Three Books to Fuel Your New Year's Resolutions from Inklings

It’s 2022 now and with the new year many of us look to the future by trying to better ourselves.  It’s an innately optimistic thing to do and we all need an extra dose of optimism these days!  With that in mind, we here at Inklings would like to share with you a few ideas for books that might help you fulfill your New Year's resolutions.  

Vogue® Knitting the Leart-to-Knit-Book

By Vogue® Knitting Magazine

Taking up hobbies is a popular resolution, and knitting is one of the most accessible ones there is.  Vogue® has been prolific in it’s knitting guides the past few years. The color photographs are chic and professional and the directions concise.  The book gives great instructions for all the basic stitches, cast ons and bind offs with photographs of each step using perfectly color coordinated backdrops so you can easily see the stitching.   

After instructing on the stitches the book offers patterns for some basic clothes ranking them from one to three by difficulty and displays them elegantly and stylishly.  This is a great book by writers that are obviously passionate about empowering their readers to create clothes they love with a personal touch.  

The Body Keeps the Score 

By Bessel Van Der Kolk M.D.

This book has been on our bestseller shelf almost all of 2020 and for good reason!  It is a lifetime of research into psychological trauma written into a poignant and emotionally stirring book.  This is a great read for anyone who feels like they’re not handling something from their past now and wants to change that.  It provides understanding of how trauma affects people differently, and explains how treatments for overcoming trauma have evolved over the past 50 years.  The written accounts of various therapy subjects will bring you to tears and will teach you how resilient the human mind is.  

The Shift - Powerful Mindset Changes for Lasting Weight Loss

By Gary Foster PhD

Written by the Chief Scientific Officer of WW (Formerly Weight Watchers) this book explains the mindset behind the success stories.  These mindset tools are honestly great for just about any task that is daunting or requires commitment.  Each chapter focuses on a separate tool, the first is Self Compassion.  The second is accepting setbacks.  The third is setting small specific goals.  The Fourth is identifying inner strengths and using them.  The fifth is appreciating your body (where you are right now).  The sixth is getting help from people around you.  The seventh (final) is experiencing happiness where you are right now.  

This isn’t a book with exercises and recipes, but it offers something potentially more important because it’s the lasting mindset that turns a new year's resolution into real change for the better.  This book is good enough that it could be used for weight loss but then take the same approach to write a novel or start a business.  

Happy New Year from the booksellers here at Inklings.  2022 promises to be a year of transition and we look forward to helping our readers navigate the changes of the coming year.  Remember, taking time to read more books is also a perfectly valid resolution!

 

Review by By Tony Hoffart