In 2017, I set a lofty goal for myself: to read 50 books in 365 days.
Since I’m studying humanities and spend a lot of time reading for classes, I decided to count any books I read for school and work. Sometimes it felt like cheating, but usually, it felt exactly the way finishing a book is supposed to feel: like a piece of me got stuck behind, held captive by the pages for the rest of eternity. With every book I read, I marked down a place in time where I existed.
And one day I’ll open up those books again, perhaps for the first time in decades, and I’ll be transported back to 2017.
The year I failed to reach my goal of 50 books.
Although I really pushed hard at the finish line, reading four books in the last week of the year alone, I fell short at only 33 completed books by December 31.
This year, I am seeking out the same goal, but with a whole new mindset and a whole new plan for accountability.
Beginning now, with this blog post, I will log, review, and comment on every book that I read in 2018. I’m already at four, which means that in coming days there will probably be a singular post about those (because, well, they’re in the same series). I can’t wait to begin this new blogging journey.
It’s going to be beautiful, because it will hold me accountable in more ways than one: for months now, Our Inspired Hearts has been lurking in the back of my mind, reminding me how much I wanted to establish a reliable schedule for posting. And, also, I really want to read 50 books this year. What better way than to share my progress with the World Wide Web?
So friends, I hope you will join me in the journey. I hope that this will blossom and transform into something way bigger than this little blog on the back roads of the ‘net. I hope you’ll be inspired to pick up new books, and I hope you’ll share your favorites with me so that I can continue to grow. I don’t want to be stuck in the same-ole-same-ole of books; there are so many out there just waiting to be read, and I want to break free of my typical genre/literary style.
So leave me a comment below, follow me on Twitter, or just join in silently until something you simply must share comes to mind.
Before I begin my official list of books for 2018, here is what I read in 2017 (in order of completion):
- Constructive Wallowing by Tina Gilbertson
- Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber
- Globalization: A Short History by Jurgen Osterhammel (Class book)
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Class book)
- Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh (Class book)
- The Mirror Crack’d by Agatha Christie
- At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks (I literally did not remember reading this book at first; it was awful, honestly.)
- Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
- CORE by Danette Baird (This is an in-progress work, but I read it, so hey, it counts. This was also for my job.)
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
- Tandem Living by Krishana Kraft
- The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp
- Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
- Each Little Bird that Sings by Deborah Wiles
- The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
- The Promise by Danielle Steel
- The Rule of Benedict (Wow, what a shift from the previous books…this was for class.)
- Water From a Deep Well by Gerald Sittser (Class book)
- Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
- You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith (Class book)
- Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
- Unexpected Gifts by Elena Aitken
- Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman
- Confessions by Augustine (I think this one ended up being listed out of order; I finished it several books earlier. Also a class book.)
- Abundance Now by Lisa Nichols (One of my favorites! I love a good self-help!)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Can you guess the first four books I read in 2018?
If you want to hear more about anything I read in 2017, let me know!