Resolutions and Reading Lists

Now that fall is here, I felt like it would be fun to do a mini book review post! It will be the perfect weather to cozy up with a good book (hopefully soon!) so this is a little round up of a couple of books I have enjoyed this year. I have always loved to read, but these past several years (like past 10 years, actually haha!) I have not been able to make it a priority like I would have liked. Between studying in college, acclimating to a night shift nursing job and then becoming a mom several years later, it was so hard to make myself sit down and really get into a book. I found myself collapsing on the couch at the end of the day, binge watching some Netflix shows or watching movies with Jake (which are not bad things at all, still love to do that haha). This year, one of my 2018 New Year’s resolutions was to read two books a month. My “to be read” list was ridiculously long and I decided I had to start chipping away at it and finding joy in curling up with a good book again. I have probably read around two books a YEAR since the boys were born so this seemed like a pretty lofty goal, but I was determined to get back into reading. 

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I made my reading list in my bullet journal and got started. If you haven’t heard of bullet journaling, it is a way of organizing and planning in a blank notebook. My sister-in-law and mother-in-law got me into this several years ago. They are both much more creative and artistic on paper than I am, but I still really enjoy keeping track of our lives in a journal style like this. I use it as a planner, journal, place to keep lists and important dates, write down recipes, etc. You name it, you can bullet journal about it! I love the freedom in it and that I can keep all of my lists, plans, and things I want to remember in one place. There have been seasons where I have only used it to keep track of appointments and plans, but other times I like to get a little creative. If you have some time, look up bullet journaling on Pinterest! I may write a more detailed post about it later to explain it a little more. Here is a picture of my bullet journal reading list. I may or may not have stolen this idea from my SIL (and hers is amazing) but it’s been such a cool way of keeping track of the books I’ve read and want to read. I have read some of these books in the past, but loved them so much I put them back on the list to read again eventually!

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One of the first books I read at the beginning of the year was A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. It was the perfect read in January since it’s usually an organize/get-your-life-together type of month. Haha! After reading and loving that one, I had to get my hands on her first book, Grace, Not Perfection. I loved this one even more! Emily is so encouraging and so motivating. I tend to be a little perfectionistic and this book gave me a new perspective on how I do every day life.

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I found Love Unending by Becky Thompson on accident while I was scrolling Amazon a couple months ago. I’m so glad I did! This book is sort of like a 30 day marriage challenge for moms with young children. It’s really about making and keeping your marriage a priority. With babies and toddlers, it can be difficult to make marriage your priority but it is so important and SO worth it. It is honestly such an easy, light read that gives you a little homework challenge and something to think on every day! It’s short and sweet and easy to fit into a busy schedule. 

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Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig is a quick read about discovering how the mundane, everyday work done in the home really is so important to our families, to ourselves, and to God. The author gives a fresh, new perspective on the purpose of housework and everyday tasks. Honestly, I really needed to hear this (especially in this season of my life) and I will probably reread this one several times! Haha. It is short and easy and a great reminder that even when you feel like what you do is unseen or doesn’t matter, there truly is glory in that work.  

Last but not least and probably my favorite of this little round up- Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic. This book is about living in the chaos that is having small children and actually enjoying even the most wild, chaotic moments. She has a dry sense of humor and tells it like it is, but at the same time, gives so much encouragement for living, really LIVING, in these years. Guys, if you are a mom, you need to read this book! I cannot say enough how much I loved it. I soaked it up and I will probably need to read it again soon too, haha! Both this one and Glory in the Ordinary were recommendations from my friend Lindsay and they did not disappoint!

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I hope you guys liked this mini book review type post. I wrote mostly about motherhood related books so I may do another one soon with some non-parenthood related books that I have loved this year- haha! I still have so much on my TBR list but please let me know if you have any great suggestions that I can add! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can enjoy these books as much as I did!

P.S. I’ve been reading the Outlander series by Diana Galbadon this year! I started the series in January and I am on book five now. These books are pretty lengthy and they’re pretty much the only fiction I’ve been able to read this year, but I don’t even mind because they are my FAVORITE ever. If you love a good love story, adventure, and history all in one, you have to read this series!

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