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Jan 30 2018

CTL Episode 50- Reading in the New Year with Jodi McKenna

Episode 50

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Show Notes-

This week on Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie chats all things books and reading with co-host Jodi McKenna from (To hear about Jodi’s decision to come on the show as co-host, check out the Christmas episode.) They recap some of their top reads from the past year, their reading goals for 2018 and more:

Jodi’s favorite books read in 2017:

At Home in the World, Tsh Oxenrider

The Five-Second Rule, Mel Robbins

Finish, Jon Acuff

The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall

Navigating Early (on Audible), Clare Vanderpool

MacKenzie’s favorite reads from 2017:

A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines

Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

How My Book Became a Movie by Robin Jones Gunn

Walk It Out by Tricia Goyer

Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins

Hello Mornings by Kat Lee

Jodi McKenna

  • How Jodi plans her reading for the coming year:
    • Following recommendations from Instagram users (like Jon Acuff and Sara Ronk)
    • Sets a goal for number of books to finish
    • Posts to IG when she finished a book for added motivation
    • Keeps several genres going at once: Bible Study, Personal Development/Memoire, Business, Essential Oil Education, Light Historical Fiction
    • Jodi also has a new blog post out with books she’s planning on reading in 2018
  • MacKenzie’s plans for reading in 2018:
    • Using her Goodreads Want to Read list
    • Reading for the podcast
    • Following certain authors
    • Aiming for a lower number of books in the coming year so it isn’t a burden amidst the busyness
    • Enjoying and internalizing books she reads instead of just checking them off the list

-How their reading habits have changed as they’ve been in different life stages

-The value of a well-crafted story and not feeling badly about reading quality fiction

-How reading with your family opens doors to big conversations

Current Lovelies-

Jodi: buying fresh flowers at Trader Joe’s, especially in the winter to bring a little spring into the house.

MacKenzie: creating a Pinterest board and planning for her future home and thinking about ways to make a nourishing space wherever they are. (You can check out the Facebook group to get the latest updates from MacKenzie!)

Other Resources Mentioned-


Growly Books

Reading People


Building a StoryBrand


What Should I Read Next?


The Deliberate Reader

Find Jodi-


You can find Jodi on her website, You can find her on the following social media: InstagramPinterest,  Twitter, Google+, and YouTube.

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