Another year of reading in the books!

Since the arrival of my son last month, my reading habits and interests have shifted some, but instead of holding rigidly to my old goals and patterns, I’m learning to take these new desires with me as I enter this new season of motherhood. The truth is I love reading and making a habit of reading will always be a part of my life (and now that includes reading to my son! Woohoo!) but how I accomplish that, and more importantly, how I think about that goal has my permission to shift as often as it needs to.

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To start the year off, I found many of my fiction reads to be underwhelming but found some great reads later in the year. My interests shifted to include more non-fiction once again after a heavy year of fiction in 2020. Approaching my son’s birth and in the early weeks postpartum, I found I gravitated toward light-hearted and quick reads (novellas were my friend to close out the year!)

And as I expected, I’ve leaned more heavily towards audio this year and expect that to continue into 2022. Right now I’m using Scribd for my audiobooks. It’s $10 a month and has a fantastic selection of books, including newer releases.

For 2022, I’m focusing less on a number and instead, I plan to start the year off with categories I want to read in. That may shift after a few months, but right now, that goal feels way more accessible.

Of the 91 books I did read:

  • Audiobooks: 11
  • Re-reads: 8
  • Short stories/plays: 11
  • Physical books: 14
  • Kindle ebooks (mostly checked out through library): everrrrrything else!
A few books I’m looking forward to reading in 2022!

Favorite Non-fiction Books

  • The Seasons of God by Richard Blackaby
  • Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
  • The Art of Spiritual Writing by Vinita Hampton Wright
  • Quarantine Life from Cholera to COVID-19 by Kari Nixon
  • Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney

Favorite Fiction Books

  • A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen
  • The Nature of Fragile Things by Susan Meissner
  • Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher
  • Falling by TJ Newman
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson
  • Subpar Parks by Amber Share

Other Links You Might Like:

Favorite Books on Writing

2020 Book Round-Up

2019 Book Round-Up

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