Books to Read In the New Year

Remember, new year’s resolutions — or as I’m calling them, new year’s intentions — don’t have to be specific tasks to accomplish, like always keeping your room clean or cutting out dairy. And sure, if those types of goals work for you, more power to you. But new year’s intentions can also include things like focusing more on friendships, making regular gratitude lists, or even making a commitment to volunteer.

Whatever it is, take a look at a few of these books, and make room for the best kind of inspiration to keep you committed to your goals as we move into 2018.

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Here are some recommended books in the Southfield Public Library catalog with commentary by the article’s writer. If you don’t see a copy available, contact a librarian to place an item on hold for you!

For Anyone Who Wants to Overcome Self-Doubt
You Are a Badass
Jen Sincero
After I saw this book in my roommate's bedroom, I will admit, I actually laughed out loud. And then I read it myself, and found out he was totally onto something.
The philosophy behind this book is plain and simple: You can do what you want, and part of that is about banishing self-doubt.
Yes, there are absolutely some cringeworthy moments in all self-help books, but there's no denying that you can pick up some pretty good pointers on getting sh*t done and moving forward from this captivating read.

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For Anyone Who's Down to Dismantle the Patriarchy
We Should All be Feminists
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
If you aren't familiar with this book, get excited, because it's pretty much considered a modern classic.
The book is an adaptation of author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk, and reading it just might keep you inspired to stick to the collective resolution of dismantling the patriarchy in 2018, especially on days when it feels like the feat is next to impossible.

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For Those Who Want to Cultivate Truly Healthy Habits
Better Than Before
Rubin, Gretchen
As my therapist says, habits are one of the most powerful tools we have, for better or for worse.
Gretchen Rubin, who also wrote The Happiness Project, writes about this very true phenomenon, and how you can go about "mastering" your habits to better support the kind of life you want.

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For Those Who Want to Meditate, But Don't Know Where to Start
The Miracle of Mindfulness
Ńhât Hạnh, Thích & trans. by Ho, Mobi
If you've been trying to incorporate a daily meditation practice into your routine, or even if you're just thinking about it, you've likely come to find it's easier said than done.
So, read a guidebook on it! Learn about mindfulness techniques that will get you to that place of calm, so you can feel more energized, productive, and at peace in the new year.

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For Those Who Need a Little Inspiration
Amazing Peace
Angelou, Maya
Maya Angelou is one of those rare artists and activists who seems like she was sent to us from a different planet to experience Earth and then explain it to everyone else. She writes about race, love, being a black woman in America, family, motherhood, and peace, among other fascinating topics.
This is a beautiful poem about peace, one that Angelou read at the White House Christmas tree lighting in 2005 during the Bush administration.
Angelou writes,
We look at each other, then into ourselves /
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation. /
Peace, My Brother. /
Peace, My Sister. /
Peace, My Soul.

Let Angelou's beautiful words open your heart and mind during the holiday season, and carry those feelings over into the new year. Use her words as inspiration to continue with your resolutions, no matter what obstacles may come your way.

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For Those Who Always Say "No", but Want to Say "Yes"
Year of Yes
Rhimes, Shonda
Hollywood powerhouse Shonda Rhimes spent a year of her life saying "yes" to every opportunity that came her way. It's one of those life-changing habits for those of us more inclined to say "no thanks, maybe next time."
Rhimes opens up in this book about being someone who once hated public appearances, and wasn't too keen on doing new things, despite all she had accomplished in her life, both personal and professional.

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