One of my biggest goals was to read 12 books this year. I am not a natural reader, so it was difficult for me to find a reading groove. Currently, I have read seven books out of the twelve. In this post, I wanted to show you the books I am looking forward to reading in the upcoming weeks to complete my goal.
In January, I joined Goodreads, a review website for book readers. This site is perfect for me because I get more excited reading the synopsis of a book than actually reading the book. I was able to read seven books to date by tracking my progress daily halfway through the year. I also began to read 20 minutes a day in the morning a few months ago. I’ve seen so many benefits from making reading a daily habit.
The biggest benefit I’ve seen from reading regularly is that it helps with my anxiety and depression. Currently, I am reading two books at a time. I read fictional books to relax at night so that it distracts me from nighttime anxiety. In the mornings, I read a Christian/Self Help books in to keep me focused, feeling positive and to learn something new. Every time I read in the morning, it gives me a sense of accomplishment and a boost to take on the day.
I’ve been wanting to read the Case for Christ for years and I mistakenly picked up Finding the Real Jesus instead. This book seems easy to read and follow. In Finding the Reading Jesus, Lee Strobel uses his journalism skills to find the answers to sources which try to discredit that Jesus was the divine Son of God. So far I am enjoying it and hopefully I will be able to finish it this week.
Thirty-One Prayers For My Husband by Jennifer Smith
This book is a prayer journal where you pray for your husband for thirty-one days and your marriage. There is a section where you can even write your own prayers for your husband. I have enjoyed it so much I haven’t completed it to make it last longer. I am going to try to do it every single day in order to finish it in time for the new year.
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud
This book was recommended to me by my therapist. Since I know I probably won’t be able to read the book right now, I decided to just follow along with an audiobook. So far I am pleased with what I am learning on the subject of healthy boundaries and its importance.
After I finish these books, I have two books left to read. I just decided on books that are on my reading list that have the least amount of pages in order to reach my goal.
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
In this book, C.S. Lewis describes his grief after the passing of his wife, Joy Davidman. Last year, I lost my maternal grandmother and this season I find myself more aware of my grief and trying to process those feelings. Hopefully, this book will help me learn more about grieving the loss of a loved one.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I started reading this book at night. It is a collection of poetry and illustrations both by Rupi Kaur. It describes moments of love, loss, abuse, and self-love. I am a little apprehensive to read this book because I don’t read poetry. I have seen many people recommend it so I decided to give it a try. If you have an Amazon Prime subscription you can download the book for free this month from the Kindle App.
That is my end of year reading list! I am committed to finishing before 2018. Do you have a reading challenge for 2017? Have you read any of the books that I listed above? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to talk more about it.
The Best is Yet To Come,