Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Look Through Books Towards 2019

    I've moved away from "s.m.a.r.t." (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) resolutions in recent years. Such restraints just haven't been realistic in this season of little ones, and I would repeatedly feel defeated and disappointed. And so, last year I decided to bypass the practice of new year's resolutions. This year, though, I've felt as though I needed a small return. 

      I'm still hesitant to label my ideas as "resolutions." Instead, I've simply pondered the feeling or essence desired in a variety of areas. Being a book lover, I thought the best way to capture the sentiment would be through books. And so, I've collected a list of books that I'd like to read in the coming year to encourage developing myself and our lives to be their best.

      I read 12 books in 2018, and so I chose 13 books for 2019. I also chose to follow the topics guide of this blog in choosing the subject matter of books. Again, I chose based on the book affirming the feel that I desire to achieve in a particular area. My desire is to fill my and heart with wisdom. I haven't read them yet, though, so hopefully they'll be some good ones! 

    The following list is in no particular order. I'll probably read in order of the ones I own, then the ones that I can find inexpensively. The others I'll simply wait and watch until prices fall to a point that I'm willing to purchase. Amazon and BetterWorldBooks are my two favorite places to purchase books. 

[family culture] The Lifegiving Home by Sally Clarkson

[home education] Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by Teri Maxwell

[finances] Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn

[faith] One Year Chronological Bible

[home management] Home Management: Plain and Simple by Kim Brenneman

[in the kitchen] 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous by Lisa Leake

[parenting] Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

[holidays/ special occasions]: Simply Tradition by Kierste Wade

[personal growth] How to be a Happier Parent by KJ Dell'Antonia

10. [simple living] Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner*

11. [business] How to Sell Used Books on Amazon: The Stay at Home Mom's Secret Guide to Selling Books on Amazon by Christine Miller*

                                        How to Sell Used Books on Amazon: The Stay at Home Mom's Secret Guide to Selling Books on Amazon by [Miller, Christine E]
12. [marriage] Sacred Marriage Devotional by Gary Thomas

13. [home organization] Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker

Other reading for 2019:
     Aside from the nonfiction books listed above, I'll probably begin pre-reading many of the kindergarten level books as Tennyson will be starting Kindergarten in the fall. It will be fun to revisit or read anew many childhood classics!

     As for the children, we'll continue to indulge in books and stories as much as possible! They have a large selection of books on their bookshelves in our school room. I also often check out books from the public library. They receive books as part of celebrations- holidays, season, birthdays etc. as well. Finally, they each have a set of books that came with their My Father's World Tot School and Preschool curricula.
     I also intend to continue reading through our collection of Great Illustrated Classics. The Great Illustrated Classics series is wonderful for early chapter books! I'm currently reading The Wind in the Willows to Tennyson and Anne of Green Gables to Annelise. Other titles we may read include Robin Hood, Heidi, Aesop's Fables, Alice in Wonderland etc. 

(Note: Each book includes an affiliate link. I am an affiliate with Amazon, and as such receive a compensation for any purchases made through the links provided. Also, all images are from I am not an affiliate of My Father's World, Better World Books, or Great Illustrated Classics. Links for those resources have been included to simply share products or companies we enjoy. All opinions are my own. )
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