15 resolution-inspiring books, from fitness to finances

15 resolution-inspiring books, from fitness to finances

In Reading Lists by Kevin Gray

15 resolution-inspiring books, from fitness to finances

Another year is nearly over, and with the passing time comes a chance to reflect on everything that happened in 2021 and prepare for 2022. As we do the latter, people around the world will make resolutions in hopes of accomplishing a goal or experiencing self-improvement. Of course, most people will then abandon those resolutions by February — hey, it’s not easy making lasting changes.

This year, give yourself some well-deserved assistance via these books and podcasts. The 15 expert-led works below cover a range of popular resolution categories, like finance and fitness, to help put you on the path to success.


Keeping It Real: Conversations with Jillian Michaels

Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels has been whipping people into shape for years with her videos, books, and app. On her podcast, she enlists diverse experts and dives into health from a holistic perspective, covering fitness and nutrition as well as relationships, parenting, and mental health.

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Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth

Hosts Sal Di Stefano, Adam Schafer, and Justin Andrews skip the mythology and pseudoscience driving many of today’s conversations around fitness. Instead, they present science-backed solutions to help you get stronger and healthier, often with a lighthearted and humorous tone.

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Ben Greenfield Fitness

Ben Greenfield is one of America’s top personal trainers. On his podcast, he covers the

latest research and interviews fitness, nutrition, and medical professionals, with an entertaining mash-up of ancestral wisdom and modern science.

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Martha Stewart’s Organizing by Martha Stewart

Trust America’s lifestyle guru to help you get organized. In this book, Martha Stewart offers guidance, smart solutions, and inspiration to get your life in order. She covers room-by-room strategies, day-to-day plans, and seasonal advice, and provides helpful how-tos and checklists, so you’re always prepared to tackle that next project.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

This international bestseller by Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo has helped countless people declutter their homes. Employing the KonMari method — which involves organizing your items by category — will help you simplify your house and your life.

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The Declutter Challenge by Cassandra Aarssen

Organization expert and host of HGTV’s “Hot Mess House,” Cassandra Aarssen designed this book as an interactive journal. It will help you navigate the chaos, declutter your home, and organize your life through mindfulness, self-motivation, and practical tips.


For more motivating reading recommendations on getting organized, check out the list: Best Books to Finally Organize Your Life from our Scribd editors.


The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Bestselling author and popular radio host, Dave Ramsey, cuts through the noise to deliver steadfast advice and proven strategies for making over your money habits. His book helps you design an easy-to-follow plan for paying off your debt, identifying dangerous money myths, and saving a nest egg for emergencies and retirement.


So Money Podcast with Farnoosh Torabi

Torabi is an award-winning financial strategist, TV host, and bestselling author, whose interview-focused podcast draws some of the world’s top business minds, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and authors. Through these candid conversations, you’ll learn financial strategies — from big picture to day-to-day — that will help you get a handle on your finances, make smart investments, and grow your wealth.

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The 21-Day Budgeting Challenge by Ingrid Lindberg

Budgeting may not be fun, but it’s a sure-fire way to keep more money in your bank account. Lindberg’s book helps you uncover your personal psychology behind money, control your spending habits, make meaningful financial goals, and set a budget that works for you.


For more reading recommendations on managing your finances, check out the list: Money Matters: Saving, Budgeting, and Investing from our Scribd editors.


Pivot by Jenny Blake

Blake worked as a career development program manager at Google, where she learned that positive career moves don’t require reinvention — they can be achieved by methodically doubling down on what’s already working. She’ll teach you how to take smart risks, identify opportunities, and develop new skills. Because in the workplace, the only move that matters is your next one.

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Happen to Your Career

Don’t just sit around waiting for your job to get better — take action to make it happen. This informative podcast provides the inspiration, tools, and roadmaps required to move from where you are right now to the next stage in your career, and it offers helpful advice for finding meaningful work that fits your strengths and talents. 

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

It’s a classic for a reason. Carnegie’s tome was first published in 1936, and his time-tested advice on navigating career development still applies. The book covers topics on making people like you, winning people over to your way of thinking, and achieving your maximum potential — lessons that pertain to daily life in and out of the office.

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For other reading recommendations on upleveling your career, check out the list: Gems of Career Advice Nobody Ever Tells You from our Scribd editors.


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

Nosrat, who hosted a Netflix show of the same name, is an expert at breaking down complex topics into digestible morsels. In Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, she distills decades of professional experience into four simple elements. She’ll teach you to cook confidently, make better decisions in the kitchen, and prepare delicious meals with any ingredients, anywhere, at any time.


How to Cook Everything: The Basics by Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is a prolific author, with more than 30 books to his name. But if you’re a beginner in the kitchen, this is a great place to start. In How to Cook Everything, he teaches the fundamental techniques and recipes you need to know, and covers everything from dicing vegetables and roasting meat, to building go-to meals that you can reliably make at home. One thousand gorgeous, instructive photos help you every step of the way.


Small Victories by Julia Turshen

Turshen is a writer and recipe developer behind some of the industry’s best books. In her own book, she demystifies the cooking process with more than 100 lessons that she dubs “small victories.” Follow along, and you’ll glean practical cooking tips and step into the kitchen armed with 400 delicious recipes and variations that you can make at home.


For more insider reading recommendations on cooking, check out the list: Chefs Dish About Life in the Kitchen from our Scribd editors.


About the Author: Kevin Gray

Kevin is a Dallas-based writer covering all things lifestyle, including food, drinks and travel, and his work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Forbes, Men's Health, and other outlets. The Cormac McCarthy canon sits at the top of his favorites, but he can't resist a good whodunnit.
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