For 2018 I had a goal of reading twelve books and I surpassed that goal. I am a book lover that had gotten off of track because of children and life. It felt really good to get back into the habit of reading. I only count books that I am reading for myself and not the books that I read aloud to the children. I am increasing my goal for the year from 12 to 24 books. I have not chosen all of them but I have a good stack to get started and I can add to my list as I find good books to read.
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I am going to start out in January by finishing a book I started last year and put down after the hurricane, Becoming MomStrong. It was a really good book and I am excited to get back into it. I have also been reading Uninvited by Lysa TeKeurst and hope to finish that this month. Then I can dive into the rest of my 2019 list.
I plan to get quite a few of them from my own book shelves where I have lots of good books that I haven’t found the time to read yet. In addition, I am excited to hear about the books that you are reading and hope to find some good suggestions in the comments.
Just Open the Door is a great book on hospitality or at least the few chapters that I have already read. I received this book as a Christmas gift and I couldn’t help but get started. I love the down to earth suggestions combines with Biblical advice. I am hoping to finish it in January as well and begin to implement some of her strategies.
Girls Club: Cultivating Lasting Friendships in a Lonely World is a new book by Sally Clarkson and her daughters Sarah and Joy. I honestly have read many of her books and not found one I did not like. I am so excited to read this one when it releases in February and I already have it pre-ordered. She gives wonderful practical advice with high ideals and a Biblical foundation.
Caught Up in A Story is by Sarah Clarkson and talks about how good books can shape a child’s education and imagination. ” Drawing on her own storyformed childhood and her long study of children’s literature, Sarah Clarkson explores and celebrates the soul-forming power of story to help children imagine, and live, a great story of their own.”
Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter is a series that I have been reading since the summer of 2017. You will notice that I tend to gravitate towards non-fiction but I do also love this charming fiction series that is based on the life of Beatrix Potter.
Journey that Saved Curious George is a children’s book and I will probably end up also reading it to my children but I included it on my list because my wonderful husband bought it for me after I had seen a blogger friend review it. It looked like such a great book that I mentioned wanting it and it showed up on the Christmas tree. I plan to read it for myself and then share it with the children. It is the story of how the author of Curious George, HA Rey, escaped Paris as the Germans advanced.
Anne of Green Gables is a book that I read and loved as a young child. My daughter is reading it as part of her literature assignments this semester and I decided it would be fun if I re-read it as well. It is a fun book full of many great lessons. (if you do not have a copy of this classic it is only .49 on Kindle)
The Organized Homeschool Life is a book I’ll be reading throughout the whole year. It is a book that includes a week by week guide to getting organized. Each week has a manageable step that you can complete towards organizing your home school in a variety of aspects not just physical items. The first week was all about setting up a good devotional routine. I found this book through a friend of mine that blogs over at HomeschoolFanatic and has started an online book study. If this book interests you I encourage you to join us over in the group. (Book Group with Homeschool Fanatic)
Those books will give me a good start to my reading goals for 2019 and I will be adding as I go along. I am hoping that at least half of my books will be books already on my shelves or in one of my reading baskets. There are so many books and so little time, but I have found that keeping books available and ready and reading even a few minutes at a time really adds up. Do you have a reading list or any reading goals for 2019?
Also check out this fun list full of classics from The Life We Build.
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