Saturday, December 28, 2013

12 Books in 2014.

I love the idea of a fresh start in the new year - a clean slate, a reason to set goals, a way to rejuvenate after a decadent holiday season. I usually make new year resolutions, but tend to forget them. My resolutions over the years have been too general, like run more, lose 10 pounds, and quit drinking Diet Coke. I have learned that in making goals, I need something specific to focus on. For example, better resolutions would be: run 35 miles per month, lose 10 pounds by March 31, and drink sparkling water instead of Diet Coke.

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I have a few resolutions to share over the next week, the first being to read 12 books in 2014. Last winter I spent most of my free time planning our wedding and I fell behind on reading. I recently created a list of books I want to read, and realized as the list grew longer that I wish I took the time to read more often.

I ride public transportation for close to an hour every weekday {going to and from work}, and far too much of that time is spent perusing Facebook or reading the news on my phone. This time would be much better spent with a good book. There is an interesting Huffington Post article on 7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books, including to strengthen your brain, sleep better, and increase empathy for others.

Here is my list for the year:

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The Dinner ~ Herman Koch
The Circle ~ Dave Eggers
The Glass Castle ~ Jeanette Walls
The Art of Fielding ~ Chad Harbach
Yes, Chef: A Memoir ~ Marcus Samuelsson
Me Before You ~ JoJo Moyes
Dark Places ~ Gillian Flynn
I Feel Bad About My Neck ~ Nora Ephron
Duplex ~ Kathryn Davis
David and Goliath ~ Malcolm Gladwell
Born to Run ~ Christopher McDougall
The Fault in Our Stars ~ John Green

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