Reading in 2016

I started tracking my reading back in 2012 when I realized how many unread books I had in my possession. After taking stock, I counted 493 books on my physical and electronic bookshelves with 199 unread. I would like to believe that number has decreased but I should know better.


While I have slowed down in my purchase of new titles, I continue to buy and acquire new books all the time. It's a habit that I just can seem to walk away from.

I have read 208 books since I started tracking in 2012. Every year I set a reading goal and I never manage to make it.  My 2015 goal was 50, but I only managed to read 40. Although I have never made my goal, I don't consider this a failure, especially considering most adults don't manage to read more than 1 book a year.

So, what's my goal for 2016? To keep reading, of course. But this year I will make a concerted effort to read from my shelves. I have a growing collection of books by women and southern writers that needs attention.


I will continue to purchase books through the year, but I will keep new purchases to recommendations from the book lovers in my life. So, please do weigh in. Any recommendations from you?

#31DayBlogChallenge day #15 is done!

Favorite Books of 2014 (So Far...)

If you have been following me for a while or you pay attention to those little badges on the side of the blog, you will know that I have set a 100 book challenge for the calendar year. I've set the same goal for the past three years and have yet to make it, but this is my year!!! I promise you it is.

Currently, I am sitting at 55 books read for the year and I thought this would be a good time to check in and share my favorites so far. This year, I have not been posting regular reviews here on the blog but you can always find them over on my


. This has been a fantastic year so far and I am looking forward to the next 45 (or more) selections.

So these, in no particular order, are my favorite 5 books for the year so far. I rated all of these 5 out of 5 stars so they come highly recommended from me to you. As always, I must say that I consume books in traditional print, electronic and audio format. The links below are just what is convenient to pull and not indicative of how I read the book.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

This was such a timely read for me. The crazy antics on the farm reflected all too well some of the nonsense I was seeing at work. This book really makes you think about the politics and popularity of life.

How to Stay Motivated-Developing the Qualities of Success by Zig Ziglar

This was another timely read for me. I have hit a rough patch in life and career this year and I was in need of some counseling. Well, you don't get any better than Zig. This was the kind of boost that I needed because it forced me to stop looking at the problems so much and start focusing on myself and what I could get out of this. I needed a refocus so I could reflect more on God and less of the "man" principles I was seeing before me daily.

This journey is not just about being at the top of my game, but about being over the top. I, April Corbett, will be over the top when I stand in front of the Creator of the universe and He says to me, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." I hope to see you all over the top.

Inferno by Dan Brown

It's art and intrigue and mystery and all the things that make Dan Brown's world magical. He knocked it out of the park again and I can guarantee you this one will also be a knock out movie.

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty by Diane Keaton

It's hard to imagine anyone telling Diane Keaton she was not good enough. This was a nice, down to earth, reality check for those that think some of the big names had things magically fall into their laps.

Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud

I have to say this is the most impactful read for me this year. As I said before, this has been a tough year and I finally had to take a step back and evaluate some things and determine what it was time to let go of. Divorce was one of the biggest necessary endings that I had to face and now I am walking away from a job position and city so I can get back to a place of health. I knew what had to be done, but I needed an extra push to get me to make the final decision. This book was that push.

I hope you enjoy these reads. If these have hit your shelf already, I would love to know what you think.