Littlest Fowler Book Club

Toward the end of every year, I like to think about what I’ve accomplished that year and look ahead by setting goals for the year ahead. Knowing me, that usually means several lists, divided by categories, prioritized…and sometimes color-coded.

Inevitably, personal development is one area that draws a lot of my attention. All that means is me asking myself some questions. What do I want to learn next year? How can I make myself better?

I feel very fortunate to be in a job where much focus is placed on intentional learning, and in turn, quite a bit of reading.  So, for the first time ever in 2015 I set a reading goal for myself. I tried to make it challenging but attainable. Turns out I’m a little optimistic.

After a little research and looking the list I keep of books I want to read, I settled on a goal of thirty. And how did I do?

Sixteen.

I’ll admit I was a little disappointed in myself when I did my tally at the end of the year, but upon further consideration, that’s not so bad at all. According to the fine folks at the Pew Research Center, the median number of books read by readers last year was 6; the average, pushed up by those always-reading outliers, was 15. By that, I’m above average – yipee!

Here are some of my favorites from 2015 (in the order I read them).

Bossypants

I started the year off with a series awesome and hilarious books written by some equally awesome and hilarious women. What better way to kick of the year, right?

While they all had their merits, none stuck with me as much as Tina Fey’s Bossypants. For years, I’ve heard how much I remind people of her. I’m pretty sure it’s just the similar hair and (usually) glasses, but whatever the reason, I’ll take it.

Bossypants is a hilarious and insightful memoir that follows Tina Fey from childhood near Philadelphia all the way to 30 Rock. It was great to read something that I could have just as easily written – about the challenges of being a woman, in business, in the home…EVERYWHERE!


What RemainsI know what you’re thinking. A book by a “Real Housewife”? Really?

Yes.

And it was good.

Another memoir, What Remains is also a love story – a love story from start to finish.

During the story of meeting, falling in love, and marrying her (literal) prince, Carole Radziwill’s What Remains is smart and funny. But it was the final few chapters that brought tears to my eyes. (And if you know me at all, that’s no small feat.)

If you’ve ever loved and lost, no matter the circumstances, this one will tug at your heartstrings.


A Game of ThronesI cannot handle watching most any violence on television or in movies. I usually cover my eyes and ears as best I can…which makes A Game of Thrones a very strange reading choice for me.

I made it through about half of episode one on HBO before I had to turn it off, but I just couldn’t escape the craze! Despite the very vivid imagery provided by George R.R. Martin in A Game of Thrones, I’m hooked.

There are definitely some adult themes (thinks incest and torture, to name a couple) involved, but at the root it’s a tale as old as time – family, love, power…the usual suspects.

If you have some time on your hands (each book clocks in at right around 1,000 pages), it’s a fun ride.


Sounds Like MeBecause I figured I should bookend the year with more awesome and hilarious ladies…enter Sara Bareilles and Sounds Like Me.

I’ve been a fan of Miss Bareilles for a long while (since seeing her on Jimmy Kimmel back in 2007), seen her live multiple times, and currently have her What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress playing on a loop.

Despite all that, I did not see this coming. The book is structured as a series of essays, each based around one of her songs. No matter how talented and successful she is, she finds herself constantly struggling with self-doubt.

In the end, I was really just left with one big question: HOW ARE WE NOT FRIENDS YET?


My new reading goal for 2016 is 24 – a little lower than last year’s goal and a little higher than last year’s results. It breaks down to just two books a month. I can do it!

I have a healthy stack of books to read on my shelf, but I’m always looking for new suggestions. Whadaya got?

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10 thoughts on “Littlest Fowler Book Club

    • Cristina says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Definitely hard to do sometimes, but remember you’ll be a better parent after you’ve taken care of yourself a little. Read on! 🙂

  1. sunSPARKLEshine says:

    Christina, I love that you set a specific goal for the year. That goes a long way instead of just reading when I get around to it. Maybe if I decide how many books I want to read this year it won’t be hit or miss.
    Thanks for sharing this with the January Take Time linkup.

  2. Melanie Enslin says:

    Love it! You read about 16 books more than i did lastyear! Sonowmy focus forthis yearisjust3books! Definately going to steal from your list. Thanks for thelist!

    • Cristina says:

      Melanie!!! Glad I could give you some idea. There are SO many awesome reads out there. If you read three books, you just tripled your reading. I’d say that pretty good!

  3. erinouest says:

    I love to read! Though you may find these sappy, I love Denise Hunter books. They come in series and all intertwine a bit. Good for a rainy day binge read. Also, check out Alecia Whitaker’s Wildflower and A Road to You…some YA yumminess.

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