Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great winter holiday, and that 2015 gets off to a great start. I’m pulling out a brand new notebook for my 2015 journaling and have lined up some of my favorite journal prompts and day books on my desk in preparation for an even busier coming year. (Not that I'm complaining! You know how I love to read and write about books!)

I do try to start my year with a little “Change Your Life” reading, and this January I am excited to dive into Claire Cook’s Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (Without Getting Lost Along the Way). I love the idea of reinvention, and I suppose I feel like I’ve reinvented myself too in the past couple of years. Claire Cook’s story of writing Must Love Dogs in her minivan has always been an inspiration and I look forward to her insight and wisdom in this guidebook that comes so highly recommended.

Also in my January nonfiction reading pile is Twyla Tharpe’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. This came out a few years ago,but someone who considered it life-changing recently gave it to me as a gift, so I’m hoping for some New Year’s creativity inspiration.

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No worries, though, if you’re strictly a romance fan. There are lots of great books coming out in the next month or so, and here are some great ones to start the year.

Speaking of the reinvention theme, I simply loved Tessa Dare’s Say Yes to the Marquess, which has a fine dollop of it. When Clio Whitmore inherits a castle from her uncle, it gives her a new sense of freedom, and allows her to consider doing the unthinkable: turningFirst Frost her back on a life she feels she’s fallen into and doesn’t want. Dare is one of the best romance writers out there, and her Castles Ever After series is something special. (If you missed Book One, Romancing the Duke, be sure to read it too—though you don’t have to read them in order.)

Also, be sure not to miss Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz. JAK always writes a good story, and I really enjoyed this one, which is set against the backdrop of the world of motivational speakers. Unfortunately, no amount of positive thinking can help guru Sprague Witherspoon escape a determined killer, but his behind-the-scenes secret weapon, Grace Elland, seems to be in the murderer’s sights as well. Maybe her sexy new neighbor can help unravel the mystery and keep her safe, all while he tries to convince her she’s the one he’s been waiting for.

Books on my own TBR pile for January are Miranda Neville’s The Duke of Dark Desires (released Dec. 30); First Frost by the magical master, Sarah Addison Allen (out Jan. 20); and Julia Quinn’s new release, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Jan. 27). All look terrific.

What about you? Any special New Year’s traditions, reading, writing or otherwise? And what’s on your January 2015 reading list?

Bobbi Dumas is a freelance writer, book reviewer, romance advocate and founder of ReadARomanceMonth.comShe mostly writes about books and romance for NPRThe Huffington Post and Kirkus.