“You’ll be the same person you were last year except for the books you read and the people you meet.”
Books have had a profound impact upon me since I first began reading many years ago. They’ve helped to shape the way I think and the way I live. They stimulate me intellectually; they challenge me to improve as a person; and they teach me new concepts and ideas.
I set a goal at the beginning of 2009 to read 50 books over the course of the year. I didn’t quite reach that goal, in fact, I only ended up reading 26 books in total. However, aiming high motivated me to find the time to read more than I likely would have had I not set that goal in the first place.
In 2010, I’ve committed to attempt to read 4 books per month–a book which encourages me spiritually, a practical book (on homemaking or homeschooling), a business-related book, and another book of my choice.
I’ll be joining in with FishMama’s Bookin’ It Challenge and posting an monthly update with the books I’ve read and a short review on each of them. This is not only for my own personal accountability, but I hope it also serves to inspire you to consider making time in your life to read. You just might be surprised at how much you learn and change as a result of reading!
Here’s my list of books I’m hoping to read this next year:
(Please note: My list is rather audacious and I don’t necessarily think I’ll actually find the time to read all of these in 2010, but I’m at least going to try! My husband and I are also reading through the Bible in a year using The MacArthur Daily Bible.)
My biggest problem when it comes to reading books is actually finishing them. I’m really good at starting books–and often have 4 to 6 started at once!–but I’m much less disciplined about finishing them.
I’m going to aim to only start and finish each month’s designated books during the specified month. If I finish them all early, I’m giving myself license to read whatever–but not until I’ve finished that month’s books. Yes, I’m really working on following through with things I’ve set out to do this year. 🙂
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