We’ll be switching topics from food for a bit…
Over the last couple years I’ve noticed a not-so-good habit of mine forming… starting a book and not finishing it. As someone who really hated reading up until around 19 years old, I would have never imagined to have such a habit as this! But here I am, with book shelves overflowing and thousands of pages that are waiting to be read.
My solution? (And I REALLY hope I stick to this!)
Create a monthly reading plan!
Each month for the rest of 2010 I wrote down 4-5 books that I plan to tackle, hopefully one a week. In order to keep my reading well-rounded, I picked a book from each type such as theology (such as Knowing God by J.I. Packer), a Biblical book on womanhood (Womanly Dominion by Mary Chanski), organization (From Clutter to Clarity by Nancy Twigg), finances, food & nutrition, and fiction (Harry Potter… I’m only on book four and it’s been over 10 years since I started the series. Next up? Chronicles of Narnia!).
No doubt there are over 25 books that I have started and intended to finish but have not gone past page 63, so I’m really hoping and praying this better do the trick. For one, I don’t want to keep buying books and not reading them, since obviously this is a waste of money (my next step, learn to use our library more, DUH!). And although I’ve learned tons of valuable information from the many many blogs I’ve found online, I often get side-tracked on the internet and end up wasting too much time, or simply getting overwhelmed by it all! Also, I yearn to finish books and benefit from quality focused reading on subjects that will help to mature me as a Christian, a woman, a wife, and a home-maker.
If you’re curious what my plans are for April, here you go:
- Real Food by Nina Planck (almost done with this one!)
- A Place of Quiet Rest by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
- The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife
- Debt Proof Your Marriage by Mary Hunt
I’m excited for next month… Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis! One that I started a LONG time ago and got stuck in the middle somewhere…
What books are you reading or planning to read? How do you keep yourself on track?