Back in December of 2016, I knew there had to be more that I could do to improve my life. What was I missing in my daily routine that I could start now and would have a tangible effect on my life?

I was reminded that the average Millionaire reads for self-development every day. They read at least one non-fiction book a month and oftentimes, more than one. Fiction reading has its time and place for sure. It has even been shown that regular reading of novels and such helps to build empathy and improve how we relate to others.  But, it is still the self-improvement books that take center stage. Books with topics such as self-help, history, biographies, mental training, leadership, and science are the ones that get the millionaire’s attention most of the time.

That got me thinking. 

What do you do when you want to change your life?

Find people you want to be like and do what they do.

Easy, right?

Well, it is easy when you remain coach-able and follow directions….one step at a time.

I knew that I needed to get back into the daily habit of reading.




There was a time when I was an avid reader growing up but, unfortunately, it fell by the wayside once I became a mom. Reading with my son was the most reading I got during that season. 

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As is the case for any habit, I knew for the habit to stick I couldn’t go crazy with huge goals. It had to be attainable and capable of easy growth. Otherwise, I would burn out by the end of January. 

I set the goal to read twelve books in 2017.

My goal for 2017 was to just get into the habit of daily reading. It didn’t matter what I was reading. I figured I could be more strategic in book choices once I was back in the habit of reading. My goal was to just turn the TV or phone off for a few minutes a day and choose a book instead. 

I am happy to report that, at the time of this writing, I have read TWENTY books in 2017. There will most likely be one or two mushed in there before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

I used the Goodreads App to track what books I was reading, to review the books I finished, and to keep a running “To Be Read” list. It really helped me keep a running list of books that were recommended to me in one space. 

Goodreads is also a social network for readers so you can keep up with your reader friends and what they currently reading. It’s great because I can peruse their reading lists and click “Want to Read” whenever something piques my interest. You can find MY profile HERE!

Oh, so you want to know WHAT I read this year?

OKAY! Here’s the list… so far!

(FYI…these are affiliate links to Amazon and I will gain a small commission if you click through and buy anything on Amazon.)

The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

Silence: A Novel by Shusaku Endo

Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide To Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Celebration of Discipline: The Path To Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster

Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith by Ann Spangler

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

The Underground Railroad: by Colson Whitehead (PULITZER PRIZE WINNER!)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit by Seth Godin

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

You are a Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM) by Hal Elrod

I set a goal in 2017 to read 12 books. I read 20 books….so far. That is a goal smashed!!  

I plan to make 2018 even more amazing. I am setting my reading goal to be 30 books. At least half of those books will be non-fiction books.

How about you? 

How many books have you read this year? 

What kind of books did you read? 


Happy Reading!!



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Aaron Burden

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