GOTM Reads

As a life-long bookworm, I’ve often wondered how to read more books, because I’ve learned that I am at my best during the seasons of life when I read the most. Reading reduces stress, improves your brain, lets you explore the world and so much more more, so here’s a look at what I’m reading, and tips for how to read more books.

I’d love to hear your suggestions of the best books to read, so please leave your ideas in the comments below!

(If you’re an author and you’d like me to review your book, you can contact me here.)

If you want to know what I’ve been reading lately, my Goodreads page is the place to be!

How to Read More

(1) Find a reading challenge! These will encourage you to step out of your reading comfort zone pick up new books. You can find loads of different reading challenges on Pinterest.

(2) Join a book club! Whether it’s in person or virtually having people to discuss books with after you finish is incredibly helpful.

(3) Watch less tv! If you’re wondering how to read more, you’ll need to spend less time doing other things…and tv is a great thing to decrease.

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Best Books to Read: Literary Travel

I often view books and travel through the same lens. I call it my literary travel lens. What books can I read before I visit a place to learn before I go? What books can I read that will transport me through the pages when I can’t actually visit a place? My dream is to someday host literary travel adventures exploring the many settings of the books we love. You can find all my Literary Travel posts HERE.


Best Books to Read: Kids

As a teacher I am passionate about helping kids fall in love with reading from an early age! For your 8-12 year old reader, head over to my Middle Grades Books page for tips and ideas. Here are a few tips for encouraging early reading…

(1) Get a library card. The interests of kids can change frequently and the cost of always buying new books can quickly add up. Instead, get a library card and regularly visit to get new books to read and explore.

(2) Model reading. The more parents I talk with the more I realize that kids who read often have parents in read because it’s regularly being modeled for them. If you only pick up a book once or twice a year, than kids are not likely to see reading as a valuable way to spend time.

(3) Let them choose books that interest them. Graphic novels may not seem like classic literature but they have a lot of value so be open in the type of book and genre that your kids choose.


  1. Trying to figure out where to enter! I want to Focus Forward this year! I want to recovery from surgery & be healthy! I want to move forward with business & relationships! I want to keep moving forward & not allow the actions of others to hold me back!

  2. Finish. I’ll comment here. I admit I have always had a problem finishing! 😉 I have good ideas but doing them all the way… hmmmm. I even fall asleep before movies end! Ok not always. I am going to focus on my business this year which means stop procrastinating. And on a personal note… I’ve been talking about pulling together a Haiti photo show and I WANT TO DO THAT! Love your commentary and photos on Haiti! <3

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I’ve set some pretty ambitious reading goals for the year so I’m getting a good start on those!

  3. I love reading and I agree with your tip – reading with others can give you inspiration about new books to read or authors whom you hadn’t heard of before. I have just joined my first book club! I also plan to start a book series on my blog and I look forward to hearing more about the books you have discovered!

    1. Reading is definitely so much more enjoyable with others! I’m in a book club and I love that it (1) Gets me to read books outside of what I’d usually read, and (2) Helps me look at the books I read in a new way because of our discussions. Looking forward to checking out your book series!

  4. I saw your post today in Createifwriting on FB. I published my first book in December of 2016. It is a non-fiction book on the Power of Prayer. The title is, Unleash the Power of Prayer in your Life. Currently available on Amazon. I hope to write my second book this year. Thank you for the invite to your space on the web. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and God bless you and yours in the New Year!

    1. First of all, congrats on writing your first book! I’m an avid reader but I don’t know if I’m brave enough to pursue writing a book. Looking forward to checking out your book on Amazon!

  5. Hi,
    Wow!😊 It’s so great to read other reader bloggers give their reviews! I loved all the Harry Potter books 📚 from beginning to the end. I also enjoyed Water for Elephants. I ❤️ The show This is us, too. So, I think I should add your recommendation of Before the Fall to my reading list!😊 Are you on Goodreads?
    Thank you,
    Christina/The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

  6. This is a great list, Julie. So glad we connected on Twitter. I really loved Cutting for Stone & Water for Elephants and just started Beneath a Scarlet Sky. I’m downloading Before the Fall & Pastel Orphans for my upcoming trip to Maui. If you like books about elephants, you would likely enjoy “Love, Life & Elephants” and “The Elephant Whisperer”. Both are fantastic memoirs that speak to how intelligent & sentient elephants are. Two of my favorite reads in 2017

    1. I will definitely need to check out those book suggestions as I really enjoyed Water for Elephants! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Before the Fall & Pastel Orphans.

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