Here is late recap on my reading progress for the month of February. I’ve read 8 books so far this year, which is 16% towards my goal of 50 books. I anticipate a lighter month of completed books for March, as I’ve decided to read David Copperfield. I think that I read parts of this book when I was younger, so I decided to tackle this book. I’m enjoying it and can’t believe I have not completed this book before now, but it is a long one!
Okay, I know we are already a month through 2015 and this post is a little late… Over the holidays in December, I combed my shelves and pulled a few books that I hope to tackle in 2015 (along with a couple of books I received as gifts). I also have a couple of new books that I would like to purchase and read this year, like All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I still need to make more of an effort to read some the books that have stacked up at home, but I will continue to keep an eye out for any new books as well. :)
Hard to believe we are through the first month of 2015. Where did the time go?!? While I haven’t been as focused as I would like on a few of my goals, I am off to a good start with my reading. I have set my goal at 50 books again this year and started off the year the with some great books. I highly recommend The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. I think any book lover would appreciate this book!
Welcome, 2015. Now that the holidays are over, I like to take a little time to think about the new year. While I have been unsuccessful in the past at keeping some resolutions, I am going to attempt making some this year, but make them more “bite-size” goals (i.e. monthly, quarterly) with a few overall goals for the year. I’m also planning to “officially” kick off my goals on Monday, January 5, because let’s be real… with New Year’s Eve falling on a Thursday this year, some of the fun and festivities carried over into Friday and the weekend. Along with finishing up any leftover holiday treats, I plan to make a big grocery shopping trip today to restock my fridge and pantry.
A few goals throughout the 2015 year:
Be “present”. Focus and enjoy the “now” rather than always worrying about the future (this will be a tough one for me, as I am always planning and thinking about what’s next!)
Take more breaks from technology (i.e. checking my phone and text messages all the time)
Be a better listener. My mind tends to jump ahead in a conversation and think about responses, etc. Hopefully by my first goal of being more present, this will be part of the result.
Goals for 1st quarter of 2015:
Eat in more (I need a break from all of the holiday parties and dinners out)
Eat more whole foods and less processed/packaged foodsBetter meal planning and preparation. I was on a roll for a little while and fell of the wagon.
Goals for the month of January:
Yoga practice twice a week. I started getting back into yoga over the holidays and it felt great. I have to remember that even a 15 or 20 minute yoga practice counts.
Meditation. I wish I could say I would do this daily, but in the spirit of trying to keep things real, I will attempt a goal of a short meditation (even 5 minutes) three times a week.
What are some of your goals or resolutions you would like to tackle in 2015?
While I did not reach my goal of completing 50 books this year, I felt like I included more non-fiction (mainly health-related books) and more poetry. I have included a few reading highlights below.
Favorite Reads in 2014:
The Winter Witch
The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession
World Without End
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen
The River of No Return
The Yoga-Body Cleanse: A 7-Day Ayurvedic Detox to Rejuvenate Your Body and Calm Your Mind The Body Book Mayim’s Vegan Table: 100 Great-Tasting and Healthy Recipes from My Family to Yours Notes from a Small Island
Crazy Sexy Diet
The Age of Shakespeare
Beethoven: The Composer as Hero
It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Way
The Captain’s Verses
Sailing Alone Around the Room
She Walks in Beauty
Poems Bewitched and Haunted
The Trouble with Poetry
Books that I thought (and hoped) I would enjoy more:
Book of Life
Books that were 600 pages or more: World Without End
The House of Hades
What were some of your reading highlights or favorites in 2014?
Here’s to another year of reading in 2015. Happy reading!
I didn’t hit my goal this year – I ended up completing 44 books, which is 88% towards my goal of 50 books. Overall, I’m happy with my reading choices this year and felt that I included more variety in terms of some non-fiction and more poetry. Stay tuned for a year in review post, along with books for 2015.
I’ve made good progress this month, but definitely will not reach my goal this year. I’m 80% towards my goal, with 40 books completed. I hope to read a few more books before the end of the year and would like to take advantage of some time off over the holidays to immerse myself in a good book. I also have to start thinking about any books I would like to tackle in 2015…
With the Thanksgiving holiday less than two weeks away, I really want to focus more on being grateful and mindful. When I start to wish that I had more, different, better…I need to stop and think about all of the other people in the world. It really puts my “problems” into perspective. I have a nice home, stability, loving family, husband and friends, and a good job.
Here are a few things I want to focus on for the rest of the month, many of which I already try to practice, but serves as a good reminder.
Do more with less
Inventory the things that I have – what do I really want and need? How and/or why is it meaningful to me?
Wow. November…. I always feel like it is officially the beginning of the holiday season when I have my enjoy my first Starbucks drink in the red holiday cup. It always puts me in a festive mood, but also serves a good reality check that the holidays will be here before we know it!
The title of this post is a nod to how difficult it can be to navigate through the holiday season – the busy schedules and jam-packed weekends, shopping and navigating through the crowds, the abundance of food (and lack of willpower with all of the tempting treats), and the days getting shorter and shorter (it is dark when I leave and return from work!). Needless to say it can be tough navigating through all of the demands over the next couple of months, while at the same time trying to really enjoy and savor the holiday season.
What are some of your tips for navigating through November?
This month I tried to incorporate a couple of books that tied in with the month of October and Halloween. I’m definitely not going to reach my goal of 50 books this year, as I’ve been a bit of a reading slump lately. Instead, I will focus on the pure enjoyment of reading over the next two months rather than being distracted by completing a specific number of books. I’ve read 34 books, which is 68% towards my goal of 50 books.