Better Reading = Better Writing #1

Good Morning!

Today is the LAST DAY OF JANUARY!! The biggest part of my new year’s resolutions (other than growing my business) was to read at least one book per week. Last year, I read ONE BOOK the entire year (then I read two in the last week because I felt really bad), but this year will be different!

After the first month of the year, I’m happy to report that I already surpassed my goal with 6 books in 4 weeks 🙂 I have a little catching up to do with books from 2016 that I missed out on, so expect to see a few maybe outdated bestsellers. My stack of TBR (to be read) includes a mix of Fiction, Christian, Business, Memoris, etc., so I’ll be alternating between Fiction > NonFiction. Some people read several books at one time depending on their mood… but I find that it’s faster just to read one book at a time.

Reading at least one book per week was a big part of my new year's goals! Here's the first six boos of 2016!

Reading List: January

  1. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
    This was ok… it felt a little too long. At the same time, you needed all the information to understand their lives. Overall, I enjoyed it since I can’t resist a story about authors living in Paris. Oh, I cried at the end. As usual.
  2. Walking in Your Anointing by David Schroeder 
    I heard Dr. Schroeder speak about spiritual gifts at the Collyde Summit, and Eric and I started talking about how we could be using our gifts better in the church. This book was pretty interesting. It was along the lines of what I had been taught growing up, but I was definitely convicted to pray in faith. The book also helped me understand the Pentecostal denomination a little better. It’s written more like a conversation or one of his sermons/ presentations. Anyway, I found it helpful and a quick read.
  3. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
    I wasn’t as crazy about this book as everyone else seems to be… Sad story about an entire family who only cares about themselves. However, everything kind of works out in the end. The characters are interesting, but extremely selfish (which might make you crazy).
  4. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
    So many Christian bloggers were reading this book, so I picked it up at the Collyde Summit 🙂 It’s a really great book detailing burnout and the feelings I’ve had in the past. I was crying as I read it and finished it in one sitting. So good. I have a few quotes from it coming up in my Instagram captions… so follow along to see them over there.This is the main issue I have with these style books though: The author worked really, really hard to get where she is, and now she can take a break. I get that she missed out on things before, but I wonder if she would be able to have her lifestyle if she hadn’t worked like that. Would she still be a bestselling author without all of this craziness? After reading, I am working to find a good balance of hustle and relaxing, especially since I don’t have children right now. It’s a good time to work, work, work.
  5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    How does this book have so many good reviews?? Several times I found myself saying, “what???” I read a lot of fantasy, so I’m good at “suspension of disbelief,” but this was a little too much. I enjoyed it, but it was weird. At least the book was short, and I got it from the library.
  6. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
    This book was lovely, but very sad. When you see how accomplished Kalanithi was, you realize that he would have done big things in the world. But he loved his wife and his daughter, and he wrote a book, so that’s more than most people.I bought this book through BOTM 🙂 You get one book included in your subscription each month, and then you can add up to 2 books for only $10 each! And the books are beautiful! Click here to sign up and receive 3 months for $9.99 each! That’s 3 books for $29.97 + a free tote! and I get a bonus free month for referring you. Can’t wait to see the February selections that come out tomorrow!

Thanks for reading! What books have you read so far this year?

Reading was a big part of my new years resolution... check out what I read in the first month of the year.

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