Omaha Public Library wants to help readers find new books — or at least books new to them. Every month in this space, library employees will recommend reading based on different writing genres or styles.
Many people take time at the beginning of the year to reflect upon what they may have accomplished in the previous one. Whatever the conclusion, most agree that there is always room for improvement. In keeping with the theme of self-improvement and discovery, Omaha Public Library staff recommends books to help guide you on your journey to becoming a better you. Find these books and more at omahalibrary.org or your local branch.
Cherese McKnight, youth services librarian at Abrahams Library, 5111 N. 90th St., recommends the following books for building confidence and learning about what really matters in life.
• “Idol Lies: Facing the Truth About Our Deepest Desires” by Dee Brestin
People may find themselves idolizing everything from friendships to success, and power to comfort. I learned to identify my own heart's idols and take the steps toward purging and replacing them with God, my one true love.
• “Reinvent Yourself With Color Me Beautiful” by JoAnne Richmond
Have you ever wondered which colors of clothing, makeup, jewelry and hair would look best on you? This updated best-seller will put you on the right track to unleash your inner fashionista! Rebuild your confidence and wardrobe without breaking the bank.
• 1“Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair!” by Nikki Walton
Go natural this year without fear. These detailed styling tips, household products, hair care remedies and touching personal stories will take you on a journey to making your unruly curly hair your new BFF.
Readers' advisory specialist Teresa Shane added a couple more recommendations.
• “My Year With Eleanor” by Noelle Hancock
After being laid off from her job, the author decides to follow the advice of Eleanor Roosevelt and to “do one thing every day that scares you.” In the process, she learns to be kinder to herself.
• “The Year of Yes” by Maria Dahvana Headley
Have you been told that you are “too picky” when it comes to dating? The author of this book believed she might be and decided to date every person who asked to discover if maybe there is a reason she is so picky. This book is likable, a quick read and humorous.