The New Year is a time of new beginnings and reflection. We think about, as we form resolutions, the bad habits we’d like to break and the new good ones we’d like to start. A quick survey of Books & Co and Café Voltaire staffers revealed that we’re just like everybody else when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions for 2012. This year we’re vowing to eat better and exercise more, be more careful with our money, improve our health and be more mindful of our bodies. Some of us want to better ourselves by learning a new language or to play a musical instrument. All of us want more calm and peace in our lives. We want healthy relationships, to do more volunteer work and to be more patient with people we love. In general, we just want to be nicer to each other and the rest of the world.
Going over the list of resolutions from my coworkers and thinking about my own resolution to be more mindful about my consumption (what I eat, how I spend, how the products I buy and where I buy them impact the community and the earth) made me think about the books we’ve got here at Books & Co that could help us maintain our resolutions. We’ve got a plethora of cookbooks for those looking to eat more carefully, and stacks of books on fitness (and some very useful exercise DVDs, at the low, low price of $7.99), we’ve got some very helpful books on managing money, and a very useful section for those looking to learn a new language. We’ve got books on relationships, on how to quit smoking and on healthier practices. Books & Co may just be a one stop, resolution shop.
Here’s list of good titles to get you started in a few different resolution categories.
You can’t go wrong with anything by Gail Vaz-Oxlade if you’re trying to better manage your money and debt. Her books are fantastic step by step guides to personal finance and I especially recommend Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life.
People looking to eat healthier in the New Year have a lot to choose from at Books & Co but one of my favorites is Janet and Greta Podelski’s The Looneyspoons Collection which is chockfull of healthy alternatives to your favorite foods.
And speaking of health, the New Year is a good time to resolve to quit smoking. Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking is the best book I’ve ever heard of to help with this!
For women who want to get more in touch with their bodies, I’d suggest Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom by Christine Northrup. It dispels common myths about women’s health and gives really practical and straight forward information about issues related to women’s bodies and women’s health, there’s a reason it’s been a best seller for nearly 20 years! And for general health advice and an easy step-by-step guide to changing unhealthy habits, there’s The Healthiest You by Kelly Traver, MD and Better Kelly Sargent.
For everyone seeking more peace and calm, I think meditation and yoga are good places to start and would recommend Jack Kornfield’s Meditation for Beginners and Yoga for Dummies (you don’t have to be a dummy, in fact if you pick this up, you’re probably a smarty).
This is just a quick list, if you come in and talk to one of our fabulous booksters, I’m sure we can find the book to help you keep yourself on track and maintain your resolution all year long!
Happy New Year from Books & Co, Café Voltaire and ArtSpace!