on becoming a reader

I told myself that I was going to be better at blogging this year. Then life happened. Since the new year, my entire family has had strep throat, our shower shattered, we had major plumbing issues, we’ve gone to the mountains (my husband twice, with two more trips in the next month) and my husband came down with a bad case of bronchitis- a week after getting strep throat. So it’s been fun times around here.


I’m going to try to blog more. Hopefully my life agrees with my desire to have things settle down :)


One thing I have done a pretty good job with is reading. I would never call myself a reader. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I just have not made a place for it in my current stage of life. Since becoming a mom, if it’s not a book for bible study, something I want to read for parenting or if we are on a relaxing vacation, I have said I don’t have time to read. I stick to magazines, the bible and occasionally blogs.


Last year, I think I maybe read 2 books. All for bible study. (not counting books I read with Isaiah- we did read Jungle Book and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & then Huckleberry Finn together).


When thinking through my goals for 2013, I decided I wanted to read. I gave myself a modest goal of finishing 12 books this year. To my reader friends, this is super low, but compared to my 2 books the previous year, it seemed like an attainable goal to start with.


I started by finishing One Thousand Gifts, which I started a year and a half before. I loved it.


Next, I finally pulled out the copy of The Hunger Games that my friend lent me a year ago. I read all 3 books within a week. And my reading bug is back.


4 books into my goal of 12 makes me happy. Most of all, I saw that I can have time to read if I make it. Mainly by spending less time with social media during my downtime.


I loved the hunger games trilogy. I felt like a 17 year old girl, so excited to see the movie and listen to the soundtrack after finishing the books. Now the teenager inside of my head cannot stop thinking about the story. So, while I am sad to say goodbye to Katniss, Peeta and Gale, I am excited to get into another book soon.


I want to put my reading list up here to give me a bit of accountability to stick with it. Here is what I am planning on reading this year:

*Pride & Prejudice (the super pretty one above, which makes me love it even more)

*Gone Girl

*Les Miserables

*The Insurgent/Divergent Series

*The Lion, the witch & the wardrobe (reading with isaiah- not included in my 12)

*Treasure Island (reading with Isaiah- not included in my 12)

*Through the looking glass (reading with Isaiah- not included in my 12)

*Redeeming love (my favorite book- I haven’t read it since college, so I thought I would revisit it this year)


*the mission of motherhood


*the 19th wife


Anyone have other recommendations for me to look at?


Let’s do this 2013. The year in which I become a reader.


5 Responses to "on becoming a reader"

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  1. Heidi Jones

    January 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Great picks! I agree, hard to find time to read in the midst of young kids. Some of my favorites:

    -The Help (good book, easy read!)
    -The Count of Monte Cristo (my FAVORITE book ever)
    -Gone with the Wind
    -Harry Potter Series (*sigh* the way you feel about the Hunger Games books is how I feel about the Potter series!)

    Good luck reading!!! And have so much fun :)

  2. Katie

    January 22, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I just devoured Safe Haven. I was sick with bronchitis so while I was laid up, I read it in less than 24 hours. Quick, easy read! Loved it!

  3. Tracey

    January 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Life of Pi (movie was pretty awesome too).
    Pillars of the Earth. Huge book. Sad start but stick with it.
    Anything by Janet Evanovich.
    The Help
    Love looking at other peoples suggestions too!

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