In yesterdays post about My Goals for 2016 (Personal and Business/Blogging), I mentioned that I wanted to read at least 12 books in 2016! I want to read 6 that are related to business and blogging and 6 that are… not?! Those might include fiction or books to improve my marriage, parenting, spiritual life, etc. So here’s my list: Books to Read in 2016 (and what I read in 2015)!
As I was writing the post, I went back to my bedroom and snapped a picture of the books sitting on the end of my dresser (I added the ones I’ve already finished and the one I’m reading now) – just to give you some perspective.
If you had any doubts, I absolutely love to read! I used to get on a kick and tear through several books in the span of a few weeks and then go quite awhile without reading anything.
Lately however, I’ve left a book in my bathroom and one on my nightstand, and one in my purse for when I’m out (like today – while waiting on the kids at the dentist, I was knocking out a couple of chapters in Money Making Mom) and I have one or two going on my Kindle… so I try to read at least a tiny bit every day . Clearly it’s paying off… I read more than I thought in 2015!
So first… here are the books I have purchased and want to read for 2016 (I’m not listing everything I have stacked up on the left… those are just all the books I have acquired and not read and I may or may not intend to 😉 ) :
Money Making Mom(business) – listed above – hoping it’ll be the first one I finish in 2016! This is the one I was reading today!! read in January!
Moses Was a Basketcase(personal /inspiration) – I’m also reading this right now (it was in the bathroom – I forgot to grab it for the pic) It was a gift from my Mama for Christmas. So far is lots of fun, lots of laughs… and quite inspiring! read in January! Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World(personal – parenting). This was written by my friend and someone I admire greatly, Kristen Welch. I cannot wait to dive into it – it’s next on my list to start!! She sent me an advanced copy but you can go ahead and pre-order it here! (in fact, I’d encourage you to!)
- The Art of Work (business)- this is a book by Jeff Goins – it was on sale for $.99!!
Big Sky Novel Series(pleasure reading – just to relax and enjoy a good, wholesome story). I have them in paperback from PaperBackSwap, but you can get all 3 on Kindle here for under $5 total. read all 3 in February!
- Rising Strong (business/personal… not sure) – I started this a few months ago based on the raving reviews of another blogger. I couldn’t get into it (maybe to chapter 2?)… but I’m going to put it down and try again in a month or so – see if I can get more out of it.
- It’s My Pleasure (business/inspiration) – written by the Vice President of Chik-fil-A, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this book and I’m inspired by the work ethic of the founders of Chik-fil-A.
- Almost Anorexic (personal)- recommended by someone I know who also struggles with weight, unhealthy body image and self-esteem issues… While I’m clearly not anorexic or even “almost” anorexic, she said I’d really get a lot out of this book. We’ll see!
- The 4-Hour Work Week – someone recommended this book to me years ago and it’s been on my wish list for PaperBackSwap for-EVER… I finally have it and hope to read it soon!
- The Best Yes (personal/spiritual/business) – this is another book I heard great things about over and over again and I feel like it might spill over into my business life too!!
- EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey (business) – as a financial coach and teacher, I’m always interested in money and finances and budgeting. So while we were already debt-free when I first heard about Dave Ramsey, I read his stuff anyway (Total Money Makeover and Financial Peace and my kids have read his children’s books) and learned a few new things and was inspired to keep on keeping on. SO – when he wrote a business book – I added it to my wish list on PaperBackSwap and it finally came this week!
- Not specific books, but our realtor highly recommended that I read some novels (fiction) by C J Box and also Harlan Coben. I haven’t researched them beyond the Amazon search to add links here, but in the back of my mind, those are possibilities because I love Marlene (realtor) to pieces and I feel confident her recommendations would be something I’d enjoy!
- Okay – so that’s only 11 (specific) books/series, but I’ll leave a little wiggle room in my plans for for new books that may come out or be recommended… and obviously I have a few more in my stack if I run out 🙂
- UPDATED to ADD: The Fringe Hours, Killing Lincoln, With Every Letter
And if you’re interested .. these are some of the books I read last year:
Let me give you a quick rundown of those on the right (this is not everything I read, but everything I could quickly gather from my dresser, my nightstand, and our bookshelf for a pic):
- Money Making Mom – I started this in 2015 and I’m hoping to finish it in the next week or so – it’s fantastic!!! I highly recommend this for anybody who aspires to start their own business, contribute to their family income, make a difference!!
- The Summer I Turned Pretty (trilogy all in one book) – I bought this on impulse while on our HUGE Road Trip (I never did finish writing about all the days of that vacation… :-/ ) and it was eeehhh… okay. I had finished Echo Park (the next book on this list) and I grabbed this on a quick stop at Walmart for supplies. The book was not so bad that I quit reading but not so good that I couldn’t put it down. Actually, I couldn’t tell you much about it – it was a good distraction for nights when I couldn’t sleep while traveling or late night driving when I couldn’t see any sights. It was a light read – a teenage love story of sorts… nothing to write home about.
- Echo Park (not pictured) – my 18 year old son gave this to me for my birthday (just before our road trip). It was very suspenseful and a riveting read. He knows I love a good murder/mystery/suspense novel. However – as with most novels in that genre, some of the content was not entirely wholesome (rough language, graphic violence, etc.). If that sort of thing offends you – this book is not for you!
- More Than a Carpenter – this book was life-changing! I want to read it again (and again). If you’ve ever had doubts or wanted more confirmation in your heart that Jesus is who He says He is… read this book!
- Saved Without a Doubt – I actually read this a couple of years ago… oops, it got into my stack by mistake. I shared more on it here.
- Sycamore Row – I hadn’t read a John Grisham novel in years… and I really enjoyed this one!
- Sarah’s Key – this was a haunting and challenging story that centers around the Holocaust. It’s fiction, but I highly recommend it if you have an interest in that part of our history!
- Something Other Than God – this is the story of an atheist’s search for happiness…. which led to our amazing God. Jennifer’s writing is funny and captivating and gosh – it’s just a great, great story! (I’m not Catholic and don’t agree with a few of the specifics of the Catholic religion but I love her as a fellow believer and her story is fascinating)
- See Me – you can read here why I have and read this book.
- It Was Me All Along – this is a true story – a memoir of Andie’s weight loss journey and her life. As someone who struggles with my weight, this book resonated with me in so many ways and I would easily recommend it. *It had some offensive language in it, but not a lot.
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (also not pictured – I’m adding this later because something reminded me that I had read it). I loved this book (although it had a few very weird parts that I wouldn’t ever do such as talk to my clothes… um, no), but I haven’t gotten around to actually doing her method yet…. BUT, if you’re looking for some awesome inspiration and a method to declutter your life – this might do the trick!
Whew – this blog post got way out of hand, huh?! Soooo – what do YOU like to read? Any fantastic books to read … in any genre? Leave me a comment!