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Books to Read in 2015

Last year it was so much fun sharing the books that were on my ‘to read’ list and then ticking off the books one by one. Sharing my thoughts on the books via  a blog post is fun too as you all chime in with what you are reading or your take on the books.

Reading has always been a love and time of relaxing for me – at least in the fiction department. Over the last two years I’ve slowly been upping the book count for non-fiction reading. In 2014 my goal was a stack of twelve books and only one of the books in my original pile went unread. Throughout the year though there were quite a few other books that came up and were added to the stack, so my overall total was nineteen non-fiction!

(For some of you that love non-fiction, you may be snickering, but phew – that was stretching for me!)

Many of the books I read in 2014 were encouraging, thought provoking, and ones that pushed me out of my comfort zone in different ways. As much as I dislike that, it’s something that is needed – and deep down – desired. You can see my full list of books, including fiction reading, on my Books Read in 2014 Pinterest board. My 2015 board is looking a little pitiful at the moment, but it will start filling up soon!

My 20(ish) Books to Read in 2015

Inevitably a few of these books may fall to the side, but this year I also have a friend as a reading and discussion partner. Many of these books were chosen together, and we tried to focus on books that fell into categories such as parenting/family, homeschooling, personal growth, encouragement, and even a little learning.

So far on the list…

To start the year off, I’m reading Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson (and the Bible too) – and cannot recommend it highly enough! (Seriously – grab a copy). My start has been a bit slower than I wanted, but as always, sometimes my eyes are bigger than what I can handle! Overall, I want it to be a learning year for me, stretching, but one also guilt-free if a book isn’t finished or just doesn’t ‘click’.

 

What books are you planning to read this year, either as a family or on your own? Have you read an absolutely wonderful book this year that you would recommend to others? Leave a comment and let us know!

The First Book You Should Read This Year

In a few days I’m planning to share my book list for the upcoming year, but until then there is one book that you need to add to your reading pile as soon as possible. Own Your Life, a new book by Sally Clarkson, is releasing today and there is a webinar tonight you won’t want to miss.

One of my favorite writers for encouragement and godly insight is Sally Clarkson. She is one of those women that you want to invite yourself over for tea, sit with her, laugh, and just SOAK in the years of wisdom she has to offer. Her honesty, transparency, and love for others shine through in all that she says and does.

Own Your Life Book

Over the last bit, I’ve been reading through Own Your Life, crying through bits, nodding in agreement, and underlining the heck out of my copy.

This book has spoken to my heart on so many levels and is prompting me to make intentional changes in my life and renew my personal vision in several areas of life. It isn’t a book that will leave you feeling ‘not good enough’ or guilty by any measure. Rather it is full of encouragement, refreshment, and challenges for your heart.

It’s something that I needed at this moment and this time. I’d say Sally wrote it just for me, but I’m certain Own Your Life will resonate and speak to you as well. It’s really that good.

From the Author…

 

Do you ever long for days full of joy and energy –

days that bring out the best version of you?

In a world that’s moving fast, it’s easy to lose your sense of purpose. Sally Clarkson’s Own Your Life offers a breath of fresh air into the life and soul of busy women. Like a faithful friend, Sally journeys with you to explore what it means to live meaningfully, follow God truly, and bring much-needed order to your chaos. Each page offers deeply personal, authentic, and practical guidance to help you build an intentional life. Discover what it means to own your life. And dare to trust God’s hands as He richly shapes your character, family, work, and soul.

Join Sally in a Webcast – ANYTIME!

Own Your Life free webcast with Sally Clarkson

Sally Clarkson, along with a few other fun ladies – Sara Mae, Crystal Paine, and Angela Perritt, put together a FREE one hour webcast where you can hear personal stories on overcoming daily struggles. I know this will be a huge encouragement to many – view it anytime here. (Just ignore the original date above – I promise, you can view it now!)

 

How will you live with intention in 2015?

My Books to Read in December 2014

December book stack

Books on my nightstand – and a few are on my Kindle

My November book pile was actually a lot of fun! This is the last month of the year to finish up the books on my 12 Books to Read in 2014 list. I’m hoping I will make it, but there have been quite a few books that I’ve added to the list over the course of the year – and I’m so glad I did. Almost there! 

At one point I did try reading on the treadmill – and while that was ok, I think I’d rather save that time for catching up on my favorite shows and let that be my incentive. Somehow reading and trying to keep up with turning pages weren’t the best combination.

Books I Hope to Finish in December

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw – reading this for the high school lit class

Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn – this one has been on my bookshelf for a bit and caught my eye.

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp – I started it prior to December 1st and am really loving it, especially since it ties in so nicely with Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, which we are using as a family. Cannot say enough about the books!

The Core by Leigh Bortins – this is a homeschool-related book that talks about the Classical education model (and highly recommended to me by a friend).

Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware – this is a book that was recommended for talking to our kids about theology and ‘bigger’ issues. Looking forward to it.

Fiction reading for fun….

Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

For Elise by Sarah

Glimmer of Hope by Sarah Ladd

A Soft Breath of Wind by Roseanna White

Books finished in November

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Here’s the short list of books that I finished reading this past month.

What books have you read lately and enjoyed?

I’d love some suggestions on what you’re reading!