GOTM Reads

Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere. —Mary Schmich

I love reading and truly don’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t absolutely loved reading! If you want to know what I’ve been reading lately, my Goodreads page is the place to be!

If you are the parent of an 8-12 year old reader, HERE are resources for you!

If you are the teacher of 8-12 year old readers, HERE are resources for you!

If you are the author of books for 8-12 year old readers, HERE are resources and ways to connect for you!


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.


Tips: 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.

(4) Get a library card. 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.


  • Sarah

    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!

  • Sheryl Stroud Bryant

    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

    • Julie - "Girl on the Move"

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

  • Kirsty

    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!

    • Julie - "Girl on the Move"

      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!

  • Horace Williams Jr

    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!

    • Julie - "Girl on the Move"

      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!

  • Christina/The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    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!

  • Marielena

    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

    • Julie - "Girl on the Move"

      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.

  • Cristine May

    I wasn’t trained or never had the discipline to read books but I am aware of how enlightening it can be when we submerge into readings. Thank you for the tip and this list! I hope 21 is not a late age for me to finally start this habit.

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