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Are you resolving to improve yourself this year? Look no further than NPL's digital resources for titles to help keep your sights set on your New Year's resolutions all year long! All the items on this digital display are available for free online with your NPL library card.

Click on each section below to browse our recommendations. Each title is available through one (or more) of the Naperville Public Library's digital resources.

The Big Book of 30-Day Challenges

Casper, Rosanna
Thirty-day challenges are the perfect way to develop new habits and get started living a better, fuller life. If you're ready to start making positive changes, just pick a challenge and get started!

Healthy Habits Suck

Lee-Baggley, Dayna
Learn how to get off the couch and live a healthy life… even if you don't want to.

Aging Backwards

Esmonde-White, Miranda
Complete with tips, tools, and Miranda Esmonde-White's Eight Basic Age-Reversing Workouts, Aging Backwards will help you grow younger, not older!
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A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh

Parent, Joseph
A Walk in the Wood is based on walking meditation, also known as mindful walking; an active practice that requires you to be consciously aware and moving in the environment rather than sitting with your eyes closed.

Anxiety Happens: 52 Ways to Find Peace of Mind

Forsyth, John P.
If you're fed up with anxiety getting in the way of living your life, the powerful little exercises in this guide will show you how to break the cycle of anxiety for good.

I Can Cook Vegan

Moskowitz, Isa Chandra
Readers can cook their way through pastas, salads, sandwiches, bowls, sautés, sheet-pan suppers, and sweets-more than 125 recipes!

The Visual Guide To Easy Meal Prep

Romeo, Erin
In this guide, you'll get more than 75 recipe ideas for healthy meal prep, complete with photos to make your prep work quick and easy. 

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

Stahl, Bob
As you work through A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, you'll learn how to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful ones-a skill that will last a lifetime.

The Happiness Project

Rubin, Gretchen
Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.
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Train Your Head & Your Body Will Follow

Weston, Sandy Joy
This is a combination of a love and passion for fitness, food, science, spirituality, positive psychology, and people, all rolled into one.

Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook

Sroufe, Del
Simple, affordable, and delicious, the recipes in Forks Over Knives-The Cookbook put the power of real, healthy food in your hands.
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Ottolenghi, Yotam
Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a new take on vegetables.
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Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early)

Rieckens, Scott
Filled with inspiring case studies and powerful advice, Playing with FIRE is one family's journey to acquire the one thing that money can't buy: a simpler, happier life.

Your First Home: A Buyer's Kit - For Condos And Houses!

Marr, Kimberley
Buying a home is often the largest purchases in a person's life. Marr alleviates the stress of homebuying by explaining what you need to know about buying your first (or second) place.

From Start to Sold: How to Get Awesome Results When Buying or Selling a Home

Miller, Thomas
Packed with case studies from real life experience, this book will help both first-time home buyers and seasoned veterans achieve their goals in their next real estate transaction.

Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice

Hodges, Jane
Expert finance and real estate reporter Jane Hodges explains how the housing market works and breaks down all the pros and cons of buying and renting for confused consumers.

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Ramsey, Dave
Many people have some kind of debt, whether it's from credit cards, student loans, or a mortgage. The Total Money Makeover will let you reach financial freedom in 7 simple steps.
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The Spender's Guide To Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get from Broke to Badass in Record Time

Jones, Anna Newell
Popular blogger Anna Newell Jones of AndThenWeSaved.com reveals how a "spending fast" will help you get on the road to living debt-free.

The 30-Day Money Cleanse: Take control of your finances, manage your spending, and de-stress your money for good

Gerstley, Ashley Feinstein
Create a healthier, happier relationship with your money by knowing where your money is going, breaking bad money habits, learning the basics of investing, and making a plan you can live with and enjoy.

You Need a Budget

Mecham, Jesse
Get more out of life with a budget! Jesse Mecham's four simple rules will transform money management from a paralyzing burden to a powerful tool.
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Planning Your Retirement: A Practical Guide for Turning Your Dreams Into Reality

Gerstemeier, Robert
Certified financial planner Robert Gerstemeier draws on 20 years of experience to minimize the guesswork and outline the steps you need to take to prepare for a comfortable retirement.

