12 Books to Help You Chill Out

Feeling like a Grinch this holiday season? Relax with these reads, both helpful and humorous.
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Keep Calm and Carry On

Many have adopted this saying-which originated on a British WWII propaganda poster-as a personal mantra. Refer to this palm-sized book, complete with short quotes ("What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens") and proverbs ("Work is good provided you do not forget to live") from both the famous and anonymous, for a quick motivational boost. Buy it here.

Life’s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn

Need more time for yourself, especially during the holiday grind? Quinn-an HGTV host and "recovering Martha Stewart junkie"-calls for moms (and other mere mortals) to take a step back and stop sweating the small stuff. This witty guide is full of tips and tricks for entertaining, cooking, cleaning and decorating for women who want to juggle it all. Buy it here.

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo

Karbo’s fresh take on the famed designer goes beyond the little black dress to tell a fascinating, lighthearted story about the woman who revolutionized fashion. Steel yourself against tacky Christmas trees and goofy New Year’s glasses with Chanel’s philosophies on passion, money, success, femininity and of course, style. Buy it here.

Screw Calm and Get Angry

Embrace your inner cynic with this antidote to Keep Calm and Carry On, which offers words of (hilariously dark) wisdom. Burnt out from a present-wrapping marathon? We like this motivational gem: "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up!" Buy it here.

Awkward Family Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

And you thought your family was embarrassing…wacky holiday festivities (matching Christmas sweaters, anyone?) won’t seem so silly after taking a quick glance through this photo-heavy homage to tacky togetherness. Based on the popular website of the same name, this book takes a hilarious stroll through the bad hairstyles and fashions of yesteryear. Buy it here.

Please Hug Me I’ve Been Delayed by Jeff Michaels

The next time you hear the five words that Michaels calls the most terrifying in the English language-"your flight has been delayed"-don’t stress. Instead, head straight to your terminal’s bookstore and buy this humorous yet informative read about flying the friendly (or not-so-friendly) skies. Buy it here.

Eat Tweet by Maureen Evans

Evans made waves in the culinary community in October 2007 when she began writing recipes in 140 characters. This pocket-sized book features 1,020 of Evans’ tweets as well as a glossary of abbreviations for easy-to-make appetizers, pastas, desserts and more. Sample tweet from @cookbook: Pomegranate Sashimi: whisk T lem&lime&wtwine&shallot/t zest&pom molasses/cayenne&s+p; +?c olvoil. Top lb sashimigradefish/2T pomseed&parlsy. Buy it here.

The Snuggie Sutra by Lex Friedman and Megan Morrison

The "blanket with sleeves" that you gave as a gag last holiday season is back with a handy how-to for getting it on. For beginners as well as sexperts, The Snuggie Sutra has 85 illustrated ways to turn up the heat while staying warm and cozy. Buy it here.

Walks on the Beach by Sandy Gingras

Gingras’ descriptive writing and bright watercolors almost make you forget that it’s her toes in the sand and not yours. This little book is filled with inspiration about peace, self-discovery and bringing the carefree beach mentality into your home. Buy it here.

Secrets of Gorgeous: Hundreds of Ways to Live Well While Living It Up by Esther Blum

Looking for quick food, drink and beauty tips? Blum’s "clutch-sized accessory" has all the tricks you need to survive a hectic holiday. Check out her easy-to-follow recipes for low-calorie cocktails, curing brittle nails and conquering family reunion-induced headaches. Buy it here.

How to Squeeze a Lemon by Fine Cooking Magazine

Amateur and seasoned chefs alike should keep this reference guide in their kitchens for cooking quandaries. This follow up to How to Break an Egg can guide you through the worst "cake catastrophes" and "brownie blunders." Sample advice: If your peanut butter cookies are too crumbly, you’ve added too much flour. And if your fruit filling tastes sour, you need more sugar. Buy it here.

1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment by Barbara Kipfer

Through thoughtful observations, provoking quotes and meditation tips, Kipfer encourages readers to start smelling the roses. To that, we say, Carpe Diem! Buy it here.

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