Book Report

Every year I set a goal for myself as to how many books I'd like to read. This year my goal was to go beyond fluffy novels. I wanted to read things that "meant something". However, you won't catch me dead with a business book in my hand. That's probably not wise of me since I am striving to be a successful business. (Insert, eye roll and a stomp of my feet. Fine, I'll do it). So I will try to mix a few business books into my other good reads this year. My goal this year is to read 15 books. That's what I ended with last year and felt it was good goal, just a little over a book a month. I will be starting book six going into the fourth month so I feel good about that. Here are the five books that I've read so far this year and my brief thoughts on them.

1. How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) I read this book because it was a "business" book for me and I wanted to research this avenue with my blog. I liked it because it was simple to read yet had great explanations about the blogging business. I am glad I read it and I hope to put some of the practices into play!

2. All Hell Broke Loose: Experiences of Young People During the Armistice Day 1940 Blizzard I picked this book next because it was in a pile of stuff at my Dad's house and I thought, "Hey. Free read. Non fiction. Let's try it." I think this was the reason this winter was so bad. Every time I picked it up in January, we had another storm. Sooo, sorry about that. I liked the book. Can't say I loved it as it got a bit long hearing the same story over and over but I enjoyed learning about this storm and imagining how good we have it now when it comes to being prepared (believe it or not!).

3. The Best Worst Thing: A Memoir This one just cut me to the core. I don't know if it was because I've met the author, because she's a small town Minnesota girl, because my husband turned 30 this year, or because the events in her life were happening within days of my wedding and it was also the year my mom died, but I couldn't put this one down. I amazingly didn't cry through it and took back a WHOLE new perspective on life.

4.Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food This was my first ever online book/Bible study. I was nervous about signing up because I normally get off track with these things very quickly but I impressed myself and stayed on task! I completed the book on time and took away new ideas about the never ending journey of weight loss. You can really insert any addiction into this one, not just food. It's also a good way for those who are seeking a closer relationship with God to look at this approach. Again, I enjoyed it!

5. Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches This book I bought on a whim off of another blog that I follow. When it arrived I was SUPER pumped because it's a shorter book with short chapters. I even thought, "I want to write a book like this!!". It arrived just as Harvey was going down for a nap so I even thought I could get it done that day. Well, Harvey didn't end up napping at all that day. And then I had the book sitting on the counter, almost taunting me for a few more weeks. I was crabby and this book saying "Hey, just love life" was staring at me in the face. Regardless, I eventually finished it and really did like it. It gave great examples of how to take stressful parenting situations and just go with it. That is not my strong suit so it was good to read about that.

So there are the first five books of the year! I really liked them all, some a little more than others. I have quite a few on my Kindle to read yet but what do you suggest? Remember, I am looking for "real life" stuff. No fluff this year! What do you recommend??

Have a great day! Tracy