Here’s my New Year’s resolution…

It’s New Year’s Eve, the day when (if you’re anything like me) you commit to eating healthy, exercising for 30 minutes daily and being more organised. But we all know that after a week of salad and a Tupperware laden pantry, old habits kick in and we are back to square one.

As I sit and reflect on 2017, I remember setting myself a long list of goals – but only remember the two I stuck with.

New Year's resolution vegetable garden
My vegetable garden in 2017
  1. To build a vegetable garden and grow my own veggies
  2. To read at least 12 books (i.e. one per month)

Done, and done – and I am proud of it! I am a long way off being self-sufficient in the vegetable space and compared to avid book readers, 12 is a drop in the ocean, but I achieved something I set out to do and it’s a great feeling.

If reading more books is one of your goals for 2018, then you have come to the right place. My New Year’s resolution for 2018 is to expand In Mum’s good books from a blog to a podcast. I’ll be chatting with other Mum’s about their reading habits, favourite books, best kids books and just Mum-life in general. And while you are waiting for me to launch my podcast, be sure to follow my social pages on Facebook or Instagram for updates.

As you know, reading has so many benefits. My challenge to you is to set yourself a reading goal and stick to it – whether it’s 5 or 55! If you want me to hold you accountable, sign up to my mailing list and I will send you recommendations (and gentle reminders) from time to time. Don’t worry, I won’t spam your inbox – I would rather you be reading books than spam from me.

If you don’t know where to start, why not check out my top five summer reads and whether you choose to read a physical book or e-reader it’s up to you – a book is a book right?

A final tip, if you wish to track your reading, I recommend using the Goodreads website/app.

New Year's resolution
Photo by Aliis Sinisalu on Unsplash

So while some of you might be raging at a party tonight, I might just sit back with a good wine and a good book – here’s to 2018.

Happy New Year and happy reading.

P.S. Mummies of Brisbane, you might want to lock this one in the diary – the 2018 Lifeline bookfest  is on at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 20-28 January 2018. This is Queensland’s largest second-hand book sale and proceeds go towards supporting the 24 hour (365 day) Lifeline Crisis Support Line (13 11 14).


If you have any suggestions about books I should read in 2018, please drop me a line on Facebook, Instagram or via email


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