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Making time to read can sometimes feel like an indulgence, but it’s just as important for your overall wellbeing as other healthy habits. Not only does reading improve memory and empathy for others, studies show it makes us feel better about ourselves and more positive about the world, too. It can also help with stress relief and reducing the chance of developing Alzheimer’s later in life. See it as an investment in your future, not a short-term luxury.

To help you form a new habit for 2020, we’ve shortlisted our five most anticipated books for the next year. Ready, set… read!

Brainwash by David Perlmutter

Can we break the social media habit and rewire our brains for happier, more purposeful lives? Dr. David Perlmutter, the bestselling author of Grain Brain, and his son, Dr. Austin Perlmutter, say we can. This fascinating book about brain science offers a healthy antidote to anxiety, depression, and overeating. The perfect companion if your new year’s resolution is to cut down on your screen time.

Book: Brain Wash

Uncanny Vally by Anna Wiener

We're all familiar with Silicon Valley and the billionaire entrepreneurs it has produced. But Anna Wiener's memoir offers a fascinating look at the evolution of the tech industry. Through her stories of idealistic entrepreneurs and creative geniuses, Wiener delivers a captivating portrait of a world in flux.

Book: Uncanny Valley

A long petal of the sea by Isabel Allende

Cerebral non-fiction feeds the mind, but for nourishing the soul, sometimes you need to get lost in a little fiction. This much-anticipated epic novel bv bestselling author Isabel Allende centers on the lives of a pregnant young widow and an army doctor who flee the Spanish Civil War and settle in Chile. We can't wait to read this poignant tale of love, family, and home.

Book: A long petal of the sea

More myself: A journey by Alicia Keys

Most celebrities aren’t known for their deep introspection, but Alicia Keys is not most celebrities. Famously shunning make-up to embrace her natural beauty, Alicia’s memoir explores her relationship with the expections of perfection as she aims to rediscover herself following years in the spotlight. An empowering read for 2020.

Book: More myself

It's not all downhill from here by Terry McMillan

An ode to the joy of ageing, Loretha Curry is a 68 year old powerhouse who refuses to see getting older as a negative, even when surrounded by a society that tells her to. When she loses someone close to her, Loretha is forced to reckon with her own mortality in a powerful and beautiful tale of women and the inspiration that is all around.

Book: It's not all down hill from here

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Hannah de Gruchy is a freelancer writer who specialises in health and wellness. She has a keen interest in the biology of skin and loves using her words to help separate the real science of skincare from the pseudoscience of some skincare brands. Hannah has a degree in Human Biology and many years’ experience working in laboratories around London. Using this experience, Hannah enjoys turning complex science into interesting, engaging and easy to digest pieces to read. In her spare time, Hannah runs, practices yoga and loves cooking plant based foods.

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