Books to Read

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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!

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And a massive roundup of https://stephseekingjoy.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/all-things-books/!

Books of 2015

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2015 + reading = not my biggest success : )

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!

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Some of my very favorite books from 2015 are:

All the Light We Cannot See

The Signature of All Things

Go Set a Watchman

The Nightingale

At the Water’s Edge

Make it Happen

#GirlBoss

Bread & Wine

The Silkworm

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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!