January 11, 2021

Reading Goals for 2021

 

A new year is always exciting for a reader. We re-evaluate all we want to read and make lists of the books we'd like to add to our TBR's.

This coming year I have a few reading goals I'd like to accomplish.

Firstly I'm setting my annual goodreads goal to reading 50 books once again this year. 

I've also started a book Instagram, you can check it out here... Cathy@Thoughts on Books

I'd love for you to come by and follow and talk books!

Secondly, I'd really like to get to some of the books on my shelves that I've had for years, books like Francis Schaeffer's trilogy.

 

Thirdly, I would like to read a few more classics than I did this past year,

These are the 6 classics I read in 2020:

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Evelina by Frances Burney

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy 

 

Les Miserables and Evelina were my favorites. : )


This past December, I so enjoyed Paul David Tripp's advent devotional, so I've decided to pick up his yearly devotional called 'New Morning Mercies.' So far I'm really enjoying it!


I would also like to continue with my Bible reading. I read my Bible one book at a time, usually reading a chapter in a sitting. Then studying what stood out to me. Such as looking up a word I didn't understand or looking up a passage in a commentary. (I use Matthew Henry's commentary) I also like to go back and forth from the New to Old Testament books. Right now I'm reading the book of Joshua and finding it really interesting.

Here's some encouraging and sobering words from Joshua 24:14-15

“Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!

And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

 

One more goal of mine for 2021 is the try to memorize more Scripture. I believe it's important to hide it in our hearts, especially in the days we are living in.

"Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You." Psalm 119:11


This is the first verse I've memorized this year:

"...faith comes from hearing, and hearing comes from the word of God." Romans 10:17 

I think this verse is fitting for a year of memorization! 

 


God bless and I hope you all have a year filled with the peace and joy of the LORD.