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    My little guy and I like to go to Books-A-Million at least once a month to spend some quality time together. He orders chocolate milk and a box of gummy worms. I order a mocha latte. Generally, I read the monthly BookPage newspaper with reviews and advertisements for the newest books out in the bookstores. My little guy finds something interesting to read, which on many occasions I end up purchasing.  Although on this particular visit, he brought his allowance, was given a 50% coupon by a friend’s mother, and walked out with a brand new hardcover Star Wars Lego Visual Dictionary for $10.79. It is relaxing and fun, and we are spending time together. It is definitely one of my favorite things I like to do with my little guy.

    Yesterday afternoon, we went for one of our monthly dates. In the middle display alone, I saw a dozen books I wanted to read.  Thumbing through December’s issue of BookPage, I saw a few more titles I wanted to read.  It dawned on me, as I was sipping my mocha latte, that I wouldn’t be reading any new books until I started reading some of the books I already owned at home. And, those were not going to get read if I did not start making the time to read them.

    Reading makes me happy, so I am adding “reading more” as one of my resolutions for my happiness project.  My goal is to read at least two books per month. At first, I was going to put the books in order by month, but decided that may be too stressful. Instead, I just created a list of books, and I have separated them into categories. I love reading children’s literature, so quite a few titles fall in that category. Each month, I’ll decide what to read based on my mood, time constraints, movie releases based on books I’ve chosen, as well as release dates for books not yet published. Yes, even though there are many books on my book shelves I have not read, yet….there are a couple of books that are scheduled to come out this year that I want to read this year.

    One day I would love to start a book club. For the time being, I’ll have to put that idea on my Wish List. I’ve included my reading list for your viewing pleasure (click on the link below). I’ll keep you up to date throughout the year on my progress. I hope you decide to do more of the things you love throughout the year.

Happy New Year!

Reading List 2012

 A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.  ~Edward P. Morgan

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