Five Books You Should Read in 2018


Welcome to the New Year!

If you’ve resolved to do some more reading in 2018 I have a helping hand to lend.  I read most of these books over the course of 2017 and found them insightful, inspiring and very educational. Here are my top picks for the books you should read in 2018!

1. How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger

This book has probably taught me more about nutrition than any other book I’ve read. In the first half of his book, Dr. Greger takes us, chapter by chapter, through the 15 leading causes of death and discusses the top evidence based research on preventing them. With chapters on heart disease, diabetes, various cancers, liver disease and hypertension, this book is a must read. The second half of the book discusses the ideal diet for preventing a myriad of diseases. And said diet is a lot simpler than you might expect. I first borrowed this book from my local library but soon purchased a hard copy to keep for reference! All of the proceeds from Dr. Greger’s books go straight to charity. A great read and a great gift for those you care about.

2.  Everything that Remains by The Minimalists 

If you’re looking to simplify your life this year, this story might just be the inspiration you need. Going from the self-described “suit and tie corporate guys” to a life of minimalism inspired The Minimalists‘ memoir “Everything that Remains”. It is an easy read that you will swallow up in two or three days, this was one of my favourite books of the year.

3. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II

The China Study details what has been called the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted. The findings of this twenty year study across China are eye opening. It will undoubtably change the way you eat forever.

4. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo 

I was probably a little late to the game in embracing this best-seller, having only gotten round to reading it in 2017. The ultimate spring-cleaning book, this will motivate you beyond belief to get rid of your junk and simplify your space. I think I’ll re-read it myself!

5. The Good Gut by Justin and Erica Sonnenburg

If you’re interested in learning more about whats been dubbed our “second brain” then this is the book for you. Justin and Erica Sonnenburg’s cutting edge research into our microbiome is incredible. While such research is only in its infancy, the discoveries outlined in their book are well worth knowing about. Not only do they take the reader through the leading research conducted at Stanford University’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, they also discuss the implications of their discoveries for our own gut microbiota. They share their advice on how to eat to feed your microbiota and even include some gut-friendly recipes at the back.


I highly suggest you join your local library this January and make the most of it this year. I’d love to hear your suggestions for books to read in 2018 or your thoughts on any of the above if you have read them!

Happy New Year,

The Clean Coconut x


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