Top 10 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year Resolutions

Ah, it’s that time of the year again…the beginning; where everything is new, fresh and—most encouragingly—possible. But in addition to this year’s renewed chance for novel experiences, 2017 brings with it the daunting (but worthwhile!) task of resolving to do things just a little bit differently this time around the sun. However, since you’re wonderful just the way you are, Savvy Readers, let’s resolve not for new selves, but for new starts. Whether you’ve vowed to eat well and be active, find your courage when it matters most, be the boss of your own life or simply up your reading game, Savvy Reader’s got you covered. 


Here are our picks for the top ten books to help you achieve your new year’s resolutions:

If you’ve resolved to… have the courage to leave your comfort zone:

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The Escapist by Gabriel Filippi

There’s nothing quite like the perspective gleaned from another’s trials to help you re-evaluate the feats that lie before you. The Escapist is a story about human perseverance and triumph in the pursuit of one man’s dreams that helps to explain why some people will never give up on trying to climb to the top of the world. Whatever your mountain may be this year, The Escapist will remind you to scale it with both bravery and heart. 

If you’ve resolved to… get holistic about your health:

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The Longevity Book by Cameron Diaz

Who said that you can’t have it all? Too often, we feel as though we have to choose between finding the time to be healthy and finding the time to be productive. However, prioritizing your body’s wellness in order to live both a long and fulfilling life is possible (and important!)—let the charismatic, well-informed voice of Cameron Diaz show you how. 

If you’ve resolved to… be mentally stronger (by “getting real”):

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Holding onto optimism is an indispensable feat in the face of today’s (too often negative) world. Sometimes, however, we’re due for a healthy dose of realism and the unsavory work of, according to Mark Manson, “cutting the crap”. Looking on the bright side—when, really, you just want to get to the real side—can be more taxing than it is hopeful. The refreshingly blunt voice of Mark Manson in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck will, not so subtly, reveal to you the freedom to be found in the thought that “improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better”.   

 If you’ve resolved to… be empowered—not discouraged—by singledom:

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CEO of Everything by Gail Vaz-Oxlade and Victoria Ryce

Did you know that single women make up more than half the population of Canadian women?! If that’s you, consider this: single doesn’t have to suck. Gail and Victoria are here to guide you through topics that form the new land of singleness, so you can #ownit and be empowered (not discouraged). After reading this book, you’ll know what’s urgent, what’s important, and what you can afford to let go unattended financially. The authors’ motto? Baby, you may be strong, but nobody can do it ALL.

If you’ve resolved to… find (and create!) your own happiness:

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The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Do you think you can change your life, without changing your life? Gretchen did. Lucky for you, she’s test-driven the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and lessons from popular culture to discover how to be happier. If you haven’t already found your inspiration, Gretchen’s story will surely be what inspires you to start your own happiness project. 

If you’ve resolved to… do a post-holiday detox (for real, this time):

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Hot Detox by Julie Daniluk

Did you know… warming food and drink can dramatically increase the digestibility of a meal and the absorption of vital nutrients? Or that using culinary herbs in your cooking can kill yeast and negative bacteria that may be the cause of bloating and indigestion!? Julie Daniluk is here to help you spark your digestion and safely cleanse your body through soothing cooking techniques and scientific rigor. Hot Detox will definitely help you keep that post-holiday detox goal. For real. Seriously. 

If you’ve resolved to… soul-search through travel:

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The Great Global Bucket List by Robin Esrock

Need something to inspire you to actually book that plane ticket? Check out Robin Esrock‘s Great Global Bucket List for one-of-a-kind, bucket list-worthy experiences. Full of unique adventures, fascinating history, cultural spectacles, natural wonders… the list goes on… this book will introduce the experiences you’ll be dreaming (and then talking – seriously, book that ticket!!) about for many years to come. 

If you’ve resolved to… make more time for family:

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper & Gloria Vanderbilt

A son’s love letter to his mother and an unconventional mom’s life lessons for her grown son will no doubt make you want to spend more time with your family. And it’ll give you some inspirational advice along the way including the constant reminder that precious insight needs to be shared, no matter your age. 

If you’ve resolved to… be a “girl boss”:

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Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

The title says it all, really, but this part manual, part manifesto book from Jessica Bennett provides real-life career advice (and humorous reinforcement of course!) for how to become a girl boss. Trust us, you NEED this book.

If you’ve resolved to… read diverse authors:

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

This important story cannot be missed, and neither should all of the other diverse books and authors out there. To start your diverse reading list, add Hidden Figures to your #50BookPledge shelf. This story is about the American Dream and the true untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race. Important. Important. Important. Keep your resolution to read diverse authors, and start with this one!

So Savvy Readers, what IS your new years resolution anyway? And which book(s) are you using to help you keep or meet them!? Let us know on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below!


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