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The Perfect Books for Your New Year’s Resolutions

Now that you have your list of New Year’s resolutions, here comes the hard part—actually sticking to them. Luckily, we have a slew of books that will bring guidance and invigoration to your goals and help you achieve them. Read on for our picks!

Books pictured above, from left to right: Yoga 365, The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook, Unplug Every Day, Juice Manifesto


Books to Help You Be Happier

Sure, “be happier” is a bit ubiquitous when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but we know it’s on our minds—a quick Google search for “how to be happier” warrants over 94,800,000 results. These books will help you focus your energy on the good, and give you helpful tips to radiate positivity.

Books to help you be happier

Paths to Happiness: 50 Ways to Add Joy to Your Life Every Day by Edward Hoffman

From positive psychology expert Edward Hoffman, Ph.D., Paths to Happiness is teeming with activities and suggestions (things like painting, power napping, and embracing nostalgia) that have been proven by science to achieve greater joy and fulfillment.

Happiness Is… Series by Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling

When it comes to appreciating the little things, Ralph Lazar and Lisa Swerling illustrate a seemingly endless amount of things to be joyful about. For a daily dose, check out the 2017 calendar, or stick with the classic Happiness Is…500 Things to Be Happy About.

101 Smiles Make a Sunshine: A Happiness Journal by Hannah Rogge

Each time you record a positive moment in 101 Smiles Make a Sunshine, you fold the page and gradually watch the tiny book transform into a paper sculpture—a rising sun—of bright memories.


Books to Help You Cook More at Home

Cooking at home is the easiest way to be healthy and save money, but it doesn’t have to be all plain chicken breasts and steamed broccoli. These books will infuse your cooking with vibrance and flavor, and bring joy and pride to your kitchen.

Books to help you cook more at home

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

The Small Victories cookbook is the bible of home cooking—all of Turshen’s recipes are approachable, multipurpose (she has three spin-offs for each recipe!), and come with a “small victory,” a lesson learned that will bring ease and encouragement to your cooking.

Plenty by Yotom Ottolenghi

If you are looking to incorporate more vegetables into your cooking, look no further than the classic cookbook PlentyComing from the extremely talented Ottolenghi, this book has 120 vegetable dishes based on freshness, seasonality, and exciting flavors.

Best Dressed by Adam Ried and Dawn Yanagihara

If salad is the theme of 2017 for you, don’t sleep on Best Dressed—this cookbook has 25 recipes for dressings, 10 toppings, and 10 composed salads that bring all the elements together perfectly. On top of that, each dressing recipe is paired with suggestions for which greens work best.


Books to Inspire a Healthier You

Sometimes a fresh start is what we need to motivate change, and these books tackle health with a mind-body connection.

Books to help you be healthier

Juice Manifesto by Andrew Cooper

Andrew Cooper’s Juice Manifesto is brimming with easy juices, smoothies, teas, tonics, and nut milks, as well as energizing breakfasts and wholesome snacks—it even has a few cocktail recipes, too!

Eat Pretty Every Day by Jolene Hart

Filled with 365 inspirations for nourishing beauty, Eat Pretty Every Day has it all: nutritional science, seasonal recipes, self-care exercises, and a personal wellness coach in book form.

Yoga 365 by Susanna Harwood Rubin

Find daily wisdom for life on and off the mat. Yoga 365 presents a year’s worth of readings that invite yoga lovers (of every skill level!) to bring the inspiration they experience on their mats into their everyday lives.


Books to Help You Be More Creative

If you’ve been in a creative lull (and who hasn’t?), these books will help add some gusto to your artistic life.

Books to help you be more creative

Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk by Danielle Krysa

Combat that little voice that says “you’re not good enough” each time you pick up your creative tools. Danielle Krysa’s Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk helps deconstruct pivotal moments on the path to success, like the fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, and sharing work with others.

Ladies Drawing Night by Rachael Cole, Leah Goren, and Julia Rothman

Get together with pals and spend an evening making something—Ladies Drawing Night has ten guided art nights, each led by a talented guest artist and themed around a particular topic.

642 Series

If you need a push to get creative, you will undoubtedly find inspiration in the 642 series. Grab any journal in the series and draw, write, paint, or photograph any of the offbeat and clever prompts.


Books to Help You Be More Sustainable

If sustainability isn’t on your 2017 to-do list, it should be! Not only will sustainable practices help our planet, but they will help save you money, too.

Books to help you be more sustainable

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook by Dana Gunders

Did you know that up to 15 to 25 percent of the food you buy is going uneaten? The Waste Free Kitchen Handbook is packed with simple recipes, practical strategies (like how to organize your fridge so that your food lasts longer), and educational infographics to reduce food waste.

Rescued Paper Notebook

The Rescued Paper products are made from paper stocks that would otherwise be discarded—they are sourced from Old Delhi’s Paper Market and misprints and overruns from manufacturers across India. The sheets are folded and bound, so you can take a peek at the paper’s previous life, too.

Upcycle by Rebecca Proctor

In the inspirational and practical book Upcycle, twenty-four international product designers show you how to recreate their upcycled designs. Recycle your way to your very own piece for the home!


A Book to Help You Declutter

Start the year fresh with a clean and organized home. While this seems like a daunting task, you can start small and accomplish big.

Books to help you declutter

The Joy of Less by Francine Jay

Francine Jay pioneered the simple living movement with her self-published bestseller, The Joy of Less. In this fully redesigned and repackaged edition—featuring never-before-seen content—Jay brings her philosophy to more readers who are eager to declutter, starting with a minimalist mindset. Grab a copy of The Joy of Less Journal to turn her minimalist philosophy inward, too.


Books to Read Aloud With Your Child

We know reading to kids is important for their literacy and development (here are a few reasons why, in case you want a refresher)—these books will have you and your little one counting down the minutes until bedtime.

How to Be a Hero by Florence Parry Heide

The witty tale of How to Be a Hero explores how we choose our idols, and leaves it to readers to decide the real nature of heroism.

Planet Kindergarten: 100 Days in Orbit by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Celebrate your child’s 100th day in school with Planet Kindergarten—a clever adventure book about exploring and conquering kindergarten.

Who What Where? by Olivier Tallec

Each page of Who What Where? asks the reader a question about the lineup of characters—sharp eyes and keen observation are necessary! There’s only one right answer, and it’s not always easy.


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Do you feel inspired and ready to tackle those resolutions yet? Try tracking your progress with One Line a Day, a five-year memory book, or Starting Today, a journal of intention and change.

If you didn’t see your resolution here, browse our entire list of inspiring picks here.

What’s one of your resolutions for 2017?

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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