In January of 2015, I set out to read 52 books. Essentially, a book a week. Well, that was extremely ambitious, especially with wedding planning and going back to school in the fall.
In setting a reading goal, I found out that...
- It helps me shoot for something and provides a gentle nudge. Goals and metrics motivate me. I like having a metric to shoot for, a checklist to check off, or a project deadline on the calendar. It keeps me honest and aligned.
- Reading is a huge part of my life. It ties in with life long learning and the naturally introverted part of myself.
- I have transitioned to using the library more and don't buy books very much, simply because of space and my new relationship to stuff. If I do buy, I try to shop local, half price and used books versus new.
I will say, I didn't reach my goal in 2015, BUT I did read some pretty great stuff.
- Long Quiet Highway-Natalie Goldberg
- Writing Down the Bones- Natalie Goldberg
- Carry On Warrior: Thoughts On Living Life Unarmed-Glennon Melton
- My Organic Life-Nora Poullion
- God Is Not Here:A Soldier's Struggle with Torture, Trauma, and the Moral Injuries of War-Lieutenant Colonel Bill Russell Edmonds
- Struck by Genius- Jason Padgett
Living & Personal Development
- Thrive-Arianna Huffington
- Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play when Nobody Has the Time-Brigid Schulte
- Better than Before-Gretchen Rubin
- 5 Love Languages-Gary Chapman
- Essentialism-Greg McKeown
- Life Changing Art of Tidying Up-Marie Kondo
- Money Can Buy Happiness and It's Cheap-Tammy Strobel
- Rising Strong-Brene Brown
- Big Magic-Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny- Peter McGraw and Joel Warner
- Think on These Things-J. Krishnamurti
- Being with Dying-Joan Halifax
- Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice-Tich Nhat Hanh
- Mindful Work-David Gelles
- Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life's Challenges-Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara
- Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change-Pema Chodron
- The Signature of All Things-Elizabeth Gilbert
I am always on the lookout for reading recommendations and have a running list in Evernote of Books to Read. Would love to hear what you are reading!