This Year I Will … Resolutions for the New Year

On The Point with Mindy Todd this morning we discussed books that might inspire you to set a few resolutions for the New Year, or make you decide that there was no need to make a resolution. As Virginia Woolf wrote in her diary on Friday, January 2nd, 1931: “Then — well the chief resolution is the most important — not to make resolutions. Sometimes to read, sometimes not to read. To go out yes — but stay at home instead of being asked. As for clothes, I think to buy good ones.” Vicky Titcomb, of Titcomb’s Bookshop joined us for this show. The show was pre-recorded, so if you would like to share any of your favorite books on New Year’s Resolutions, please leave a comment and we will add it to the list!

Vicky’s Picks

The Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Make Your Bed: little things that can change your life … and maybe the world by Admiral William H. McRaven

George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

Forks Over Knives — the cookbook: over 300 recipes for plant-based eating all through the year by Del Sroufe

Gmorning, gnight!: little pep talks for you and me by Lin-Manuel Miranda; illustrations by Johnny Sun

Wherever You Go, There You Are: mindfulness meditation in everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 minutes a day to less stress, more peace by Dr. Patrizia Collard

TBC30: 6 steps to a stronger, healthier you by Michael Wood

The Yoga Deck by Olivia H. Miller

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: a life-changing list by James Mustich

What Good Should I Do This Day?: a journal inspired by Benjamin Franklin

Jill’s Picks

The Diary of Virginia Woolf, Volume Four, 1931 – 1935. Letter from Friday, January 2nd, 1931.

How to Be a Better Person by Kate Hanley

Almost Everything: Notes on Hope by Anne Lamont, particularly chapter eleven, “Food.”

Food & Life by Joël Robuchon and Dr. Nadia Volf

Letters of Wallace Stevens selected and edited by Holly Stevens. See journal entry for December 31, 1900.

The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker

The Year of Reading Dangerously: how fifty great books (and two not-so-great ones) saved my life by Andy Miller

A Calendar of Wisdom: daily thoughts to nourish the soul Written and selected from the world’s sacred texts by Leo Tolstoy

This Year I Will: how to finally change a habit, keep a resolution, or make a dream come true by M. J. Ryan

Selected Letters of Dylan Thomas, edited and with commentary by Constantine Fitzgibbon.  See the letter of 25 December 1933.


Listener Picks (We weren’t live, but we still have some listener suggestions!)

You Are a Bad Ass: how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life by Jen Sincero



Self-Help Dewey Numbers  To Use When In Your Public Library …

Aging and Longevity 155.6719
Anger 152.47
Anxiety 152.46
Assertiveness 158
Codependency 155.9
Empathy 152.41
Emotions 152.4
Fear 152.46
Forgiveness 155.92; 179.9
Grief 155.937
Habit Breaking 158.1
Left and Right Handedness 152.335
Meditation 158.12
Memory 153.12
Perfectionism 158.1
Rejection 158.2
Relationships 158.24
Relaxation Exercises 155.9042, 158.12
Self-Acceptance 158
Self-Esteem 158.1
Self-Help Techniques 155.264
Self-Hypnosis 154.7
Stress Management 155.9042
Time Management 158.1
Worry 158.1

2 comments on “This Year I Will … Resolutions for the New Year

  1. Marissa says:

    You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero gave me some great perspective. I read it just before I interviewed for (and landed!) a new job last March.

    1. Jill Erickson says:

      Thanks so much for the suggestion Marissa! We’ll add your title suggestion to our list. And congratulations on the new job!

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