Loneliness is a common feeling, especially during the holiday season and the beginning of a new year. However, there's a simple and enjoyable way to combat this emotion - reading! We've curated a list of four fantastic books that are sure to lift your spirits and help you kickstart your new year on a positive note. Dive into these captivating reads and let the power of storytelling brighten your days.

1. "The Art of Connection" by Michael J. Gelb

In a world where digital communication often overshadows real connections, Michael J. Gelb's "The Art of Connection" provides a refreshing perspective on the importance of human interaction. Gelb's insights and practical advice will guide you in building meaningful relationships and breaking free from the shackles of loneliness. Learn how to connect with others authentically and rediscover the joy of companionship.


“I love Michael Gelb’s wonderful new book. It is filled with simple yet profound practices that support us in cultivating deep relationships at work and in our personal lives — the secret to a life of meaning and joy.”

“This is a great book about how to connect with other people in ways that you can personally improve upon. He uses lots of acronyms which I sometimes felt were a little confusing, but I learned so much, and his advice was easy to put into practice. This will become part of my permanent connection.”

2. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens

In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. The clues to the mystery are brushed into the lush habitat and natural histories of its wild creatures.


“All the Stars!!!!!
Can I just say that I loved everything about this book and leave it at that!?!
Where the Crawdads Sing is a story of resiliency, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. This book goes back and forth in time to tell the story of Kya Clark a.k.a. the Marsh girl. She lives on the outskirts of town, in the Marsh, and the locals look down their noses at her, she is judged, ridiculed and bullied. But there are those who show her kindness, friendship, and show her love. Oh, how I loved this book!”

“This book exceeded my already high expectations; it emanates a quiet power, a slow drawing in and connection of reader to book, one that I found myself able to get lost in due to the lush atmosphere and the depth of emotion. I can see now why this book is getting so much attention, and am thrilled to see that for once the hype train was right on track.”

3. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets? A novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived.

Themes of regret and redemption offer hope and inspiration, emphasizing that it's never too late for personal growth and happiness. The book also underscores the importance of human connections, showcasing Nora's journey towards meaningful relationships, making it a valuable read for those seeking solace and inspiration.


“What an absolutely incredible read this one was! I was hooked from the first page and did not want to put the book down…This book takes a deep dive into depression, the nature of happiness and sadness, the weight of regret and discovering the potential in which your life has to offer. Nora's journey is honest, unexpected and at times completely heartbreaking (I was blubbering like an actual baby through parts) - it gives such a raw look into depression, loneliness and self-discovery…This book really put some things into perspective for me about my own life, however I feel like this book will mean something different to every person who picks it up. It is a beautiful read that shows you that you are never completely stuck in life & provides a little bit of hope that we all need in our days especially during times like this.
Thank you Matt Haig, for this magical read.”

My mind is blown; my soul is lit and I am happier.
"She realized, in that moment, that she was capable of a lot more than she had known."
(In one of her many lives)

4. "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.


“This is not great literature. This is not earth-shattering or mind blowing in any way.
Yet somehow, underneath the veneer of light-hearted entertainment, this sneaky little book is filled with profound truths.
It is also filled with extremely interesting bits of psychology and sociology research that are sprinkled throughout its pages, mixed with her personal journey and constantly evolving considerations. A study in self-empowerment if I've ever seen one.
A witty, self-examined life which bristles with good ideas and a contagious desire for self-realization that actually ends up radiating a stubborn, beautiful light.Often funny and self-deprecating, Gretchen Rubin made me think about many areas in my life which could use a little boost of "intention", and mindfulness.
And just for that, I'll willingly give her 5 stars.”

“This was the perfect book for me at the moment. My new year's goal is to be the best me that I can be, and in short to be happier. I tend to struggle at times with self-doubt, mild anxiety, and catastrophising about future events that haven't happened yet (and may never happen). What I loved about this book was the focus on not being perfect but instead being you.”


This new year, let these four remarkable books be your companions in the fight against loneliness. Whether you're looking to strengthen your connections with others, immerse yourself in a captivating mystery, empathize with unique characters, or embark on a personal journey towards happiness, these books have you covered. Reading is not only a way to escape into different worlds but also a means to connect with the deeper aspects of yourself. So, pick up one of these titles and let the pages transport you to a place of warmth, companionship, and personal growth.

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