For the first time ever, I’m starting the year with a stack of books I want to read. Not a list of books I want to borrow from the library — an actual physical stack of books. Of course, there are other books on my reading wish list, but these are the ones I’m definitely going to read this year.
Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho // This was on my Christmas wish list, and if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that this is the book I’m reading first this year. My mother-in-law offered to stay with her littlest grandson while I went to have my van serviced, so I got to spend some time by myself reading and eating the only McFlurry McDonalds sold yesterday. Well, I don’t know that for sure, but I’m probably the only person who wanted to roll down her window and order ice cream when the temperature was in the single digits.
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell // Tim and I own and have read all of his other books, so naturally I plan to read this one too.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout // I picked this one up at a used book sale a couple years ago, since my friend Brenda listed this among her favorites. I’ve started it several times, but 2014 is the year I’m going to start AND finish it.
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman and Parenting from the Inside Out by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell // A colleague recommended these to me shortly before I got married and became a step-mother in 2010.
The Holy Longing by Ronald Rolheiser // I read parts of this book for a seminary class I took years ago, and remember liking it.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown // From what I’ve heard and read by Brene Brown, and from what I know about my own perfectionism, I think I will benefit from reading this.
So that’s the stack. I gathered these books from various shelves in our house, and for now I’m keeping them visible (one of the keys to reaching my goals!) by placing them right on my desk shelf.
The current quote on my chalkboard — may all my work be praise — is from the lovely hymn “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need.” The beautiful calendar is actually a free printable from Shhh My Darling. I wasn’t familiar with the blog before, but based on January’s image, I can’t wait to see what the next 11 months will look like.
What’s on your reading list for 2014? I certainly hope to read more than seven books this year, so I’d be glad to hear what you plan to read — or what you’ve already read and loved.