12 Books in 12 Months

I’m not really a New Year’s resolution type of girl. I do my word for the year, but I rarely set actual, measurable goals at the beginning of the year. But for some reason, this year feels a little different.

I have a few health goals I want to accomplish, a few business related things, and then this personal goal: read (at least) twelve books this year. One per month, at the least. 12 Books in 12 Months

This goal would have seemed positively ridiculous to me five years ago. I have always loved to read, and in the past I would finish a book in two or three days. But, times have changed and the little people in my world don’t allow for much reading, so I’ve really let the habit slip over the past few years. So I decided to set an easily accomplished goal to nudge myself back into my book worm ways.

I have just been collecting books over the past couple of years, and I never seem to get around to reading many of them. Not only that, but I borrowed several books from my mom last year, and I haven’t read a single one of them. I decided to just choose twelve that appealed to me, that seem appropriate for this stage of life, whatever it may be. I’m hopeful that I’ll read much more than the twelve I’ve chosen – there are a few books I know that are coming out over the next few months that I want to get to – but if I can get these twelve read, I’ll be happy.

Here’s a list of the books I’ve chosen. This isn’t the order I plan to read them – I haven’t decided that quite yet. I have started with The Alchemist though, and I’m loving it so far.

  • She’s Still There – Chrystal Evans Hurst
  • The Shack – William P. Young
  • The Prayer of Jabez – Bruce Wilkinson
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • Strong Mothers, Strong Sons – Meg Meeker, MD
  • The Best Yes – Lysa Terkeurst
  • Hold: How to Find, Buy and Rent Houses for Wealth – Gary W. Keller, Jay Papasan, Jennice Doty, Jim McKissack, Linda McKissack, and Steve Chader
  • Love That Lasts – Jefferson & Alyssa Bethke
  • Grace, Not Perfection – Emily Ley
  • 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 – Thomas W. Phelan
  • The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
  • Crazy Love – Francis Chan

So – what am I missing that I need to absolutely, positively make room for? I LOVE book suggestions, so hit me with whatever you’ve got.

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