I am big on reading goals. I love to read good books and talk about good books. Every year, I try to set a goal of books I want to read. I do this for many reasons, but the biggest reason I read books is because I want to grow as a human.
I want to be one of those adults who grows and matures with age. I want to learn more about myself and the people around me. Simply put, I don't want to be the same person I am today 10 years from now. Reading can be a HUGE catalyst for personal growth and development.
This year, I hope to read 40 books. I am following along with Modern Mrs. Darcy and her reading challenge. If you are looking for some GREAT book inspiration this year, why don't you join us?
I have a HUGE to-be-read list, but here are 12 books I really want to read this year.
I am huge fans of these two lades. I am an Influence Network member and am always inspired by their passion for life, faith, and business. I am excited to dig into this book.
I could really read any Jen Hatmaker book in one day. Her books are laugh out-loud funny and super inspiring. When you read one of her books you are sure to be entertained and learn a lot. My friends have GUSHED over this book. I can't wait to crack it open.
I have heard people talk and talk and talk about this book. I am looking forward to reading it myself. This book is a New York Times bestseller about how to discern what tasks in your life are most important. It is about how to pursue less things and not be persuaded by the opinions of others.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury // A book recommended by the library
I've seen this book displayed at our local library for years. I've never gave it a second look until this week. Apparently, my friends at the local library love this book. I'm in. Let's read it.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee // I book I should have read in school
Why didn't I read this book in school? I am reading it this year and I couldn't be more thrilled.
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor // A book chosen by a spouse
My husband starting reading this book last week. He is so jazzed about it. He has practically read the whole thing aloud to me already! The Happiness Advantage is about WHAT makes us and happy and how positive thinking and environments lead to success. Fascinating stuff. Sign me up!
Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann // A book published before you were born
If you are not a knitter, you won't understand. It's okay. I have heard about this book for YEARS. I am adding it my library. It was published in 1973 and is still a handbook for modern crafters.
I love reading books that were once banned. I am a rebel like that.
I tired to read this book in the fall. I had it on hold at my local library and it just happened to come in with 5 other books. I couldn't get it finished in time. I keep reading good reviews on this book, so I will try again.
The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller // A book that I own but have never read
We got this book at a marriage retreat last fall. I haven't even opened it yet. My friends all have raving reviews, so I am excited to read it.
We are big Brene Brown fans around our house. I really love her research and her writing. Her books aren't something you can blow through in a weekend. You need time. Time to read and digest the material. Time to process and talk it through with your people. Her books are work and I love her for it.
As Silver Refined is one of my favorite books of all time. It gives practical spiritual advice on pain and disappointment in your life. It is not shaming, but grace filled. 2015 was one of the most challenging years for me personally. I need to dig through this book one more time and process.
I have many, many more books I cannot wait to read this year. I would love to read through Robert Galbraith's (aka J.K. Rowling) series and I can't wait to get my hands on Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey.
I hope to read more classics this year and I am in the process of making a list of small business books I hope to read as we have some MAJOR goals to hit this year with our company.
What are hoping to read this year? Let us know!