50 Books to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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The Baron in the Trees, Italo Calvino

An odd choice, perhaps — but when I was reading this book, I kept thinking: what an impressive physical achievement, to live out your years in the treetops. Cosimo hops from branch to branch in his arboreal kingdom, helping the denizens of the land, enjoying life, and becoming quite a woodsman. It’s enough to inspire a whole year of healthy tree-climbing in even the most earthbound of adults.