Earlier this year I began my journey into becoming more a “learning mama” by getting intentional about my own self education. My journey began with just one simple step – a commitment to read daily for just 30 minutes. Just one simple thing to begin setting the example of lifelong learning to my children and to feed my own mind and spirit.

I’m going to try to kick it up a notch in the new year by planning my reading. I’ve never even kept a record of my reading before, let alone laid it all out in advance, so this is new territory for me! I’ll also be keeping a bit of a reading journal or “Commonplace” to help me digest what I’m learning, keep a record of what I’ve read and jot down anything I think I will like to remember.

12 Books in 12 Months! - My 2016 Reading List!


My list for 2016 contains light reads, those of a practical nature, some with spiritual significance, and some with much literary merit. Some of these are my own choices and some I will be reading along with an online book club group.  A few I already own, others I will borrow from the library, and at least one  I will need to purchase. Its not much, and I know some who read a book a week – but I’m trying to be realistic here, and for me, this seems achievable while also leaving a little wiggle room for some impromptu selections along the way.

Here they are!

The Awakening of Miss Prim (Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera) I know nothing about this one but it is a January selection for my online book discussion group. [spacer height=”20px”]

Surprised by Joy (C. S. Lewis) February selection for online book discussion group.[spacer height=”20px”]

Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis) April selection for online book discussion group.[spacer height=”20px”]
The Four Loves (C. S. Lewis) June selection for online book discussion group.[spacer height=”20px”]
The Abolition of Man (C. S. Lewis) August selection for online book discussion group[spacer height=”20px”]

Teaching from Rest (Sarah Mackenzie) I have been wanting to read this one for a while.[spacer height=”20px”]
History of the Ancient World (Susan Wise Bauer) This one I started almost two years ago but had to return it to the library before I was even close to finishing it. I’ve got my own copy now, and I ‘d like to read it and the next two books. So far my education in history has consisted of reading SOTW with my children and I should probably have a deeper knowledge of history than that of a grammar stage child![spacer height=”20px”]
Jo’s Boys (L. M. Alcott)My online book discussion group is currently doing Little Men which I have read several times (as well as doing the audio currently with my girls) and I realized that I have never read it’s sequel![spacer height=”20px”]
Plutarch’s Lives This one is also for my online group. I admit that I had never even heard of Plutarch until somewhat recently. We will be doing two lives every two months starting in January. It is my understanding that this is very heavy, so I hope I will be able to keep up![spacer height=”20px”]
Margin I have heard this one recommended from many different sources, so I snagged a copy from Thrift Books.[spacer height=”20px”]
For the Family’s Sake I’m interested in this one mostly because I absolutely LOVE For the Children’s Sake and recommend it to everyone.[spacer height=”20px”]
Heartfelt Discipline (Clay Clarkson) I already own this one and started it last year. I figure I should get around to finishing it![spacer height=”20px”]

So there you have it — 12 books for 12 months! Hopefully I will be able to keep up and still have room for whatever comes across my path as I go along! What are you hoping to read in the New Year?

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Our Must Read Books for 2016 {Dad & Mum's Book Stand}

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