These Book Recommendations Will Kick Start Your New Years Resolutions

Published on January 14, 2019

It’s that time of year again, when an unrealistic list of goals pushes you to keep going despite the fact that it’s the worst month of the year. The cold weather makes it hard to want to go anywhere, and the lack of sunlight fuels that seasonal depression better than coffee fuels your day. The only thing that’s going to keep you on track for making those goals happen is a pile of books to inspire you. Below we’ve compiled a list of book recommendations to kick start your new year’s resolutions, in no particular order.

You Are A Badass At Making Money – Jen Sincero

It’s a crowd favorite for a reason. The second installment to the “You Are A Badass” series hones in and focuses on one thing; making money. You Are a Badass at Making Money will teach you how to slow down and focus on what it is you really want out of your financial life. It helps you recognize how to reach your goals—whether that be in your career, finances or otherwise—without obsessing about how you’re going to get there. Though, if you’re simply looking for a book that will help you kick yourself into gear with your finances, The Financial Diet is a pretty good ‘How-To’ guide.

So You Want To Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo

It’s a book that should be required reading for everyone, especially today. In “So You Want to Talk About Race,” author Ijeoma Oluo provides a basic understanding of the racial and class inequalities that are plaguing America (or simply the world?) today. Leaving no room for ambiguity, Oluo opens up a discourse about privilege and intersectionality that, to put it bluntly, even the most arrogant of white people can understand. I’m not going to say “this book is for people who are interested in understanding the deeply complex system of oppression,” because this book is for everyone trying to understand their place in the world.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck – Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck is an alternative way to approaching life. If you’re not into constant positivity (let’s be realistic, who is?) you’re not a lost cause. Author and Blogger Mark Manson paves the way to living a meaningful life in this book. The book is a good guide to helping discover a new way to look at life, even if it isn’t always pretty. This is a great book for anyone feeling frustrated in their life or career with no idea where to start in making a change.

Astrophysics For People In A Hurry – Neil Degrasse Tyson

So you want to learn more this year, but you want to do it in a digestible way that you can do on your own time? Neil deGrasse Tyson outlines the history of space and time in a book you can read on the train home from work. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is the intro to science and natural history that will spark your interest in deeper topics.

The World’s Strongest Librarian – Josh Hanagarne

While it may be an older book, The World’s Strongest Librarian is an inspiring memoir that provides a subtle reminder that no hurdle is too great. From dealing with a loss of religious faith, treating tourette’s syndrome, or even gaining an appreciation for fitness, author Josh Hanagarne captures his audience in this beautifully crafted story about creating a life that is good for you, no matter where you come from or what you have to overcome.


Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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