Looking for inspiration for the New Year? Scroll down for a collection of titles that will motivate you to see your resolution through.
But first, here are five bonus resolutions that require personalized recommendations. Stop by, and a bookseller will help you find a book that fits!
- Read a book about a character who is different from you in some way (e.g. race, gender identity, nationality, etc.)
- Read a book in a genre you've never read before.
- Read a book that will inspire you to take action on an issue that's important to you.
- Read a book by a Vermont author whose work you haven't read before.
- Read a book about an activity you've never done, or an experience you've never had.
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Resolution: CREATE CONNECTIONS
"An important book that explores the ways in which depression and anxiety may be due less to chemical imbalances and more to imbalances in our culture. Hari delves into the consequences of several features of modern lifestyles: a lack of connection to nature, a lack of connection to community, a lack of meaningful work, and so on. Well-researched, well-written, inspiring, and humane, this book is recommended reading for...pretty much everyone."
Resolution: TEACH YOUR DOG A NEW TRICK
"Tricks are such a fun way to keep your dog engaged - especially during these long winter months. This book, by an animal trainer who has worked on the Harry Potter movies and Game of Thrones, is a sweet compendium of tricks with accessible instructions.
Thank you to All Breed Rescue for suggesting Ian Dunbar's and Jane Killion's work!
Resolution: LISTEN MORE, LISTEN BETTER
"It's just about the best book on listening I've ever read. " --Rebecca
"Wonderfully drawn...offers what Taylor — like all of us — needs: the comfort of someone who will just listen, laugh and give a hug.” — New York Times
"[The Rabbit Listened] is a lovely book and a corrective, perhaps, for adults who may forget that quiet attention has its own curative power.” — The Wall Street Journal
Resolution: CONSIDER THE BIG PICTURE
"One of the most fascinating books I've read, this is a great choice for readers interested in history or anthropology, and also for those interested in taking a critical look at whether and why humans are happier than we used to be, and anyone intrigued by the power of story." --Kristen
Resolution: CREATE MEANINGFUL, MEMORABLE, FACE-TO-FACE EXPERIENCES
“We’re more connected than ever. But it doesn’t really feel that way. We talk on the phone less than we used to, but we spend more time in front of screens, or plugged into earbuds. We’re constantly interacting, but not always communicating on a meaningful level. We’re busy, but we’re not often getting a lot done. Priya Parker aims to change that. In her new book The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, Parker sets out to make our lives more productive, and our interactions more meaningful.” —Debbie Millman, Design Matters
Resolution: EXPLORE WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AMERICAN
This provocative, unprecedented anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors—including Alice Walker, Richard Russo, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cunningham, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lee Child—with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Featuring artwork by some of today’s best known artists, cartoonists, and graphic novelists—including Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Marilyn Minter, and Eric Fischl—who cover political, social, and cultural issues, this anthology is a beautiful, enduring collection that will resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.
Resolution: WRITE SOMETHING...ANYTHING!
Need to know how to format your resume for that job application? How do you write a cover letter that will stand out? Wondering how to request a letter of recommendation for graduate school? Trying to craft a get-well note that will really help? How informal is too informal when instant messaging in the office? What do you write on the website for your small business? What should you say in a wedding invitation? Or a divorce announcement?
With over 200 how-to entries and easy-to-use models organized into three comprehensive sections on work, school, and personal life, How to Write Anything covers a wide range of topics that make it an essential guide for the whole family.
Resolution: SEE THE WORLD - OR JUST SEE THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY.
"Why Travel Matters is not a travel book, but a book about travel; an engaging, intelligent and entertaining exploration of why we do it, how we do it, and what it does to us. I've not read anything like it before. Like the act of travelling itself, it shifted my perspective on the world and helped me see familiar terrain in unfamiliar ways."—Nick Hunt, author Where the Wild Winds Are, a 2017 Spectator Book of the Year