12 Books for 2012

image :: reading and drinking (in bed)

Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night.
(William Blake)

The first few days of school were always my favorite, and I especially loved when instructors introduced the course syllabus. There was magic in having knowledge at my fingertips, with a map and experienced guide to show me the way. Life has been busy since graduating from college several years ago, and I often miss the discovery and excitement that comes from studying, learning and uncovering information.

Last November, I decided to stop buying books and start reading more. Blogging about my 1-year challenge made it real, and so far I’ve stuck to my promise. I love the idea of learning and developing myself, but finding time is another story. To help myself get motivated and excited about reading on a regular basis, I created a list of 12 books I’m finishing this year.

image :: 12 books for 2012

Jan: Style Statement by Danielle LaPorte & Carrie McCarthy
Feb: Crazy Sexy Diet  by Kris Carr
Mar: Onward by Howard Schultz
Apr: The Power by Rhonda Byrne
May: The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
June: 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
July: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Aug: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell & Thomas M. Campbell II
Sept: Getting Things Done by David Allen
Oct: New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Nov: Creative, Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho & Meg Mateo Ilasco
Dec: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

The books I selected are loosely aligned with my 12 Intentions for 2012, which I think will help me stick with the plan. In addition to these books, I’ll also be listening to some great audiobooks and podcasts during my commute. I’ll be sharing my thoughts, feedback and reactions to each book throughout the year—and invite you to join me by reading along!

Image Credit: Reading and drinking (in bed) via M31

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7 Responses to 12 Books for 2012

  1. Ginna @myprettypennies January 18, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    These look like great books for the year… I’ve even added a few to my wishlist to read soon. :)

    • Kaileen Elise January 21, 2012 at 7:23 am #

      Ginna, that’s great! Let me know if you end up reading any of them.

  2. Tami -- Teacher Goes Back to School January 19, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    i pinned it! this is a great looking list.

    • Kaileen Elise January 21, 2012 at 7:22 am #

      Thanks, Tami! I know it’s bad to judge a book by its cover, but I have a special place in my heart for pretty books.

  3. Liz January 20, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    love this idea.. i have not been been reading very much recently and i feel like i should get back into it.. a book a month is a great “goal” and realistic to fit into life! i always love your posts and find great inspiration in them.. so thank you for that! xx

    • Kaileen Elise January 21, 2012 at 7:20 am #

      Liz, I think one book per month is manageable (especially for those of us who don’t read as often as we’d like). Let me know if you pick up any good books in the near future!

  4. Leesh January 28, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    I really like how you decide to read one book a month. It’s really manageable this way. I gave myself a goal of 25 books this year since I was able to read 19 last year. I definitely want to read the Steve Jobs book.

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