January is over. So does that mean it’s safe to talk about resolutions without being cliche?

The point is, I’m a fiction snob. When I pick up a book, I expect a good story and I want to be lifted out of my world into another one. That’s the brilliance of books–their ability to carry you away.

But it’s not good to spend all one’s time in an imaginary world. And besides, why not try to make this one better anyway? Since resolutions typically start with bettering self, I thought perhaps one of my resolutions should be to read books that might help me on my way to becoming a better person. After the holidays, my first thoughts are really at becoming a better person physically.

Still, now I’m out of my element. Because, well, I’m not really a terribly active person. And I don’t know how to read non-fiction. Do I really want to brave the, gulp, “self-help” section at Borders? I’m a bit leery. Thankfully, I stumbled on Well and Good NYC’s little list of health and fitness books that are actually worth buying. There aren’t many books there, so I feel confident I’m looking at the really good ones.

Making the list:

Bread is the Devil (And I’m quite certain to read this one would be the death of my pastry-lovin’ experience though the description says it’s not a low-carb diet.)

Better Each Day: 365 Tips for a Happier, Healthier You

Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution (Again?!)

The Physique Solution: Lose Up To 10 Inches Fast, The Groundbreaking 2-Week Plan for a Lean, Beautiful Body

The Happiness Diet

So, all that said and linked, what are your thoughts on self-help books? Does it make sense to read about a diet and fitness or just to do it? And does someone want to help me brave the self-help section?!


Sarah Ann Noel is a freelance writer, blogger, and public relations professional. She blogs “Read Alert” every week and covers other Denver-related events and thoughts on writing and motherhood on her personal blog. Check back every week for reviews, literary events, and other bookish finds.


2 Responses

  1. Eunice Brownlee

    Well as with anything, you have to do your research and know what you’re getting into. So reading up on diet & exercise, rather than just jumping in blindly is just good sense.

    As for self-betterment, I’m more attuned to the titles that are at least entertaining reads because I can still envision my better self in the future.

  2. Momma Kinche

    It seems to me that “betterment” is mostly a matter of motivation. Most of us know pretty well what will make us healthier — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually — so what we need is something to spur us on to adapt those changes in our lives. For me, the title you pictured above sounds perfect — sounds like a simple, short, daily quip to inspire me on to victory!


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