New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge Update #NewYearBooks
What do you want to accomplish in the New Year? Will reading a book help you reach your goal, keep your resolution, or complete your project? Start the year off right by reading books that support your goals, resolutions, and projects — join the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge!
Have you selected goals, resolutions, or projects for 2017 yet? What books have you started to help you reach your goals? Record your progress on your blog and use the link list below. Or, report your progress in the comments on this post so that we can all cheer you along.
I finished my first book for the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge a couple of days ago, but I haven’t had a chance to write a review of it yet.
Resolution 1: Understand what’s going on in my country. I plan to read The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer with others at The Hibernator’s Library. There’s an introductory post for reading The Unwinding together. The first discussion post will go up on January 23, so I have a little time to get this one started.
Resolution 2: End the disproportionate suspensions of black and brown youth from schools. Along with my in-person book club, I’ll be reading Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris. I bought this one as an e-book so I can read it on my own schedule. I’ll start it late next week to get it finished in time for our book club meeting.
Resolution 3: Figure out how non-patriarchal, non-hierarchical groups work. I’m reading an e-copy of The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups by Starhawk for this one. I finished this a couple of days, review pending. At least one other person in the group I’m most involved in is also reading this book so I’m looking forward to talking about it with her.
Resolution 4: Use pictures to deepen my experiences and improve my communication. I read a whole lot of Blah, Blah, Blah: What to do When Words Don’t Work by Dan Roam yesterday — and even drew some pictures! My pupils were dilated from a trip to the doctor’s office so looking at screens was unpleasant. I took advantage of that to read this book in print and to start to apply the principles for detecting when words are obscuring (or, worse, misdirecting away from) the underlying idea.
I’m feeling good about my progress five days into the new year. How about you?
Wow, Joy, you have some weighty goals and reads to kick off the New Year! I am continuing to work on my health, nutrition and fitness goals in the New Year as well as look for ways to create more space in my life (I seem to be attracted to every book on Sabbath, rest and retreat that I can find at the moment!)
I am currently going through my stacks of books to pull the ones I want to read and sorting them by category so, as always, I’ll probably have more than 4 that fit into my Resolutions category – it’s just a matter of which ones I end up reading and reviewing first!
Happy Hew Year and thanks again for hosting – I truly look forward to this challenge ever year! 🙂
Happy New Year! I’m hoping to get back to book blogging, along with improving my diet and fitness (adding yoga and strength training to the aerobic exercise I already do). As always, you are an inspiration in all those areas!
I recently started adding yoga and ST to the walking that I’ve been very consistent with for a long time. I’m amazed how fast I’m seeing improvement. Not just in the exercise but also in the ease of doing things like emptying the dishwasher or picking things up off the floor.
I went to try my first YogaFit class last Wed., got myself to the Y for a 7 A.M. class (!) and first thing I see when I get in the building is a sign saying “YogaFit Class Canceled Today”. I am going to try again, but was supposed to go this morning and stayed home to blog instead. Will go on Wed. morning and try again this week!
Forgot to mention the real reason for my comment…I’m listening to Year of YES by Shonda Rhimes for the New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge!