A few new cookbooks have come out this fall so I wanted to talk about a few I am loving and a few more I still want to read. I few of these are from bloggers I’ve followed for some time and a few are […]
For 2018 I am going to finally do the PopSugar Reading Challenge. I’m sure most of you have heard of this but basically it’s a challenge to read books outside your usual genre. The prompts are fun but also very open so you have lots of options based on your individual preferences. As I mentioned in my 2017 reading round up, I am also going to try and read more classics this year.
My favorite part of the PopSugar challenge is that they made a printable checklist to mark the books. I printed this out on cardstock oat 80% and placed it in my medium (classic) Happy Planner. If you have a big Happy Planner you can just print it at regular size. If you have another planner feel free to play with sizing to get it to fit. If you are having problems with sizing I have the best luck printing in Chrome or open with adobe reader.
I do not plan to track my books in my planner this year. I use Goodreads to track my reading. Every year I also do their reading challenge which is based on reading your goal number of books. This year I am leaving my goal at 60 books. This has been my average for the last few years and I feel it is a good place.
I do most of my reading via audiobooks on my commute and around the house. I do enjoy reading ebooks as well, but I often prefer to use my free time to work on projects around the house rather than sitting and reading. It is just how I like to use my time.
Will you be participating in either of these challenges? What is your goal?
As a blogger and a librarian one of the few perks I receive is access to early review copies of books. Thomas Nelson Speciality Division was awesome and let me review an ebook copy of Grace, Not Perfection, a new book by Emily Ley.
I have been following Emily Ley on social media for a few years now. She is an adorable designer and mother and the owner of the company named after her which makes the Simplified Planner. I have been using this planner at for work about 8 months now and love it. Emily is a great lady who really cares about women and how they make the most out of their days. In her new book she talks about her struggle trying to obtain perfection and how that is in fact not the end goal. She also shares tips on how to make the most of our days while still enjoying the small joys of life.
I am one of the millions of women who try to lead a perfect life. I am you type A first born. I want everything correct and how I think it should be. Often times this leads to overextending myself trying to be everything for everyone and keeping a perfect home at the same time. You can only go 110% full steam ahead for so long before you fall apart. I try to help everyone and do all the things, but in doing so ignore myself both physically and emotionally.
One of the quotes that really hit me was this one:
Have you ever wondered why flight attendants tell travelers that if oxygen masks deploy, you should secure yours before helping your kids or anyone else? They give this instruction because if you can’t breathe there is no way you can help anyone else.
–Grace, not Perfection by Emily Ley
Emily shares her own personal story of trying to do it all and how it took a serious health scare to make her realize she can’t aim for perfection and must instead look for grace. She shares both the reasoning for the suggestions she makes as well as real steps you can take to make these changes in your life and home.
Emily is a great christian woman and this book is from a christian perspective. It is not preachy, however if mention of God is not something you are comfortable with then this book might not be for you. As a christian this was not an issue for me, but I want my readers to be aware before they purchase.
This book is mostly geared at parents however I feel that I got just as much out of it as a non-parent. In all reality anyone who feels over-extended like they are doing too much will enjoy this book. It is a quick read and is full of discussion questions so that you can really think about what you’ve read and write down what you can do in your own life to make these changes.
Grace, not Perfection comes out October 11th. You can preorder it on Amazon.
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Hey guys, I just wanted to take a second to tell you about a book we just purchased. My husband has been a huge fan of the new musical Hamilton. We haven’t had the chance to see it yet, but we have listened to the album on Amazon Prime. (Free to stream and download for prime members!) Anyways, when we heard that Lin-Manuel Miranda had written a book with an annotated libretto (lyrics), the history of the musical and cast, and photographs; we had to have it. Due to our Amazon Prime account we were able to have it delivered Tuesday (the day it came out.) I was super surprised to see how big the book was! It is the size of a college textbook. Anyways, I just wanted to share about it for a second in case anyone was on the fence about this title. Although I haven’t had a chance to totally dig into it, I really think we are going to enjoy going through this book together.
Here are a few shots from the book. When we pre-ordered the item I wasn’t sure what all it entailed so I figured a few images would help you get the idea.
My husband’s favorite part? The rough-cut pages.
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