What I’m Reading: January 2017 Book Recommendations

With all the festivity of the holidays and a lot of hosting at our house, I didn’t have much time for reading in the month of December. Now that we’re settling back into our normal routine, I’ve been catching up on some good books. If you didn’t see last week’s post where I shared my selections for the 2017 Reading Challenge, be sure to check it out here.

Are you looking for a good book recommendation? Here's what I'm reading this month.

One of my reasons for taking part in the Reading Challenge is motivation. As much as I love to get lost in a great story, it can be easy to get out of the habit of reading. There are so many demands on my time during the day, and some nights I can barely keep my eyes open long enough to get through a few pages. Plus let’s be honest, sometimes at the end of a long day, Netflix wins the battle for my attention. Having a list of books that I hope to read by the end of the year will hopefully keep me motivated to make time for reading.

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What I’m Reading: The 2017 Reading Challenge

If you read my 10 Goals for 2017 post, you know that one of my personal goals is to read 18 books this year. To clarify, I don’t want to just read 18 random books, but 18 specific books selected from categories outlined in the 2017 Reading Challenge from Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy. There are two tracks: Reading for Fun and Reading for Growth. I’m choosing a little of both.

18 books I'm planning to read for the 2017 Reading Challenge.

Reading for Fun

A book you chose for the cover: 

  • I haven’t picked this one yet but I’ll know it when I see it

A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able:

A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit:

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10 Goals for 2017

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that the holidays are over. But, I also love the feeling of possibility that the new year brings! I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few weeks about what I hope to accomplish in 2017. I used to come up with resolutions, but I’ve found that isn’t very useful. Instead of just a wish or a hope to improve in some way, I like having a list of tangible, measurable goals.

Setting measurable goals is a great way to start off the new year. What do you hope to achieve in 2017?

I broke down my list into categories to make it easier to track my progress: Personal, Family, Home and Blog. I decided to limit my list to ten goals. Too many goals can feel overwhelming and gives me less chance of success. Too few can make each goal seem overly important. So ten is my number.

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Best of Sweeter Still 2016

Happy New Year, friends! I took a break from blogging last week and it was really nice to be focused on the holidays with my family. I have some big goals for this little blog in the new year, but I want to first say thank you for stopping by! I’ll be sharing all my goals for the next year soon. Before we get too far into 2017, I want to share some of the most popular posts of 2016, along with some of my personal favorites.

Sweeter Still's best posts of 2016.

1. Our Updated Kitchen Reveal – This January marks the two-year anniversary since we moved into our new house. The kitchen definitely got the most intense update and you can see all the befores and afters in the most popular post of 2016.

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10 Days of Advent: Days Nine & Ten

Merry Christmas! I realize that I’m way late getting this post up, and that I’m combining days to top it off. Let’s just say that I’ve learned a valuable lesson about planning a series that requires me to post for the ten days leading up to Christmas. I think it would have gone more smoothly if I hadn’t gotten sick in the middle, but still it’s sort of a crazy time to be posting every day. At any rate, we had some great activities planned with friends and family for the days leading up to Christmas and I didn’t want to neglect posting at all.

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