In previous years, I’ve picked a long list and big stack of books I want to read that year. I’ve found that I struggle to stick with that list because I always find so many other books I want to read and that initial list makes me feel kind of guilty that I’m not following through.
Instead of trying that approach again, I’m experimenting with something different in 2022: I’m going to set monthly reading goals. At the beginning of the month, I’ll pick a stack of books I want to read that month and I’ll focus on reading those books throughout the month.
This way, I can make room for the many new or new-to-me titles I discover throughout the year. Plus, I can pick fewer books to read on the months that I know there is a lot going on.
My Book List for March
Here is my book list for March and why I chose each title. I didn’t finish five books from my February list, so I carried these over to March and plan to read them first. (Note: Inclusion on this list does not mean I am recommending or endorsing the book as I haven’t read it yet! So read at your own discretion and look for my weekly book review post to hear my honest thoughts on each title!)
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
So many of you have highly recommended this book and it’s high time I finally read it. I wanted to pick a really good fiction book to start the year off with!
Hero on a Mission
I’ve loved other books by Donald Miller, so I’m excited to read this one! It has mixed reviews… so we’ll see what I think!
This fiction book was highly recommended to me by multiple people. I’ve really enjoyed other Karen Kingsbury books in the past, so I can’t wait to dive into this.
The author sent me this book and it looks like a beautiful story of what it’s like to mother a child who is autistic.
I am reading this book in consideration for a possible podcast topic/guest, but I’m also just excited to read it for myself.
Gentle & Lowly
This book has been recommended again and again to me, so I’m looking forward to reading and being encouraged by this book!
What If It’s Wonderful?
This book was sent to me for a possible interview with the author on my podcast. The title and description were intriguing enough to convince me to read it!
Also on my stack: two pre-release copies of books I’m reading to possibly write an endorsement for.
Marilyn Netter says
Beneath the Scarlet Sky is one of my all-time favorites. You won’t be disappointed. I recommend it to anyone I meet! Enjoy!
Crystal Paine says
I’m excited to read it!
I like your new way of choosing what to read! It makes sense to do it that way, especially since you have specials reasons to read some of those books.
Crystal Paine says
It’s been such a great change!
Oh and I just looked up Forever Paris… there’s a new Baxter book?! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to read it!
Erin M. says
I recently finished “The Devil Inside” about a man whose pastor father sexually abused his siblings and other children in the church for years and he was forced to report him. It was definitely dark and disturbing to a degree but it also has some really valuable information for anyone charged with keeping children safe from these predators.
I started “Veiled Rose” which is #2 in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. I mostly enjoyed the first one.
I have “Bone Deep: Untangling the Betsy Faria Murder Case” on my list because I often enjoy true crime.
I always read a wide variety of genres. You’ve been an encouragement to make reading a more intentional part of my life. I loved reading when I was younger but I have to be more intentional to make the time now with 5 kids. So far I’m meeting my reading goals this year!
Crystal Paine says
YAY for meeting your reading goals!! And thank you for sharing what you read recently!