The Intelligent Investor

Graham, Benjamin
While preserving the integrity of Graham's original text, this edition includes updated commentary by financial journalist Jason Zweig, who incorporates the realities of today's market.
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The Modern Couple's Money Guide

Scorgie, Lesley-Anne
Don't let financial woes break the bank—or your heart! Learn how to merge, manage, and grow your finances together with Lesley-Anne Scorgie's seven steps.

The Millennial Money Fix: What You Need to Know About Budgeting, Debt, and Finding Financial Freedom

Boneparth, Heather & Douglas Boneparth
The Millennial Money Fix will get you through everything from planning for marriage or babies to redefining retirement as your ability to do what you want.

The Great Courses: How to Draw

The Great Courses
The videos in this course cover a variety of drawing subjects and techniques to help artists of every level hone their skills.

The Great Courses: How to Program

The Great Courses
The 24 engaging and information-rich lessons of How to Program teach you one of the world's most accessible and powerful computer languages, Python.

The Great Courses: The Science of Gardening

The Great Courses
Create a beautiful and sustainable home garden guided by the newest information from applied plant physiology, biology, soils science, chemistry, and ecology.

The Great Courses: How to Play Piano

The Great Courses
These 36 accessible episodes provide the building blocks you need to go from interested novice to expressive player by blending music theory and step-by-step instruction.

The Great Courses: How to Look at and Understand Great Art

The Great Courses
These lessons will provide information and context for the beautiful and mystifying pieces of art that live in museums around the world.

The Great Courses: The Everyday Gourmet

The Great Courses
In this course taught by a professional chef-instructor from The Culinary Institute of America, you can learn the foundational culinary skills you need to turn out delicious and impressive meals.

Pimsleur: Spanish Level 1

Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what's going on in the world around you, Pimsleur will help you learn Spanish and expand your horizons.
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Pimsleur: Mandarin Chinese Level 1

Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what's going on in the world around you, Pimsleur will help you learn Mandarin Chinese and expand your horizons.
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Pimsleur: Japanese Level 1

Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what's going on in the world around you, Pimsleur will help you learn Japanese and expand your horizons.
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Pimsleur: French Level 1

Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what's going on in the world around you, Pimsleur will help you learn French and expand your horizons.

How to Sew: Basics

Various Authors
This brilliant guide covers all the essential basics of sewing. Learn crafts such as cross-stitch, patchwork, and quilting to get started with your own projects today.

Crotchet 101: Master Basic Skills Easily through Step-by-Step Instruction

Burger, Deborah
This comprehensive beginner's guide teaches all the basics for learning to crochet with step-by-step instructions and photographs, from selecting yarn and hooks to reading patterns.

First Time Knitting

Hammett, Carri
Along with detailed descriptions of materials and tools, the easy instructions for basic knitting techniques will have you creating projects like scarves, hats, and blankets in no time.

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Avoid Expensive Repairs, Improve Fuel Economy, Understand Your Warranty, Save Money

Torbjornsen, Thomas Ready to maintain your own car? Car repair expert and host of America's Car Show Tom Torbjornsen will guide you through the minefield of preventative maintenance, repair, extended warranties, and magic elixirs that claim to cure everything.

How to Cook from A to Z

Macdonald, Janet
Get cooking with this beginner's reference that covers essential equipment, kitchen staples, illustrated techniques, and easy recipes.

Guitar Chords for Beginners

Evans, Gareth
Guitar Chords for Beginners contains 65 different chords arranged in easy fingerings, plus a list of suggested songs that contain chords from within the book.

Creative Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Modern, Pointed-Pen Calligraphy

Schnippert, Kristara
Calligraphy is a lettering art that anyone can learn with some practice and patience! This book will teach you everything you need to know to get started.

Python Tricks: A Buffet of Awesome Python Features

Bader, Dan
If you want to make Python your own and learn how to write clean and Pythonic code, you'll discover best practices and little-known tricks to round out your knowledge.