At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to read more. Here is an update on the books I’ve read since June! It’s been a lot of fun to actually take time to read. I know that might sound funny, but I’ve never been much of a reader. So to actually enjoy reading is a big deal. I used to dislike reading because I had to do it for school. I guess I thought I had bigger and better things to do with my time (or I didn’t like to be told I was required to read). I’ve since then realised the error of my ways and have discovered the joy of reading. And, as evidenced by my reading list, I discovered I enjoy non-fiction books more, which has helped my reading habits.

(Hopeful) Book List 2013

Anyway, here’s my final book list update!

Books I’ve read

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel—When I said I wanted to read something different, I got it by reading this book. It tells such a great story!
  • Celebrating Pregnancy Again by Franchesca Cox—I plan on writing on this subject in the new year. This book is a great little gem for any mother who finds herself pregnant after a loss. The perspective that the author shares is one that helped me start to enjoy this current pregnancy!
  • On Becoming Toddlerwise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam—Ok, so you know my love for Babywise and Pre-Toddlerwise. So you had to know that this one was going to be on the list! This book has brought some direction to our busy toddler days around the house.
  • Baby-Led Breastfeeding by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett—Since I loved doing Baby-led Weaning with Asher, I was excited to see that there’s also a baby-led approach to breastfeeding. This is probably the best explanation of how breastfeeding works that I’ve read. Hopefully, I can have a good experience breastfeeding with our new baby and try out some of the tips in this book!
  • Gospel Treason by Brad Bigney—I may be biased about this one since it’s written by my former pastor. It’s a great book on idols of the heart, how they can destroy our lives and how we need the Gospel instead. It was great to sit under Pastor Brad’s teachings again!

Books I’m currently reading

  • The Complete Call the Midwife Stories by Jennifer Worth—So… This book has become my go-to book when I’m in between other books. I am really enjoying it, but it’s long so I’ve been taking breaks from it to read other things. Maybe I’ll finish it in the new year!
  • Three Decades of Fertility by Natalie Klejwa—I’m so glad I happened to find this book! Leon and I desire to have a large-ish family, Lord willing, even though we got married a little later in life. I have found encouragement in reading the stories of women who trusted God with their childbearing years. I hope to write on this subject a bit in the new year, once I finish the book.

If you’d like to check out the books I read earlier this year, you can read those posts here and here.

Well, there you have it! I’m glad I took this challenge. I’ve read a lot more than I otherwise would have, and I plan on doing a similar challenge in the new year.

What have you read this year? Do you have any recommendations for books to read in the new year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!