My 2014 reading goal was 50 books.
I read 49 & 1/2 amazing books in 2014.
You read that right. 49.5. :s Kills me to just look at that number.
Last night I was bewailing this titanic failure to my mom and she said something to the affect of, "Natalie, just think of all those books you wouldn't have read if you hadn't challenged yourself to read that many."
Thank you, thank you, thank you, my sweet Momma. :) She's so right. I read a grand total of 27 books in 2013. So that's almost double. Yay!
Ah, sweet freedom. She let me off the hook of my own criticism. Ever heard the quip, "You're your own worst critic?" It's true.
On a related note, I watched the movie When the Game Stands Tall a couple nights ago. My takeaway was that we're not always as perfect as we'd like to be, but we can give a perfect effort. That's what we should aim for. We should aim high and do our best. Just don't steamroll your sense of self-worth if you aim for the impossible and don't reach it.
Also true is that we humans tend to think more highly of ourselves than we ought. Oxymoron, anyone? Even so, while we can be quite narcissistic, sometimes our own expectations can set us up for feelings of deep failure when we don't meet them. And all along, all that God wants from us is for us to love Him and give our best effort to obey His Word. (BTW, when we love Him, we will want to obey Him. Can't explain why. It just works thataway.)
To end this rambling post (I promise that's not a harbinger for my future posts, lol), I must include my One Word for 2015. While everyone is choosing a new life word or "One Word" for 2015, mine is...
Some books I read this year and my brief thoughts on them:
A really fun book. Enjoyed this one and recommend it for a fun Christmas read guaranteed to bring you a laugh.
This one reminded me how much I like military suspense.
Vanished was the first I'd tried by Irene Hannon. Let me just say she knows what she's doing in that genre. Gripping story.
An intriguing look at the times of young king Josiah.
Excellent book on plotting. There were some unnecessary "four letter words" that lent the book a unprofessional air. Hopefully the author has changed this now, because this is one of the most condensed, choc-full-of solid writing advice craft books I've read so far.
This has been my most recommended craft book this year. Excellent. If I wanted to learn to write gripping prose, here's where I'd start.
Books I'm looking forward to this year:
What are some books you're looking forward to this year?
I'm doing a different kind of reading challenge this year. Check it out HERE on the Christian Fiction Devourers group on Goodreads.
Happy New Year!
P.S. I just logged back into my Goodreads and found a book I'd read this year marked as a 2013 read. The book wasn't released in 2013, lol. I read it this year, set the date to this year, so now my "books read" tally is officially 50. But it's too late to change this post now. LOL. Just didn't want to be lying to the internet--on the first day of the year of all things. :D