Failed resolutions? Begin again.

Today is January 9th. And while this is in no way official, this is about the time that resolutions begin to fail. Too often, we allow ourselves to fail, throw in the town after a week and say, “Oh well. Maybe next year.”

But it’s only January 9th. Don’t give up. Just begin again.

Some think that any “best of 2014” lists should appear before 2015 begins. I disagree. In fact, I really like the way Village Books & Paper Dreams in Bellingham, WA, posted their favorites of 2014 on the store blog. Earlier this week, they listed the books in alphabetical order, but before that, they showed a photo collage of the staff, each holding their favorite title.

I love the way the list becomes more personal. And I like seeing faces to try to match with names I see online and in email.




And here’s another fun twist on the “Best of 2014” list. At Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT, they list their various book club reads of the year and ask book club members to vote for their favorite.


Phoenix Books in Essex and Burlington, VT, asked their booksellers about their favorite New Year’s resolutions. They then included sampling of the responses in their email newsletter along with some book suggestions to provide the inspiration and information to bring these resolutions to life.

The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, UT, asked newsletter recipients if they were planning to commit to a bookish resolution for 2015. If so, the store plans to include it in their January Inkslinger newsletter.



Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay