Are You Booking It Yet?

Get ready to Book It with us this year as we work our way through twelve books to help your life as mom.

A couple weeks ago, I shared the Booking It reading list for 2012. I’m really excited about the books on this list. I hope you are, too. Already digging into a few of them I know they have the power to help us dream big dreams and change our lives for the better.

(If the book of the month doesn’t suit your fancy, never fear. We want to know what does! Keep reading at your leisure and share your discoveries at our monthly check-in. The first check-in is next week. Many of the books that we read as a group are thanks to the recommendations of others who are booking it.)

However, the first book on the list is a great one to kick off our year’s reading!


One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider is ideal to start off your new year. Not only are there a variety of projects for making your life easier, prettier, cleaner, and more fun, but you don’t have to read the whole book to “get it.” You can read a mere chapter or two and then get going on that project. Easy peasy.

No one can say she doesn’t have time to read this book.

And with the sale that Tsh has going this week, you’d be hard pressed to say it’s too expensive. Regularly priced at $5 (an already sweet deal), One Bite at a Time is on sale through the 10th of this month.

Get $1 off when you use the coupon code: HAPPYNEWYEAR

If you’d rather read it on your Kindle, you can get it on Amazon for five bucks.

But, wait there’s more….

Tsh is offering a free copy to three Life as MOM readers. Yeah!

To Enter:

Leave a comment on this post, naming a book you plan to read this year.

For extra entries,

So that the winners have a chance to at least read a few chapters before we discuss it next week, this promotion will only be open for a short time.

This promotion is open until Thursday, January 5th, at 8 pm PST and is limited to US residents, 18 years or older. The winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. This post will be updated with the beginning of the winner’s email addresses. The prize for this promotion is provided by and shipped by Simple Living Media and/or its representatives. Jessica Fisher and Life as MOM will not be held responsible for unclaimed or undelivered prizes.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS! susanbusse@, malisa@, ladyamanda@

Disclosure: I belong to the affiliate marketing program for One Bite at a Time. However, all opinions are my own. I would tell you about this book, anyway. It’s just that good.

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  1. The Cost of Discipleship

  2. Next to Love

  3. Lucy Schramm says:

    David Copperfield.

  4. I’d like to re-read The Hobbit in preparation for the movie coming out in December! 🙂

  5. Well, my post is up today about the list of books I’ll be reading, but if I had to pick one book, then I guess I’d better choose the one I’m currently holding, Jan Karon’s “In the Company of Others: A Father Tim Novel”. 🙂

  6. Entry #2 – I’ve followed both of you lovely ladies on Facebook. 🙂

  7. I plan to read Loving the Little Years this year.

  8. Everyone is telling me to read The girl with the dragon tatoo before it comes out on movie – we will see – I am still reading The Christmas sweater from the holiday that I didn’t finish- trying to read more but fall asleep everytime I pick up a book 🙂

  9. Entry # 2 – I am a subscriber to Life as Mom

  10. I’d like to re-read some of Tolkien’s books this year.

  11. I subscribe to your blog via Google reader.

  12. Entry #3 – Following both of you on Twitter as well! 🙂

  13. My newest choice is to read Martha Beck’s Finding Your Way in a Wild New World.

  14. Following both FishMama & SimpleMom on Twitter as @Smittens05.

  15. Following Life as Mom and Simple Mom on Facebook.

  16. Subscribed to Life as Mom via RSS.

  17. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    I plan on reading the book out by Crystal at moneysavingmom

  18. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    I get your rss feeds

  19. Wildflower says:

    I plan on reading “The Four Day Win” and lose this baby weight! 🙂

  20. I will be reading “The Happiness Advantage” soon. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  21. I started reading Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman and I also plan on reading the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Daughters in my Kingdom is on my list too.

  22. I like Life as Mom and Simple Mom on Facebook.

  23. This year I’m planning to read Abundant Simplicity by Jan Johnson and A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester. What’s funny to is I follow Tsh, but hadn’t heard about this book yet….and then yesterday I blogged about being ok with just one bite. 🙂

  24. I get your posts via email.

  25. America’s cheapest family

  26. Practicing Affirmation by Sam Crabtree

  27. I subscribe to life as mom via rss feed.

  28. I subscribe via RSS.

  29. Home Comforts, by Cheryl Mendehlson

  30. I am a subscriber– love the blog!

  31. My book for January starts off with “finding your purpose as a mom”…hope to get it soon

  32. Just followed simple mom and life as mom on Facebook!!!

  33. Just started Booking It by purchasing the 52 Things ebook! Yeah!

  34. I loved your book plan last year…So I’m following along in your footsteps!

  35. I follow on my rss reader. You do good work!

  36. My Bible

  37. Jacqueline says:

    I plan on rereading “America’s Cheapest Family”. I follow you on facebook as well as Simple Mom. I receive your daily emails.

  38. Sounds like a great book to start the new year with

  39. I like you both on fb

  40. I subscribe

  41. Crazy Love

  42. I’m going to finally read The Five Love Languages and The Five Love Languages for Kids!

  43. I’m subscribed to Life as Mom!

  44. Educating the WholeHearted Child

  45. I just started reading A Handmade Home–a Country Living book.

  46. I am an email subscriber.

  47. Don’t Make Me Count to Three

  48. Our first book club book this year is “Swamplandia”. So that’s what I’m reading right now, besides the “Bible in 90 days”…

  49. I follow you both on Twitter (alredd)

  50. I already subscribe via e-mail and RSS

  51. I like both you and SM on Facebook

  52. I’d like to read the Harry Potter books again

  53. I’m a subscriber to the RSS feed

  54. Writer Mama and How to Successful Christian Parents.

  55. I’m subscribe via email

  56. My mission this year is to read more. I book a Nook and the first thing I loaded was Diana Gabaldon’s newest: The Scottish Prisoner. Perhaps less useful than many in the Booking It list, but definitely enjoyable!!

  57. Following both on Facebook!

  58. Following both on Twitter

  59. Right now I’m reading Quitter by Jon Acuff. Happy New Year!

  60. I’m an email subscriber too. Thanks!

  61. ” The Secret Lives of Wives” and “Savvy Savings”!

  62. I am an email subscriber!

  63. I follow you by e-mail.

  64. The hunger games series is on my reading list

  65. A love that Multiples by the Duggars

  66. I plan to read the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived- a book about the Life of Jesus Christ

  67. The Hunger Game series…my kids have plowed through them already, now its my turn

  68. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

  69. I follow you by email.

  70. Melissa B says:

    Mitten Strings from God

  71. Melissa B says:

    I follow Life as Mom and Simple Mom on FB

  72. Melissa B says:

    I subscribe to Life as MOM

  73. I follow you via e-mail – thanks for the opportunity to receive this book for free!!!

  74. I’m a fan of yours on facebook as well!

  75. Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen

  76. I’ve started reading through the Bible with the schedule on the Samaritan’s Purse calendar. Maybe I’ll try to read it out loud to the kids.

    I’ve been wanting to read One Bite at a Time, but there’s a long waiting list at the library.

  77. I’m following SimpleMom in Twitter.

  78. I am a subscriber.

  79. I subscribe to LifeAsMom

  80. I plan to read The Rhythm of Family by Amanda Blake Soule – I got it for Christmas and I’m really excited!

  81. 168 hours you have more time than you think

  82. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

  83. I just ordered praying for strangers to read.

  84. Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman

  85. The Bible. My church is reading through the bible with a chronological study this year.

  86. I am currently reading The Oz Principle.

  87. I am reading The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall.

  88. I follow Fish Mama and Simple mom on twitter.

  89. I follow Fish Mama and Simple Mom on FB

  90. I subscribe by email.

  91. my 17-year-old sister in law is getting me to read The Hunger Games. (!)

  92. I’m subscribed to Life as Mom via email & following on Facebook. I’d love to read One Bite at a Time!

  93. I can’t wait to read (and bake from) Artisan Bread in 5 minutes!

  94. The Legend of the Monk & the Merchant

  95. I just started Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates. I never read this classic and thought it looked wonderful.

  96. I follow Life as Mom and Simple Mom on FB.

  97. I receive Life as Mom’s email updates.

  98. I plan to read Organized Simplicity.

  99. Email subscriber

  100. Im came across your site by chance and its given me a lot to thing about.
    I follow you via email and now follow both facebooks. Keep up the great job. 🙂

  101. Debbie Grace says:

    I’m looking forward to reading “Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd” by Sue Monk Kidd

  102. I am a subscriber to you and simple mom. I plan on reading The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers.

  103. I also follow you and simple mom on FB!

  104. We just started Dare to Love

  105. I’m in th emiddle of 11/22/63 by Stephen King and loving it.

  106. I really enjoyed Organized Simplicity and I think I would love to read this book as well :)! K.

  107. Faith Dossett says:

    I plan to read 2 books by Sarah Ban Breathnach, starting this week: Moving On and Romancing the Ordinary. Love her books!

  108. Faith Dossett says:

    I already like Life as Mom on Facebook, and I just liked Simple Mom on Facebook. Thanks!

