Reading Goal Progress
I made the goal this year to finish at least 23 new books, after realizing how few books I finished in contrast to my screen time for 2022. I’ve always been a reader, but last year I found myself reaching for my phone rather than a book, and I made the conscious decision to change that for this year. Interestingly enough, I am already more than halfway through my goal for the year in this first quarter.
How I Read
This may be controversial, but at any given time, I am reading an average of 7 different books at a time. This works well for me. When I was younger, I only read one book at a time, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that it is not very productive. Now, I do not read 7 different books in the same genre. I read a variety of genres, and at any given time you can find the following on my ‘reading’ shelf: fantasy, young or new adult contemporary, classic, poetry, self-help, marriage or family, spiritual growth, business, and art. This allows me the freedom to choose a ‘light’ read when I don’t have a lot of energy, as well as take small bits in at a time.
For instance, when I read one book at a time, I found myself rushing through a self-help book that I really wanted to absorb, simply to mark it done. With this method, I am not rushed to check a book off that I want to chew on for a bit. So, here’s my list of books finished so far this year!
- Ally by Anna Banks – 4.5 stars
- Nemesis by Anna Banks – 4.5 stars
- The Montesorri Method by Maria Montessorri – 3.5 stars – Good information, but not completely current/applicable for parents, as it was written in 1912. Still has some great information and insight, but one of the modern versions may be more useful and easier to read.
- Do the Work by Stephen Pressfield – 5 stars
- Fight Like a Physicist by Jason Thalken – 3.5 stars – Very nerdy math and science behind what happens in a fight, super interesting, 3.5 stars because I really don’t like math.
- The Betrothed by Kiera Cass – 4 stars
- The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen – 4 stars – Listened on Audible
- The Traitor Queen by Danielle L. Jensen – 4.5 stars – Listened on Audible
- The Flirtation Experiment by Lisa Jacobsen and Phylicia Masonheimer – 4.5 stars
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 5 stars
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – 5 stars
- The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – 3.5 stars
- The Wicked King by Holly Black – 3 stars
- The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – 4 stars
- To Make Room for the Sea by Adam Clay -4 stars
- Altogether You by Jenna Riemersma -4.5 stars
Now, you may notice I have decent ratings on all these books. This is simply because I refuse to finish a book that I don’t enjoy, so all of my reads will be at least 3 stars. There are too many good books and far too little time for me to waste reading a 2 star book simply to have it marked ‘read’.
- Interaction of Color by Josef Albers
- This is Marketing by Seth Godin
- Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton
- Scattered Minds by Gabor Mate
- The Inadequate Heir by Danielle L. Jensen – Audible
Next on list:
- A Thousand Heartbeats by Kiera Cass – I’ve loved every book by this author!
- The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Ortberg
- Deep Work by Cal Newport
- The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin
- Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake
- Raising an Organized Child by Damon Korb
- The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson