Graphic for New Year's Resolution Reading ChallengeWhat do you want to accomplish in the New Year? Will reading a book help you reach your goal, keep your resolution, or complete your project? Start the year off right by reading books that support your goals, resolutions, and projects — join the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge!

Have you selected goals, resolutions, or projects for 2017 yet? What books have you started to help you reach your goals? Record your progress on your blog and use the link list below. Or, report your progress in the comments on this post so that we can all cheer you along.

I joined the New Year’s Resolution Challenge at the Passionate level, so I aim to read four books in support of my 2017 goals. Here’s my progress, so far:

Resolution 1: Understand what’s going on in my country. I plan to read The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer with others at The Hibernator’s Library. I’ve checked this out of the library but haven’t looked at it yet.

Resolution 2: End the disproportionate suspensions of black and brown youth from schools. Along with my in-person book club, I’ll be reading Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris. I started this a while ago, but the library wanted it back. I’ve now purchased an e-copy.

Resolution 3: Figure out how non-patriarchal, non-hierarchical groups work. I’m reading an e-copy of The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups by Starhawk for this one. I’m on page 111 of 306 and I’ve already marked numerous passages that I think will be helpful for our group.

Resolution 4: Use pictures to deepen my experiences and improve my communication. I checked Blah, Blah, Blah: What to do When Words Don’t Work by Dan Roam out of the library and started reading it while my great-nephew was taking a nap last Friday. Haven’t picked it up since. But, I remembered how much I liked the book, so I’m looking forward to working through it.

What do you want to accomplish in 2016? What books might help? Let me know if you want suggestions — I’ve compiled a few ideas from hosting previous years of the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge.


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