The Most Marvelous Adventures: Creating a reading list


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I’ve been inspired to look for the adventure in life this year. We can’t all afford to go off on jaunts across the globe, but we can afford to read about them. A good library card or local used bookstore makes adventure affordable. Books allow us to explore the world, learn new things, and just get lost. I’m getting lost this year. Are you?


Tweet: “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” ~ Lloyd Alexander @stephpfishman

“Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” ~ Lloyd Alexander  {Click to Tweet}

Tweet: “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” ~ Lloyd Alexander @stephpfishman


Finding Inspiration

I love reading Christa Sterken’s blog. There are so many posts that I find myself reflecting on after visiting her, and her “52 Books in One Year” was no different. She had me thinking… When was the last time I kept a reading list?

For many years I was a reader. I wasn’t a television watcher or a mall goer. I was a book girl. I became a homeschool mom who read with and to my girls – even the older ones. For a good part of a decade I read for pleasure when I could, but my book time was mostly taken up by researching titles for the girls or pre-reading those already selected through our homeschool curricula. Once the pre-reading years disappeared my reading turned to a lot of non-fiction based on the research or writing projects I was completing.

In 2013, I changed back to the book girl I once loved. I read for fun simply because I could.

I didn’t bank a large list of titles, but those that I read were chosen and enjoyed – no, savored – in a way that I hadn’t done in a while. Whether it was fluff or brain filler, I loved the words on every page.

Looking over Christa’s post, I thought of one thing: I wanted a “52 Books” book like she had.


My Marvelous Adventure

Who says that adults can’t have reading lists? No one! I spent hours upon hours as a homeschool mom creating reading lists for my girls. It’s time to create one for myself. With my focus on intentional living, I’ve decided to make reading time a priority. Reading makes me happy, feeds my mind {and soul}, and is a fabulous thing to do for relaxation. It’s official: I’m creating a list of books that I’d like to read in 2014.

I’m a planner, so my rules are going something like this:

  • One book per week (ish… I’m giving myself grace).
  • No page requirement or limit.
  • Four focuses: Non-fiction, Fiction, The Craft of Writing, Business. I’ll try to hit one from each category each month.
  • Each will be listed on Goodreads. Some will be reviewed.
  • Friday Check-ins… be it here, on Facebook or Twitter, or a simple update on Goodreads.


My handy dandy Goodreads widget will be loaded with the current reads. Yes, I said reads. I’m one of those book girls with multiple books in play. In addition to listing the books on Goodreads, I’ve started recording my 2014 Reading List here. Believe it or not, but not every book is on Goodreads yet. This will ensure that I don’t miss recording a single title.

Will you join me?

I’m adding a link up below, and I encourage you to read along with me. Whether you blog your intention like I did or your actual reading list, I’d love to see you connect with me below so that I can follow along. So, take the pledge. {There is no pledge. But, we can pretend…}  Go on a marvelous adventure. Create your own reading list for the year!

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  1. says

    Your goals are similar to mine. I haven’t met those goals in the last 2 years, so this year I planned out the reading down to the book. I’m still working on assigning them to which week, but I linked up my list for the year. 😀 Can’t wait to get ready with ya! Thanks for the linky!

    • says

      We’ll see if I regret not creating a full list. lol I do have a 2014 shelf in Goodreads started. I’m throwing books in there as I come across them. Of course, I’ve been blessed with a few since then that I want to read so it might all go out the window. I need to hurry up and get reading. 😉 Off to look at your list!

  2. says

    My word of the year is intentional. I love reading and I have made a goal to be more intentional about my time reading. When I was in nursing school, all I did was study and I had no time for reading for fun. Shortly after I graduated, I had a baby and in my sleep deprived state, I didn’t read much than either! I love getting lost in books. I plan on writing a post soon on my reading list. I am still putting it together, but will be back to link up :)

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