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Make your New Year's resolution a success and catch up on that reading

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Happy New Year! And with every new year brings a brand new list of books to read. While most people are making the same resolutions as last year and the gyms begin to overpopulate, here is your opportunity to catch up on what you have been meaning to read before a whole new wave of releases hit the shelves. Head on down to the local library, bookstore, or even take a seat by the window in your favorite coffee shop with your e-reader in hand. Resolute to do something for you this year. Get lost in a book.

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Sometimes the pressure of a binding resolution can just be too much and failure seems inevitable. However, beginning your reading list with just the right book can provide you with the inspiration, excitement, and fulfillment to stick to your guns and see this resolution through. There's a wide array of opportunity out there for you, so go ahead, take your pick.

1. The Help: by Kathryn Stockett

Save the movie for after the book, this New York Times bestseller promises an emotionally entertaining in depth look into what it was like to be a black maid to many white families during the 50s and 60s. The connections between the powerful women characters is overwhelming.

2. The Book Thief : by Markus Zusak

This book provides a heartfelt experience of fearing for your life during the Nazi Germany times of 1939. It shows how one little thing can hold a family together and give you something to live for, and how much of an impact one little girl can have on so many people around her during the hardest of times.

3. Tuesdays with Morrie: by Mitch Albom

A nonfiction novel that follows a teacher's final weeks before he dies, as he passes on his life reflections on those things he considered most important and necessary to a former student. If you are looking for new perspective in life, this is the book that will inspire you to find it.

4. The Notebook: by Nicholas Sparks

A love story for the ages and for all of time. This book shows you how one summer love can last a lifetime and tugs on every single emotion in your heart as the young couple experiences every setback a relationship possibly could. Follow Noah and Allie as they journey through life and teach you what happily ever after really means.

5. Eat, Pray, Love: by Elizabeth Gilbert

Truly an inspiring story, this book faces what many women do everyday, depression. Elizabeth Gilbert finds herself suffocating in the life she has made for herself and digs her way through as she sets out on an inspirational adventure to find herself and her happiness in life.

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