I began 2014 with a list of 50 books I wanted to read. I made it through 47 of them.
The main reason that I didn’t read the last three was that they were not available at my library or inexpensively for my Kindle, and I didn’t want to invest much money in books that I wasn’t sure I would enjoy. (These days I only add books to my bookshelves if they have really impacted me.) However, even though I didn’t read them by my deadline, I’m still going to keep an eye out for those titles and hope to read them in the future.
I did read one book on my list during December.
- 12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me) by John Fischer This book was helpful, as I suspected it would be from the title. Since pride is one of my greatest downfalls, this book reminded me to rid myself of any inclination to judge or criticize others, but instead to love and forgive, just as Christ has done for sinful me.
These were the books I read that were not on my list.
- Jane Austen, Obstinate Heart: A Biography by Valerie Grosvenor Myer. I was interested in learning more about the author of Emma and Pride and Prejudice.
- Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten. Some of Ina’s food is way over my head, but there were several recipes in this book that I might actually try like Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp and Parmesan Chive Smashed Potatoes.
- Daughters of the Puritans: A Group of Brief Biographies by Seth Curtis Beach. I enjoyed reading these stories, especially learning more about Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
I’m trying a new approach to my reading list for 2015 and I’ll be sharing more about it next week. (If you want to see books I’m considering, check out my Books to Read Pinterest Board.)
Have you read any good books lately?