them. Whatever your reason for reading is, books are a powerful tool for personal and professional development and indulging in the right titles could up your game in 2021. Here are five must-read books to optimize yourself this year.

    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
    by Greg McKeown

    Despite being published seven years ago, this New York Times bestseller continues to be a staple of business books, rightfully earning its spot as a 2021 must-read for offering guidance that helps readers regain control of their choices so they “can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter.” In order words, Essentialism teaches readers how to complete only the necessary tasks, providing a systematic discipline for people who feel overloaded and stretched thin. McKeown’s book reframes productivity, giving readers the structure to apply a “more selective criteria for what is essential” to enhance their contributions in all aspects of life.

    Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World
    by Fareed Zakaria

    Contributing to CNN Worldwide, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic as an anchor, columnist, and contributing editor respectively, Fareed Zakariaapplies history to explore the fate of governance, work, technology, and culture in a post-pandemic world. One part history, one part call-to-action, one part commentary of hope, Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World offers intelligent insight on how the pandemic can be leveraged to open “up a path to a new world.” Touching on the global implications of the pandemic as well as highlighting the ways America can transcend in a post-pandemic world, Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World is “a guide for a world already in the making.” Climbing the ranks of The New York Times business bestsellers, Zakaria’s latest is a relevant, exigent, and informative read of what was, what is, and what is to come of the world.

    The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know
    by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

    Co-written by Washington, D.C.-based journalists Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, The Confidence Code explores the genetics, neuroscience, and psychology behind confidence and how “a lack of confidence impacts leadership, success, and fulfillment.” In deconstructing the blueprints of confidence, Shipman and Kay provide insight into how women can transform their lives through authenticity and self-assurance. Deemed a must-have by Cosmopolitan’s Chief Content Officer, Joanna Coles, and Facebook’s Chief Operating Office, Sheryl Sandberg, The Confidence Code is an inspiring read that will teach you how to summon the confidence needed to conquer all aspects of life. 

    Educated: A Memoir
    by Tara Westover

    A Bill Gates favorite, Educated: A Memoir is a highly-lauded recount of the author’s journey of surmounting adversity as she defies her survivalist Mormon family to attend college and ultimately earning her Ph.D. at Cambridge University. Atop The New York Times bestseller list for 132 consecutive weeks, Educated: A Memoir is “better than you’ve heard,” according to Bill Gates, offering a hefty dose of inspiration to those needing a boost forward in their own struggles. Educated: A Memoir is gripping, unforgettable, and available for WaveOffice customers at The Hub’s third-floor library. Check out your free copy now!

    Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
    by Daniel Goleman

    With emotional intelligence being one of the most sought-after attributes amongst professionals, Goleman’s 1995 book is more relevant than ever, making it a timeless must-read for those looking to understand and cultivate emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ explores how emotional intelligence can be strengthened through practice, highlighting how its implementation can immediately impact our health, relationships, and work for the better. The 25th-anniversary edition of the book, including an updated introduction by Goleman, is newly available this year.

    Explore everything these titles have to offer in 2021, and you might just become a better you along the way! WaveOffice customers have full access to the libraries at Clarendon Square and The Hub, with highly anticipated titles like Educated: A Memoir appearing every few months. Our sound-proof privacy booths are ideal for the lone focused reader, while our community areas make for excellent book-club meetings. Whatever your reading-style is, WaveOffice has the perfect space for you. Happy reading!