Monday, January 23, 2017

12 in 12 Book Challenge: Year THREE (whaaaaat??)

One of my New Years Resolutions in 2015 was to read 12 books in 12 months. I've never been an avid reader; I always gravitated towards stories with pictures and characters I could see (so TV shows). I figured averaging a book a month wasn't going to be that big of a deal for a beginner. After all, I could always choose more dense and challenging books as time went on if I was getting too ahead of schedule or I wanted to push myself a little more. So, the #12in12bookchallenge was born.

Most of my 2016 book list is here, which is accurate through June. I ended up not liking my July book and I couldn't find the Divergent series at our library (since when is teen fiction so hard to find??), so I went on with the list reading (or listening to)...

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (I wrote all about that bad boy here!)

The Modern Scholar: Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kreeft

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

If you did the math, you've probably correctly identified that I am indeed short one book. I lost track of where I was on the list when life picked up (and, honestly, I got into a couple good TV shows on Netflix and Amazon, because, well, I'm human). Who knows, maybe I'll get ambitious and try to make it up for it in 2017 with a whopping 13 books. I know, right???

Everyone does a book challenge around here. Monica's is more "have mom read the same book 12 times in 12 minutes"

I am rereading at least one book this year, mainly because I know I like it and I want something light and funny and romantic to help me through the postpartum period. Best part about this book by Ree Drummond: it's a true story!

So here's what I'm thinking for this year so far...

January -On the Other Side of Fear: How I Found Peace by Hallie Lord

FebruaryAnne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

MarchTravel Guide to Life by Anthony DeStefano

April - Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

May - As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

June - Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

JulyBossypants by Tina Fey

August - October - Divergent Series by Veronica Roth (probably).

Aaaand I think that's it so far. I need to go through and write down all of the recommendations I've received in one place so I can go through them. I want to be a little looser goose with my list so I have plenty of room to adjust with my mood and what books catch my eye, but at the same time keep myself away from "potato chip" novels the whole time.
  **I will be chipping away at The Happiness Project as a resolution this year, but because of the format, I'm not going to count it as part of my #12in12. Unless I get way behind.

I'm by far not the first one to have a reading challenge as part of a yearly goal. I love looking for inspiration for my lists wherever I can find it. A couple of my favorites are:

Carrots for Michaelmas: all of the book lists

What are you reading this year? Anything I should include that I'm missing?

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