Ten Books to Foster Your Reading Resolution

This year, try making your New Year’s Resolution a Reading Resolution.

Parents model good reading behaviors and those good behaviors start simply with the act of reading. Yes, it’s important to read aloud to your child. But, it’s also important that your child sees you reading. As in, reading books to yourself. And here’s something else that’s important: when possible, put those books on a bookshelf. Why? Because keeping print books in the home sends an important message to children about the value of reading (and bookshelves with books are pretty).

Ten Books to Foster Your Reading Resolution

Need some ideas of what to read? Here are ten books I’ve recently read and fallen in love with. I highly recommend all of these for anyone’s Reading Resolution. Bonus: Each title is a hyperlink to Amazon, making it easy for you to purchase these titles for your home library!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”

From the very first line of the story, I was hooked. I read the book in two days. The writing is succinct and crisp. The plot is riveting. Enough said.



A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a lovable curmudgeon. I’m pretty sure we all have an Ove in our lives. A beautiful story and a reminder of the importance of being kind.




Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Just wait till you get to the part about his childhood friend named Hitler. Enough said.




Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

“I will have people of color challenging me for choosing a topic that doesn’t belong to me. I will have white people challenging me for calling them out on racism,” writes author Jodi Picoult in the Author’s Note. A good book to read, especially in the face of our recent presidential election.



The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

This is the biography of cancer. It is scary as hell, yet also empowering and I am damn grateful to be a beneficiary of decades of cancer research. Too busy to read the book? Ken Burns’ documentary on PBS is also incredible.



Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

A common theme in the books I’m recommending is empathy. This YA novel is a powerful reminder that you can be brilliant and spirited and disabled.




I’m Just a Person by Tig Notaro

A beautiful memoir by a fellow breast cancer survivor. I highly recommend downloading her standup routine about cancer on iTunes as well!




Unchained by L.B. Tillit 

Another YA book! Reminiscent of The Wire, I recommend this book for anyone who is an educator. Beautifully written and heartbreakingly enthralling, but with a happy ending that I only wish were the reality for so many children in this country.



Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

I can never get enough Kate DiCamillo and applaud her for tackling tough social situations in children’s literature. Written for upper elementary and middle school students, but equally engaging for adults.



When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

You will cry. But it will be worth it. And then you will remember how precious life is and how lucky you are to be alive.