September Reading Challenge: Read a Book You Own

2016 Reading Challenge


This month’s challenge was to read a book you own. You could have read it before or maybe it’s a book that you’ve been meaning to read. It happens to the best of us, we pick up a book and it sits on our nightstand, desk or bookshelf for too long. Our intentions are good, but time is limited. Since I’m a compulsive, emotional book shopper, I had plenty of books to choose from for this challenge!

Here’s what I picked:


Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin

“We were in the rush hour of life now, and everything was moving so quickly, and every day seemed so crowded—more reason to remember to slow down, stay patient, take photographs, and play Hide and Seek.”

I loved Gretchen’s first happiness book, “The Happiness Project,” because of her relatable stories and inspiring ideas. “Happier at Home” was very similar in approach. She’s not trying to make revolutionary changes to her life. Her goal is to tweak the little things in her life to increase her happiness. She discusses little life hacks (like managing her computer/phone habits) and happiness “golden rules” (like if you want to be happier, act happier). It isn’t a how-to but more of an experimental journey. I’m glad I read this book in September because it felt like a refresh button on my life and focus. As the weather continues to cool, we’ll be spending more and more time at home and I definitely want to be happier when we do.

Your turn: What book did you read this month?

4 thoughts on “September Reading Challenge: Read a Book You Own

  1. I read “The Rosie Project” and loved it. I hate to use such an unmanly adjective, but it was cute and a perfect light read to help cleanse my palate from some of the other books I’ve been reading. I’m very thankful this challenge encouraged me to take a quick shopping trip through my book cases.


  2. I have the same problem of always craving new books or books from the library. I ended up re-reading Mere Christianity as part of a book swap. It was interesting to find out that I took away different points this time than the last time I read it a few years ago!


  3. I keep hearing about this book!!!! It’s a good one, I take it. 🙂

    I was just looking over a post that I wrote for a challenge like this a few years ago…The book I chose was “By Searching” by Isobel Kuhn. And THAT was good. Plus, the whole “you have to read this right now” pressure made me enjoy it even more!


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