Resolutions 101: Read More
A new year, a new you. Or maybe that is what you are telling yourself. Don’t worry, a lot of us are telling ourselves the same thing, but please remember you are already a pretty spectacular version of yourself. Maybe you have your resolutions all written down and ready to go. Perhaps you are a few days tardy for the party and have no idea what you should change and have come here to have me tell you what to do, in which case you are coming to the wrong source because I'm just winging it through life.
I’m not so good with the advice, but you’re here, and I don’t want to leave you empty-handed. Just as so many people are rushing to the gym to exercise their bodies and pump some iron, you can be rushing to the mental gym a.k.a. the library. New year, new you, new objectives, new brain food (words).
A lot of us fail at resolutions because we don’t know where to begin or we are too afraid. This is simple though guys; it’s reading. It’s a piece of cake, but the most daunting part is picking out a book. Where do you start? What genre would be best for you? Well, I have an extensive list of books from my personal library that I will always recommend especially for 2017. In fact, let's make this a thing. The Sparkley Ass Bitch reading club has officially been born with that last sentence. CONGRATULATIONS! ITS A GIRL. Or a boy? It's really a book. Several books in fact. Hmm, I may have not thought this through. Well instead of a book club how about a reading challenge. I challenge you to read a book a month in 2017 so that you complete your resolution to read more.
January - How to Be a Leader by Martin Bjergegaard & Cosmina Popa
An inspiring little book that focuses on simple steps to become a better leader that comes naturally to you by pursuing your passions and being a good person at the end of the day.
February - Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
A funny book by the fantastic Jenny Larson on depression, and yes I just used the words “funny” and “depression in the same sentence. Twice.
March - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo’s philosophy and instructions on being a tidier you, from your physical surroundings to mental awareness (if you want to really dive into it and get all philosophical in da house).
April - You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
I love self-help books. This one is filled with advice, musings and funny quips that encourage you to take the hard steps towards the life you've always dreamt of.
May - The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
An honest story of how hard it is to run a business efficiently and happily that is engaging and enlightening for any new, budding entrepreneurs.
June - What is the What by Dave Eggers
A beautiful and heavy story about Valentino Achak Deng, a Sudanese lost boy and the contrast of his life between America and Africa.
July - Long Story Short by Margot Leitman
Anyone who wants to become an effective communicator should read this book. Even though it aimed at storytelling, it is a great book for anyone who wants to talk to other people. You know, the weirdos.
August - Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis & Larry Sloman
The autobiography of Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman, Anthony Kiedis that captures his rise to fame and struggles with adapting to the rockstar life.
September - #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
This should be the holy grail to all young women out there. The story of Sophia Amoruso and how she pulled her head out of her ass and became the number 1, bad ass, kween Girlboss that she is.
October - The Shining by Stephen King
It's October and the best time for Spooky Stories! Maybe you have already read this but if you have then you know how good it is. If you haven't ever heard of The Shining, then you're an infant and thanks for making me feel ancient, or you've had your head under a rock. It is the scary hotel story by Stephen King filled with ghosts and mania and NO! It's not the same thing to watch the movie.
November - The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
This book was my introduction to the Sci-Fi genre, and I have been hooked ever since. A telling of the History of Mars through short stories, classics author Ray Bradbury paints a futuristic picture especially when you consider the book was first published in 1950.
December - The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time
Perhaps you are gearing up for your next New Years resolution at this point and are looking for something to tackle. Might I suggest becoming more Earth conscious? The Green Book is an eye-opening read that makes you aware of how damaging your footprint is on this planet and how you can help. Considering we are in for four years of Climate Change debates, I'd say make it a point to read this book in 2017 even if its the last month of the year.
Maybe you don’t need any help picking out books, but you can’t seem to sit down and force yourself to read. Netflix’s sirens song is too hard to pass. If you have a hard time to find an excuse to read and you’ve made it your resolutions, then you are going to need a backup plan to help you stick to your books. I would strongly recommend joining a book club or making one with your friends. Grab a library card at your closest branch and make good use of that bad boy. Trips to the library should be treasured and loved. If you are still in need of a challenge, then take it upon yourself to read every book you have in your own person library. I am willing to bet there are books your shelf at home you’ve been promising you’d get to eventually. Eventually is here. It’s time to crack that book open and start reading.