Need some literature to help back up your new year’s resolutions? No worries! Whether you want to eat better, get your finances in order, or maintain a more positive mindset, there are plenty of books to help you stay on track. These books will help you keep your resolutions and kick off 2016 in the best way possible. They are the literary equivalent of Hoppin’ John.
This is the best time of year to make big changes, so if you want to work out like a power lifter or just get your house clean and organized for good, these books can help you reach your goals. And if you’d just like to see how others react to the world, there’s memoir and fiction works for you, too. These reads can improve your environment, diet, and even imagination. In other words, there’s something for everyone.
Long after the champagne has been savored and the fireworks have faded, these books will keep helping you. Maybe this can make your 2016 the best year ever. (Or at least better than expected). Whatever the case, reading is the best way to ring in the new year, and these reads are guaranteed to make your January a little brighter.
1. For Healthier Eating
If one of your resolutions is to eat more whole foods, Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger may be a great resource. With recipes for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike, you're certain to find some meals that suit your lifestyle (and taste damn good.)
2. For Finding Your Strength
Want to tone up outside the gym? The 100 No-Equipment Workouts by Neila Rey can help you get fit anywhere. You can shake up your workouts and personalize a routine for your own fitness goals.
3. For Better Finances
If you're eager to get your personal finances in check, Cary Siegel's Why Didn't They Teach Me This in School? provides information about money management in an easy-to-read format. It's never too late to learn more about the money game.
4. For Cleaning Up
Kimberly Rae Miller's Coming Clean chronicles her memories of growing up with a hoarder. She details her complicated relationship with her parents from a position of love and understanding.
5. For Starting Fresh
Kate Atkinson's novel Life After Life presents the story of Ursula Todd, who dies — and is born — in an unending loop of lives throughout the narrative. This profound novel is a great pick for the new year, when it's common to think about new beginnings (although Ursula takes this idea to the nth degree!).
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