I love making new years resolutions even though I know by March they will have faded out; and I will feel like I have failed at accomplishing my big goals for the year. This fact however doesn't stop me from "Failing Forward" and trying anyways.
A couple of years ago I wanted to motivate myself into reading more. So I had this great idea to start a book club with some family and friends. I thought it would be fun to be exposed to new books I would never have picked out and also thought it was a great way to stay accountable to my goal of reading at least 12 books for the year.
As many resolutions go we started off on the right foot. Everyone was just as excited as I was and finished their books on time for our monthly club meeting. Over some yummy grub we analyzed our discussion questions, talked about life and just enjoyed each other's company. It was turning out to be far more than I had even imagined when I got the idea and I was touched. These kind of things in life are what make me go round. Relationships. Analyzing life.
This lasted for a few months and then something happened. What exactly I couldn't tell you. Maybe the busyness of life or a bad book choice by someone, or maybe simply the curse of the New Years Resolutions? All I know is somewhere along the way we lost our footing and our fabulous club came to an end. One of these days I would love to find a new group that is interested in helping me see it through. In the meantime I started my own personal book club resolution for 2010. With the same goal in mind to read at least 12 books for the year but this time I am accountable to me, myself & I.
Here are some of my reads so far...
January: Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell (this is my 4th time reading this book. It never gets old. This book changed my life a decade ago)
February: tuesdays with Morrie By Mitch Albom (Tear jerker. My inspiration for my very own Tuesdays with Danny here on my blog.)
March:Breaking Trail a climbing life by Arlene Blum (Very inspirational! Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. ~Joe Clark)
April: Angelina Jolie's: Notes from My Travels by Angelina Jolie (I have been a huge Angelina Jolie fan since HS and I am moved by her passions and what she is doing in other countries. She is a very misunderstood person despite some of her poor choices in life)
May: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (thanks Brenda for this one. I loved it. Couldn't put it down)
My next book I am starting for June is The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
Oh I cannot forget to mention The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. Michaela one of my bride's told me about this book and I have been so blessed by it. As soon as I finish it, I start it right back over and plan to continue to do this for years to come.
I am always looking for new book ideas so please leave a comment with the next fascinating read around the bend for me. Thanks and happy reading...