Girl reading

Be it the cold weather outside or the desire for a fresh start in the new year, everything about January seems to be conducive to curling up with a few good books. Books are, of course, a great way to escape the frigid temperatures outside and enjoy the warm glow of the fireplace you’re streaming on your MacBook. But that’s not the only reason January is a great time to read. Reading is the perfect way to spice up your resolutions, especially if your new habit has started to go downhill. Keep reading for a few great picks to kick 2014 off with a bang!

  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg: One of the hottest books of the last year, Lean In is a perfect fit for any twenty-something looking to jumpstart 2014 with a boost to her career. Sandberg’s book is part-memoir and part-advice. Sandberg talks about her career path and her work at major companies such as Google and Facebook. She takes what she’s learned and uses it to mentor women and encouraging them to “lean in” in their careers instead of sitting on the sidelines. Lean In is a particularly perfect read if your resolution this year is to up your game in the conference room. (This is also one of the books for January over at the Answerly book club!)
  • The Art of Travel by Alain De Botton: Speaking of resolutions, The Art of Travel is a must-read for those who vowed to travel more in 2014. De Botton doesn’t just write about where to travel, but how and why to travel. He explores the difference between the traveler and the tourist and connects with travelers throughout history along the way. To top it off, De Botton writes with a beauty not often seen in non-fiction. The Art of Travel is essential for anyone who is feeling a bit of wanderlust during the winter months.
  • Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: Nothing like being whisked off to Italy, India, and Indonesia to take your mind off the winter vortex outside! Eat Pray Love is an obvious fit for the season of fresh starts. This memoir follows Gilbert as she divorces her first husband and finds her way back into her own life through travel (and eating and praying and loving). A wonderful read whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own new beginning or just looking for an escape from the weather outside.  
  • One Pan, Two Plates by Carla Snyder: For anyone with food-related resolutions, this is a fantastic book to pick up. While it’s by no means a health cookbook, all of the recipes are well-prepared and built around the idea that cooking good food for yourself doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. One Pan, Two Plates is also written around using just that: one pan and two plates! This means less clean up since you’re only cooking in one dish, and less wasted food. Each recipe also comes with a wine and beer pairing. Good, fast meals with little clean up – who wouldn’t love that?
  • Your Favorite Book: This list is a little heavy on the non-fiction, but something about turning over new leaves and the start of the year somehow lends itself to the genre. That being said, a new year is also a great time to kickstart a reading habit, especially if you’ve found yourself in a bit of a slump as of late. (We understand! The beauty of Tumblr just never ends!) So why not start off 2014 with your favorite book? Pick something that you love and you know you can’t put down. Remembering what you love about reading is the best way to rekindle the bookworm in anyone.
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