It's still early in the New Year, a time for resolutions, goals and self-improvement. In keeping with that theme, the library carries many books that can help keep that positive outlook thriving all year long. One of my favorites is "The Power of Less" by Leo Babauta, which proposes a paradox of doing less but achieving more. His helpful tips can help you clean out the clutter taking up space in your closet, desk and life in order to make more time and room for the things that really matter. The book focuses on simplifying and prioritizing one's life to make the most of the resources you already have. With that kind of streamlining, he proposes you can work less, work smarter, and hone your focus to achieve greater life satisfaction.
If self-improvement is one of your New Year goals, try these other great titles: "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss will get you fired up about working more efficiently, not harder in 2014. Another perennial favorite is "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. The novelist known for "Gates of Fire" and "The Legend of Bagger Vance" offers approaches to overcoming obstacles in your life so you can get started with that new creative project, business or exercise program. Finally, "Choose Yourself" by James Altucher offers some quirky encouragement for reinventing your career and your outlook in these fast-changing times.
Recommended by David Healey