As the Christmas-glitter dust settles, it’s time to begin considering what your new year’s resolutions might be and how to accomplish your new goals. These books will help you set and keep your resolutions. 

Goal Setting

How to make necessary changes in your life to accomplish your goals

Happier Hour: How To Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus On What Matters Most

By Cassie Holmes
Adult Nonfiction

Accomplish more in the time you have but also enjoy the experiences your life brings you: this book explores effective time management with the goal of finding more happiness in your life. 

Brain Makeover: A Weekly Guide To A Happier, Healthier, and More Abundant Life

By Phillis Ginsberg
Adult Nonfiction

This book helps you change your thought patterns in order to banish bad habits and create new experiences. 

Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done

By Charlie Gilkey
Adult Nonfiction

Often we get stuck not with picking what to work on but in the work of actually making the change. Charlie Gilkey’s book helps you pinpoint the impediments to your progress and how to overcome them. 

Healthier Body

Weight loss, exercise, mental health and all the ways we work to improve our bodies. 

You Can’t Screw This Up : Why Eating Takeout, Enjoying Dessert, and Taking The Stress Out of Dieting Leads to Weight Loss That Lasts

By Adam Borstein
Adult Nonfiction

Adam Borstein, the health editor for Men’s Health Magazine, describes a no-nonsense, science-based approach to weight loss with humor and grace. By focusing on a few specific concepts, the process helps you create lifelong changes to your eating habits. 

Built To Move: The Ten Essential Habits To Help You Move Freely and Live Fully

By Kelly Starrett
Adult Nonfiction

Focusing on mobility—the combination of strength and flexibility—this book looks at ten basic body motions that, when practiced consistently, build a strong base for all types of exercise.

The Origins Of You : How Breaking Family Patterns Can Liberate The Way We Live and Love

By Vienna Pharaon
Adult Nonfiction

Licensed therapist Vienna Pharaon explores how the experiences you had in your family of origin while growing up influence your adult behaviors, and how you can break the patterns that have negatively affected you. 

Physical Environment 

Remodeling, reorganizing, and the myriad other ways we can improve the spaces we live in

The Clutter Fix: The No-Fail, Stress-Free Guide To Organizing Your Home

By Shannon Acheson
Adult Nonfiction

What family routines are disrupted by clutter? How might a better-organized home impact you and your children? What small steps can you take right now? This approachable book makes the monumental task of organizing your living space feel manageable and even, maybe, fun!

The Creative Gardener

By Adam Frost
Adult Nonfiction

The depths of winter is the perfect time to start planning new, creative uses for your outdoor space. Focusing on how small projects, plantings, and changes can have big impacts, this book will help you see your garden’s beautiful potential. 

109 Best Weekend Projects

By Adam Frost
Adult Nonfiction

Pick a problematic space in your home and chances are this book has a solution. The projects are designed to be completed in just a few days, keeping you from becoming overwhelmed so you can actually get things finished. 

Interests and Passions 

Hobbies, life goals, gaining knowledge, developing skills, and the other activities we do that bring happiness and fulfillment to our lives

The Real Work: On the Mystery of Mastery

By Adam Gopnik
Adult Nonfiction

Using a wide range of crafts and skills, Gopnik explains the process of building “mastery,” which is the ability to do our chosen hobby well. No matter what you love to do, this book will inspire you to do it better.

Written: How to Keep Writing and Build a Habit

By Bec Evans
Adult Nonfiction

If you are passionate about writing, you know that persistence is required. Bec Evans’s book helps you create an approach to fitting writing time into your life so that you can continue making progress. 

Knitting for Radical Self Care: A Modern Guide

By Brandi Cheyenne Harper
Adult Nonfiction

Built on the concept that what we make is a vital part of who we are, this book encourages knitters to embrace their identities as makers. Even if you don’t knit, but especially if you do, you’ll find all sorts of crafty and emotional inspiration here. 


Building stronger relationships with the people we love (or are struggling to like!)

The 8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go

By Jay Shetty
Adult Nonfiction

Working through all phases of romantic relationships, this book illustrates the way that love is more than an ephemeral feeling, but a process of actions.

Calm the Chaos: A Fail-Proof Road Map For Parenting Even the Most Challenging Kids

By Dayna Abraham
Adult Nonfiction

If your kids ever frustrate you, try this book. It offers five different ways to structure your interactions with your kids that will help you create healthy (and less frustrating!) experiences within your family.

How To Work With (Almost) Anyone : Five Questions For Building The Best Possible Relationships

By Michael Bungay Stanier
Adult Nonfiction

We spend a huge amount of our adult lives at work, so improving our relationship with our coworkers is vital. This book specifically focuses on how to understand and better work with the people we struggle to interact with. 

Written by Amy S. (Outreach)