  109. misty gorman says:

    entrepenuership by dave ramsey

  110. I plan to read Assumptions that Affect Our Lives and Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe.

  111. I subscribe via e-mail.

  112. The lost symbol

  113. Following both of you on twitter

  114. Following both of you on facebook

  115. How serendipitous–today’s to-do list says I need to remind myself what January’s Bookin’ It pick is!

    I’m reading McKee’s Story this year. (Don Miller put it on my radar with his fabulous A Million Miles.)

  116. Subscribed to emails

  117. I follow you two on twitter!

  118. And I’m an RSS subscriber!

  119. Inside the Revolution by Joel C. Rosenberg. Thanks for the giveaway!

  120. I follow both you and Simple Mom on Twitter – BlessedByTwins.

  121. I like both of you on Facebook. 🙂

  122. V is for Vengence

  123. and I subscribe via RSS feed.

  124. I plan to read Raising Happiness this year.

  125. This year I will read Mockingjay so I can finish the Hunger Games trilogy.

  126. Entry #2 I subscribe to your feed.

  127. Entry #3 – I’m already following you both on Twitter @nafyboocs

  128. I would love to win this and for this to be one of the books I read in 2012!!! One book on my list of books to read in 2012 is Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson. – – I am a follower.

  129. plan to read The Entitlement Trap by the Eyres

  130. I follow on FB

  131. I’m going to read Little Princes this year, to start. I hope to have a big completed list by the end of the year!

  132. I already started it: Beth Moore’s Get Out of That Pit. Not a new book, but good so far!

  133. Jen Logan says:

    I’m planning on reading The Hunger Games.

  134. Jen Logan says:

    I follow you on FB.

  135. Jen Logan says:

    I subscribe via email.

  136. Total Money Makeover – again! 😀

  137. I follow FishMama & Simple Mom on Twitter.

  138. I follow Life As Mom and Simple Mom on FB.

  139. I subscribe via Google Reader.

  140. Happier at Home!

  141. I subscribe to your RSS.

  142. I follow you and SimpleMom on Twitter!

  143. Melinda T says:

    The Happiness Project, I bought it almost a year ago and have yet to read it, I keep putting it off! :S

  144. Melinda T says:

    I follow fishmama & simplemom on twitter.

  145. Melinda T says:

    I follow life as mom & simplemom on fb.

  146. Melinda T says:

    I’m a RSS subscriber!

  147. Kisses from Katie!

  148. I follow fishmama and simplemom on twitter

  149. I follow Life as Mom and Simplemom on facebook!

  150. The Bible is the only thing I can say for sure. I read a lot but don’t have a reading list ahead of time (kind of like, I don’t menu plan either). Shame on me?

  151. Created to Be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious by Debi Pearl

  152. I subscribe to your blog via google reader.

  153. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

  154. Brianne Allen says:

    I plan to read eat that frog.

  155. Brianne Allen says:

    I subscribe to your blog via google reader

  156. Following both on Twitter!

  157. Like both on Facebook 🙂

  158. Subscribed, too!

  159. I plan on reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan this month.

  160. I plan to read “The No-Cry Sleep Solution”. (We’re having some sleep issues with our little one)

  161. I follow both @fishmama and @simplemom (cmouse01)

  162. I am planning on reading Kathryn Hepburn’s autobiography at the beginning of this year

  163. Reading: The China Study

  164. I plan to read The Coming by Tyler Johnson.

  165. Following SimpleMom on twitter

  166. I am reading Run Like A Mother

  167. I follow both of you on twitter.

  168. I follow Simple Mom on Facebook

  169. I plan to read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. I started it a little bit last year and can’t wait to read where I left off.

  170. I am now a follower of SimpleMom on Twitter!

  171. The Happiness Project

  172. My goal is to read the Bible in 90 Days, starting Saturday. My for fun reading right now is the Quilts of Lancaster Series by Barbara Cameron.

  173. Plan to read the first Game of Thrones book and Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons.

    Liked you both on FB.

  174. I subscribe to both on Facebook

  175. How exciting this sounds! I wish I could afford to get all the books. I plan on reading Simplicity Parenting, Hearing from Heaven, The Ten Gifts, and The Five Love Languages. I also want to read the Left Behind books I finally got. I truly love reading! 🙂 Thanks for having the contest!

  176. I also follow ya’ll on Facebook!

  177. I’m going to read Money Saving Mom’s Budget, Grace Based Parenting, Grace for the Good Girl.

  178. Subscribed by email too!

  179. I follow you both on Facebook!

  180. I subscribe in Google Reader

  181. Jennifer D. says:

    I am getting ready to read Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart.

  182. Jennifer D. says:

    I subscribe to Life as MOM via e-mail.

