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EU-Startups Christmas Reading List | Top picks for aspiring entrepreneurs

Christmas is right around the corner! The holidays are a lovely time to relax, catch up with family, and, curl up with a good book.

A Christmas book also makes the perfect gift. Capable of inspiring, motivating and capturing attention for hours, here we have curated a list of 10 books that will make the perfect present under the Christmas tree this year.

Including how-to guides, page-turning novels and thought-provoking tales, this list features something for everyone and is best enjoyed with a cup of something festive and fun. If you have any other suggestions, please let us know!

Stolen Focus by Johann Hair

Described by Oprah Winfrey as ‘the book the world needs right now’, this book explores just why our attention spans seem to be getting shorter – and how we can get it back. Travelling from Silicon Valley to Rio and all the way to New Zealand, Johann shares how as individuals and as a society, we need to take back control of our focus.

101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think by Brianna West

This book, written by global phenomenon Brianna Wiest, is a collection of her most popular pieces of writing. From exploring purpose over passion, embracing negative thinkiong and finding wisdom in daily routine, Brianna invites readers to see things with a new perspective – and that might just change your life for the better.

Indistractable by Nir Eyal

Behavioural designer Nir Eyal reveals the hidden psychology behind the focus, attention and attraction in this book. It will give you an unmissable guide in designing your time, reaching your ambitions and having the life that you really want to have. As the world gets more scattered and busy, this book can help you come back to earth, reclaim your attention and regain focus.

HyperFocus by Chris Bailey

As the name might suggest, this book is all about how to manage your attention span – which is arguably your most powerful resource. Going further than just giving some quick tips, Hyperfocus gives a strategy for becoming a more focused individual, looking at how the brain operates and exploring the interplay between scatterfocus and hyperfocus

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before by Dr Julie Smith

Dr Julie Smith has earned herself a massive following on socail media for her tips and tricks to get through life’s ups and downs. Life isn’t easy and challenges can pop up, what’s improtant is how we overcome them. Drawing on her years as a clinical psychologist, Dr Julie’s simple but expert advice and powerful coping techniques will help you stay resilient no matter what life throws your way.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Who doesn’t want to have a miracle morning? This book, which is described as ‘life changing’ by many who read it, shows you how to wake up each day with energy, motivation and focus – the three ingredients to reaching your potential. It explores 6 habits that you can embed into your morning routine every day and could be the positive change you needed.

Hidden Genius By Polina Pompliano

What makes someone exceptional? What makes someone stand out in front of the crowd? The truth is, people aren’t that much different, but the highest performers in this world have perhaps just learned how to unlock their potential. This book aims to help you learn how to do the same, drawing on studies of thousands of successful and influential people. 

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Said to be a fav of Jeff Bezos and even a part of the AWS story, this book won the Booker Prize back in 1989 and is an emotive novel. It explores the story of a  butler, as he recalls the story of his life. It’s about reflection, highlighting the importance of learning from the past and how the tapestry of our life choices weave together. 

Creativity Inc by Ed Catmill 

Written by the co-founder of one of the world’s most well-known brands for creativity and separation – Pixar Animation Studios – this book will help you tap into new levels of originality.  It is, at heart, a book about creativity—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.” It’s an inspiring read and shows the leadership and management philosophy that can protect the creative process, keeping cliche and convention at bay. 

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 

Loved by Melinda Gates, this novel is one to go back to time and time again. Telling the story of Katey Kontent, it exposes how riches can turn to rags, that opportunities need to be taken but approached carefully and the benefit of being ambitious, regardless of what the odds say. Dare to dream and go big, and enjoy this book best served with a comforting drink. 

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Patricia Allen
Patricia Allen
is the Head of Content at EU-Startups. With a background in politics, Patricia has a real passion for how shared ideas across communities and cultures can bring new initiatives and innovations for the future. She spends her time bringing you the latest news and updates of startups across Europe, and curating our social media.

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