Maxed out library books
As a child, I was an avid reader. I don’t even know if that’s the right word…maybe more like “obsessed.” My mom used to take me to the library and we’d check out the max amount of books, and then I’d finish them in a week and we’d go back to get more.
I was that kid who used to read while walking. I wanted to read while eating dinner. I would get in trouble at school for reading under my desk or for going ahead while our class was reading a story together. And I always used to wish that there was such a thing as waterproof books so that I could read in the shower!
A reading challenge…?
I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I finally decided to do a yearly book challenge. Jami Balmet of Young Wife’s Guide was talking about how she read almost 100 books in 2018, and I was like…”whaaaat?!”
You see, I read almost non-stop as a kid. It definitely slowed down in middle and high school, although I’d still take the time to read a good story every so often(I think I read the first Twilight book in one day).
But once I got married that changed. And once we had our daughter, I read even less! So when I saw Jami’s reading goals (and how much she actually read last year), I was inspired. She is a work-at-home mama running a business, and her and her hubby have FIVE kids that are home-schooled! So if she can read that many books in a year, I could at least aim for a fraction of that!
My 2019 reading goal
I chose to challenge myself to read 20 books in 2019! I will continue to update this post as I finish books. I’m so excited to have a running record of what I’m reading up on my blog, and to be able to share it with you all! Scroll to the bottom of this post to check out some of the resources I use that can help you meet your reading goals.
Books I’ve read in 2019:
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines – It was so inspiring! This was a beautiful story about a beautiful relationship. You’ll be inspired to dream and to take action. They encourage you to be content and make the best of whatever home or season of life you’re in. I looooved this book! It was an easy read because they are just so fun and their stories are so interesting. Read more about how this book impacted me here.
To-Do List Formula: A Stress Free Guide to Creating To-Do Lists That Work! by Damon Zahariades –The author lays out specific and actionable steps in creating a to-do list system. Visual examples of the lists and steps definitely would’ve been helpful; however I will definitely be implementing a few of his tips!
Finish by Jon Acuff – read (more like “listened to”) this book through Audible. It was very helpful and had so many practical applications and funny stories. I think I’m definitely a fan of Jon Acuff! One of my favorite chapters was when he talked about making our goals fun. Why not give ourselves incentives and rewards to reach our goals (especially if they’re challenging or boring)?! So now, if I do my dishes right away, I color in a square on a chart I made. 100 squares = salsa lessons! Woooohoo!
The No-Spend Challenge Guide: How to Stop Spending Money Impulsively, Pay off Debt Fast, & Make Your Finances Fit Your Dreams by Jen Smith – This is a really great book for anyone looking to cut back on spending and wanting to pay off debt or save money faster. Jen’s writing style is very likeable, and their debt story is inspiring. I really love all the practical ideas and links she shares to help you get a hold of some extra money so you can reach your goals faster!
I Declare War: Four Keys to Winning the Battle with Yourself by Levi Lusko – Also listened to this one on Audible! Great book with very practical and applicable ways to fight negativity, lies, dark thoughts, etc. Many powerful truths in here; plus some great anecdotes from Levi Lusko.
In Between by Jenny B. Jones – I loved this Christian fiction book that was about a teenage foster daughter. I’m a sucker for foster care and redemption stories, so this was a great feel-good and fun read!
15 Handpicked Unique Suppliers for Handmade Businesses 2015-2016 by Renae Christine – She’s my business coach! I love her and am always appreciative of all the resources she provides (like this one). Oh, and it’s FREE.
Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette – Oh. my. goodness. I LOVED this book! It gave me a glimpse into this time period that I’ve never had before. While I’m aware that it’s historical fiction and some of it was left to the author’s imagination, it allowed me to get a better idea of what the people may have experienced during these huge events. loved the characters and the storyline… just everything. I was so drawn in and at times could not put it down! I highly recommend it! Read my full review here.
Are you interested in reading more this year, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are a few resources:
> Jami Balmet put together a 2019 Christian Reading Challenge/Book List for both men and women. You can choose to aim for either 13 books or 26 books in a year. Or you can use her recommendations to find your next read, because she has many books she and her husband personally recommend, in several different categories.
> The reason I was able to so quickly knock my first book out was because I was reading it for free through Amazon Prime (on my free Kindle app)! I am currently on their 30-day free trial, so it’s motivating me to read as much as I can before the trial is up!
> I am also currently using Audible to “read” (more like “listen to”) some of the books on my list. Both Jon Acuff (one of the authors I’m listening to) and Jami Balmet have given me permission to use audiobooks to reach my reading goal, so I’m running with it! Why not, right?
> You can get a free 30-day trial and try four Christian audiobooks through ChristianAudio. The great part is that even if you don’t keep paying for the membership, you still get one free audiobook download every month. They choose the book though, not you. This month (January) it’s a great Charles Spurgeon devotional: Morning and Evening.
> I have gotten many free e-books through Christianbook.com. If the free e-books link doesn’t take you to the right page, just find the e-books category, click all products (or refine your search), and then sort from low to high price. All the free books should come up first!
> Also, if you don’t already have the app Goodreads, I would highly recommend you get it! On there you can browse books, create lists of books you’re interested in reading, see what your friends have read or are reading, update what you are currently reading, and keep a list of books you’ve finished. You can also create a 2019 reading goal right in the app. The great part is that if you’re reading Amazon kindle e-books, they can sync directly to your app and your goal will be updated automatically! Click here to go to my Goodreads profile, where you can add me as a friend!