I can hardly believe that 2017 is nearly complete history now! This time of the year, a lot of people are making New Years Resolutions and reflecting on the things that went poorly this year. I’m not sure you about you, but I often forget to look at the good things that happened during the year unless they are really big like, one of my best friends got married, or another out of state friend had a baby, etc. The negative seems to linger more for me. Since I’ve pin pointed this dilemma, I’ve decided to remedy it by making lists to track my accomplishments during the year. It’s not a new concept really, I mean when you’re in school you get report cards that keep you in touch with how you are progressing. I can not really remember even 5 of the books I’ve read in 2017! I know I read many (my overdue library fees will prove it!) Are you compiling a list yourself?
Our sweet little bookstore, Read It Again, is going out of business this year, December 31, 2017. It’s really pretty sad for us since the owners have watched our children grow up over the last 10 years. The silver lining is, we were able to use up our store credit and the books were 40% off as well. With $33 dollars of credit in tow, DD and I went shopping! Here’s a list of much of what we found and what currently makes up my 2018 reading list. The books are not in a particular order.
Build Your Author Platform by Carole Jelen and Michael McCallister (2014): I hope that this book will still have relevancy since my end goal is to write full time.
Sim and Schuster Handbook for Writers by Lynn Quitman Troyka and Douglass Hesse (2005): I’m sure this will come in handy!
Teaching Developmental Reading by Normah A. Stahl and Hunter Boylan (2003): It’s probably a good idea to freshen up on “how” to read so I can also learn to write better.
Two Parts Textbook, One Part Love by Louanne Johnson (1998): This seemed interesting!
Lessons From A Lifetime of Writing by David Morrell (2002): Hope this will get me a little bit of a jump on the learning curve.
Yankee Home Hints by Earl Proulx (1993): because my homemaking skills can always use a little tweaking I’m sure. 😉
Blue Mountain- Turning Dreams Into Reality by Susan Polis Schutz (2004): I’m excited about this one! I hope it inspires me and ya’ll… I got this one brand new in the shrink wrap, a retail of $35.95 for $3.60! Gotta love a bargain for your frugalista self!
Incidental Music- Remarkable Stories About the Worlds Greatest Composers by David Ott (I can’t find a year): I’m really stoked about this book too since I’m an aspiring musician and love to hear stories of real people years ago.
A Short Guide to Writing About History by Richard Marius and Melvin E. Page (2002): I have always had a desire to write some sort of historical book.
What’s Yours is Mine Open Access and the Rise of Infrastructure Socialism by Adam Theierer and Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. (2003): I have no idea what to expect here, but it was very inexpensive so, why not!?
Defense of the Faith or Christian Doctrine by Albert Garner (1956): I really like the very old Christian Writing from the 1800’s and early 1900’s so 1956 is a little “new” for me but I thought I would give this a try.
Unfashionable Convictions by Bernard Iddings Bell (1931): Again, a little newer than I generally like but, the title was alluring.
Cupcakes by Susanna Tee (2006): Everybody needs a new book on making cupcakes once in awhile. num num DH is looking forward to reviewing this one with me, only he will do the eating not the reading!
Zone Meals In Seconds by Barry Sear and Lynn Sears (2004): It’s a cookbook but i have no idea what zone meals are. I sure look forward to having food in seconds though!
Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson (1999): I didn’t get this one at our book store, I ordered this one off of Amazon. It looks like it may be able to offer some information on the art and science of homemaking and I always desire to improve there, especially in house keeping and clutter control (my biggest area of failure).
Cold Knights: Two Brothers: One A Prince by LeRoy Clary (2017): I saw the cover and have looked forward to reading this since!
I plan to review all of these books, we shall see how the endeavor goes!
What do you think? Did you get any ideas for your book list? Get started today, not much time is left before we start a brand new year.
Until next time-