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Last year, I chronicled the books I read in 2012. I set a goal to read 50 books that year, and I passed that and read 65. I read a lot of awesome books and broadened my reading horizons too, beyond my normal type of genre.
One of Matt’s relatives who is also a voracious reader told me she got a lot out of those posts and found some new books to read because of them. She wondered why I wasn’t continuing with it this year.
Two reasons – I haven’t hardly read any books this year yet, and the majority of what I have read have been business books. Probably boring for the majority of people.
But, I’m kind of business-booked out and now that it’s summer, I’ve started to read more fun books. So, I plan to keep up with my posts again!
To recap the first half of 2013:
This book was given to me to read by my mom. It’s old – written in the 90’s so some of the things were funny to read. But it had some practical advice and kept my mind on simplifying. Not to say I made many changes, but I thought about making them!
I heard about this book from a husband and wife photography couple who’s blog I follow, so I asked for it for Christmas. It’s a book that has a women’s side and a men’s side, so the women’s side is written by two wives and the men’s side is written by their 2 husbands. I read my side first and then Matt read his side. It had a lot of amazing information and I think I’d like to read it again. This time, stopping to actually do the different challenges/tasks it tells you to do.
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen –
Oh my gosh, I LOVED this book. I got it from my mom who got it from a friend, so I’d never heard of Rhoda before. I was laughing out loud the whole time. I almost wanted to reread the book when it was finished. I think Rhoda has written at least one more book, another memoir of her life which make these books all the more funnier since it’s all true! I have to look that other book up!
This is the 19th book in the Stephanie Plum series that I read in it’s entirety last year. I have been waiting for this book to be released and it didn’t disappoint! I got my Lula fix and now I’m stuck waiting for the 20th book again. I am tempted to reread the series again this year because I loved it THAT much.
I picked this book up as I was passing the shelves at the library. I think I liked the cover art. 🙂 It sucked me in from the first few pages. Talk about a great hook! It was a Christian-fiction book; a heartwarming story. I guess it’s book 1 in a series, so now I have to look into the next book!
This book is set in NYC in the days and weeks after 9/11. It’s about socialite kids and their lives. Very different from my own life but I really enjoyed the book. It was weird hearing about 9/11 from the perspective of people who lived there. I know the book is fiction, but still, it was interesting reading the perspectives of people who were living in the city when it happened.
The Big Love by Sarah Dunn – This book was a good, lighthearted read. I had to google it to remember what it was about though so it must not have made too big an impression. A light hearted beach read.
A business book about how to close to gap between your desk job and your dream job. Jon writes in a way that engages you, and made the book fun to read. I have his newest book Start on my list to read.
This book caught my attention when I first heard about it because of the title. A great idea from a marketing standpoint because anyone hearing about it is curious about a 4 hour work week.
This book fascinated me. Tim isn’t just talking about theory – he’s done everything he is writing about and he has lots of other stories of people like him who are doing the same thing. It’s a book I will check out again at the library and probably buy for myself to keep.
I follow Richie and his wife Natalie on social media so I feel like I know these two. I was so excited when I heard Richie was publishing a book and I couldn’t wait to order it when it came out. It didn’t disappoint either! I plan to reread it again because there’s a whole chapter on Authenticity that I really want to dive into and devour slowly. A great book to motivate and inspire and to give you the push to go start your dreams!
This book caught my attention the first time I saw the title and cover. It’s a true story about a kid who graduates college and decides to ditch his plans and possessions and move to a new city with $25 and ‘the search for the American Dream.’ He dives into homelessness and poverty with the goal of rising out of the circumstances he finds himself in, and having $2,500 in the bank, a working vehicle and a furnished apartment at the end of 1 year. It’s an interesting story and he does a good job of describing the people he meets along the way. I’d be interested to see what he is doing now. I should google him.
A quick read business book about making it your goal to share your knowledge and connect people in your network. It’s a stretch for me since I’m an introvert, but I found a lot of the book interesting anyway.
I have heard so many good things about the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I looked it up at my library and the only one I could find to check out was this one – a new edition written for application in the digital age. I would like to read the original someday. This book was long and I skimmed parts of it. I think I was tired of reading business books by the time I got to it. But it had a lot of good information and made me interested in reading the original too. Lots of timeless information in it!
I joined a book club this month and this was the book we read. I think I read the book a long time ago, or else I saw the movie, so it was fun to reread it now that I’m older. It was also the first book I ever read on my iPad so that was fun!
This was the next book club pick. It’s written by a Minnesota author which I love! It makes me feel connected to them somehow. 🙂 This book isn’t my typical genre of fun, lighthearted chic lit or emotional fiction. But it was so good! I’m just mad I didn’t start it sooner because I had to skim the last 20 pages 5 minutes before book club because I didn’t have time to finish it! And I’m a bad skimmer…
One of my goals this year is to learn how to meditate. I checked this book out at the library to start learning. It gave a lot of good basic info to get me started. It also went more in depth into meditation so I didn’t read the whole thing entirely. Since finishing the book, and talking with my aunt who actively practices meditation, I’ve started doing it myself and am really liking it!
I love Kristin Hannah and have read every book of hers that the library carries. I hadn’t read this one yet so I picked it up. It started out with a woman feeling depressed around the holidays because in the last year, she walked in on her sister [who’s her best friend] and her husband in bed together. So now she’s divorced and her sister and her husband are together.
Woah, what a start.
The book is full of twists and turns and didn’t follow the path I thought it would. It ended happy and I love a happy ending, so I think it was a good read!
That brings me to 17 for January-May 2013.
I think my goal for this year was 30 or 35, so I’m over half way there.
I lowered my goal from 50 because I didn’t know if I’d have time with some of the other projects I’ve been working on. But now that the summer is here, I plan to have some beach dates with a book and a pop so I can read some of the books on my list!
What are you reading? Have you read anything you’ve loved that I should add to my list?