Last year I met (and far exceeded) my goal of reading 24 books, but wandered far off the list around the halfway point. Since I didn’t do super well with having a rigid list to follow I thought I’d leave it more open-ended this year. I like having goals to work towards, but I think this way will work better for me. My reading goals for 2014 include the following:
- Read 50 books, picking at least 15 of those from my own bookshelf.
- Read 2 books per month on my Kindle – I’ve only got about a million to choose from.
- Read 12 books aloud to the girls (this schedule worked perfectly for us last year, so I’m sticking to it).
I’ve been on a massive fiction kick for the past few months, which seems to happen ever few years, but I’d like to balance it out a little with some non-fiction I’ve been itching to read, while still leaving lots of room to add as the year progresses. Here are the selections I’ve picked from my bookshelf so far:
- Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!– One of the titles I didn’t get very far into last year, but I’ve been meaning to read it for years now.
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity – Again, a repeat from last year’s list.
- How to Have a HEART for Your Kids – Can’t ever read too many parenting books, right?
- Casting with a Fragile Thread: A Story of Sisters and Africa – A memoir of growing up in Zimbabwe.
- Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State – Also from the 2013 list, but I’m going to keep adding it to the pile until I get it read. Seems like it can’t hurt to know a little about Texas history.
- The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year – I’ve read her blog for years, and don’t expect to learn a lot from this book, but I really admire her and wish I was half as good at time management as she is.
- Shepherding a Child’s Heart – I got about two pages of this read last summer and have no idea why I stopped. Definitely happening this year.
- Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence & Change Your Life in 5 Days – Wow, five days, huh? We shall see. 😉
- Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal – I’m about 1/3 of the way through this and just need to finish it. Perhaps it will finally convince me that french fries are of the devil. I can hope, right?
- Outliers: The Story of Success – Another kick-in-the-pants kind of book.
- The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears – I’ve been looking for a book on prayer for a while. Hope this one is good.
- Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe – This book probably tops my list for the year. I adore her blog and writing style and how real she is. Because seriously, motherhood is no joke.
- Wuthering Heights (Dover Thrift Editions) – Although this book has been on my shelf since I was in my early teens I can’t remember ever actually reading all of it.
- John Adams – Yes, this is STILL ON MY LIST! I’m hopeless.
- Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far – I’m a ways into this book already, but I’m going to include it in my list since I didn’t quite make it for 2013.
- The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had – The only reason I passed this over last year is because I never got around to buying it. Sadly, my library doesn’t carry it. 🙁
- Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption – From the Christmas wish list 🙂
I read about half of the books on my list last year, but there was only one that I just couldn’t make it through – Don Quixote (that wretch). Once I finally decided to quit torturing myself I immediately listed it on paperbackswap and someone snatched it right up. So now it can’t make me feel guilty anymore. 😉 I had a lot more success with the read-aloud list (go us!). I’ll be back in a few days with our 2014 list.
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