Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Goals

I've kind of stopped with resolutions. My husband and I do monthly goals instead, e.g., give up alcohol or caffeine for a month. The entire family has monthly goals as well: do neighborhood clean-ups when we go for walks or volunteer somewhere together every weekend. We don't always meet our goals, but we try to have a positive impact on our world around us.

On a personal note, I have very clear and simple goals: stay healthy (by losing a bit of weight and exercising regularly), finish gift shopping for Christmas by October (so I can focus on the real meanings of Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as being able to have fun throughout the holiday season), and reading. 

Yes, a year without reading is horrible to imagine. Here's my reading list (as of now) for 2017. Currently, there are 139 books on the list. Nineteen of them are must reads for blogging purposes. The others are completely up for grabs. Ingrid of Getting Lost in the Stacks decided that this year's challenge is to get through the stacks of books that are either lying around the house or listed on our Kindles. My goal for this year is 117 books in honor of 2017. What books do you recommend from this list?

Audiobooks are denoted for me to remember they're available in that format. With my hour-plus commute most days of the week, these books are a great way to keep reading and stay off my mobile while driving.

And yes, 2017 is the year for me to catch up on my Star Wars reading. I'm a bit of a fan, and it's been waaaay too long since I spent time in a galaxy far, far away.

To Read ListInstant MomTo Blog ListAn Ishmael of Syria
In the Shadow of the BanyanSmall Great Things
The Queen's LoverMedievalist Comics and the American Century
The Royal WeThe Girl from Venice
AudiobookMy grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorrySirius
A World Lit on FireMy (Underground) American Dream
Arab of the futureKid Artists
Escape from camp 14The Midwife
The NightingaleBeauty and Attention
AudiobookThe black countLife Unexpected
Dead WakeThe Undesirables
Secrets of a Charmed LifeTrust My Heart
The Marriage of OppositesThe Honorable Heir
AudiobookYes, My Accent is RealPointe and Shoot
When Books Went to WarVictoria
BrainmakerThe Other Einstein
Girl at WarIt is Well
Red QueenIn the Blue Hour
The Thing About JellyfishThe Murdered Messiah
The Japanese Lover
AudiobookThe cross and the switchblade
The traveling tea shop.
Empress of rome
Still alice.
The great leader and the fighter pilot.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
Before the End, After the Beginning
Julio's Day
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Across a Hundred Mountains
Mexican Whiteboy
AudiobookThe Madonnas of Echo Park
Into the Beautiful North
Our America: A Hispanic History of the U.S.
The Distance Between Us
Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill
The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigration Rights Debate
Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League
AudiobookThe Scorch Trials
A Hole in Texas
Map of Fates
The Moviegoer
The Lottery
AudiobookLily and the Octopus
The Swans of Fifth Avenue
The Queen of the Night
Modern Girls
Hamilton: The Revolution
The Geek Feminist Revolution
The Only Pirate at the Party
First Women
Rise of the Rocket Girls
White Trash
Salt to the Sea
Me Talk Pretty One Day
AudiobookA Tale of Two Cities
AudiobookLes Miserables
AudiobookMoby Dick
The Lovely Bones
The Poisonwood Bible
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Under the Tuscan Sun
Mr. Darcy's Diary
The Romanov Sisters
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
The Women's War
The Princess Diarist
Hidden Figures
Library of Souls
Mozart in the Jungle
The Girl in the Spider's Web
The Underground Railroad
Lords of the Sith
AudiobookAftermath: Life Debt
Dark Disciple
The Miniaturist
Alexander Hamilton
Me Before You
After You
A Man Called Ove
Do More, Spend Less
Charity Girls
The Force Unleashed
The Hundred Dresses
Women of the Silk
An Edible History of Humanity
The Prophets of Eternal Fjord
Hard Contact
Darth Bane series
AudiobookAna's Story
Out of the Darkness
AudiobookThe Language of Flowers
Monuments Men
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
AudiobookThe Omnivore's Dilemma
AudiobookIn Defense of Food
Into the Thickening Fog
The Perfume Collector
The Chemist
The Memory of Us
The Paper Magician
Winter Men
The Light of the Fireflies
Star Sand
About the Night
War Brides
Pierced by the Sun
The Shelf Life of Happiness
The Age of Daredevils
Wake in Winter
All's Quiet on the Western Front
In the Shadow of Lakecrest

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