As I told you last week, one of my goals for 2018 is to read 100 non-self-help books. I’ve found that getting caught up in a good story or reading a book that is inspirational and soul-filling is so cathartic for me and I believe it will help me walk out my word of the year (SLOW).
I have decided that I’m going to define non-self-help books as anything that is fiction, story-driven, biographical, inspirational, or devotional. I’m also going to allow myself to read a few parenting/family books — even though some people could say that these could be considered “self-help”.
(They aren’t classified as self-help and because I’m in a season of life where I really feel like they will be beneficial to me, I’m going to make an exception for them. However, I’m only planning to read one every other month or so.)
So I put together a list of 44 books I want to read this coming year. Some of these are for pure enjoyment. Some of these are ones that I feel will really feed my soul and inspire me in my SLOW journey. Some of these are a little bit of both. But I have to tell you that I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about my book list as I am about my list this year! I think that’s a good sign!
You might be wondering why I only chose 44 books when I plan to read 100 books. Well, I’ve learned from past mistakes, that I need to allow quite a bit of wiggle room in my book goals — because you can be sure I won’t have any trouble coming up with other titles that I want to read as the year progresses! 😉
By the way, if you missed it, I ended up reading 87 books in 2017 and here were my top 10 favorites.
How I Find Time to Read
People are always asking me how I find time to read. Honestly, it’s because I love to read, because I’ve chosen to prioritize it, because I don’t have a lot of other hobbies, and because I can’t not read. Also, when you love something, you usually can find ways to get creative to find time to fit it in — even if it’s in the little nooks and crannies of life.
I wrote a post on 3 ways to find more time to read — even when life is busy. And here are 7 more ways to find time to read.
44 Books I Plan to Read in 2018
Here are the 44 titles I plan to read in 2018. (Please note: Many of these are ones that have come highly recommended to me, but I’ve not read most of these so by having them on this list, I’m not endorsing them. I will be giving you very honest reviews as I read them and it’s possible that there are a few on this list that I start and decide not to finish because I just don’t find them engaging or worth my time. I’m all about not feeling like you need to finish a book if it’s not inspiring or feeding you.)
Devotional/Inspirational Christian Living Books
I usually have one devotional book or inspirational Christian living book that I read every morning when I read my Bible. Typically, I just read a few pages — or sometimes a chapter, if they are short. My goal is to read one of these per month (which is why I chose 12).
- If (One of my favorite Amy Carmichael books!)
- Counterfeit Gods
- You’re Going to Be Okay
- Dance, Stand, Run
- Sacred Rest
- Mom Set Free
- Love Lives Here
- Whispers of Rest
- A Confident Heart (I loved this book when I read it a number of years ago!)
- Calm My Anxious Heart (This is another favorite of mine and I wanted to re-read it.)
- You Are Free
I usually save story-driven books to read a few chapters of before bed or to read in one or two settings over the weekends (when I often have more time to read).
- Relentless Spirit
- Gentleman in Moscow
- Before We Were Yours
- The Orphan, The Widow, & Me
- The Lucky Few
- A Man Called Ove
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet
- The Book Thief
- Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God (This book changed my life as a teen — I haven’t read it in years!)
- Never Give In (I also read this as a teen!)
- Hinds Feet on High Places (It’s been ages since I’ve read this book!)
- And It Was Beautiful
- And Still She Laughs
- A Daring Escape
- Sisters First
- Jesus, My Father, and the CIA
- Gathering Blue
- At Home in the World
- Beneath the Surface
- Courage to Soar
Like I earlier, I am kind of bending the no-self-help books rule when it comes to parenting books. Because I’m in a season where I really need to get some encouragement and practical help in this area. But I only chose 6 books and plan to read through them very slowly. So that goes in line with my SLOW word, right? 😉
- Safe House
- Only Love Today
- Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids
- The Explosive Child
- Whole Brain Child
And then, I wasn’t sure what to categorize these books as, but I also want to read Deep Work and Destination Simple.
Links You Should Check Out:
- My Top Favorite 10 Productivity Books
- My Top 7 Favorite Books For Moms
- 8 Ways to Get Audiobooks for FREE
- How I Get My Books For FREE
- How to Read Ebooks Without a Kindle
Look for Book Updates on Mondays!
After many, many requests from you all: I am bringing back the weekly book updates! Every Monday, look for a book update post where I’ll share what I read the past week, my thoughts on the books, what I’m reading to the kids, and maybe some thoughts on what I’m learning as I walk out this no self-help book challenge this year! 🙂
What are YOU planning to read this coming year? What books do you feel like I really need to read this coming year?
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