Tuesday, March 18, 2014

12 Books in 2014 Update 2

In January I posted about making a conscious effort to read more nonfiction in my 12 Books for 2014 post.  Sadly my progress is a little slower than I would like, but I finally crossed another book of my list!

I had read The Happiness Project by the same author last year, and found it motivating.  I liked this book as well, however, it did not apply to my life quite as much.  Part of the book concentrates on setting up your house to improve happiness.  Since I live with my dad, I have limited control.  A lot of the other resolutions were very useful and inspiring.  While I may not begin a full fledged "Happiness Project" as a result of reading this book, I have decided to make more of an effort in some areas.  For example, in an effort to appreciate the now more, I have made it a goal to take at least one video of Xander each week.  I am also much more conscious of letting others bring me down.  All in all, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it.  Just don't expect an life altering revelations.  I find the small, simple ones more manageable anyway!

My Twelve Books for 2014
In no particular order:
1.  The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller
2.  Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky
3.  Design Make Play by Margaret Honey 
4.  Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov
5.  The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Champan
6.  Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood by William Pollack
7.  Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People by Robert S. Root-Bernstein
8.  Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
9.  Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley
10.  A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
11.  Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon Self-Control, and My Other Experiments in Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin
12.  Beyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy DSLR Camera Off "Auto" and Photograph Your Life Like a Pro by Rachel Devine

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