Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thinking about goals

It's almost a new year, and with a new year come thoughts of new goals. I'll admit that every year I set high goals . . . and I never achieve all of them . . . but it is fun to plan and aim high, anyway. :) One of the goals I did actually accomplish this year was my reading goal. I had hoped to read about 2 books per month. Well, I actually beat that and ended up with 29 (that I can remember) that I read this year! About 2/3 of them were fiction (yes, I love fiction :)), but 1/3 were non-fiction, and accomplishing that many non-fiction reads in a year is a pretty big thing for me.

Here is the list of what I read this year (this doesn't include read-alouds to the kids for school, etc.). If I counted those, I think my total would be over 50, at least. :) These are in no particular order (this year I hope to keep a more detailed record), and I'm too lazy to link to all of them on Amazon, but you can find reviews of some of these in my labels under "Book Reviews" or just look 'em up on Amazon yourself, if you see one that sounds interesting.

  1. Spring for Susannah, by Catherine Richmond
  2. Wonderland Creek, by Lynn Austin
  3. Desiring God, by John Piper
  4. Deadly Disclosures (Book 1, Dinah Harris mysteries), by Julie Cave
  5. The Shadowed Mind (Book 2, Dinah Harris mysteries), by Julie Cave
  6. Pieces of Light (Book 3, Dinah Harris mysteries), by Julie Cave
  7. Calm My Anxious Heart, by Linda Dillow
  8. Organized Simplicity, by Tsh Oxenreider
  9. Sidetracked Home Executives, by Peggy Jones and Pam Young
  10. The Love & Respect Experience, by Emerson Eggerichs
  11. Treasuring Emma, by Kathleen Fuller
  12. What the Heart Sees, by Kathleen Fuller
  13. Raising Real Men, by Hal & Melanie Young
  14. The Thorn, by Beverly Lewis
  15. The Judgment, by Beverly Lewis
  16. To Win Her Heart, by Karen Witemeyer
  17. The Final Crumpet, by Ron & Janet Benrey
  18. Airs Above the Ground, by Mary Stewart
  19. Footsteps in the Dark, by Georgette Heyer
  20. Pistols for Two, by Georgette Heyer
  21. What in the World is Going On?, by David Jeremiah
  22. A Good & Perfect Gift, by Amy Julia Becker
  23. Lilies in Moonlight, by Allison Pittman
  24. Love Food & Live Well, by Chantel Hobbs
  25. The Money Saving Mom's Budget, by Crystal Paine
  26. The Seven Dials Mystery, by Agatha Christie
  27. The Talisman Ring, by Georgette Heyer
  28. America By Heart, by Sarah Palin
  29. The Accidental Bride, by Denise Hunter
As you can see, there's quite a bit of variety in that list! I'm really thankful for the opportunity to review books for various publishers, as that has really expanded my reading horizons. What a blessing to be able to get some neat books for free, just in exchange for a review! In fact, 13 of the books in my list were acquired in that way.

And now . . . I'd better head for bed, but I will be sharing more about my goals and my reading list for 2012, very soon!

1 comment:

Mrs. Smith said...

Hi dear buddy! Just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year. Blessings to you in 2012!