Books to help you conquer your New Year's Resolution to read more

January 28, 2020

Don't give up now! 

As avid readers ourselves, we know—reading a book is like using a muscle, and when you haven’t worked out in a while, things get stiff.


If your New Year’s Resolution in 2020 was to read more books DO NOT FEAR. The list below is for fans of any and all genres, specifically curated to help you get into (or back into) the swing of reading avidly. They’re enthralling, fun, and, best of all, easy to get into and FINISH.

 1. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

Although scoffed at by some literary snobs (*cough* some Chevalier’s staff *cough*), The Alchemist delivers exactly what you need from it. Poetic yet completely accessible, The Alchemist is the quintessential parable to help inspire you for the upcoming year and what might lie in store. Your destiny awaits!

2. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

For the business-minded and wildly ambitious. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, is the ideal story of the American Dream manifest. Knight started off by selling cheap imported shoes from his trunk and, well, the rest is history.

3. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Calling all millennials! Or millennials-at-heart. Sally Rooney is the prophet for our times. For all depressed, starving, artistic and misunderstood youths, Normal People is the often frustrating love story between two Irish kids trying to figure how to be less hate-able human beings.

4. Less by Andrew Sean Greer

The definition of a light, fun read—but don’t be fooled, this book is sooo well-written. Join our hero who, on the cusp of fifty-years-old and with an invitation to his ex-lover’s wedding, decides to travel round the world. Full of charm and wit, this novel will make you smile endlessly.

5.  The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

Non-fiction that’ll entertain as much as it’ll educate. Fun fact: Did you know the federal government does a million things to make sure we don’t die? And that we really need smart, competent people running things? Or else we’ll be totally, completely, utterly doomed? Happy reading!

6.  Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

A Chevalier’s staff favorite! All hail Octavia Butler (who definitely had a crystal ball and predicted the future). Parable of the Sower takes place in the not-so-distant future in LA in which an environmental crisis, celebrity-turned-president and more disturbingly familiar disasters wreak havoc….

7.  Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Brené Brown is the self-help writer everyone should encounter at least once. Her first knockout book, Daring Greatly, is about empowerment through vulnerability. By the end of this book you will feel like you have a new best friend—and will read every other Brené Brown book. By god, I love her.

8.  Meditations by Marcus Aurelius 

The. Philosophy. Book. You. Should. Read. For anyone looking to expand their mind, change their habits, and get better at being a human being. Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is a book that is super easy to ready and something you’ll revisit again and again and again.

9. Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong</