Evolving Book List

I’ve had to fight the urge to tell myself that I’ve failed for the year.
My reading goals have taken a slight detour.

But it’s ok.

I’m learning more about my interests and what makes me say, “Hmm. I like that!”
While also trying to add a smidgen of discipline.

  1. Celebration of Discipline
  2. Jane Eyre
  3. How to Be Here
  4. Notes from a Blue Bike

So far I’m in the midst of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Ruthless Trust (again), and Far from the Tree (which is life changing already).

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2017 Book List

Last year I set a goal to read 10 books.
One book per month with room for grace.

I found that I enjoyed a good mix of fiction and non-fiction and that I need to challenge myself to read a few pieces of classical literature.  My Dad has started this task (on a much higher level) and it is really encouraging. If he can do it, so can I.

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  1. The Celebration of Discipline
  2. Jane Eyre
  3. The Life Giving Home
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird
  5. Give them Grace
  6. Surprised by Joy
  7. Robert Frost’s Poems
  8. Pax
  9. Little Women
  10. Of Mice and Men
  11. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  12. The Hiding Place
  13. Present Over Perfect
  14. An autobiography

What are you reading this year?

Reading List II

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  1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Goodness.  This book.  Trust me, just read it.
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Ridiculous title, I know. I’m going to use the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by it’s title.” here. Quick and easy read with solid advice in just how to be a nice person.
  3. The Girl on the Train – This was an impulse iBook purchase that I could not stop reading.  Seriously addictive.
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – I believe this was suggested on a podcast I listen to and I am forever grateful for the suggestion. Francie Nolan truly stole my heart. I love a good coming of age story and even more when it’s set in the early 1900’s and in New York.
  5. Brooklyn – After watching the film, I reserved this book at the library.  I have never really been a fan of reading the book after watching the movie but it’s so good.  The inner dialogue of the main character that you have to rely on inferences from the movie create a whole new experience.
  6. Ruthless Trust – A sweet friend placed this book in my hands at just the right time.  I will always be thankful for that bold and kind gift.
  7. Cold Tangerines
  8. Bittersweet
  9. Bread & Wine
  10. Present Over Perfect 

Clearly, I went through a bit of a Shauna Niequist phase.
And I think it was just what I needed.
Her words made my crazy inner-turmoil ridden mind feel at ease.
I don’t have to have it all figured out.
Mess is ok.

 

Reading List

The past few years I’ve leaned towards non-fiction books. But this year, I think after reading this, I dove head first into fiction. The rebel in me likes that it completely swerves from my original book list and each book is just a library reservation whim.

Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Goodness.  This book.  Trust me, just read it.
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Ridiculous title, I know. I’m going to use the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by it’s title.” here. Quick and easy read with solid advice in just how to be a nice person basically.
  3. The Girl on the Train – This was an impulse iBook purchase that I could not stop reading.  Seriously addictive.
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – I believe this was suggested on a podcast I listen to and I am forever grateful for the suggestion. Francie Nolan truly stole my heart. I love a good coming of age story and even more when it’s set in the early 1900’s and in New York.
  5. All the Light We Cannot See – Everyone and their mother is reading this book.  This is one I’m listening to through Audible and am hopeful to finish it while on our trip.
  6. Brooklyn – After watching the film, I reserved this book at the library.  I have never really been a fan of reading the book after watching the movie but it’s so good.  The inner dialogue of the main character that you have to rely on inferences from the movie create a whole new experience.  I’ve already reserved a few of the author’s other works to hopefully have as a trip book.