Like I mentioned in my https://stephseekingjoy.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/2016-goals/, I’m determind to get back into a routine with reading! I’ve added books to my queue & have been gifted a few great books, too. Here’s a peek at the books next up on my list (pictured), as well as these that have been highly recommended:
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (just finished it & loved it!)
Rising Strong, Brene Brown
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
Bittersweet, Shauna Niequist
Tribes, Seth Godin
Life Together, Bonhoeffer
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
Have you read any of these? I’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations!
I LOVE to read, and I make it my goal every year to read 52 books over the course of the year. I’ve been able to reach that goal for a while now (and usually read over 70), and I love tracking each and every book that I read (from 2010 through now!). But I would say that 2015 was unlike any other year that I’ve ever had, and reading slipped a bit to the wayside in the my life – especially during the last half of the year. But I am also pretty okay with the fact that I “only” read 35 books this past year. I know 35 books is still a lot, but I very much miss reading!
I essentially worked two full time jobs from February through July (wedding planning with Stephanie Scholl Events and my non-profit management job in DC), and then I took Stephanie Scholl Events full-time in July and moved to Raleigh in August. I never expected to be as busy as I have been from August through the end of the year, and I’m abundantly grateful for all of that busy-ness, because it’s all amounted to some really incredible opportunities and making big dreams happen. But amidst all of that hustle, I haven’t found free time to read. I’ve read two or three books since moving. Yikes!! I’m hoping to find a little more semblance of work-life balance in 2016, and I cannot wait to incorporate reading and books back into my routine, as it’s such a relaxing, fun activity for me. I have a plethora of books on my to-read list, and I can’t wait to get started back up again!
Here is my cumulative, comprehensive blog post related to ALL things books from the past several years: more lists and book recommendations that you could ever want!
Some of my very favorite books from 2015 are:
All the Light We Cannot See
The Signature of All Things
Go Set a Watchman
At the Water’s Edge
Make it Happen
Bread & Wine
What about you? What were some of your favorite recent reads, and what’s next up on your list? I’d love to hear some great recommendations!
You know I love a good book, and reading is something I simply adore. Throw in some sunshine and a glass of wine (or sweet tea), and I’m all set! I’ve had several requests lately (via the blog and from friends) for new book suggestions and summer reading recommendations. Summer is beginning to wind down, but I’m sure there are plenty of beach and lake trips coming up! Here are some books that I really love, and I think you will, too…
To Kill a Mockingbird + Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
South of Broad + Beach Music by Pat Conroy
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
any books by Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot)
The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
Favorite Christian reads:
Bread & Wine + Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist
Love Does by Bob Goff
Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
The Reason for God by Tim Keller
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
Make it Happen by Lara Casey
I’d love to hear: what are your favorite books to read at the beach or during summer vacation? I’m always looking for new recommendations, and please do share!