Graphic for New Year's Resolution Reading ChallengeSo many New Year’s Resolutions falter within days of January 1. Readers know that one way to sustain resolve and focus is to read a book on the topic. The goal of this challenge is to build a community around reading books to support our New Year’s Resolutions so that we can share book ideas and encourage each other in our pursuits.

Whether you are resolved to apply to graduate school, write that novel, or eat healthier, there are books that will help. The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge is to read 1 to 4 books that will stimulate action on your goal. Here are the levels:

Resolved: 1 book
Determined: 2 books
Committed: 3 books
Passionate: 4 books

The books can all support the same resolution and be on similar topics (4 books on gardening, for example) or they can be about different resolutions (1 book on  French, 1 book on home-cooking, 1 book on leadership skills, and 1 book on financial stability, for example).

The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge will run from December 26 to January 31. But, unless your New Year’s Resolution is “stop cheating,” go ahead and start reading today if you feel like it!

cover of The Power of Habit by Charles DuhiggIn conjunction with this challenge, I will host a group read-a-long of The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. That will be a re-read for me so I can tell you that it’s more popular psychology than self-help, but does have a helpful paradigm for breaking bad habits and establishing good ones. Watch for that to begin on January 2. (Edited to add: more details here: )

The Twitter hash tag for this challenge is #NewYearBooks. I will host a Tweet Chat on Wednesday evenings, 9 Eastern/8 Central, starting on Wednesday, December 26.

If you will be playing along on your blog, consider writing a sign-up post to encourage your readers to join us, too. The more, the merrier! Feel free to grab the logo for your post. In your sign-up post, list the resolutions you are considering and ask for recommendations for books on those topics. Link your sign up post below so we can hop over to offer our suggestions.

For people who don’t have blogs or just want some extra conversation around the Challenge, join the Facebook group: New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge.

If your goal is related to healthy eating, exercise, or weight loss and you prefer more anonymous social media support, I’ve also set up a challenge on the 3 Fat Chicks forum: New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge.

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

Edited to add: The link list below is for sign up links. Reviews of the books read for this challenge can be linked here: .



New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge — 33 Comments

  1. You got me thinking about resolutions a bit earlier than I normally do, and I have a few beyond my annual vow not to stab anyone. I’ve ordered the book, I think it’ll be useful in helping to establish a couple of positive habits.

  2. Joy, this is a fantastic challenge! I wasn’t going to join any challenges next year but I can’t pass this one up. I’ve already started reading. 🙂 Thanks for doing this.

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  4. I’ve gotten into the habit of making New Year’s Resolutions over the last several years and enjoy the challenge of self improvements. I take it lightly–more like goals or objectives.. things to keep me on path so to speak. I don’t beat myself up over them, which I think helps keep it fun. I’ll be thinking of my 2013 goals over the next couple of weeks.. and will see if there are books to help me. If so, I’ll definitely join in because I LOVE this challenge. My books will likely be health & nutrition related. Last year I read Crazy, Sexy Diet by Kris Carr and it gave me a lot to think about and aim for. I’ll probably read something similar in 2013.

    • Crazy, Sexy Diet looks good, thanks! I requested it from the library.

      I agree that New Year’s Resolutions are best taken lightly with a big dose of fun!

    • I’ve been thinking about making a post about books that support writing resolutions. Do you have any favorites?

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  8. What a great reading challenge, Joy! I think I might join the readalong, as I have The Power of Habit in audio but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I like the idea of pairing resolutions with books – will definitely have to think about joining this one, even though I’m generally so awful with reading challenges.

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  14. My goal is to have a successful business this year. In that vein, I’m reading:
    1. Spirit Driven Success (Dani Johnson)
    2. Creative, Inc (Meg Mateo Ilasco)
    3. Read Their Mind (Sandi Krakowski)
    4. 48 Days To the Work You Love (Dan Miller)

    I am in the process of pondering how to revamp my site & blog, so I don’t have a post for this, but I did link to my Pinterest pin of this challenge. Looking forward to reading these 4 books!

    • Great goal, Amanda! Those sound like terrific books. I’m looking forward to hearing more about them.

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  20. I finally made mention of the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge on my blog since I finally went to library and found some books which I hope will inspire me to improve myself this year. I already read one of the books.. it was short, cute and just the right bit of inspiration to dive into the rest of the books.

    Good luck everyone!

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  22. Thank you so much, Joy, for hosting this FABULOUS challenge!

    I have not had the chance to post about all of the book challenges I plan on participating in this year as of yet – but I DID post about yours today in my Friendship Friday column since it fit in with today’s theme – One Small Step (towards your Goals & Resolutions!)

    I look forward to sharing my books with you, and I hope you will join us for Friendship Friday!

    Create With Joy

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