I love reading.  From the time I learned to read on, I have just loved it.  I would spend a large part of my summer break and spring break reading.  When I was little, before the homework load got too heavy, I read every evening.

In adulthood, I couldn’t read unless I had a huge block of time because I would get sucked into the book and have to finish it before I did anything else.  And then, well, then I had kids.  And I think in the 6 years since I had my first child I have perhaps read 5 books.  Pitiful. Pathetic.

So, this year, I am joining Life as Mom in Booking It in 2011.  Here is my tentative reading list:

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin.
Working Writer Happy Writer: How To Build a Thriving Business from Nothing by Sue Lapointe

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less by Peter Bowerman

Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World’s Top Bloggers by Michael A. Banks
Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards
Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking by Jeff Herzberg and Zoe Francois

Secrets To Getting More Done In Less Time by Donna Otto
The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers and the Self-Employed: The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not So Regular Jobs by Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan

The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity by Sally Clarkson
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp

Raising Boys: Why Boys Are Different – and How To Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men by Steve Biddulph and Paul Stanish
How To Survive Without a Salary: Learning To Live the Conserver Lifestyle by Charles Long

The Help by Katherine Stockett
What Happy People Know: How the Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life For the Better by Dan Baker, Ph.D. and Cameron Stauth

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider

Not Your Mother’s Casseroles by Faith Durand
365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Gratitude Changed My Life by John Kralik

True Compass: A Memoir by Edward Kennedy
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

On Secret Service by John Jakes

The Hundred Secret Senses: A Novel by Amy Tan

Notice how early in the year my book choices are focused more on self-employment and finances?  That is because I have until June to officially quit my job, and I want to have at least a small income stream coming in before I do that.  Otherwise, I am afraid that I won’t feel secure enough and will feel like I can’t quit.

Later in the year my choices become more relaxed and more about self-fulfillment, enjoyment and mothering.  I am so excited to finally make time for myself to do something I really used to enjoy: read.

To save money I plan to borrow as many of the books as I can from the library.  For the ones that are not at the library, I plan to use Paperback Swap or use my Swagbucks to buy them for free on Amazon.

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