Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Current Reads

Every January, I set out with the same goal: Read more. Since I'm determined to keep that goal this year, I'm going to be sharing book reviews and current reading lists throughout the year. So, keep me accountable, friends! If I stop sharing these, remind me! I need all the help I can get. ;)

I'm trying something new this year. I'm reading several books at once. I have never attempted this before, but so far it's working well. Here's what's on my bedside table right now.

I can't believe I've never read these books. I mean, I've seen all the movies, but never actually read the books. When I saw the boxed set in my daughter's book order for school, I snatched up a Christmas gift for me! :) So far, I'm loving The Hobbit. I love the language and imagery. 

Recommended by a friend, I can tell this is one that I'll reference time and again. I'm currently reading through it one chapter per week in an online book club with a few friends and we're all getting a lot out of it. My favorite quote so far: "Conviction always move us back to the Father. To say, 'I am not worthy so I will stay away from my Father' is shame. To say, 'I am not worthy, but I will go to my Father' is conviction."

I found this on the bargain book table at a Christian book store. I've read some of Ruth's writings and I enjoy her work. I'm about 1/3 of the way through, and so far, I'm enjoying it. I like that she weaves scripture throughout, and includes some journaling/discussion questions at the end of each chapter. I'm hoping there will be some practical tips in there somewhere, but the philosophical basis is good, too.

I started reading this last year and never finished it. What I've read so far is awesome, but for some reason, I just couldn't get into it then. But I love Brene Brown, so I'm diving back in and enjoying it so much! Sometimes the timing just isn't right for your heart to receive the message of a book, but I think the timing is right for this one now!

I actually finished reading this last week. I broke my rule of only reading a few chapters per day per book. I loved this fiction story and couldn't put it down. It's not the most well-written fiction book I've ever read (I've been to Italy...there were a few VERY minor flaws), but it was lovely, and I got a lot out of it...I felt it gave language to some longings I've had in my heart for a long time. It inspired me to download several more books about St. Francis of Assisi and I can't wait to dig into those! Check back Friday for my thoughts on Chasing Francis.

I have a huge list of books lined up to read this year (growing by the day!) and I'm loving this new technique of reading 3-4 at a time. I think I'll get more books read this way. In the past, if I've gotten bogged down in a book, I've put it aside, but didn't want to pick up another until that one was finished. It slowed my progress down tremendously. But this way, if I'm getting bored or tired of the author's voice for a bit, I can easily pick up another, read a few chapters, then come back. I've purposely chosen books from different genres and subjects, and made a list of books for each area of my life. I'm thoroughly enjoying this process and can't wait to see how much material I can get through this year! 2017 is the year for GROWTH!

I'd love to hear what your reading goals are for 2017. What's on your bedside table right now?


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