101 in 1001

89. read one book a month

One of my 101 in 1001 goals was to read one book a month.  Reading books isn’t something I’ve done alot of since college but I know its important so I thought this would be a good challenge.

the man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot readWhen I set this goal, I didn’t limit myself to a particular type of book {i.e. fiction, biography, faith, etc} so its been good to discover what I like to read.  Each month when I finish a book, I’ll post it below.

November 2013 – Decision Points by George W. Bush

I enjoyed reading this book although some chapters were a little slower than others for me. Two of my favorite things from reading this book were 1) insight into how Bush communicates with people from all types of cultural and religious background and how he found common ground with them; 2) a renewed sense to pray for our president and leaders, and all the decisions they face each day.

December 2013 – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

One of my favorite movies is Pride & Prejudice.  I even gave the book to my sisters as a part of their bridesmaids gift {and conveniently purchased one for myself too}.  I decided after a few months of sitting on my shelf it was time to read it.  The book goes into much more detail than the movie – which I liked and is beautifully written. It did require a little bit more attention because of the language used and I actually didn’t finish this until January because we got busy with the holidays and traveling. One of my favorite things? Some of the quotes from Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth! “I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” How romantic!

January 2014 – Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey

We’ve been reading/listening to some things by Dave Ramsey for the last several months {read about our goal setting and budgeting} so I was happy to read this book. It was a very quick read – he writes like he talks and its very motivational, especially if you’re working on the baby steps like we are!

February 2014 – Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

This was the hardest book for me to get through so far, so much so that I just skimmed the last 50 pages.  The book is very informative about why a plant based diet {not vegetarian, just limited meat} is ideal for our bodies.  It gave me some good ideas on how to approach food and the importance of fruits and vegetables.

March 2014 – Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

Loved reading this book. Not only was it filled with sweet stories about Katie Davis’ as a mother to her adopted Ugandan girls, but it also was a beautiful reminder of the strength that we gain through Christ to do the impossible.

April 2014 – The Case for Easter by Lee Strobel

A quick read on the defense of Easter.  Interesting to think about questions that people might have about the authenticity of the Bible.

May 2014 – What Is the Gospel by Greg Gilbert  {currently reading}

June 2014 – Connect: How to Double Your Number of Volunteers by Nelson Searcy

As I get more and more involved in my job, I’m realizing the importance of volunteers and a good system for them.  This reminded me that people want to serve and to give them opportunities to serve!

July 2014 – A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester {currently reading}

August 2014 – Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

This is one I had been wanting to read for awhile, and my request finalllly got filled in the library.  I loved how easy of a read it was and enjoyed Niequist writing style, and how tangible her words felt.  She is definitely a great storyteller.

September 2014 –  The Honest Life by Jessica Alba

I thought I’d enjoy this book more than I would, but I was a little disappointed.  While I think it’s good to be aware of what is going in and around our bodies and our families, it was a little bit of a downer.

October 2014

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May 2015 – Women of the Word  by Jen Wilkin

A practical book on why we should and how to study the Bible.  While I know Bible literacy is important, it is definitely a discipline where I lack.  Wilkin gave practical examples and ways to study the Scripture to increase our love and understanding for a God who has provided His Word for us.

June 2015 – Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney {currently reading}

Any good book recommendations?  What’s your favorite type of book to read?


13 thoughts on “89. read one book a month

  1. Pride & Prejudice is my all-time favorite book! I’m so glad you finally read it and got through it. Isn’t it horribly romantic?!

    I am about to start reading The Book Thief – I will let you know how it is.

    I look forward to more of your book reviews and recommendations!

  2. Somehow I missed your previous posts about this… I do love a good list of books to read.

    Anyway I loved Decision Points and Pride and Prejudice! For very different reasons, of course.

    Recommendations: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson; The Anne of Green Gables series (my all time favorites); Love Does by Bob Goff. I have a huge list of YA fiction that I love too if you are interested. I read way too many YA novels…

    1. I recently started getting books from the library so I’ll put these on my to-read list! I’ll let you know when I’m ready for more recs!

  3. Great list, and idea! I’m currently reading “Happier at Home” by Gretchen Wilson. It’s pretty ironic to be reading this while in my first month of my new career as a Flight Attendant, since I actually haven’t been home much. I’ve been getting lots of funny looks from people while reading this during my airport sits too 😉

  4. Great idea, and list! I am currently reading “Happier at Home” by Gretchen Wilson. I love the way she goes into great detail about things and breaks the chapters out by different areas of life in relation to “home”.

    1. Gretchen Wilson? As in country music “Redneck Woman” Gretchen Wilson?!? Ha! Didn’t know she wrote books too! Sounds like a fun read! I checked out “perfectly imperfect home” from the library a few weeks ago – it was a beautiful book and had great tips about decorating, but not so much about life.

      1. Clearly I am exhausted and have country on the brain! Gretchen Rubin! OOPS! I just finished a 3 day trip (Flight Attendant) and I guess I need more rest than I thought. Haha. I haven’t read the one you referred to, but I’ll be sure to check that one out next. My husband and I are in the process of renovating our first home, so I am always looking for tips, advice, etc.

      2. Well now that I know it’s not Redneck Woman, I might pick it up 😉 how fun to be renovating! I read a lot of blogs so that’s the bigger resource I use for ideas {especially since they seem more practical if diy’ers are doing them!

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