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6 Books to Read to Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 22, 2020
Rachel Berquist

It’s okay, you can admit it, your list of resolutions won’t even make it to March. But don’t feel badly, resolutions are a process and don’t happen over night! Read on to find the perfect book for the resolution that you should just already give up on.

6 Books to Read to Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions

1. Make New Friends – The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

You don’t need to put yourself out there and leave your room to find fulfilling friendships. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried will fill that void with its strange, hilarious, and poignant portrayal of friendship, and how it survives even after your friend is most definitely dead. Listed on “Hypable’s Most Anticipated Queer YA Books of 2019”, This latest novel from Shaun David Hutchinson shouldn’t be missed just for forced socialization with that lab partner who should probably remain an acquaintance. “A good friend will bury your body, a best friend will dig you back up.”


2. Finally Binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer Slayer by Kiersten White

Into every generation a Slayer is born…we know, it’s been in your Netflix “Must List” for months, but it’s not leaving anytime soon. You don’t need to watch seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to experience the Buffyverse. Slayer is still the legendary story of a badass girl who’s struggling with the duties of the Chosen One, albeit a much shorter commitment.


3. Go to the Gym –The Toll by Neal Shusterman

A soul cycle class isn’t the only thing that can get your heart rate elevated. This epic finale to the Arc of a Scythe series will have you on your toes and have your heart racing.


4. Stop Procrastinating – Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

Sometimes juuuust a little procrastinating isn’t terrible. Be easier on yourself, Hermione Granger. None of us are perfect. Take a break from all that studying and check out Goodbye, Perfect. Eden McKinley knows she can rely on her straight-laced, straight-A best friend, Bonnie. That is –until Bonnie runs away with her boyfriend – who is also Eden’s English teacher. This book explores what happens when the pressure to be perfect becomes too much.


5. Finding Love – Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Already exhausted from swiping? Just delete your dating apps already and experience this amazing book from Mary H.K. Choi. The way I see it, this book has two love stories. The first is the love story between Pablo, an NYU dropout, and Leanna Smart, an International pop-star, who meet in a bodega in Brooklyn. The second one, is the journey and “self-love” story of Pablo as he learns and grows throughout this book.


6. Travel more – Start Here by Trish Doller

Now I’m not saying to give up on traveling, but maybe it’s just not in the budget for 2020. Even so, there are many different ways that you can experience traveling. I’d argue that reading a book is one of the best ways. So why not pick up a book in which two friends sail all the way down the east coast of America.


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