I absolutely love reading. Books are a huge spending weakness of mine. That’s why it may be a bad/good thing that I get daily emails alerting me of kindle book sales. I mean $1.99-$2.99 a piece, yes please! Unfortunatly we do not have access to a library where I can check out all my non-fiction business books. We have a volunteer run library in town but the majority of the books are children’s and fiction. That leaves me to buy my own books. Which is ok because I mean the smell of the new pages and being able to mark up the book with my highlighter makes it all worth it right?! I love when I see people sharing their favorite reads or books they plan to read. It only gives me more ideas. I don’t know if there are any of you out there who love reading as much as me. If so I want to dedicate a post on some books I plan to read/have read.
Awhile ago I planned on starting book review blog posts. I maybe have done one. I seem to put them off because I can’t think of enough to say about each book separately to make up a whole post. Instead I will share in one post books on my reading list, and books I have read with brief descriptions. I made a goal this year to read atleast 12 books. This is my first year actually writing down goals and placing a measurable number with them. It intimidates me a little. I figured I can hit 12 so I went with it. It seems like not very many, but at the same time that is one a month. We will see how it goes. I hope to read lots more than just 12 this year. Now on to the actual book list:
- Essentialism by Greg Mckeown. It’s so easy to say yes to everything. There are so many good things to do out there, but I find myself feeling frazzled and not good at anything when I try to do it all. I am excited to read this book to simplify my life a little!
- The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale: My mind constantly defaults to negativity. I am slowly improving but I gobble up anything I can to continue to improve in this area.
- Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt. I am enrolled in Michael’s Platform university and really like it. I want to grow my audience so why not read the book too??
- The Simplicity Project by Corie Clark. Yet another book on simplifying and organizing my life!
- The New Strong-Willed Child by Dr. James Dobson. I feel we may have a strong willed child on our hands. I am going to need all the advice I can get 🙂
A few books I read this past year:
- One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. This is seriously a favorite of mine. I have read it twice and find myself highlighting something on every page. The first time I read it I had a hard time focusing. I felt like it had alot of REALLY long sentences and it was hard to keep up with. The second time I read it, I really focused more and began to see that the long sentences and in depth thoughts were really was what she was going for. It made sense for some reason the second time. Don’t get me wrong I loved it the first time too, I just had to really think. I can probably blame half of that on mushed baby brain syndrome. I totally just made that up but I am pretty sure it’s a real thing. 😉 My brain was mush the first few months after having Kina! I would highly recommend this book. The very last chapter was a little weird to me. But maybe the third time I read it I will love it!
- Created To Be His Help Meet by Debbi Pearl. I have to admit I never finished this book. I read it with some friends and we all came to the conclusion that it has some really good points, but it needs to be read with discretion. I thought the book started out really good, and slowly started getting weird. She is just very opinionated and states her opinions almost as facts. Again, it has some really good points, but overall I didn’t really love it. We all agreed it was good to read with a group of girls so we could discern it together.
- The Go-Giver by Bob Burn and John David Mann. This was a really good book about being generous. Generosity not only leads you to become more successful but it blesses you beyond what you can imagine in other ways too. I loved reading a book on generosity in business. I will definitely be reading this one again.
- Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman. I am currently reading this one. I am just about finished. I started it awhile ago, stopped, and then started back up. I really do like this book. It has a lot of good thoughts it is a little harder for me to read. I am not sure if it is the way she brings her message across or her style of writing. I do like it, I just don’t love it. I will probably re-read it all at once next time. Maybe that will make a difference.
- Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist. I loved this book. I was able to relate with her very well. It is basically about enjoying each other around the table. It’s stresses a simply way to host, with more emphasis on togetherness than perfection. She also threw in other things from her life as well as recipes at the end of each chapter.
What about you? Do you love reading? Do you have a reading list for this year? I would love to hear some of your favorite books, or books you want to read. I am always on the lookout for more books! Happy Reading!
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