The new year is an opportunity for us to improve and begin writing a new chapter — or reading one! Maybe your new year’s resolution is to be more organized, live healthier and happier or maybe even read more. Whatever goals you set, the library is here to help you out. From inspiring wintery fiction, to motivational memoirs and self-help books, here are some of the best reads for January.
- “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
This January, escape into the black and white dystopian world of the Giver and remember the importance of individuality and being yourself. The seemingly perfect society becomes more and more bleak as the protagonist Jonas begins to gain memories from humanity, changing him entirely. Between some of the main memories Jonas gains and the rich themes of this novel, this an awesome new year’s read or check out the 2014 film adaptation.
- “The Winter’s Tale” by Mark Helprin
Rooted in fantasy, Helprin’s novel takes place in the midst of a New York winter and follows the love story of the Irish burglar Peter Lake and Beverly Penn, an heiress dying of consumption. “The Winter’s Tale” displays a magic found in love and winter, one strong enough to halt time and bring back the dead. Check out the 2014 movie version for more magic!
- “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
Narrated by Death, the story follows Liesel Meminger and her upbringing in Nazi Germany. Witnessing the horrors happening around her, Liesel learns to read from her caring foster parents, which inspires her to not only steal books banned by the Nazis but also allows her to begin writing her own story. Showcasing the power of literacy and kindness, this is a beautiful and inspirational read (or movie) for the new year.
- “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
After losing his mother and nearly being killed, 13-year-old Theodore Decker takes a small Dutch Golden Age painting called “The Goldfinch” from the wreckage of an explosion. He keeps it with him as a constant reminder of hope as he grows up and enters a world of crime. With settings in frosty New York and themes centering around self-reflection, Tartt’s novel is a great January read.
- “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London
Calling California home, a St. Bernard mix named Buck is taken to be used as a sled dog in the harsh environment of Yukon, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush. Fighting to survive, Buck is pushed to his max, learns his true abilities and becomes a great leader while mastering the wintery northern lands. We can’t wait for the newest film version, starring Harrison Ford, to hit theaters next month!
- “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson
Author and blogger Mark Manson takes a new approach to fulfillment. With blunt honesty (with a little profanity) Manson counters the traditional self-help book approach and emphasizes that life’s difficulties are what give it more meaning. For those ready for a new way of thinking in 2020, this is the perfect read.
- “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne
Based on the movie of the same name, Byrne explains the belief of the law of attraction which makes the claim that thoughts can change a person’s life. As one of the most popular self-help books, even more than a decade after its publication, “The Secret” is a great January check out.
- “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis
Partially memoir, Bible quotes, life tips and real girl talk, Hollis’ book conveys the message that we as individuals are responsible for how happy we allow ourselves to be. Tackling “lies” and misconceptions about ourselves as women, this book pushes you to redefine your limits. Read “Girl, Wash Your Face” for the new year and follow up with “Girl, Stop Apologizing” when you need a boost.
- “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom
On a chilly Tuesday, snuggle up with one of the most beloved memoirs in literature, “Tuesdays with Morrie.” Mitch Albom recounts days spent with his former professor, Morrie, in the final days of Morrie’s life. Morrie teaches Mitch crucial lessons about life and living, making this heartfelt book great for the start of 2020.
- Organizing – “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo
Is one of your new year’s resolutions to become more organized? Japanese cleaning consultant, Marie Kondo, walks readers through her own system, KonMari, of decluttering. Through her guidance, she promises not only lasting results but a new way of thinking when it comes to cleaning and organizing. After reading, you can binge her Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” while you clean!
- Weightloss – “Hunger” by Roxane Gay
This is not a typical weightloss self-help book. Instead, this is a powerful memoir that will change your perception of weight gain and how we view weight in our society. Gay explains the trauma she experienced and how it shaped her relationship to her body and food. While this is not a step-by-step guide to losing weight, the complexities and insights are definitely motivational.
- Work – “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss
Ready to escape the workaholic lifestyle in the new year? Or maybe you just need some tips on how to maximize your time off. As one of the most popular work self-help books, Ferriss is here to help you become rich in a new way!
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