4. Read at least one book a month.

When I originally added this goal to my 23 Things, I thought it would be easy. I did, after all, read the first three Harry Potter books and Emily Giffin’s Someting Borrowed & Something Blue in about two weeks in December. Granted, I didn’t have a job at the time, but I hadn’t thought to consider that as a factor.

Come the end of January, and my progress was lacking… progress.

February was looking unsuccessful as well. I had been putting off finishing the fourth Harry Potter book since December. So since March was beginning, I decided to take a break from it.

March started off with me finishing Debi Pearl’s Preparing to Be A Help Meet. I don’t know what made me buy this book, because it was awful. I did glean some interesting insight from it, but overall, I felt like throwing it away. And I love books. But at least I finished it, haha. And then later that month, I finished reading Britt Merrick’s Big God. Which was an awe-full book. Haha. So great.

In April I actually finished Water for Elephants. Then somewhere in between the end of April and the beginning of May, I read Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino. Such an interesting book. It made me love Snow White even more.

I also finished books 4, 5, and 6 of Harry Potter in May. ♥

June and the beginning of July was when I read Lauren Conrad’s LA Candy series. Yup, all three books. 

Towards the end of July I started reading Martin Lindstrom’s Buyology (mentioned in this 23 Things Update), and finished it early September.

Simultaneously, after a long time coming, I finally read Jim Cymbala’s Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, and also finished that in early September.

After that, I decided to re-read I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris. I really like that book but I never did finish it again because I realized that I still remembered a lot from when I read it the first time. Danny lent me The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey and I had been working on that ever since. I finally finished it early January.

For my last week as a 23 year old, I read Put the Seat Down and Other Brilliant Insights for an Awesome First Year of Marriage by Jess MacCallum. I’m currently working on the version for girls by Brenda Garrison called He’s Not a Mind Reader and Other Brilliant Insights for an Awesome First Year of Marriage. Haha. I think I need to be a marriage counselor. I love this stuff.

All in all, I would say: goal complete!

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