Catching Fireflies

finding magic along the way

Required Reading for the New Year

A new year should always bring a brand new stack of books at your bedside…

on the coffee table…

in your purse or backpack…

If any of these titles inspire you, go ahead and click on the italicized title. I linked them to their amazon page to make your shopping easier! 🙂

Even though I refuse to set resolutions for 2018, I will be reading Get It Done by Sam Bennett. There are always projects on my back burners and never enough time in a day. Any advice or tricks are appreciated!

I do want to clear space in the coming year – space in my home, space in my life. I am tired of spending what little down time I have running errands and doing chores. I believe that clearing the clutter in our lives and the shoulds from our minds will go a long way towards helping me to free up time, space and energy for my more creative pursuits. So, A Year to Clear and Your Spacious Self are on my to-be-read pile.

M.J. Ryan is a favorite of mine. I reread This Year I Will every January! If you have ever had a dream you wished to pursue, a habit you wanted to break, or a change you wanted to bring to your life, THIS is your book!

This year, I plan on adding The Happiness Makeover to the queue. Another M.J. Ryan!

Another book that I am hoping will help instill the tiny changes that lead to bigger ones – Just One Thing.

As many of you who follow my blog know, I have issues with anxiety and depression. I have added How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness to my reading list for the new year. I am hoping to learn how to incorporate mindfulness into my daily life as a way of keeping the mind-gremlins at bay!

Sometimes my anxiety and depression get in the way of me being social or trying new things. I am hoping Year of Yes may inspire me to change that!

I came across 10% Happier on my Facebook feed. It looks like it could help those of us who can’t seem to get our of our own way.

I bought You are a Badass last year and never got to it. Definitely, needing the lessons in this book in my life. Self-doubt destroys so many dreams before they ever get off the ground.

I fell in love with Cheryl Strayed’s writing in Wild.

This new gem landed on my search feed recently and immediately went into the cart. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar is a completely different approach to her very own brand of magic.

Speaking of magic… I can never get enough of this wondrous book! Big Magic is an inspiration. This is another book that I love to dip in and out of whenever my creative spirit needs a boost.


Church of Small Things landed on my radar last summer and has been on my kindle wish list. It asks if our ordinary, every day lives are significant? Is it okay to be content with the “small” stuff – working in an office, being a stay at home mom? Is it okay that we do not all run out and have wild and grand adventures and invent space travel?

Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me screamed at me from the suggested reading list on Amazon. Sometimes the universe drops the subtle act and just throws a book at us.

Simply Tuesday: Small Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World… Again, the universe’s not so subtle nudge.

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of this Wild and Glorious Life jumped off the screen and onto my kindle by sheer virtue of the title.

I actually came across this gem in Michaels while Rob was looking at paintbrushes. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself is on the top of the pile. I think learning to free ourselves from the limits of our habitual thoughts is something we all need to do.

What can I say? I love Shauna Niequist. This lovely book, Cold Tangerines, is a breath of fresh air. Ms. Niequist has a way of looking at the tiny incremental moments of every day life and making them extraordinary – a skill I long to cultivate in my own life.

Another Shauna Niequist book that is on my to-be-read pile is Present Over Perfect. As a long-time sufferer of my own inner critic, I can honestly say that getting over the need to be perfect (or at least appear to be!) is a life-skill that I need in my life.

Again, with the inner critic… Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself seems like a wonderful teacher to add to my collection.

There are a few books I read every year. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg is one of them. I can think of no better book to make you long to put words to paper. The trick is to put the book down long enough to actually do the writing! 🙂

The Encore just appeared on my radar last week. Just in time to make it to the must-read list for 2018! The inspirational story of an opera singer who survived a double lung transplant, not once but twice. I think whenever I start to feel as though I can’t do something, I will need to pick this up for a swift kick in the butt!

Well, that should keep me busy, at least for a few weeks! What are some of the books on your reading list for 2018??


  1. I’ve read “you’re a badass” last year and it’s really good and motivating. You’ll enjoy that I think!

    • Sweet! I will put it a thing the top of the list then. I am needing something that will kick me in the butt!!

      • The Badass book certainly dies that and is highly entertaining.

        • I’m already enjoying it and I just got through the introduction with my morning coffee. 🙂

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