New Year, New Reading Goal!

I love to read. If only I could lose myself in a book all day, every day! Paradise! (…ok, maybe not literally, but you get it…)

Because there are only so many hours in the day (24 but not — you know), I do two things: listen to books as I do the daily drudgeries (i.e., laundry) through (no kickback here, folks —  I just knew you’d ask), and second, I go to to get ideas for my next read (again, no $$ for praise — I just love this site).

On Goodreads, I can set a goal for how many books I want to read in a year. Now, when I was an elementary librarian, my goal was absurdly high because I included picture books. Hey –don’t judge me. It was my job to read quality picture books to children. And I loved it.

Because I’m not a school librarian now, my goal number on Goodreads is quite a bit lower (50 for 2016) and it won’t have a ton of picture books (though I’ll always be reading to my grandkids!). But the books I’ve chosen, I can’t wait to dig in and start. So I had to share my excitement with you!

First, though, I can’t ignore my favorites from 2015:

  • The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
  • A Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Meissner
  • Secrets of a Charmed Life, by Susan Meissner
  • The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes
  • The Sound of Glass, by Karen White
  • After You, by JoJo Moyes
  • The Best Yes, by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Fervent, by Priscilla Shirer
  • Unglued, by Lysa TerKeurst
  • More Than Just a Good Bible Study Girl, by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Water from My Heart, by Charles Martin

Here are the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2016:

  • For the Love, by Jen Hatmaker (currently listening to this; SO GOOD!!!)
  • Made to Crave, by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Restless, by Jenny Allen
  • Savor, by Shauna Niequist
  • Audacious, by Beth Moore
  • The Gifting Trilogy, by Katie Ganshert
  • Love the Home You Have, by Melissa Michaels
  • On Writing Well, by William Zinsser (re-reading this!)
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott
  • The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
  • It’s Not What You Think: Why Christianity is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die, by Jefferson Bethke
  • 7 Women, by Eric Metaxas
  • I Used to be Organized, by Glynnis Whitwer
  • The Art of Losing Yourself, by Katie Ganshert


There will be others, of course, but these are on my radar today. I’m excited to begin! How about you? What will you be reading this year? And how do you read? Kindle? Hardcover/paperback? Audible? I’d love to hear! Post a comment about how and what you’ll be reading!

Yay for books!!!!





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