How To Think More About Sex By Alain de Botton - £7.99, panmacmillan.com
In-depth and extremely honest, de Botton asserts that the book is designed to navigate sex, from the intimate and exciting to the confusing and difficult. Many people are left disappointed when it comes to the physical and emotional actions of sex, both rarely living up to expectation. As a result, relationships can fall apart due to the acknowledgment that sex is not just an outlet, but a form of integral communication. De Botton comments that in this day and age, sex is a balance between love and desire, commitment and adventure – touching on the subjects of adultery, pornography and lust.
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca - £4.99, penguin.co.uk
A subtle combination of modern, crisp and heartfelt writing combined with deeply satisfying advice and a truth most writers would pay to achieve. This anthology of 3 essays and letters from Seneca describes how not to passively live life, but instead to take advantage and seize moments in our personal evolution. This book helps put ‘time’ in practical context with real-life examples, and is a text that you’ll consistently refer too many more times in your life.
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffer - £12.99, eburypublishing.co.uk
Famously known as one of the best self-help books ever written, this book will give you the tools to make more positive decisions in your life, and to remove the negative feelings that cloud our everyday judgement. From depression and anger to self-loathing and fear, Jeffers describes the ways in which these feelings can creep up on you at any time, and the severe effects they can have on you. Jeffer also describes how to combat personal and emotional neglect, while dealing with many other outside influences that affect day to day living. A definite must read.
Getting Things Done by David Allen - £12.99, littlebrown.co.uk
Task priorities play a central role in time management, and Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’ uses control and perspective approaches to show that even the toughest of tasks can be achieved. By determining the context of the tasks at hand, and placing them in appropriate lists, the book describes how you should be able to see why a task should be tackled, instead of blindly taking on the task and not understanding the benefits of reaching your goals.
How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie - £16.99, simonandschuster.co.uk
The book, in essence, is a breakdown of ideas about using different ways to connect with people. By doing this, it will allow successful relationships to propel your career goals, whether these relationships are business or personal. Carnegie describes how being nice ultimately gets you better results than being horrible, and this mammoth text of interpersonal befriending and influencing is littered with in-depth insights and detailed observations, explaining that social media cant instil as much trust, empathy and overcall connection compared to interpersonal communication.
This guest submission was contributed by Lloyd on behalf of Notting Hill Editions.