  183. Jennifer D. says:

    I follow both on twitter.

  184. Jennifer D. says:

    I follow both on Facebook.

  185. I’m planning on reading Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover

  186. I plan on reading The Radical Leap Re-Engergized, by Steve Farber.

  187. Most of your picks. As well as The Help (and others!).

  188. I follow you both on Twitter.

  189. I subscribe in a reader.

  190. I just picked up One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, my first book for 2012…I would LOVE a copy of One Bite At a Time! 🙂 Tsh inspires me!

  191. 1000 things

  192. I also follow on twitter 🙂

  193. Jennifer C. says:

    I’m going to read Honey for a Child’s Heart and read thru the Bible this year! I saw someone comment they were reading Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendellsohn (sp?) Absolutely one of my favorite homemaking books!! REally great!

  194. Jennifer C. says:

    I subscribe via Google reader!

  195. I’m plan on reading ‘The Well Trained Mind’ this year!

  196. I like you on FB – and just started liking ‘Simple mom’ too!

  197. I subscribe to Life as Mom via e-mail.

  198. I plan to read Homesteading this year.

  199. I follow FishMama and Simple Mom on twitter.

  200. I follow Life as MOM and Simple Mom on Facebook.

  201. I subscribe to life as mom in my google reader

  202. I plan to read “Inheritance” which is the last book in the Eragon series. It is like 800 pages though and heaven knows i haven’t been able to find the time to read much. but i’ll finish it before the end of the year! 🙂

  203. A love that Multiples by the Duggars

  204. I’ll be reading Entreleadership for sure. Not on your list, but inspiring me daily is Clutter Busting.

  205. Now a friend on Facebook.

  206. Finish current reads: The Core, Because He Loves Me, and 1493.

    Next up: Educating The Whole Hearted Child, The Reason for God, and Thank You, Jeeves.

  207. I subscribe via email.

  208. Germinal (Emile Zola) currently, then don’t know what next – hopefully this one as it is hard to get in the UK

  209. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo… Saw both versions of the movie. Now I want to read the original!

  210. I have 26 books on my list this year–wanted to narrow it to 24, but I couldn’t get it down that far.:) Currently reading “Don’t Make Me Count to Three!” and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

  211. Total Money Makeover, the bible, and a tall stack on my bedstand 🙂

  212. Follow both blogs on FB!

  213. I am going to re-read The Happiness Project.

  214. The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller

  215. The Hunger Games so I can talk to my daughter about it.

  216. I would like to read, among others, Saving Savvy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  217. My one book I’d like to finish this year is the Bible.

  218. I follow each of you on Facebook 🙂

  219. Robin Van Norman says:

    Your Child’s Strengths – Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them
    by Marcus Buckingham is one book I’ve had for a while and NEED to read. Since we have over 1000 books in our home, there is never a shortage to choose from – However, it seems I usually end up reading what is required for homeschooling first – and my personal reading time gets short changed.

  220. I like you on FB.

  221. Robin Van Norman says:

    I subscribe to you by e-mail

  222. Jannette Watson says:

    I am going to read TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER

  223. Jannette Watson says:

    I signed up for emails and confirmed.

  224. Jannette Watson says:

    I am following life as mom and simple mom on FB

  225. I am currently reading Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker.

  226. I like both on FB.

  227. I am an e-mail subscriber.

  228. I subscribe thru Google reader on my homepage.

  229. I subscribe via email.

  230. I’ve already started on my reading list for 2012 with Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.

  231. I follow you both on Twitter – @GirlstoGrow

  232. I subscribe to Life as Mom in my Google feedreader.

  233. I plan to read American Wasteland.

  234. Colleen M. says:

    I would like to finish the 6th and 7th Harry Potter novels since they were a hit with my children.

  235. Colleen M. says:

    I am a subscriber via email.

  236. The Happiness Project!

  237. I’ve got a big stack of books I want to read this year. One of them is “The Emotions God Gave You” by Art & Laraine Bennett.

  238. I subscribe to this blog via RSS.

  239. I’m hoping to read Loving the Little Years:Motherhood in the Trenches and The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming our Passion, Purpose and Sanity. Can you tell I have preschoolers??

