Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Goal #2: Reading!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I thought I'd share a few of my New Year's goals with you this week.  I try to make goals in many different areas of my life to try to create some balance.  I like to incorporate these goals into my yearly Happiness Project and keep track of my progress each month.  I have found if I break my goals up by month I have more success than simply stating what I'd like to do in the course of a year.

In addition to our family kindness project, one of the biggest goals I have is to read 52 books in 2013.  This was also my goal for 2012 and I was thrilled (and a bit surprised!) that I achieved my goal.  Instead of just reading fiction, I branched out to non-fiction as well.  I was pleasantly surprised with the books that I read and have found a few topics that I really enjoyed reading about.  Finding more books pertaining to those topics has helped me to begin to create my 2013 bucket list of books to read.  I consider my love of reading to be an "escape" of sorts, as well as an opportunity to provide me with some thought-provoking information.  As a second part of my reading goal, I'd like to find a book club to join this year.

Today I thought I'd share with you my January picks.  As you can see, it's a mix of fiction and non-fiction.  The non-fiction books focus on parenting, personal growth, and cutting down on excess:  all topics which I am currently quite interested in.  Maybe you've read some of these or have some suggestions that fit into these categories.  I'd love to hear about them!  I will make sure to pass along any positive recommendations once I've finished them.

January Book List:

Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

7:  An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker

Teaching Tolerance:  Raising Open-Minded Empathetic Children by Sara Bullard

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids:  How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Dr. Laura Markham

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin


  1. "7" was a great book! Probably my favorite from 2012. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

  2. I got it today! Finished my other book this afternoon, so it's up next. :)