January is National Book Month and as such, I thought it only fitting to share what’s on my reading list for 2015. I once heard it said that, “you will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read,” and I agree, in part, that that is true. Besides that, I just enjoying reading and learning something new.
I suppose I’ve got “the reading bug” and have never grown out of it. I sometimes laugh with my daughter, who is now an avid reader too, about the fact that I used to sneak into the bathroom growing up just to read in silence beneath the warmth of the heater. She now does the same thing! 😉
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To help me conquer some of my reading goals this year, my Christmas present to myself was a pair of orange glasses, for reading e-books on my iPad. It’s supposed to cut out that yucky blue light that is not good for you right before bed. I also have my trusty reading light so I can read paperbacks after my early bird husband hits the hay. These two things paired with an early bedtime and a book list 75 books long should keep me reading well through 2015.
Knowing that 75 books might overwhelm some of you, today I’m just going to share my top 10 “must read” books on my 2015 reading list. These books all boast 4.5 to 5 stars and at least 100 reviews (some more than a 1,000) on Amazon. Topics cover everything from Christian Living to Blogging and everything in between. A few I’ve already started and others I will read as the year progresses so don’t hold me to a review with this list. It’s just my plan. Bear in mind, I consider the Bible in a league all its own so while you won’t see it here, getting in the Word is a daily goal of mine as well. Now, on with the list!
My Top 10 Must Read Books for 2015
(listed in no particular order)
Any book boasting 5 stars after 1,300+ reviews definitely catches my attention. Pair it with the fact that this book is less than two years old, and you’ve got something worth reading. The phrase that caught my attention and made me add this to my list? “He wants people who are not afraid to go big. We are going to be as big as God made us to be.” You can check out this video to learn more.
I’m currently reading this book and have already shared it with a couple people in my life. My recommendation–don’t read this book unless you are prepared to feel convicted. I’m just about ready to leave all and move to Uganda to help her! Katie’s story is definitely that of a modern-day Mother Theresa.
I’ve heard many compliments about this book in blogging circles since it first came out in 2012, and have just never gotten around to reading it. Last year I hit a bit of a plateau in my reach, and know that it’s time to try something different. My hope is that this book will help point me in the right direction.
While I’m feeling pretty good about our daily routine at the moment, I’m always in need of some motivation to keep-on-keeping-on in about March so I’m sure that will be when this book finds its way on my bookshelf. With nearly 500 high rated reviews, there must be something said about this time management book that is different from most. I can’t wait to see what it is.
Each year I try to choose at least a couple of encouraging marriage books to help keep that flame burning brightly. And this book not only boasts a closer relationship with your husband, but also with God. Talk about a win-win. I’m all in.
This book was actually recommended to me by my Sunday School teacher who is a retired English teacher and avid reader. She considers it one of her top 10 life impacting books of all time, and for her, that says a lot. Have you ever thought of your spiritual life as taking care of your soul?
Despite the fact that some of my life roles would suggest otherwise, I really am an introvert and could just as easily curl up and shut myself off from the world if it were not for my desire to make an impact on others. Someone who likes to “innovate and create but dislike[s] self-promotion; who favor[s] working on their own over working in teams” describes me to a “T”…at least most of the time. As such, this book is all about learning more about me and how to leverage my personality for the best success.
Do you ever second guess yourself or have feelings of guilt after making a decision? I do…all…the…time. I don’t want to hurt others, and I want to do what’s right, but sometimes the two don’t mesh, leaving me feeling unsure and insecure. Thus, a confident heart sounds like a great find. I can’t wait to read more!
This book is a little over a year old, but already it boasts over 500 reviews. This year this goal planning fanatic (aka ME) has chosen to take up the One Word plan and focus on what matters most in my life. As the saying goes, “less is more” and “you can be okay at a lot of things or the best at one thing.” My hope is this book will encourage me in that regard.
Do you ever come “unglued?” I’d be lying if I told you I never did. Yesterday in the car with my children would be a prime example of that. Thus, the review had me from this quote: “Gain a deep sense of calm by responding to situations out of your control without acting out of control.” With that kind of promise, I look forward to a more peaceful 2015.