About this time last year I posted about my 2016 reading plan. This was the first year I had ever planned my reading in advance, or had any kind of reading goals. I’m going to come right out and say it here at the beginning of this post — I did not read each of the books I planned. Oddly enough, the books I didn’t read are ones that I own! And while I don’t have a reading list prepared for 2017 (yet anyway), I am so glad I did last year and I will definitely do it again in the future.

Another thing I did for the first thing this year was to track my reading. I set myself up on Goodreads, and I really enjoyed monitoring my progress, creating shelves, seeing what my friends were reading, and reading/writing reviews. Plus, at the end of the year they put together a nice My Year in Books visual!

I would really like to encourage you, mama, not to neglect the nourishing of your own mind while you are focussing on the education of your children. Self education is important, so get yourself a notebook/commonplace and a stack of good books, and set the example of lifelong learning for your children!

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Here’s an overview of what I read in 2016

From my 2016 Reading Plan:
Books I read to my kids:
Audiobooks I listened to with my kids:
Books I read for reviews:
Rabbit trails and other unplanned reads:
Books I started but shelved (temporarily or permanently):
  • 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child – this is a really fun and interesting read, but I just got tired of it about halfway through.
  • Climbing Parnassus – I’m sure I’ll come back to this one eventually, I’m just not finding it engaging enough to keep my attention right now.
  • Plutarch’s Lives – I really want to be able to read this one, but I think my brain needs more training first (or I need to find a children’s version!)
And last but not least, my currently in progress reads:


Do you keep track of your reading? What were your most favourite reads of 2016?



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