So along with being inspired to set goals in 2012, I have been inspired and challenged by my friend Christa at Brown Sugar Toast to set a goal to read this year. I LOVE to read! Growing up, my aunt (a school teacher) used to give me 10-15 used books from a series like Nancy Drew or Mandy for Christmas and I would have them all read by the end of January. Then I not-so-patiently waited until my birthday in February to get the next 10-15 books to the series.
BUT after college and marriage, reading has not been something that I have made time to do. See what I said there, “Made time to do” – not didn’t have time to do, because we all have the same amount of time in a day and we choose to use it how we do! I mean, I have time for facebook, blog reading, Pinterest, etc. so I have the time to read, I just choose those other things!
So I have set a goal for myself in 2012 – Read at least 12 books (one a month). I could honestly read 1 book in a day or two (I am one of those readers that doesn’t want to put it down when I start!), so it shouldn’t be that hard to read one book a month. I have a lot of books that I have purchased or been given in past years that have set untouched on my shelf so I pulled a bunch of those out to start with. Some of these books will help inspire and grow me in areas that I have set goals in – like growing in my relationship with the Lord, becoming a better wife, organizing my home, ministering to others through hospitality, and even growing my blog so they serve double duty!
Here’s what I plan to read this year (not necessarily in this order):
These books are devotional books that I plan to read along with reading my Bible through in a year (using this plan):
I also plan to read or re-read these e-books that I have purchased or downloaded. They are written by or recommended by some of my favorite bloggers and I can’t wait to read them! Most of these have to do with growing my business or blog so will hopefully help me to reach some of my business goals!
How to make money blogging by Crystal Paine (Money Saving Mom)
-you can actually download this e-book for free here!
-which you can also download for FREE here
Ok, so that is 15 books plus the Bible! Guess I am looking forward to reading this year! Actually some of the e-books are rather short so could be finished in a one hour setting. And 3 of the books above will be read as devotional material so technically I only have 12 books for business and personal learning.
Here’s to having fun reading this year!
How about you? Have you made a goal to read more this year or a list of books you want to read? Share your goals or booklist in the comments!