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January's top ten books

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A round up of January's best reads

New year, new you, new top ten best reads chosen by our Surrey Libraries team. This month's selection has been curated with some popular new year's resolutions in mind.

1. To kick off our new year's improvements we have Power Hour a book that puts an end to the familiar, 'I'd love to do that, but I don't have time' speech. This is a book that pushes us to carve out just one hour in the morning to focus on what matters, before the rest of the world wakes up to vie for our attention.

2. For those who've already given every hour away we have Good Enough, a book by Eleanor Ross who felt compelled to question societies expectations after the myth of 'having it all' burned her out to the point of breakdown. If there's one thing Eleanor has learned, it's better to be average and happy than successful and miserable.

3. Claw back some of those savings with Storecupboard One Pound Meals, a cook book where author, Miguel, takes his stress-free, maximum flavour philosophy and teaches you how to get the most out of your everyday cupboard essentials. Tins, cans, dried herbs and spices become the main ingredients, helping you plan affordable dinners each week.

4. Dr Michael Greger bestselling author of 'How Not to Die.' is back with How Not To Diet and the How Not To Diet Cookbook where he translates a treasure trove of dietary research into accessible, actionable advice. This a book packed with tools designed to help you live a happier, healthier life.

5. Ageing is so deeply ingrained in human experience that we never think to ask: is it necessary? Renowned computational biologist Andrew Steele sets out the history and biology of getting older in Ageless and reveals some medical breakthroughs, not yet widely known, which have the power to improve billions of lives.

6. There was a time when, for Ella Risbridger when the world became overwhelming. One night she found herself lying on her kitchen floor, wondering if she would ever get up - and it was the thought of a chicken, of roasting it, and of eating it, that got her back on her feet. From this experience the Midnight Chicken cookbook was born, a cookbook full of mouth-watering food good for soul and stomach.

7. The bond between parent and child is often the most influential of our relationships. Yet for so many families, these relationships go wrong, and it can be difficult to get back on track. In The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read, renowned psychotherapist Philippa Perry shows how strong and loving bonds are made with your children and how such attachments form the building blocks of good mental health, in childhood and beyond.

8. If you'd rather ring in the new year with fiction we have The Cousins, a nail-biting mystery that follows 18-year-old cousins Aubrey, Milly and Jonah Story as they're summoned to their reclusive grandmother's resort. Meeting each other for the first time they bond over their determination to discover the secret at the heart of their family, a mysterious incident that drove their grandmother to disinherit her four children with five simple words; you know what you did. This summer the Storey children might just find that some secrets are best left alone.

9. Our next mystery follows Beth who takes on the role of would be investigator when she comes across an impossible phenomenon. It's been 12 years since she last saw her friend Flora Braid and when she sees her again Flora looks much as she expected. It's the children that are the problem. 12 years ago, Thomas and Emily Braid were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are still five and three – no taller, no older. To find out why you'll have to pick up Haven't They Grown.

10. Last but not least we have Just My Luck. For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. But when an argument splits the syndicate and Lexi and Jake strike out on their own, those same six numbers win them a landfall that turns close friends in to enemies.

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