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UPDATE: 2018 GoodReads Challenge

 UPDATE ON My 2018 GoodReads Challenge

In the beginning of 2018 I challenged myself to read 30 Books in 2018 (you can read about that here). In the beginning I was pretty good about updating you all with my progress. Eventually I fell behind on my updates. Rest assured I kept reading. Here we are well in to 2019, I wanted to update you all on how my 2018 GoodReads Challenge went.


Well folks – I aimed high and failed high (Thanks Holly Furtick!). My original goal of reading 30 books in 2018 led me down the path of reading 27 and a half, half books. You can read that as 27 books total. When I think about this I’m pretty sure going from reading virtually nothing to 27+ books in 2018 is something to be proud of. Had I not given myself the goal to read 30 books, I wouldn’t have even tried the GoodReads Challenge.

This was my first year participating in any reading challenge. I have to say it was such a wonderful experience. Honestly, I was sad that I didn’t complete the 30 books. It really took a little while to process the fact that I “failed” my challenge. Today as I’m sitting here thinking about it, I don’t feel like I failed, I aimed HIGH and ended HIGH. I love a good challenge.

*You can read more about my 2018 reading challenge here:

As you can see I started off strong on updating and abandoned ship shortly thereafter. I got out of the habit of updating my blog. If I only updated my blog as much as I update my GoodReads account than I’d be set.

2018 List of -ACTUAL- Books I Read

  • Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley
  • The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between by Ashlee Gadd
  • Stronger than the Struggle: Uncomplicating Your Spiritual Battle by Havilah Cunnington
  • Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines
  • Dance, Stand, Run: The God Inspired Moves of a Woman on Holy Ground by Jess Connolly
  • Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family and Church by Keith and Kristyn Getty
  • The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines
  • Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
  • Girl, Wash Your Face Audiobook by Rachel Hollis
  • A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley
  • Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
  • Becoming MomStrong: How to Fight with All That’s in You for Your Family and Your Faith by Heidi St. John
  • Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She is Both Too Much and Never Enough by Jess Connolly
  • If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free by Jamie Ivey
  • This is Me: Loving the Person You are Today by Chrissy Metz
  • Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst
  • Love, Skip, Jump: Start Living the Adventure of Yes by Shelene Bryan
  • Eat. Pray. Hustle.: Dream Chasing God’s Way by Havilah Cunnington
  • Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions by Lisa Bevere
  • Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption by Katie J. Davis
  • One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both by Jennifer Fulwiler
  • Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure by Christine Caine
  • La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday by Trina McNeilly
  • Come Matter Here: Your Invitation to Be Here in a Getting There World by Hannah Brencher
  • Tailor Made: Discover the Secret to Who God Created You to Be by Alex Seeley
  • Radical Growth: A Guidebook to Growing a Vibrant Life by Havilah Cunnington
  • Fierce Faith: A Woman’s Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry, and Overcoming Anxiety by Alli Worthington
  • Defiant Joy: Taking Hold of Hope, Beauty, and Life in a Hurting World by Stasi Eldredge

2019 GoodReads Challenge

For 2019 I am setting the exact same goal to read 30 books. In 2018 I didn’t achieve this goal. I did however push myself, friends and family members to read more. As a result I have spent countless hours working on a better “me” through personal development. I was also able to dive in to a more intimate relationship with Jesus. What a priceless challenge this has been for me.

“Aim High, Fail High.” ~Holly Furtick

Can I encourage you to start a reading challenge? You don’t have to read 30 books in a year. You do you… whatever that means. Whether that’s reading a book or 3 a month I encourage you to set a goal and push yourself to achieve it. It’s not exactly failing if you set a goal and don’t achieve it. Aim High friends and even if you fall short of your goal, Fail HIGH knowing you tried your very best.

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