Reading is a huge part of our family life. We spend some time each year developing a reading list for the children, but one of my favorite things is developing a reading list for me.
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I didn’t have a lot of time for reading in 2016. Between a cumulative month in the hospital with our sweet Phoebe and nearly 100 scheduled doctors appointments, there was very little time for much of anything, and I think I missed my books the most. With that in mind, I set some pretty lofty reading goals for myself for 2017. Here they are:
Read Every Day
Even if it is only a few stolen minutes in a doctor’s office waiting room, I want to read something each day.
Read A Variety of Genres
In the past I have only allowed myself to read non-fiction and typically books about homeschooling, motherhood and church history or doctrine. Though those are still my favorites, I want to branch out and read some worthy fiction as well.
I typically set several goals for myself in any category. I set a safe goal that is the minimum I would be happy with, mid range goal and a stretch goal that I would be completely overjoyed to reach. For this year my number goals are:
Minimal Goal: 1 book per month or 12 books for the year
Mid Range: 2 books per month or 24 books for the year
Stretch Goal: 40 Books for the entire year
My Reading List
The Boken Way – Ann Voskamp
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Present Over Perfect – Shauna Niequist
Presence – Amy Cuddy
Quiet – Cain
Thrive – Huffington
Margin – Swenson
Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms – Tate
The Hormone Cure – Gottfried
The Hormone Reset Diet – Gottfried
The Life Giving Home – Clarkson
Reshaping It All – Bure
Made to Crave – TerKeurst
Own Your Life – Clarkson
Simply Tuesday – Freeman
The Fringe Hours – Turner
The Oneness View of Jesus Christ – Bernard
The Ministry of Motherhood – Clarkson
A Thomas Jefferson Education – DeMille
The Marketing of Evil – Kupelian
The Screwtape Letters – Lewis
Teaching the Trivium – Bluedorn
Clean – Junger
Everybody Writes – Handley
Raising Real Men – Young
Finding Authentic Hope and Wholeness – Koch
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Kondo
Mere Christianity – Lewis
A Grief Observed – Lewis
The Great Divorce – Lewis
The Problem of Pain – Lewis
The Weight of Glory – Lewis
Desperate – Clarkson and Mae
Oneness and Trinity – Bernard
A History of Christian Doctrine, Vol. 1-3 – Bernard
Some of these books are already on my bookshelf, and some I have skimmed before. I hope to really read them this year and absorb the material.
I realize this list leaves me two books short of my stretch goal of 40, but there are always several books released over the course of a year that I want to add to my list.
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