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. :D Can’t wait to get ready with ya! Thanks for the linky!
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    • 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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