I love to read? Do you love to read?
I hear people say that they like to read but can’t seem to find the time to do it.
I hear ya. I used to be that way. I used to think that I never had the time to read until I made it a priority.
Making reading a daily priority is easier than you think!
I normally average reading five books every month. I know that many of you are shocked by that number. It is easier than you think. You just need a reading strategy.
I get up every morning before my children get up. Early mornings are when I read my book for spiritual growth and when I have my morning coffee with the Lord. I spill everything that is on my heart and mind to him. If there is still time left before breakfast and getting school started, I will read some in one of the other books I have going.
Most of the books I read I borrow from the library. I love working there part-time, but I often come home with way more books than I can realistically read within the checkout time. I have learned to limit myself to around five books. This is normally three fiction books and two non-fiction.
I look at the due dates for each book and divided that time by how many chapters are in each book. I use one notecard for each book and write how many chapters I need to read in order to be finished by the due date. I then stick each notecard in the book it pertains to and use it as a bookmark.
Viola! That is how I make my reading plan.
If you want to read more in 2018, I would love for you to join my book club!
I help lead one of the bookclubs at the library where I work, but I would love to start an online book club with you!
This book club is designed to be easy and flexible.
Here’s how it will work.
- I have created the book list based on books that I have been wanting to read.
- I have chosen 1 book for each month
- You do not have to read every book. Feel free to skip a month.
- At the beginning of each month I will post here and on Facebook the reading plan for that month’s book.
- Every Thursday I will do a short FB live : Thursdays @ 2:00pm. If you can’t watch the FB live at that time, no worries. You can watch the video when you have time and comment your thoughts. Please be respectful with comments. We all come from different backgrounds, and we all deserve respect.
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I have chosen non-fiction, fiction, and even a children’s book for us to read together. Some of these you may have already read. Most of the books can be found at your local library. If for some reason your library does not have one of the books, ask them if they can order it. My library lets patrons request up to three books per month for the library to consider purchasing. This can often take up to six weeks, so I would check this list against your library’s catalog so that they have time to order a book if needed.
2018 Book Club List
January – French Women Don’t Get Fat – by Mireille Guiliano
February – The Bookshop on the Corner – by Jenny Colgan
March – Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis – by J.D. Vance
April – The Other Girl – by Erica Spindler (She happens to be one of my favorite mystery writers)
May – Eat, Pray, Love – by Elizabeth Gilbert
June – Little Fires Everywhere – by Celeste Ng
July – The Tech-Wise Family – by Andy Crouch
August – One Second After – by William R. Forstchen
September – Of Mess & Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life – by Jen Hatmaker
October – The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs – by Betty G. Birney
November – The Last Castle – by Denise Kieanan
December – Blessed Are the Misfits – by Brant Hansen
I am so excited to have you come along with me on this reading journey!
Feel free to invite friends to join us. The more the merrier. My hope is that we will all find inspiration between the pages of these books.
2018 is going to be great!