Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Reading Summary // February "To Be Read" List

If you know me, then you know I LOVE books and I can't get enough of them. I recently set myself a goal on Goodreads to read at least 24 books this year. I may exceed this initial goal, but I at least want 24. This sets me up to 1 book a month. I definitely read more than one book this month. Oops!

I recently discovered a brand new love for audiobooks. I used to always convince myself that it wasn't the same as holding a book in your hands. Even though it is definitely not the same, it counts, and it was definitely convenient for me at times where I didn't necessarily feel the need to strain my eyesight.

I recently fractured my leg, so I have had a lot of down time. This means that I have had so much time to read in the month of January, and I have enjoyed every second of it. Even though, I do feel the need to walk already.

I read a total of 4 books this month, and I am a little excited to share with you which ones I've read, and which ones I'd love to read again!

I will also be sharing the books I would like to read in February. I have decided to not feel bad if I don't completely finish the books that I have on my list for this month. I don't want to feel anxious when I read. I'd much rather enjoy this time, so, for this reason, I have told myself that if I don't read all of the books on this list then its totally okay.

For the month of January I read the following:

Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller 
Scary close is all about finding intimacy with others. It encourages readers to drop the act they so constantly find themselves playing and to be themselves. This was such a joy to read! I felt so inspired by Miller's every word. It was interesting for me to read all that he went through, and how he managed to get "scary close" with people. I thought it appropriate to apply this to my own business since photography is all about building relationships with clients and other photographers and educators.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines 
I am such a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines. I recently visited Magnolia with my husband and his family, and we saw the Silos. It was such a beautiful experience. I actually bought this book through Audible, and I felt like this was the perfect way to go about reading (hearing) this one. The book is read by Chip and Joanna themselves, so it felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop talking to good friends. This one was so much fun, and I would definitely love to purchase the book and re-read it.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is my absolute favorite classic. It is one that I could read and read all over again. This book brings up very important topics concerning race and privilege, and I love this one so much.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins
I love Lily Collins, and this book tells her story and her battle with anorexia. It was kind of scary to see how this affected her so much growing up, and it actually made me like her even more, to see how she openly speaks up about it. I also listened to this one on Audible, and she was the narrator. It was definitely beautiful. I love the chapters where she talks about her family and her struggles.

For the month of February, I plan on reading
-The Four Loves by C.S Lewis
-Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
-Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
-Through the Morning Fog by Jennifer Malech
-Purpose Driven Youth Ministry by Doug Fields

All of these are a mixture of audiobooks, ebooks, and physical books.  I also like to mix up my genres, so I have an inspirational and Bible-based book, one fiction, an autobiography, a devotional, and a leadership nonfiction. I am so excited, and I can not wait to dive in. I start school again Feb 12, so I'd like to dive in before I become incredibly busy.

What's on your "To Be Read" list?

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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird is on my to read list, can you believe I've never read it! Eek. I also really want to read Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. I love him!

    1. It's never to late to read it Elizabeth! I truly hope you enjoy it. It is my favorite classic for sure! Yes, that book looks good. I can't wait to read it. :)

  2. Unfiltered sounds like a book I would love to read, unfortunately time doesn't allow me to read as much as Id like to. Adding it to my list though.

    1. It truly is a good book. You see, this is exactly where Audio books come in handy. You can listen while you drive, cook, clean, or even shower. I do it all the time, and it has truly helped me get some books off my TBR list. :)

  3. I've never consider listening to Audible books, till now. I'm obsessed with HGTV, so The Magnolia Story is something I would love to read or hear - love Chip and Joanna. Love that you set reading goals each month and mix up the genres to get a well-rounded reading/audible experience. Thanks so much for sharing your list!

    1. You know what, I had a particularly hard time convincing myself to go for it, but honestly I love it so much. Audio books are perfect for those days where you don't particularly have the time to sit and read. I assure you that you will LOVE Chip and Joanna Gaine's book. It's so fun and incredibly influential. Thank you so much for reading. :)

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