Build a Better Life with Books


by Melleny T.

You may recall from school (or from Goldeneye) that January was named after the Roman god Janus, who had two faces, one looking ahead and the other back. He was the god of choices, doors, beginnings, and endings. This makes perfect sense for January, the doorway between two years, the time of best-of lists from the previous year and resolutions for the next one.

In my opinion, January is two-faced in other ways too. The first of the month is filled with jubilant celebration and hopeful intentions, and then a few short weeks later we have Blue Monday, ostensibly the most depressing day of the year. By this time, the cold weather feels more demoralizing than jolly, you’ve already given up on your resolutions, and to top it all off, those holiday shopping bills are coming due.

But fear not! You don’t have to succumb to the blues this month, because the library has books that can help. We can’t do much about how much money you dropped in December, and we don’t yet have the power to manipulate the weather, but we can get creative. Books can help you better manage your money, travel somewhere warmer, and be smarter about the whole resolution thing in the coming year year.

It’s generally accepted that new year’s resolutions overwhelmingly fail, although not always by Blue Monday. But you still want to take advantage of that fresh start, and you still want 2020 to be better than 2019, so what can you do?

Many people have devised countless alternatives to traditional resolutions and it’s up to you to try out something that works for your personality and lifestyle. You may want to break down the year into smaller monthly challenges.

Perhaps you’ll read just one book each month (or better yet, listen to the audiobook while you commute) that helps you inch toward a better life. To get you started, I’ve gathered together some of the most inspiring, practical, life-improving books I’ve read in the past year, and maybe they can help you too.

Set yourself up for success this year with these library books that will provide a more manageable plan for a better 2020, no matter what area of life you’re looking to improve.

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