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My 2016 Reading List

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Last year almost all of the books on the ‘to read’ pile were read – and then some. While I stretched myself to get all but one of the books finished, this year the goal was to leave a little more breathing room. That way if books show up on my radar throughout the year I have room to add them in. (I know, I always do, but bear with me, eh?)

Books to Read in 2016

The physical pile of books continues to grow though, so mentally I’ve made two piles: the “2016 pile” and the “If There is Time, But No Stress pile.” Although I’m not sure if it will help me slow down and enjoy what is in front of me, the piles have helped somewhat, especially as I’ve tried to compartmentalize the reasons why I want to read them (for personal growth, parenting, marriage, or just for fun).

The Main Pile to Enjoy

These are the ones that are on the “I definitely want to get these read” pile. A few were recently released (or coming out soon).

“If Time” Pile

While these all look great, these are the extras that I will fit in if I have time to sit down.

With My Hubby or as a Family (to re-read)

Two of these I read last year, but getting my husband to read a book along with me – well, it can be a bit difficult (grins). There are a few books though

What I Read Last Month

Something took over last month and I managed to knock out several books from the list. A few of them I absolutely loved (and recommend) and one literally had me laughing out loud in parts – which sadly is not what was intended with the book (I’m rather certain of that).

A reader recommended that I join Good Reads (you can follow me there if you’d like). As I’m finishing books, it’s been great to make quick notes on them and add them to my completed pile. Here are my thoughts on a few of them:

  • The Well-Versed Familyfull of practical and hands-on ideas for incorporating Scripture in your daily life. Easy read and a book to keep on hand.
  • Teaching from Rest – if you homeschool, just put this book in your Amazon cart right now. Trust me.
  • For the Lovequite honestly, not my favorite book by Hatmaker. I loved 7, and this just felt like a thrown-together conglomeration of blog posts and randomness. Yes, she’s funny and herself, but not truly deep or thought provoking (which made me sad).
  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – I’m really not sure what to say about this other than the fact it is on the New York Times bestseller list has me highly concerned. And I can guarantee the woman doesn’t have multiple children who bring loads of their own stuff and personality into the house. While I had one or two things to take away from the book, I refuse to thank my shoes and other inanimate objects for their daily service to me. Or worry that my socks are being rolled incorrectly and not getting their proper rest. (Apparently I had more to say about it than I thought…)
  • I also read a variety of other books as well, mostly for fun or reading and a few to see if Laurianna could read them: The Testing and The Maze Runner (I enjoyed, but not yet for Laurianna), Lady Maybe, The First Hostage (loved!!), and Prelude for a Lord. See my full list here.

This coming month, I already have two books in my stack that I cannot wait to dig into: The Life-Giving Home and Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World. What books are you excited to read this month?



2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Jolanthe has read 10 books toward her goal of 70 books.


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  1. I friend-ed you on good reads! There was some take away for me on The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up but like you I left some parts and will never use them. I agree on the no children thing.. but the book made me realize I didn’t have a place for certain things so when we would clean up it was either still sitting around or moved to another room. So that was a big take away for me! I finished Brooklyn last night it was pretty good. I have Dark Places to start next.. my first book by Gilian Flynn. I so need to read teaching from rest.. I just need to buy it first! :-)

  2. Yay! I do enjoy Goodreads and I’m glad you’re on there :). I felt Kondo’s book was a bit kooky at times and yes, I would love it if she had a few kids real quick. I did her method of purging clothes, and it has been really positive for me. I tend to purge clothing at least 2x a year or so, but my mindset was different this time. I finally got rid of items I held on to for years.

    I do not fold using her method. I do not pair socks because that is a waste of my time. I just put them in my drawer and find its mate or a suitable half-mate and call it good. It does make sense to me to not fold them over on themselves a few times, since that will probably overwork the elastic.

    Anyway. I like your idea of 2016 reading list and also “if there’s time.”

    I don’t have a plan for the whole year, but more of a month-to-month.

    • The sock drawer (among other things) – oh boy. I don’t roll them but they are matched. :) it has helped me look at some things a bit differently, but definitely some over the top stuff – but every little bit helps!!

  3. MacKenzie Monroe says

    Girl!! Move For The Love to your MUST READ list! Better yet, listen to the audiobook! She reads it herself and does an amazing job! You will laugh so hard you cry and then the next sentence will encourage & convict you! SO good!!

    • I already read it! :) Needed something ‘easy’ to slip in. It wasn’t my favorite of all of her books (I loved 7 so much), but laughed till I cried on the section about being 40! Oh my word!

  4. Teaching From Rest was amazing! I’m going to read it every year. She had videos that discuss it too. Love her, she keeps it real. And she helped me make big changes that have seriously changed our home.

  5. I would like to read Simplicity Parenting this year.

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