Here’s another challenge, yay! In case you missed Project 52, my very first challenge, you can read all about it here, and jump in anytime and join us! This is another year-long challenge for you, but is broken down by months. I am going to be doing (or trying my hardest anyway!) various challenges throughout the year because I think they can help us focus our efforts into one targeted area of our life that we want to work on. I have many parts of my life that I want to improve and grow in, and for me doing challenges such as this one helps me to do just that. It gives me a specific goal to work on, a set time frame and clear steps on how to do it, and these make it more likely that I will succeed at whatever the task is.
So without further ado… this challenge is to read one book every month for a year!
I know that for many of you this is not a challenge at all, as you may already read three or four books a month; and that is great! I am not someone who reads a lot, although I wish I were. I have had a rocky relationship with books and reading! I loved it as a child, tolerated it in high school and college, enjoyed it pre-children, and miss it now that I have two young children! I want to read more, but it just never seems to happen. That’s why for me this is the perfect challenge. It helps me to set a goal that I can easily keep track of. One book a month seems doable, I just have to be intentional about making time for it.
I enjoy reading different genres of books, but for this challenge I am going to focus on books that will help me grow as a person in some way. From books about finances, decluttering and organization, to books on homeschooling, homemaking and growing my faith. These are all areas of my life that I want to improve upon, so reading something helpful related to these topics sounds like a good plan to me!
I have had most of these books just sitting on my shelf for quite awhile now (I won’t mention exactly how long!) just waiting to be read. I spent the money to buy the books and if I am going to keep them, then I need to be reading them. So I chose the books for this challenge from my own neglected bookshelf based on the things I want to improve upon this year.
Here is my list of books to read this year:
January – Living Well & Spending Zero (By: Ruth Soukup)
February – Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul (Also by Ruth Soukup)
March – The Resolution for Women (By: Priscilla Shirer)
April – 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Mom (By: Lane P. Jordan)
May – The Made From Scratch Life (By: Melissa K. Norris)
June – Simplify Your Homeschool Day (By: Tamara L. Chilver) and Teaching From Rest (By Sarah
Mackenzie) My plan is to read two books this month because they are both quite short.
July – Living Well Spending Less (By: Ruth Soukup)
August – Women Living Well (By: Courtney Joseph)
September – Women of the Word (Jen Wilkin)
October – Fervent (By: Priscilla Shirer)
November – Twelve Extraordinary Women (By: John MacArthur)
December – Life Management for Busy Women (By: Elizabeth George)
January through December – All year I will be reading a chapter from, The Life Giving Home Experience: A 12-Month Guided Journey (By: Sally Clarkson). This is the companion to The Lifegiving Home and each chapter covers one month of something that you can do to build up your home and your family.
Well, that’s my “read a book a month” book list. Looking at the pile of books I hope to get to this year makes me feel slightly overwhelmed, but also excited that I now have a chance, and a plan, to finally read all of what I have been wanting to, but never made time for. I have already starting reading my book for January and can’t wait to go through this year reading and learning something new (hopefully!) along the way. Plus it is kind of nice to have a break from reading children’s books all the time! What are some books you have been wanting to read, but have not gotten around to yet?