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Worth Reading {From My March Bookshelf to Yours}

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My goal is to read 25 books this year, which means I need to read at least two to three books a month to meet this goal. I have a reading list, but I’m giving myself grace to read books that aren’t on my list as well.

When I shared my reading list, many of you asked me to give updates about the books I find worth reading. So here you go!

I was a reading machine this month! I’m not sure why I read so much more than usual, but I did and I’m glad. I learned so much this month!

Here is a list of books I read in March:

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine – Very inspiring, very motivating, and very quick read! I devoured this book. As a person who considers herself pretty intentional, and seldom in survival mode for too long, I still enjoyed the bits and pieces I picked up from this wonderful book. There’s just something to be said for a good story, and hearing Crystal Paine’s story was so encouraging. I really identify with Crystal on so many levels so I enjoyed this book. A must read for women!

iBloom in Business: Equipping You to Build a Successful Business While Living a Life You Love! by Kelly Thorne Gore – Wow, iBloom! This book was absolutely incredible (like everything else they do!). There wasn’t anything fancy about this book, but the step-by-step guide to thinking through my business was very helpful. I walked away from this book bursting with ideas and equipped with a detailed plan of how I will move forward with these ideas. I have been using this book as a reference point for many of my projects. I highly recommend iBloom in Business to anyone looking to start a business, especially online.

Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend – I read the first half of this book, and did a quick skim read of the remainder of the book. This book is great if you have a hard time saying, “No.” I, however, do not really struggle with saying, “No.” Setting boundaries is ingrained in my nature, the way I am wired.ย  I didn’t agree with everything the authors put forth, but they brought some great thoughts to the table.ย I would recommend this to someone if they struggle with boundaries, but I wouldn’t recommend paying full price. I got it for $1.99 on Amazon (or some other ridiculously low price!). ๐Ÿ™‚

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise – I re-read sections of this book from time-to-time. My toddler is ready for a more structured preschool time, and I’m often tempted to plow forward with detailed plans. I love reading The Well-Trained Mind because it grounds me in what matters. I’m in an exhausting season so when I feel like I’m not “doing enough” this book reminds me to focus on reading and reading and reading some more. Immersing my children in a language rich environment is one of my main goals in homeschool preschool, which is also why I chose the Before Five in a Row Curriculum for us to work through. The Well-Trained Mind is a great resource for any mom wanting to homeschool.

Warning: I Throw Food – A Comprehensive Guide to Natural, Homemade Baby Food by Jami Balmet – Since we have just entered the “solid foods for baby” world again, I pulled this book from my eBook file. Warning: I Throw Food is a great eBook, especially for first time moms! We skipped the pureed foods almost entirely with our newest addition, but this book would have been super helpful for my oldest when we were just starting the journey into solid foods. I really enjoyed reading through all the ideas for my baby’s first year of solid foods. I would recommend Jami’s book to any first time mom or someone interested in homemade baby food.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – Wow! This book is powerfully raw, emotional, and impactful. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. There are some hard scenes to read and consider, but Khaled is a great storyteller. I couldn’t put this book down.

What did you read this month? Share with me in the comments!

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  1. I’ve read two of the books you mentioned (iBloom in Business and The Kiter Runner).

    I want to go back through the iBloom book b/c I didn’t actually plan much the first time through but it was still very helpful. I am also shifting my business’ focus so I think it will help to go through it again.

    As for the Kite Runner, I so totally agree with your comments on it. I often have a hard time pushing through and finishing a book all the way but this was one I absolutely could not stop reading!

    I also really want to read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode as well so it is on my list of books to read someday.