Another year, another reading challenge! I'm trying to do a little better in 2014, planning my books in advance and reading more quality material. If anyone read any excellent books last year I would love to hear about them and add them to my list.
Here's the deal: I'm trying to read one book per week (on average) this year. I did it last year (just barely) and it was a really great, if extremely challenging, choice. Last year I read only new-to-me books, but this year I'm going to count re-reads as part of my 52. This is for two reasons, because I seriously missed some of my old favorites, and because I'm trying to read some more non-fiction, and that's usually slower going for me. I think if I let my re-reads count I'll be able to diversify the rest of my list. Still definitely trying to read mostly new books, though!
I'm tracking my progress on Goodreads, an awesome website that you should definitely check out, and maybe start your own reading challenge.
Jen and her family spend a little under a year exploring the ways in which their life contains excess, specifically in seven categories: Clothes, Shopping, Waste, Food, Possessions, Media, and Stress. Honestly, those seven words alone struck a chord with me. I'm not a mother of five, so the day-to-day experience that the Hatmakers went through doesn't directly relate to me. I do however, recognize that there is so much excess in my life, and the message of the book was a perfect kickstart to begin evaluating my own life.