Truly Easy New Year’s Resolutions For 2018 – PART 2!

Yes, if you weren’t aware, we’re still in 2018. Really, congrats for surviving it so far. It hasn’t been easy, but you’ve done it.

So, as you may have seen, I provided a fun post before giving you some easy-to-do New Year’s Resolutions, and they were solid. However, maybe not solid enough? I’ve had a few people come to me asking for actual suggestions of things suggested in the last post. And I am happy to help!

And so, I present to you:

Truly Easy New Year’s Resolutions For 2018 – PART 2!


Again, one hundred percent, I am all about you using What Should I Read Next to find a book you might enjoy. Additionally, here are some of our favorites for different types of people. Enjoy!

FOR THE HAMILTON OBSESSIVE: “The Name Of The Wind” by Patrick Rothuss. Lin-Manuel Miranda said he wrote “The Story of Tonight” thinking about a scene from this book. Also, he is currently working on a movie and a TV show based around this book right now. This is an epic tale of a mighty warrior and some of the best prose I’ve ever written.

FOR THE PERSON WHO’S REALLY INTO GAME OF THRONES: “The Warded Man” by Peter J Brett. My wife introduced me to this, and I don’t normally love fantasy books, but this series was fantastic. It’s another story about warring people in a feudal-esq land, only with more vicious demons.

FOR THE LOVER OF MAGIC AND ROMANCE: “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. One of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s about a night circus… and so much more. Got lost in it.

FOR THE FAN OF MAGIC AND SEX: “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman: Yes, it’s a show on Sci-Fi right now (another thing you may not be taking part of, and are missing out, since it’s fantastic) but the books are incredible. It’s basically “Harry Potter” if everyone was older and living an insane rock and roll lifestyle.

FOR THE POP-CULTURE LOVER: “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline. A story of 80’s nostalgia set in the future. Also, Steven Spielberg is making a movie out of it this year so you can be ahead of the game.

FOR THE FAN OF EVERYTHING SCIENCE: “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” by Randall Munroe. Absurd questions answered with science. If you ever wondered what would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light (or are wondering it now), this is the book for you.

FOR THE FAN OF THE HUNGER GAMES: “Red Rising” by Pierce Brown. If you liked the movie of The Hunger Games (or hell, the book), I loved this YA trilogy that kept me gripped all the way though. Also, another one that will eventually be a film, so you can finally be that person who was like: “Oh, I already read the book.”

FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY A GOOD HALLMARK MOMENT: “The Storied Life of A.J. Firky” by Gabrielle Zevin. A grumpy bookshop keeper has to deal with life when a baby girl if left in his store and his book of rare poems goes missing on the same day. It’s beautiful and the ending is perfect. What, I’m not crying, you’re crying.

*Sobs* Ok, next topic…


Again, here’s what I would start with: Do a Google search for: “SONGS FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE X” and put in whatever genre you hate.

Beyond that, here’s a few of my favorite unknown songs I think everyone should hear before they die.

“I Don’t Wanna Waste Your Time” by Over The Rhine

“150 / roll widdit” – Healy

“A Small Fruit Song” by Al Stewart

“Mittens” by Frank Turner

“Left Handed Kisses” by Andrew Bird (Featuring Fiona Apple)

“Manchester” by Kishi Bashi

Here’s Your Future” by The Thermals

“Another New World” by Josh Ritter

“Winchester Cathedral” by New Vaudeville Band

“Re: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton

“Little Toy Gun” by HoneyHoney

“You! Me! Dancing!” by Los Campesinos!

“My Roots Go Down” by The Seedy Seeds

And a nice one to end this section on:

What A Year For A New Year by Dan Wilson


Not just a new food, but a new type of food you’ve never tried before. Yes, there is life outside of Mexican and Chinese food (although I do love both.) If you’re looking for some good things to try, here are some easy recipes for:

Or check here on Regev Elya for 25 other countries and their delicious eats. How can you not love food pics from around the world?


This is the subject I was most approached about. “What old movies would you watch?” they said. Well, people who might be interested, here are a few to get started I know you’ll like:

IF YOU LIKED “OLD SCHOOL,” try “DUCK SOUP.” Another group of guys in wacky situations with humor that comes at you a mile a minute. Also, then you can say you’ve tried a Marx Brothers film.

IF YOU LIKED “WHEN HARRY MET SALLY,” try “IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT.” One of three films to win all three big Academy Awards (the other two being “Silence of the Lambs” and “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”) It’s an amazing screwball comedy about being falling in love.

IF YOU LIKED “THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO”, try “THE THIRD MAN”. This film noir is dark (both in the lighting sense and in the plot sense) and wonderful, all about mystery and murder. You’ll love it.

IF YOU LIKED “BLADE RUNNER,” Try “METROPOLIS”. One of the first big sci-fi films, also about robots and a dystopian world. It made be blasphemous, but I love the version from 1984, when Oscar-winning composer Giorgio Moroder remastered the movie, put in a new score and included music by Freddie Mercury, Pat Benatar, and Loverboy. If you can find it, watch it, it’s perfect.

IF YOU LIKED “WEDDING CRASHERS”, try “THE PHILADELPHIA STORY”. Another fish-out-of-water film about people entering high society, only it’s with Katharine Hepburn, so you know it’s going to be cutting and awesome.

IF YOU LIKED (OR HATED) THE LAST YEAR, try “DR. STRANGELOVE OR HOW I LEARNED HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB”. Look, I was trying to come up with a film as politically crazy as Dr. Strangelove, and the only thing I can think of was this last year. If you were fascinated in any way with 2018, watch this movie.

IF YOU LIKED “BROADCAST NEWS” and “MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING” and “SPOTLIGHT”, try “HIS GIRL FRIDAY”. This one was harder, since they don’t really make funny news movies anymore. But take a little of all three movies,and you’ve got this crazy amazing classic that everyone should absolutely see.

Or, just, you know, do “Casablanca”, “Citizen Kane” or “Sunset Blvd.” All classic , all amazing, all re-watchable if you’ve already seen them.

There you have it! Enjoy all those suggestions and enjoy the rest of the year, only 11 months until you get to make new New Year’s resolutions all over again!