Last year I accomplished a pretty lofty goal of reading 52 books in 52 weeks by reading 53 books in 2014. Since I was able to accomplish this, I thought that I might try again this year. I more than finished the goal (over achiever status) surely I could do this again! Not only that, but I upped the goal to 55. Factor in some vacation time and I could easily do this I thought.
You know the saying that lightening never strikes twice in the same place? I’m pretty sure that reading a book a week is the twin sister of lightening strikes.
So far this year, I’ve only read 23 books. Read is a lose term, since I’m counting books I got mostly through then quit because I just couldn’t waste my time or brain cells anymore (like this one).
Even though my number of completed books is low (according to Goodreads I’m 18 books behind schedule), I’ve read a number of extraordinary books this year. Let me share a few with you.
The Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner I’ve already shared why I love this book so much on my blog. The Fringe Hours is so simple, but inspiring all at the same time that it’s certainly worth repeating. I’m also thinking this is going on my list of books to be re-read on a yearly basis.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold I picked this book up from the library solely because the author was my counselor at camp in high school and I wanted to support him. I was not at all expecting to be so intrigued, captivated and deeply moved by a book in the young adult section. This piece of YA literature is absolutely stunning and worth venturing outside your usual reading zone. It also deals with some complex and weighty subjects in a way that is appropriate for youth but doesn’t skirt around them. Well Done, Dave, Well Done. This is one million times better than any of the Wake CDs, and that’s saying a lot because I still listen to those.
Savor by Shauna Niequist If you want to get really technical, I haven’t read this whole thing. Savor is a daily devotional book by one of my favorites, Shauna Niequist. It’s just so much more than that, however. First of all, I cannot describe how beautiful the physical book is (Don’t buy it on Kindle. Get the hardback). Secondly, when I read anything Shauna writes I feel like I am sitting over coffee with a best friend and she’s telling me the words in my heart. Also, there are wonderful recipes. I made the summer salad on page 170 for a work potluck and one of my pickier eating co-workers
maybe had thirds.
Love Does by Bob Goff I am SO late to the party on this book. People have been singing it’s praises for years and I just got around to reading it. It lives up to it’s hype. This book is so chock full of stories that you cannot believe one person possibly did all of these things. Plus, there is so much deep wisdom and truth packed into the stories. I just want to live like Bob Goff does. I personally loved all of the book, but chapter 20, Ten-Year-Old Adventures, was the launching pad for my summer orientation closing remarks. I read a portion of it to the group each day applying it to their family’s current transition and it always made the moms cry and gave me goosebumps every time. That’s a win.
Scary Close by Donald Miller I forced myself to put this one towards the bottom because if you know me at all you know that I love every word Donald Miller has ever published. I reread Through Painted Deserts every single year and can almost quote the authors note (which I apparently have quoted here at least three times.) His newest book, Scary Close, which came out this year, was like a therapy session. I wrote, highlighted and journaled my way through it and I really saw myself and others around me more clearly as a result. It will probably also go on the reread yearly list.
For The Love by Jen Hatmaker I already feel a kinship with Jen because when I hear her speak, she reminds me so much of my dear grad school friend Becky. For the Love just came out recently and I dug into it as soon as it’s pre-ordered Amazon box arrived on my doorstep. I love her perfect mix of wit and wisdom. I also love her shoutouts to the Jimmy Fallon show and how a book that can have me laughing at one moment can have me making notes of deep personal application or how to use this with my students in the next. For the Love- just go pick it up already!
One of my blog goals is to share what I’m reading more frequently. I love the power of words- both in writing them to process what I’m learning in my own life and reading other’s words to assist in that process. You can check out my book page to see pinterest boards of the books I’ve been reading this year and last. Spoiler alert- I haven’t kept this year’s too up-to-date so don’t hate me (are you noticing a trend here, because I am.)
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