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What I Read in 2019 + My ACTIVE 2020 List (Updated Monthly)

Last year, I set a personal goal to read 12 books – one a month for the whole year! I have to admit, the beginning of the year I was off to a slow start. This frustrated me because when I was younger I read ALL THE TIME. I literally brought a book to read with me everywhere I went. I was busy with school and softball, but I found time to read – so not having time wasn’t a valid excuse.

About mid-year, I realized that the biggest difference between then and now was the type of books I was trying to read. I looooove motherhood, business, and marriage books (and I bought a TON of them in 2019) but I couldn’t get myself to stick to reading them all the way through no matter how interested I was in them. So I tried a fiction book, and BAM! I finished it in days. I grabbed another fiction book, and I was done with that one in no time! I was bringing books around with me again and staying up reading them until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. As a result I not only completed my 12 book goal, but I exceeded it! 14 books total for 2019!

Here are my 14 books:

1 – “Body Love” by Kelly Leveque (listened on Audible)
2 – “A Love Letter Life” by Audrey and Jeremy Roloff (listened on Audible)
3 – “The Road Back to You” by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile
4 – “The Path Between Us” by Suzanne Stabile
5 – “Getting Noticed” by Lindsay Teague Moreno
6 – “The Legend of Sheba” by Tosca Lee
7 – “Iscariot: A Novel of Judas” by Tosca Lee
8 – “Night” by Elie Wiesel
9 – “Free to Focus” by Michael Hyatt (listened on Audible)
10 – “The Polygamist’s Daughter” by Anna LeBaron
11 – “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
12 – “Gathering Blue” by Lois Lowry
13 – “Messenger” by Lois Lowry
14 – “Son” by Lois Lowry

(Books in bold are my favorites from 2019)


After learning my lesson about mixing fiction into my reading plan (and sometimes I just added shorter books in so I could get through them faster and gain momentum) I decided to up my goal for 2020 to 24 books – 2 per month! I am hoping this will be one fiction book and one motherhood, business or marriage book (or what I consider my “learning category”).

Update List of Books I’ve Read Thus Far (2020):

1 – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl

2 – Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday – Valerie Woerner

3 – Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

4 – The Armor of God (Bible Study) – Priscilla Shirer

5 – The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry – John Mark Comer

6 – The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

7 – Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

8 – The Vision Driven Leader – Michael Hyatt

9 – Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins

10 – When Less Becomes More – Emily Ley

11 – The Line Between – Tosca Lee

You can also keep up with my book list by following me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/createtrustdaily

Books On Deck (Wish List of Books I’d Like to Read):

1 – The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins

2 – To Hell with the Hustle – Jefferson Bethke

3 – Body Love Everyday – Kelly Leveque

4 – Risen Motherhood – Jensen & Wifler

5 – Family Revision – Jeremy Pryor

6 – The Call of the Wild + Free – Ainsley Arment

7 – Rhythms of Renewal – Rebekah Lyons

8 – The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschooling – Julie Bogart

Most of these are in my “learning category”, but I do plan on finding a lot more fiction to mix in as the year goes on.

I tend to lean toward more children or young adult fiction (since I can also vet books to let my kids read!) so if you have some suggestions please leave them in the comments below!

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