I love to read, but over the last few years, I haven’t read as much as I would like.  Now, my youngest will be 3 in the spring, so I am hoping I will have a bit more time.  I am setting out a reading goal for myself–one non-fiction and one fiction book a month, minimum.  Each month, I’ll share my thoughts on these books.

I know some people around the web are voracious readers, reading a book or more a week, but I am not there yet.  If I get 24 books read, I’ll be delighted.  Here is my list:


  1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. The Omnivore’s Dilemma:  A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  3. Under the Banner of Heaven:  A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
  4. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  5. Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  6. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  7. Primal Body, Primal Mind  Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life by Nora T. Gedgaudas
  8. The Paleo Diet Solution by John Chatham
  9. 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
  10. The Way to Wealth and Other Writings on Finance by Benjamin Franklin
  11. Kiplinger’s Practical Guide to Your Money:  Keep More of It, Make It Grow, Enjoy It, Protect It, Pass It On by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  12. Get a Freelance Life:  mediabistro.com’s Insider Guide  to Freelance Writing by Margit Feury Ragland
  13. The Renegade Writer:  A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Linda Formichelli
  14. Your Freelance Writing Business by Janet S. Underwood
  15. Freelance Writing Jobs: 101+ Online Writing Jobs by Lee Mellott
  16. One Cause, Many Ailments:  The Leaky Gut Syndrome:  What It Is and How It May be Affecting Your Health by John O.A. Pagano
  17. Wheat Belly by William Davis
  18. Permission Marketing:  Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers by Seth Godin
  19. Selling the Invisible:  A Field Guide to Modern Marketing by Harry Beckwith
  20. Unmarketing:  Stop Marketing.   Start Engaging by Scott Stratten
  21. Meatball Sundae:  Is Your Marketing out of Sync? by Seth Godin
  22. Book Yourself Solid:  The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even If You Hate Marketing by Michael Port
  23. Guerilla Marketing, 4th Edition:  Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business by Jay Conrad Levinson
  24. Duct Tape Marketing:  The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide by John Jantsch
  25. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

You will undoubtedly notice there are more than 12 books here.  I plan to pick 12 from the list, and then I have more choices if I manage to get more reading done than I think I can.  You might notice some themes here–eating healthy and growing my freelance writing business are the predominant ones.

For fiction books, I am simply targeting what I hope will be good reads and relaxing.  Here is the list:


  1. Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  3. Defending Jacob by William Landay
  4. The Healing by Jonathon Odell
  5. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
  6. We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  7. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sadaris
  8. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
  9. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
  10. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
  11. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  12. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
  13. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  14. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  15. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  16. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
  17. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  18. The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
  19. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  20. After This by Alice McDermott
  21. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  22. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  23. Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  24. Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

Are you planning to do any reading this year?  What books are on your list?

Have you read any good books lately?  Let me know in the comments so I can add them to my list!

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