I was browsing the discount book section of a store (one of my favorite past times) the other day. As I was intently examining the cluttered shelves , a woman approached me and said, “People think I have a problem, but I just LOVE looking for books. My kids don’t understand why I buy books and then just put them on the shelves without reading them - and I can’t really explain it to them. I just like doing it.”
My response to her was this -
“Books represent a world of possibility when I look at them. I love having lots of possibilities in my life. Keep buying those books!”
In that moment I forged a connection with a total stranger.
Reading has dramatically changed my life over the past two years. When my mom passed away in the summer of 2016 I lost my best friend - and gained a large chunk of time. At the same time, I was a full-fledged mom of teens, which meant they spent less time needing (or wanting) my attention.
To put it bluntly: I found myself more alone than I had been in a long time, and I had to do something about it!
Reading books helped me escape to different worlds while I was grieving. Reading books became a way to fill the time I had normally chatted with my mom on the phone. I committed to a robust reading life - not only for the betterment of myself, but also to become a better homeschool parent.
The time you spend reading is not wasted. I encourage you to carve time out of your schedule to READ. It is of immense value to you and your children!
In 2017 I committed to read 50 books.
2018 brought increased reading enthusiasm and MORE books completed - 102 to be exact - and while it isn’t about the number of books I read, it IS about the knowledge I gained, the friends I made (I even started my own #bookstagram account!), and the beautiful hobby I continue to cultivate.
To put it simply,
Any time we visited a new city I went to their best bookstore. I found myself haunting our local Goodwill and thrift stores.
I hung out at the local library just for fun.
I became the book recommender and lender for many of my friends.
It was a GREAT reading year.
Ten Favorite Books of 2018
It was an arduous task to narrow the list to TEN favorite books, but I’m confident and pleased with my choices. After the ten favorites, I have also included the list of all of the books I read in 2018.
They are ALL worth reading (with the exception - in my opinion - of The Handmaid’s Tale - which I read out of curiosity - and did not like at all), because I have no qualms putting down a book I am not enjoying. Life is too short to read books that don’t resonate with you!
All Books Read in 2018
I tried to read across all genres and get out of my comfort zone in 2018.
This list also includes books we read aloud in our homeschool - something I adore doing.
I hope you can find some books to add to your 2019 reading list!