It’s time to start thinking of New Year’s Resolutions for 2020!  Here are some books to help you on your journey to a new you!

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The novel cure: from abandoment to zestlessness : 751 books to cure what ails you by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

Organized by ailment, a guide to the transformative and healing power of a good read includes book recommendations for those suffering from a range of ills including agoraphobia, boredom, and cowardice.

1,000 books to read before you die: a life-changing list by James Mustich

Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend.

What to read and why by Francine Prose

In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Inspiring and illuminating, What to Read and Why includes selections culled from Prose’s previous essays, reviews, and introductions, combined with new, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, on works by masters of the short story, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus. Prose considers why the works of literary masters such as Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Jane Austen have endured, and shares intriguing insights about modern authors whose words stimulate our minds and enlarge our lives, including Roberto Bolaño, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jennifer Egan, and Mohsin Hamid.


Road trips:  A guide to travel, adventure, and finding your own path by Jen C.K. Jacobs

Road Trips is the perfect guide to inspire a life of travel. Enrich your life, deepen your relationships, and discover the world around you—it’s all just a road trip away.

The solo travel handbook: practical tips and inspiration for a safe, fun, and fearless trip by Sarah Reid

Don’t let the idea of travelling alone stop you from living out your dreams. Packed with tips and advice for before and during your travels, The Solo Travel Handbook gives you the confidence and know-how to explore the world on your own, whether you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or short city break. Developed with Lonely Planet’s expert travel writers, it explains how and why individual travel is such a valuable and rewarding experience.

Travel with a Purpose:  A field guide to voluntourism by Jeff Blumenfeld

You don’t need to be wealthy to travel to foreign lands to volunteer; you may not even have to go to foreign lands, as opportunities may exist within your own state. Blumenfeld shows readers how to identify the right location and volunteer situation, how to go about planning trips and preparing for activities, how to reach out, how to help. Through vivid examples and first hand stories from both recipients of volunteer work and the volunteers themselves, Travel with Purpose may make you rethink your next vacation.

Save Money

Bad with Money by Gabby Dunn

Millennial money makeover: escape debt, save for your future, and live the rich life now by Conor Richardson

A financial guide for the American millennial. A relatable, easy-to-read, sequential, and comprehensive approach to paying off debt, building an automated savings system, buying life’s early stage big purchases, and teaching readers how to live the true millionaire lifestyle

You need a budget:  the proven system for breaking the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle, getting out of debt, and living the life you want by Jesse Mecham

A guide based on the tenets of the “You Need a Budget” financial platform argues that a well-planned budget can help to prioritize financial goals, reduce stress through strategic cash flow allocations, and meet the challenges of unplanned expenses.

Learn to Cook

Dinner for everyone:  100 iconic dishes made 3 ways — easy, vegan, or perfect for company by Mark Bittman

Secrets of great second meals: flexible modern recipes that value time and limit waste by Sara Dickerman

The super easy 5-ingredient cookbook: 30-minute, sheet pan, one pot, no-cook recipes by Sarah Walker Caron