New Year, New You January 14, 2019 – Posted in: Books

There’s something about a new year that stirs the desire to be wiser, healthier and more fulfilled. Come by and check out new books and journals to help you on your journey—be it spiritual, domestic, physical or psychological—we have something to help make 2019 a year of growth and gratitude.

We are pleased to introduce our new YA Guru, Pei Pei Martin. Pei Pei took the Goodreads 100 books in a year challenge in 2018 and nailed it. Here are five of her suggestions for Young Adults to get 2019 off to a page-turning start.

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  • The High Performance Planner The High Performance Planner is a 2-in-1 day planner and journal based on the world’s largest study of how high performers increase productivity, set goals, prioritize projects, outperform their peers, and create the positive mindset and habits needed to win the day. Thanks Melissa D for turning us onto this ingenious tool!
  • A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel From day one, this book teaches you the power of positive thinking through quick and digestible affirmations based in positive psychology, neuroscience, and personal development. Spanning one full year, from January to December, these daily meditations guide you towards visualizing and living your best life.
  • The C.H.A.O.S Cure by Marla Cilley Are you suffering from CHAOS, otherwise known as Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome? If your house is a jumble of dirty dishes, piles of paper, and never-ending laundry, you are probably afflicted. But don’t give up hope, because now there’s an antidote.
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits. Whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight or reduce stress Atomic Habits will teach you exactly how to form good habits and break bad ones
  • The Waterwheel by Jill Woolworth From local and much-loved therapist Jill Woolworth, The Waterwheel offers simple advice to meet the challenges that come with relationships, marriage, parenting and life losses, modeling the self-talk that can alter the lens through which we view difficult situations. Designed to be read a page at a time, it is the perfect gift for a person who has five minutes to read and wants a lifetime of useful and encouraging ideas. 

PEI PEI’S YA PICKS (and why she thinks you’ll like them)

  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson I’ll Give You the Sun follows twins, Jude and Noah, as they struggle with their mother’s death. As they age they find themselves growing apart and uncovering secrets about the past that threaten to tear them further apart. This novel balances the lightness of youth and love with the darker tones of trauma.
  • A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos Set in a fantastical world, Ophelia has the power to see an object’s past with the touch of her fingertips and travel through mirrors. As she learns she is betrothed to Thorn from a far off ark (pieces of the the Earth split apart) she journeys to him and finds herself in a cutthroat political battle for power.
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black The protagonist, Jude, is taken by Madoc to live in the faerie realm. However, Jude is mortal and is tormented by her faerie peers, especially Prince Cardan. Jude longs to be a part of this magical world so when Prince Cardan’s brother offers her the chance to be in his service to him she takes it, unknowingly entering into a world of deceit and betrayal.
  • Red Butterfly by Kara, a Chinese orphan, is taken in by her mother who is white. As Kara learns the truth as to why they can’t leave the city she discovers what it means to be family.
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys The book follows the main character Lina as she and her family are forced by the Nazis into a work camp. As people die all around her Lina works to keep her family alive and remain hopeful even as her world falls apart.
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