  240. I’m a facebook follower/fan

  241. The Forgotten Locket by Lisa Mangum

  242. I like Life as Mom and Simple Mom on facebook.

  243. I subscribe via Google Reader.

  244. I plan to read Sheperding your Child’s Heart

  245. I want to reread ‘The Happiness Project’ and take notes this time!

  246. I subscribe to Life As Mom in my Google Reader 🙂

  247. I follow Life As Mom and Simple Mom on twitter!

  248. I am hoping to read Crazy Love this year.

  249. I’m a Facebook fan to both Life as Mom and Simple Mom.

  250. I also subscribe to Life as Mom via email.

  251. Grace for the Good Girl by emily freeman

  252. crazy love by francis chan

  253. I plan to read The Story of Stuff.

  254. I follow Fishmama and Simplemom on twitter

  255. I follow L.A.M. and S.M. on FB

  256. I plan to read your new cookbook this year! 🙂

  257. One bite at a time is on my list! So ate Radical,The Hobbit and many more.

  258. I like you both on fb

  259. I subscribe via email

  260. The first book I will be reading in 2012 is Kisses From Katie!

  261. I plan to read MoneySavingMom’s new book.

  262. I subscribe to your emails.

  263. I liked Simple Mom and Life as mom on FB.

  264. One bite at a time! (Whether I win one or not!!)

  265. I subscribe to your e-mail list.

  266. I follow you both on facebook.

  267. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I saw the Swedish TV episodes a while back- intense!

  268. Like Simple Mom and Life as Mom on FB

  269. Lyndsay Grimes says:

    I like you both on FB.

  270. Lyndsay Grimes says:

    I follow you both on twitter.

  271. Lyndsay Grimes says:

    I subscribe to both of your blogs.

  272. I plan to finish Tsh’s book Organized Simplicity this month.

  273. I have 3 books that I started last year and didn’t finish. My goal is to get through those three in January! The Mommy Manual, Picking your Battles, and the Kurt Werner book First Things First.

  274. I also follow via rss.

  275. I already follow lifeasmom on facebook

  276. I plan on reading the new book about Steve Jobs

  277. I subscribe to your RRS feed

  278. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey!

  279. Eat that Frog

  280. Melanie A. says:

    The Cost of Discipleship

  281. Melanie A. says:

    I follow Life and a Mom on Facebook.

  282. I can’t wait to read Last Child in the Woods. It’s on my library reserve list!

  283. Facebook fan of both!

  284. And an email subscriber for both!

  285. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

  286. Katherine says:

    Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

  287. Katherine says:

    I like Life as Mom and Simple Mom on FB 🙂

  288. The Resolution For Women…

  289. Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel

  290. I’ve already requested March’s book…although I can’t think of the title right now…something about a million miles or steps or days or something….I would love to have a copy of this book, but I have never had an e book before, and I don’t have a kindle….

  291. lots of kids books!

  292. i subscribe via email

  293. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

  294. I subscribe to “Life as a Mom” via RSS

  295. The Next Always by Nora Roberts

  296. mom2bbjandag says:


  297. I’m going to read the Bible in Chronological order.

  298. Sally mcquaid says:

    I have a very aggressive book list planned for 2012. Im trying to read more so I went big

  299. Erasing Hell

  300. Wendy Dietrich says:

    Bringing up Girls by Dobson & I always need to read my Bible more! 😉

  301. Following you both on Facebook.

  302. Subscribed

  303. Blood Red Road, apparently it’s a hot book among the older kids at DD’s school, and I’m the school’s yearbook advisor, and Girl Scout Leader, so it helps to know what they’re reading!

  304. I’m Following FishMama and Simple Mom on twitter.

  305. I’m Following Life as MOM and Simple Mom on Facebook.

  306. I’m Subscribed to Life as MOM via RSS feed (Google, via NetNewReader)

  307. This sounds good! I’m planning on reading Kisses From Katie and Experiencing God’s Peace by E. George this year, plus many others hopefully. 🙂 creedamy [at] yahoo[dot] com

  308. email subscriber 🙂 creedamy [at] yahoo[dot] com

  309. Eat that Frog

  310. I follow you on FB

  311. Have a New Kid by Friday by Dr. Leman and A Wife After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George

  312. I would like to read Crystal’s Money Saving Mom book.

  313. I follow both FishMama and SimpleMom on twitter as mommamagee.

  314. I follow Life as Mom and Simple Mom on facebook.

  315. Kisses from Katie

  316. I started The Pilgrim’s Progress last night. Once of the classics I hope to finish this year!

  317. I like both of you on facebook.

  318. I subscribe to life as mom via google reader. 🙂

  319. I plan to finish reading Heaven is for Real! And hopefully Tsh’s new book!

  320. Following both on Twitter!

  321. Liked on Facebook too!!

  322. Would like to read the help. Just saw the movie and loved it!

  323. Denise G. says:

    Radical by David Platt

  324. Interestingly enough, the book I am reading this month is Tsh Oxenreider’s other book Organized Simplicity.

  325. I also “like” you on FB

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