With 2019 picking up its pace, you’re probably looking at how you can make this new year a more satisfying experience for yourself. What better way to enjoy 2019 than to start cultivating your own list of to-read books that can enrich your life?

Aside from our own takes on entertainment, health, and lifestyle issues that concern you, the Active Man, we’d like to give you some fresh books to round out your year. Below are a few book recommendations that you can consider to keep your mind sharp with fresh perspectives on life’s different challenges.

The Fitness Mindset by Brian Keane

The Fitness Mindset by Brian Keane (Image Credits: Rethink Press Limited)

Brian Keane’s “The Fitness Mindset” is the perfect book for you if you’re having trouble getting your fitness regimen off the ground. “The Fitness Mindset” is a great reminder that health is a holistic affair. According to Keane, following a workout routine and diet plans and finding your own pattern of healthy eating is just one-half of the equation to a fitter and better you. And his book promises to help you navigate that psychological stop-gap so that you can start working towards fitness with both body and mind.

The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy by Caroline Dooner


The F*ck it Diet by Caroline Dooner (Image Credits: Harper Wave)

Caroline Dooner points out one of the huge problems about dieting: the overwhelming obsessions and fears about food. The fact that food surrounds you should not be a problem worth worrying about to the point of starving yourself to death. Dooner also highlights other health factors that you should be watching out for alongside weight to put food’s role in your life in perspective. The F*ck it Diet” is a great read to help you understand your relationship with food both in the context of health and leisure.

How to Be an Adult in Relationships by David Richo


How to be an Adult in Relationships by David Richo (Image Credits: Penguin Random House / David Richo)

At the start of every relationship, there may be sparks from uncontrolled passions and feelings for one another but a maturing relationship needs more than just the fire. David Richo’s “How to Be an Adult in Relationships” will help you reframe what’s important in your relationships. According to Richo, love is not just a feeling that needs to be maintained, stoked, and kept alive; it is also being present to your partner’s current actions, state of mind, and needs for affection.

Shovel Knight by David L. Craddock


Shovel Knight by David L. Craddock (Image Credits: Boss Fight Books / David L. Craddock)

“Shovel Knight” was an indie video game hit when it released back in 2014 and David L. Craddock explores just how a small video game development studio was able to capture the magic of the past while engaging with gamers amidst a sea of modern triple-A production titles. In an investigation of the game’s history, Craddock opens up about inspiring stories about the challenges that the team of Yacht Club Games had to face to release a video game that stands as a testament to their vision, and a challenge to today’s modern video game development industry.