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.
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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