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It’s February, as you might have noticed – supposedly the shortest month of the year, but it often feels like the longest. It’s cold, it’s dark, New Year’s resolutions have already fallen apart, and it’s an awfully long way ‘til next Christmas.

Still, it’s not all bad news: creme eggs are already on sale, the nights are getting shorter, and it’s a pretty good time of year for donning a third jumper and settling down to read in the evening. And, on the topic of books, for many people February can actually be a much more sensible and sustainable time to engage with those books that can help improve your life, away from the post-Christmas pressures. So with that in mind, here are three books we’d recommend to inspire you to make the small changes that can actually make the biggest difference this year.

 

1. Thrive by Arianna Huffington. Whatever you think of HuffPo, there’s no denying that Arianna Huffington is one of the most successful businesswomen on the planet, and Thrive is her manifesto. Refreshingly, it doesn’t espouse getting up at 3am to check emails or eating only maca powder to fuel your inhuman working days. Rather, it’s a personal and thoughtful look at what it means to be a working woman: what works, what doesn’t, and what we really, really need to change.

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2. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. Alongside having the best pastries on the planet and being the inventors of Lego, Denmark has long been officially ranked as the happiest country in the world. In this book, Helen Russell – stressed-out Londoner, happiness sceptic and very funny author – sets out to discover the reasons. I won’t spoil it, but with the exception of having a special Viking gene, most of the solutions are easier to implement than you’d think.

The Year of Living Danishly

3. Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. All right, so technically this one isn’t out until March, but it’s the big one – what good are all those life-changing techniques if you don’t actually do them on a regular basis? Gretchen is a passionate, friendly and meticulously researched guide to how to build habits into your daily existence and make real changes happen – thanks to her techniques I now go to bed an hour earlier and get up in time to eat breakfast, which I’m pretty sure are the first steps to taking over the world.

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So, it’s time to come out of hibernation and get reading. Which books have inspired you to make changes? Why not visit our Facebook page and let us know? facebook.com/TwoRoadsBooks

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It’s day 3 of our #Road2Christmas campaign and once again we’re looking at an upcoming 2015 Two Roads title.

Coming in March next year, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives is the perfect guide to living a more fulfilled life.

Let Gretchen RubinNew York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier At Home, show you how you can harness the extraordinary power of habits to revolutionise your daily life.

Find out more here on our website, or visit Gretchen’s website at gretchenrubin.com.

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THE ROAD TO CHRISTMAS

#Road2Christmas

Every day we’ll share a piece of festive news to keep you going in these cold, dark, often madly-busy pre-Christmas days, may that be a list of our favourite books from 2014 or authors and ideas we’re excited to be publishing in the new year; or even our authors and colleagues’ favourite holiday reads.

Visit our Facebook page (facebook.com/TwoRoadsBooks) and follow us on Twitter (Lisa as @TwoRoadsBooks, Fede as @Due_Strade) to get involved!

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our blog’s new weekly digest of all things Two Roads! Every Monday morning we bring you the latest updates on our books, authors, events and giveaways.

It’s our own little way of helping you begin each new week with a spring in your step and a positive attitude. Hey: if it doesn’t work there’s always coffee!

Here we go…

 

WEBSITE REFRESH

Our new home page is live! Go to www.tworoadsbooks.com to see a list of upcoming titles and see an updated take on our mantra: stories… voices… places… lives…

Stay tuned for even more changes…

 

FORTHCOMING BOOKS FROM TWO ROADS

Our publishing schedule for the next few months is filled with loads of great books and we want you to be constantly up-to-date with the latest news. So, in strict order of publication:

 

The Stockholm Octavo (out in paperback on February 14th)

The paperbacks have arrived in the Two Roads office and they look fantastic! TCPalm.com run an in-depth Q&A with Karen with some fascinating questions including Karen’s pick for main actor in a film adaptation of her book (we’ll give you a hint: he’s blond, charming and Canadian). Read more here.

 

Doodlemum (out on February 28th)

We are gearing up for the pub date of Doodlemum’s first book. Do check her blog and her Facebook page to see why we are so excited about this celebration of family life in drawings. Here’s an example that pretty much sums up how we all feel during those long, bleak, winter evenings (the message is simple: hug someone!)

 

Until I Say Good-Bye (out on March 14th)

We have just added this beautiful (and definitely emotional) video of Susan and her husband talking about her book on her page: it really captures the essence of Until I Say Good-Bye, and the joy that transpires from every single page of the book. Susan updates her Facebook page herself: have a look and share the journey of this incredible woman. There’s also a great website with more info on the book, pictures and posts from Susan.

 

Island Wife (out March 28th)

Advance praise for the book keep pouring in so keep coming back to her page for more info. And if you’ve always wondered what life on a remote island might be like read Judy’s take on it here.

 

Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (out April 11th)

Many, many different events lined up in the coming months taking full advantage of the Gatsby-mania spurred by the release of the Baz Luhrmann film. Take a sneak peek at the film costumes designed by Miuccia Prada or book your tickets for the stage adaptation coming to Wilton’s Music Hall in London at the end of February.

Also, Sam Baker, editor of RED, tweeted about Z last week (excitement is building already!)

 

The Still Point of the Turning World (out April 11th)

The website page is live and includes wonderful quotes from the likes of Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, and Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story. Have a look!

 

TWO ROADS AUTHORS NEWS

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Gretchen keeps making the headlines. She was part of a recent New York Times profile on self-help authors and she is now in her 98th straight week on the NYT bestseller list.

 

TWO ROADS BIRTHDAY!!

Two Roads is turning 2 this month! We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with you, the readers who make all of this possible, and we will give you more details on a big (no, really: BIG) giveaway we are planning very soon. So keep coming back for more..

That’s all folks for this issue of the Two Roads Monday Blues Remedy.

Have a great week!

 

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