New Year’s Goals: Read more books!

I’ve always liked to read. I consumed books like candy when I was a girl. Then I went to university and reading became work. Ugh. After university came career, when I read lots of reports and numbers, double ugh, and then children, which meant my reading included lots of pictures and sing-songy rhymes. Okay, that was not ugh, it was fun!

Since then, a lot of my reading has been related to home educating my children or enjoying articles online. I have read actual books (Yay, free Kindle app!), but not as many as I’d like. So this year, the third New Year’s Goal I want to share with you is my goal to read a book a month.

A quick review of The Magnolia Story at A Chat Over Coffee

Some of you probably think that’s not nearly enough, and maybe it’s not, but my life is what it is. I was looking for Book #1 of 2017 when a friend mentioned she had finished and enjoyed The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I love “Fixer Upper” and I get a huge kick out of the way Chip and Joanna interact on the show, so I was delighted when my friend agreed to lend me the book.

I read it in an afternoon.

I’m a fan, so I expected to enjoy it, but I was pleasantly surprised at some of the insights on business and life that they shared. The way that Chip treats everyone, from the banker to the homeless guy, with the same respect reminds me of my husband. Joanna’s thoughts on thriving through life’s journey and not just surviving until you “make it” were really encouraging.

So thanks, Chip & Joanna, for giving us a peek into your world, and thanks to my friend for lending me “The Magnolia Story” so I could enjoy it for myself!

I need suggestions for what to read this year, please. What book(s) would you recommend?

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8 responses to “New Year’s Goals: Read more books!

  1. As a librarian, I hope you mean you are increasing your reading by one book a month. Reading needs to be a priority. I try to read two books a week. Depending on the book I may take longer or finish quicker. I read 118 in 2016.

    I do read chapter books at times, as part of work or that I come across through work. 13 of those were chapter books as I read the American Girl KIT series of 6 that I had never read and it had just been donated to our library, I read #1 in Nancy Drew series and I read 5 of the Betsy-Tacy series, also donated. I decided to re-read FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AND HOW THEY GREW and THE SECRET GARDEN off my bookshelf at home.

    We spend very little time watching TV, we don’t have cable or such, and we do not follow things like the Twitter and Facebook and whatever all other things like Pinterest etc that eat up folks time.

    Right now I am reading…

    BORN IN THE COUNTRY: A HISTORY OF RURAL AMERICA by David Danbom and HIDDEN FIGURES: THE AMERICAN DREAM AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE BLACK WOMEN MATHEMATICIANS WHO HELPED WIN THE SPACE RACE by Margot Shetterly.

    I recommend…

    THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (this is a youth book), THE CALLING OF EMILY EVANS by Janette Oke, LITTLE HEATHENS: HARD TIMES AND HIGH SPIRITS ON AN IOWA FARM DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.

    I seldom buy new books though I am given them as presents. I don’t use an ereader…I take an actual book/s with me. I check out most books from our church/school library or from the public library. Even a small library can get just about anything through interlibrary loan. I like to read cookbooks. We like to visit the used book stores.

    Happy reading to you all for 2017. The next book you read may just be the best ever, you never know.

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