When I think back on the last 15 years of my life, I spent a good chunk of that time reading. I was in college, and then on to graduate school. It was very normal for me to average 200 pages of reading material every night during that time of my life.
And ever since my 3 1/2 year old was born, my time to read anything longer than a blog post or a magazine article has completely diminished.
To the point where I usually read one book EACH YEAR.
In 2010 I read The Help. This was such a great read! And a powerful story about what can happen when women work with each other instead of against each other. Also….that pie!!!!
In 2011 I read Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. I saw Brene speak at a conference and in that 20 minute talk she gave, I learned several important lessons that I STILL remember and think about at least every week. The book was a great follow-up to her talk.
2012 was a banner year, because I read TWO books! Good Enough Is the New Perfect and When Did I Get Like This?. By this point, I was fully immersed in reading about balance, just how impossible it is, and the struggle to find a new way as a modern mom. I highly recommend both works.
For 2013, I have selected my book. I even pre-ordered it!
This is written by Glennon Melton, who is the voice behind my all-time favorite blog, Momastery. She writes about just how brutiful (that’s brutal and beautiful) life is, and how we can do hard things, and how love wins. She makes me cry, but they are really fat, healthy tears. She is living her life unarmed and unashamed, and she is SO inspiring. If you aren’t familiar her and would like to hear more about her perspective, I recommend that you subscribe to her blog. If that’s too much of a commitment, then just read one of her most famous posts, “Don’t Carpe Diem“. That piece changed my life, people. Not exaggerating!
Glennon even made an adorable birth announcement for her book. And she didn’t say it was her baby. She said it was OUR baby. Love that!
Are you like me? Do you only have time to read little snippets of info here and there? Is reading a book a HUGE accomplishment for you in this season of life?
If you can only read one book this year, let it be Carry On, Warrior. If I don’t get to read anything else this year (and I likely won’t) I know I will have picked the best possible read for this season of my life.
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