Just One More: What I’m Reading in 2016

I’ll admit it: I’ve never been a one-book woman. My parents still tell stories of me toddling over to my dad with a stack of Golden Books bigger than I was. I would sit on his lap, and (bless him) the man would read every single book. One was never enough, and time hasn’t caused my stack to dwindle.

Some light reading with Dad...

Some light reading with my Dad…

You see, books are necessary nourishment for my often-tired momma soul.The process of reading forces me to sit, to breathe, and to have thoughts beyond the dirty dishes or approaching deadlines. Life slows down with a good book. Reading has become essential for my sanity…and for the safety of everyone around me.

However, my reading record over the past few years has been sporadic at best. Jane Eyre has had a bookmark in it for longer than I’d like to admit. (Okay….it’s been five years. Not even joking.) I let life inch out the quality book time my soul has so desperately needed. Therefore, part of my 2016 goals is to set aside intentional reading time.

Just One More

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been gathering my stack — a task that proved harder than I anticipated. How’s a woman supposed to decide when Amazon has over 3 million literature and fiction titles alone? I mean, come ON! But I persevered and have been able to pull together a 2016 reading list that has me pretty pumped.

The strength in this book list is certainly not in numbers. A typical bookworm would probably look at it and say, “Really? That’s it?”, but I know I have to start small and realistic. As a mom of three boys under age 6 who also works from home and attempts to have a clean house, my pockets of free time tend to be small and come with holes. However, this goal is an important one for me, and I’m determined to tackle it.

Based on some of my other pursuits as a woman, wife, and momma, I honed in on books that emphasize specific areas of professional/personal development and parenting. And to keep things spicy, I always need at least one fiction in the mix. I may still throw in some Harry Potter for good measure.

But so far, here’s how my stack is shaping up:

  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (parenting)
  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles (professional/personal development)
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt (professional/personal development)
  • The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds (fiction)
  • The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd (fiction)
  • Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans
  • Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are by Shauna Niequist (faith/devotional)
  • The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner (personal development)
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (fiction)
  • Smart Money, Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money by Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze (parenting)
  • Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment by Erwin Raphael McManus

[Sidenote: If you’re interested in any of these titles, I made a quick  2016 Reading List on Amazon.com for your reference.]

My hope is that this reading list will give me necessary respite in the midst of madness as well as the challenge and courage I need to live out God’s gospel in the day to day. Life never stops, and I don’t want to fall behind. Whether it’s reading or listening to podcasts or attending a new class, I hope we all strive this year for just one more way to learn and grow. May we find ways to take care of our souls in the midst of life’s ups and downs. May we develop habits that propel us forward and grow us, while also helping us appreciate the delicate beauty of each moment.

And because I can’t resist the opportunity to add one more book to my stack, indulge me:

What are YOU reading in 2016?


6 comments on “Just One More: What I’m Reading in 2016”

  1. Cynthia says:

    I just started The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands
    by Lysa TerKeurst and I already know it was written for me…

    1. Mmmmm…..might need to borrow that when you’re done.

  2. Cailee says:

    YESSSS. Getting back into reading is the only “resolution” I have on my list for 2016. I have been looking for some great reads to add to my list (not that my list needs any more, but I’m being ambitious). I may steal a few of these titles as we seem to have some similar tastes in authors 😀
    I am currently reading “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown (can you say, FRIEND CRUSH?? GAHHHH) and my recent Amazon purchase, “Bread and Wine” by dear, sweet Shauna. Also on my list is “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. It was a recommendation. I see you have one by her as well…is she any good?

    1. I’ve only read “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd, and it was great. I’ve heard mixed reviews of the one I’m reading, but I’m going to give it a go anyway. It’s on my shelf, and I can’t abandon it.

      Brene Brown’s book is also on my “runners up” list if I can get through my others. I also own “Bread & Wine.” I may have an issue with buying books…

  3. Debi Russell says:

    Nice list! I only know the book in front of me which is a re-read because it was too deep to get everything the first time around- Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul DAvid Tripp. I want to read another good fiction this year because all five books last year (yep, five all year!) were spiritual growth or work related. Anyway, I have read Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManeus. We love him! My fav by him is Soul Cravings. Glad you are making time for you! Mama’s need it and the jump from two to three is an adjustment for sure!

    1. I’ve heard Paul David Tripp is phenomenal. My sister Emily raves about him. He’s on my radar. 🙂

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