My 2016 Reading List

“I wish I had more time to read.”

Have you ever had this thought?

 

I do. All-the-time. If we’re being really honest here, I’ll probably always feel this way because as far as reading goes, I simply love it.

As we were closing out 2015 and about to enter 2016, I decided it was time to put a stop to my continual pining over this same thought.

“I wish I had more time to read.”

“I wish I had more time to read.”

“I wish I had more time to read.”

OK – time to do something! What? I had to get intentional.

So, I began setting specific goals for myself. I needed to set a measurable and achievable goal and knew better than to get too ambitious. Thus, one of my ten goals for that year was to read 18 books by December 31 – an average of one every 2.88 weeks.

I hit it spot on with 18 books and two devotionals. One thing I learned from this first year, however, is that I need a little more balance in my categories. This particular year, the business/profession books were a little on the heavy end.

Hopefully, sharing my reading list with you today as we’re moving into these hot summer days in America may give you a little inspiration for your next book indulgence.

I loved all of these books but wanted to force myself to highlight the absolute favorites I would put on my re-read list soon. It was hard to narrow down, but I picked only 1-2 from each category. Note: I rarely re-read fiction.

 

Business/Profession

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Playing the Piano Naturally by Vicki King

Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principals of Effective Instruction by Robert Duke

Learning Sequences in Music: Skill, Content, and Patterns by Edwin E. Gordon

How to Think Music by Harriet Ayer Seymour

 

Personal/Self-Help

The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider

Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Jan Chozen Bays

Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating by Mark Bittman

 

Faith/Spiritual

The Simple Life Devotional by Wanda E. Brunstetter

100 Ways to Love Your Husband: A Lifelong Journey of Learning to Love by Lisa Jacobson

The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer

 

Leisure/Fiction

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore

The Jesus Chronicles Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins
Book #

1. John’s Story, The Last Eyewitness
2. Mark’s Story, The Gospel According to Peter
3. Luke’s Story, By Faith Alone
4. Matthew’s Story, From Sinner to Saint

 


What are you reading this summer?

 

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