Recently I posted the list of books that I actually read in 2015, and I told you that I'd let you know what I'd be reading in 2016. Well, here it is. I keep a list in the back of my planner so that when anyone tells me about a good book, I add it to the books I think I might like and are therefore worth at least reading the first 10 pages.
The first 10 pages (really the first 2) are key to me. If I'm not into it by then, I'm out. Dude. I've got 3 kids and 3 jobs. I did my required reading in high school and college (okay, so I read parts of them and BS'd my way through most of it) so I'm over the whole reading it the whole way through even if it's not for me business.
Here's the thing, I won't get to all of these. I'll pick up some of them, and they won't reach me in the first 10 pages, so I'll put them down.
I'll read books that aren't yet on this list.
But I put this list here in case you want to join me and talk books with me sometime.
1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
2. A Million Little Ways
4. Out of Sorts
5. Something by Jennie Allen
6. Wired to Create
7. Big Magic
8. Prayer by Timothy Keller
9. Switch On Your Brain
10. A Million Miles In A Thousand Years by Donald Miller (I think it's time for a re-read)
11. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
14. Runaway Stories by Alice Munro
15. On Writing by Stephen King (Another Re-read)
16. In Defense of Food
17. Omnivore's Dilemma
18. Writing Down the Bones
19. Dear Sugar
20. Grace for the Good Girl
21. Primates of Park Avenue
22. A Piece of Cake
23. Let's All Be Brave
24. You're Made for a God-Sized Dream
25. Scribbling in the Sand
26. The Circle Maker
27. Whole Brain Child
28. 40 Days of Decrease
29. Anything by Seth Godin
30. Out of the Spin Cycle by JHat
So, I've already read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which happens to be a little weird, but also seems to be working in my house. The first part of the book asked me to decide what kind of lifestyle I'd like to lead. So I scribbled down the words:
Peaceful and Calm
And then I realized, I had essentially created a curriculum of sorts for the type of lifestyle I want.