Tuesday, May 8, 2012

On My Nightstand

I almost can't believe it but right now I am in the middle of reading my twelfth book this year and we are only in the month of May.  Apparently I am a better reader than I thought.  When I first set my goal of reading twelve books this year I have to say I was a little bit lost as to exactly where to start.  However now, after seeking out recommendations and building off of the books that I have read, I feel like I could practically be buried under the pile of books that I want to read!  And, while I love a good novel (historical fiction being my favorite genre), I am really trying to make an effort to expand my mind with some nonfiction as well.  Below are some of the books that are currently in my nonfiction lineup.  Which one should I read next?

1)  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.  As an introvert myself I have often wondered where my influence lies or rather if I have the ability to influence at all.  I can't wait to fully delve into this book and find out.

2) Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible. I have been recommended this book by two separate women recently and I have to admit that I keep pushing it further back on my reading list because it has me a little bit afraid.  There is this very big part of me that feels totally comfortable with where I am at without bringing God or the Impossible into the mix.  Nevertheless I know that I wasn't created to simply feel comfortable so I am slowly working up the courage to dig into this one.

3) Imagine: How Creativity Works.  I'll admit that I have sometimes felt a little bit shortchanged on the creativity gene from my family.  However, recently I have developed a little bit more confidence in my own creativity and am realizing that just because I can't sculpt like my Mom or create films like my brother doesn't mean that I'm not creative.  In fact the thought of my own creative potential has me so excited and I would love to read more about how to develop it.

4) How to Win Friends and Influence People.  Ok, confession: this book has been on my reading list for probably ten years.  I always admired my older brother, his influence and the lasting, quality friendships that he made throughout his life. So it came as no surprise when we found this book laying on his coffee table after his sudden death.  I'm determined to read it this year.

So, what do you think?  Have you read any of these books?  Leave a comment and let me know of any other recommendations that you have for me (either fiction or nonfiction).  What's one more book on the pile?

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