Shannon's Book Club 2018

Some of my favorite memories as a child involve books. My dad used to read books to us, and my favorite memories revolve around him using those special voices to serve as certain characters. I had every single copy of The Babysitter's Club and almost every single copy of Nancy Drew as a child. My love for reading continued through high school, and as an Education major in college, I focused on English, Literature, and History. For those of you who don't know, I actually taught middle and high school English for 10 years. So my love for literature runs deep.

2018 Reading List

I also have a problem. I buy books almost as often as I buy clothes or home decor. In fact, some of my most loved books serve as part of my home decor. The books you'll find in my home are either my absolute favorites or books I haven't quite read yet. Because there's another problem - I will impulsively buy books with every good intention to read them...but then another book catches my eye, and I read it instead. And then the cycle continues...and I completely forget about the first book I bought.

The bottom line here is that I love to read. I love keeping books that hold special meaning or value to me...whether it was super inspirational, life-changing, or just a really good book.

Some of the books you'll find on my shelves are Forever by Pete Hamill, The Devil in the White City by Erik LarsonRedeeming Love by Francine RiversLittle Bee by Chris Cleave, the entire Harry Potter series, and The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy.

But back to that problem of buying a book and for whatever reason (whether it's from life going so fast it gets in the way of reading...or finding another book that piques my interest), not ever reading it... I want that to change in 2018. I want to make sure that I'm not letting the business or hustle of life get in the way of doing things I love like reading. So in order to hold myself a little more accountable, I'm posting 12 books I want to read this year. At least one per month. All of these books are nonfiction...books meant to challenge me, inspire me, or make me think. And if there's time during each month to read a fun, fictional novel, I may throw those in there, too.

Here are the books I've chosen:

January:  Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

February:  The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile *I'm reading this one along with Nancy Ray's Book Club!

March:  The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

April:  What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp

May:  How's Your Soul? by Judah Smith

June:  Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher  *This book releases in May! 

July:  Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

August:  Domino: The Book of Decorating by Deborah Needleman

September:  Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly

October:  You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

November:  How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

December:  The Lifegiving Home by Sally Clarkson

So how do you join? It's super easy, uncomplicated, simple.

  1. Join our VIP List (either by clicking this link, or signing up in the sidebar of this blog). You'll receive updates via email where I will recap each book, pose questions, and have a conversation with anyone who wants to have one.
  2. Read as many of the books as you'd like! As you read, if you have a question or comment, send me an email, DM me on Instagram, or comment on any of my #shannonreads2018 Instagram posts!
  3. Use the #shannonsbookclub hashtag on social media as you read along, so we can encourage and cheer each other along.

I'm not currently planning on doing any Instagram or Facebook Lives for this. I want to keep things simple for now. You can also create your own book club with different book selections...or make your own schedule...or do it a completely different way. Doesn't matter! Just read. And if you're like me and need the accountability...let me know below in the comments or on Instagram if you're joining me with this goal!