At the beginning of 2014, I made some goals for my year. They were inspired by Lara Casey’s goal setting process and were not so much resolutions as areas I’d like to focus on throughout the year. Despite the best of intentions, 2014 brought it’s own set of challenges and before I really felt that they year had begun, we were ringing in 2015. While I completely forgot about most of the goals I set, I did manage to keep one– the one most resolution like ironically enough.
I set the goal to read 52 books in 52 weeks. Not only did I complete this resolution, but I exceeded it by finishing 53.
This goal was stretching- it required me to be intentional about finding time to read in even the busiest of seasons. I had to be creative and intentional about completing the goal. I started bringing my Kindle to the gym and checking audiobooks out for trips to Kentucky.
It was also refreshing. Even in the busiest of times, I was reminded of what a great encouragement a good book is. As I think back over the books that I read last year, I began to see a theme emerge of to which books I am most drawn.
It was also enlightening. While I’ve been a reader as long as I can remember, I never could nail down a specific type or types of books that I preferred. Having focused on this reading goal I realize how much I love history, something I never would have considered. However, some of the best books I read are historical fiction, true stories and memoirs. I enjoy the realistic impact of those stories and find that books which could be real or are, suck me in.
I’d love to share with you over the next week or so, some of the best books I read in 2014. I will continue to read with the goal of 52 in 52 this year, although since this has become so much a part of my life over the last 12 months, I’m sure it is a habit now, not so much a resolution.
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