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Looking Forward in 2019

New Year’s resolutions, check! First though, I want to do a rundown of what did and didn’t work for me last year in the world of books. I know I usually do that in my annual year-in-review posts, but I forgot a few things…

I tried to join a couple of reading challenge groups on goodreads last year. The first one was a type of ‘Read a Book that Contains These Certain Elements’ type groups. Except, they had really stringent checklists. I really didn’t make it past one book. The reason was not that finding books was so difficult (I mean, I have 2500+ to choose from on my TBR!), but that I’m just too much of a list-lover and have always curated my yearly to-read schedule in such a way that I couldn’t let go of it. I tried, several times but it just wasn’t as much fun doing it any other way. So then I tried a group that has lists(!) of words you look for in whatever book you happen to choose to read. That’s working a bit better for me, and it’s fun to compare my findings with my mom at the end of the month as we work from the same scavenger hunt words.

But at the same time, I feel like I’m hunting for more, something different. I don’t know what it is yet but I think I’ll keep scouting around. Maybe I will decide to post my word lists every once in a while on the blog, if you’re interested.

Something I’ve been having LOADS of fun doing the past year, is creating playlists inspired by the books I read! Maybe I’m not the first person who’s thought of doing this, but I’m enjoying it so much and plan on sharing my music with all of you as I publish my book reviews. All you need is a free Spotify account to listen and I will have the link above my Plot Summaries to click on. I have over a dozen playlists built now, and I am starting to arrange them by mood genre.

As far as reading quantity goes, I don’t expect it will change much this year. Aiming for two books a month seems to be a realistic speed at this time in my life. And I am learning to be okay with that.

I have a couple of books I really, really want to read in particular sometime during this year. They are as follows:

“Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic,” by Jennifer L. Scott

“Relearning to See,” by Thomas Quackenbush (I’m getting progressively myopic and suffering bad eye strain.)

books by Richard Swenson

books on spiritual disciplines

Do you have any goals you would like to achieve in the books this year? Share them with me!


 
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Posted by on January 12, 2019 in Reading Habits

 

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Random Books: Fall’s Hurrahs

And then… ūüôā¬† I went to two more book sales over the weekend and came home with EVEN MORE!

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2018 in Book Shopping

 

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Random Books: Towering Stack

I love processing through my latest towering stack of new books.¬† By the time I get around to doing it, I’d forgotten what books I’d bought and it’s like Christmas all over again!

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2018 in Book Shopping

 

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New Beautiful Fall Christian Fiction for 2018!

A few good ones this time around, and excited to see new authors!¬† I’m sure there would have been a few more beautiful gems to add to my TBR, except for the all the silly Christmas novellas taking up room in the latest CBD catalog.¬† ūüė¶¬† See the newest edition here.

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Posted by on October 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Words & Lists, Lists & Words

Are you a lover of words?¬† Do you make lists lists lists?¬† I think you will enjoy this podcast featuring Marilyn McEntyre on Anita Lustrea’s podcast Faith Conversations (Episode 118).¬† Ms. McEntyre is a skilled user of words, and I enjoyed listening to what she had to say as well as how she said it.¬† Her voice of has a reflective, gentling effect.¬† She is the author of “Word by Word” and “Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.”¬† I can’t wait to read them both!

I really liked the idea of praying with specific lists, and turning lists into prayers.¬† For myself, I know I was a list-maker since very young.¬† I think the reason why I do it is for several reasons.¬† 1) It helps to get the chaos of my mind categorized on paper; 2) it helps me deal with sadness; 3) it helps me feel like I’m taking action toward my goals and problem-solving.

Why do you make lists or not?

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2018 in Journaling Our Journey

 

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Another Random Books Post, Lots of Creative Spirituality

Hey, there!¬† I don’t have as many new random books I’ve bought as I have the last couple of similar posts, but here’s my new additions to my library.¬† I couldn’t help but notice this really illustrates my interests right now.¬† Several of them have been on my TBR list:

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2018 in Book Shopping

 

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New Reading Year- Looking Ahead 2018

I’m pretty excited about the new year and what lies ahead, especially in the area of reading!¬† I’ve been feeling pretty psyched since I wound up 2017 with more books read than expected, and I’m off to a good start already.¬† I’ve already finished one book, I have another half read, and another one awaits me at the library¬†after coming in on the interlibrary loan system.

This year my reading resolution is simple: read 24 books (2 books per month).¬† I’m pretty sure I can accomplish that one.¬†¬†To some that may not seem very ambitious but it is a challenging, yet doable number for me.¬† Especially considering I have some other major projects in the works this year.

I have made up my usual reading list for this year, and can’t wait to start on it.¬† I wrote in a post a long time ago how I do this the week after Christmas.¬† However, I’m also trying something a little different.¬† I joined a reading challenge group on goodreads!¬† I’ve been mulling over joining one for a while and perused several before making up my mind to join The Seasonal Reading Challenge.¬† This group¬†appealed to me for several reasons.¬† For one, I liked the idea that it is seasonal and goes by themes.¬† There many different tasks of varying difficulties and allows for a broad range of reading.¬† So, I made up a second reading list (did I say I love lists?) planning out titles to read that qualify under the challenges required, only it basically incorporates most of the books from my first list that I’d been planning on reading anyway.¬† I’m not sure how I will like this change.¬† You may laugh, but I’m very serious about my lists and what order I read books in.¬† I love rules, but only the ones I make up for myself.¬† Ha!¬† So we’ll see how I do with a reading group.

I will strive to get my reviews ‘caught up’ this year.¬† This¬†is actually a little relative in my definition of being caught up.¬† Ever since the start of this blog I have posted reviews at least a year after having read the book and this is because the margin gives me a feeling of distance and control.¬† It also gives me the¬†ability to change certain comments I make so that I don’t end up writing something I will regret later.¬† Of course, I sometimes still do regret things I’ve written.¬†¬†But time to go back much later with hindsight is better for me.¬† So my goal is to ‘get caught up’ to within a year’s past reviews, if that makes any sense.

I would like to start up my ‘Character Reflections Series’ again; I miss writing them!¬† Also, I have had an idea for years that I would like to start adding music somehow to my blog, but have not quite figured out how to do it in¬†a way that is not annoying.¬† I’ve been looking into it and playing around, so don’t be surprised if you find that appearing on booklearned!

Do you have any different reading goals this year?  Share below!

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2018 in Reading Habits

 

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