It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start. -Mother Teresa

Monday, December 3, 2018

What I Read November 2018

I set a personal goal to read 100 books in 2018. More specifically I plan to tackle Tolstoy's short stories and continue reading Newberry Honor books. This month I did read a collection of Tolstoy's short stories, which I carefully read slowly and savored. But only one short Newberry Book.


So far this year I've read 125 books. You can see what I have read so far by clicking HERE.


















Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
The Family Romanov

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
The Family Romanov and Miracle's Boys and A Place We Knew Well

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
I don't know the answer to that...I read a lot of YA this month. Much of it, unintentionally was LBGTQ. I am still processing. 

Book that I will never read again: 
The Mistletoe Secret (it was fine and fluffy and the book equivalent of a Hallmark Channel Movie)

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
Amy and Isabelle. It had been on my to-read list for a long time and I really, really wanted to but I could put it down for days and days and not pick it up or miss it. Honestly, I just didn't care what happened to them. :( 

Book that I have previously read: 
none though I did continue with the Ranger's Apprentice Series. I usually hate series. 

Books that I will read again someday: 
What Men Live By and Other Tales and Annie and the Old One

Books that I read for Book Clubs:
A Place We Knew Well and The Faerie Guardian





Have you read any of these books? 
What did you think of them? 

What did you read in November? 
Anything you would recommend?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

What I Read October 2018

I set a personal goal to read 100 books in 2018. More specifically I plan to tackle Tolstoy's short stories and continue reading Newberry Honor books. I only read two Newberry Honor books and I continue to read a book of Tolstoy's short stories.

After being recommended by a patron, I checked out The Ruins of Gorlan from our Young Adult shelves. So, so, so not my type of book and yet I very much enjoyed it and actually checked out the sequel!


So far this year I've read 111 books. You can see what I have read so far by clicking HERE.















Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
Anne of Avonlea

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Educated

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
Sisters, Bridge to Terabithia

Book that I will never read again: 
The Big Blueberry Barf-Off, The Vanishing Year

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
none

Book that I have previously read: 
Anne of Avonlea, 

Books that I will read again someday: 
Anne of Avonlea, Bridge to Terabithia, 

Books that I read for Book Clubs:
The Vanishing Year, Bridge to Terabithia, (The Road Back to you which I had previously read for another Book Club so I didn't count it as re-read, I just sort of skimmed through most of it again)

Book that was a first for me:
Big Blueberry Barf-off was my first R.L. Stine book. I read it and pieces of several other of his books and some biographies on him for an event I hosted at the library. (I will not be reading them again: not for me!) 



Have you read any of these books? 
What did you think of them? 

What did you read in October? 
Anything you would recommend?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

What I Read September 2018

I set a personal goal to read 100 books in 2018. More specifically I plan to tackle Tolstoy's short stories and continue reading Newberry Honor books.

I only read one Newberry Honor book (and it wasn't as good as I expected it to be) but I did read two of Tolstoy's short stories. One has been on my been working in the back of my brain for a while now because some of it feels a little relevant with modern church issues.

I listened to Anne of Green Gables and am sorry that it is over. The version that I listened to was narrated by Mary Sarah, who also narrated the versions of Uncle Tom's Cabin and Persuasion that I have recently enjoyed. It takes me a few chapters to clear her voice from my brain and those older books. Does that make any sense? Do any of you other audiobook listeners have that issue with narrators?



So far this year I've read 101 books. You can see what I have read so far by clicking HERE.








Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
Anne of Green Gables, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Father Sergius, Eleanor Oliphant, Heretics Anonymous

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
The Nine Tailors (Nancy read it for class and I read a copy too so we could discuss it), Smile (I read it over breakfast one day and just knew it was the book for Stacey. She read it before the day was over too!) 

Book that I will never read again: 
The Mysterious Benedict Society, The Locksmith's Daughter

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
none but it was touch and go with the above two

Book that I have previously read: 
Anne of Green Gables 

Books that I will read again someday: 
Anne of Green Gables, Heretics Anonymous (probably with my girls), Although I probably won't read the Nine Tailors again I am interested in reading more from Dorothy Sayers and the Lord Wimsey Series

Books that I read for Book Clubs:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Locksmith's Daughter

Book that was a first for me:
Smile because it was my first Graphic Novel. I have to admit that I have been putting off (and dreading) trying to read any graphic novel. This one came across my desk at the library and it was delightful! It was the perfect book for a girl who grew up in the 80s/90s. And I am looking forward to checking out more by this author especially because she is making the Babysitters Club Series into Graphic Novels. This will NEVER be my favorite form of literature but I am trying to expand and better understand its popularity. 



Have you read any of these books? 
What did you think of them? 

What did you read in September? 
Anything you would recommend?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What I Read August 2018

I set a personal goal to read 100 books in 2018. More specifically I plan to tackle Tolstoy's short stories and continue reading Newberry Honor books.

I only read one Newberry Honor book this month and it was so out of my comfort zone (talking animals, mythical characters, and ancient civilization) and so, so, so, so good. It is a newer one (it won in 2009) and I highly reccomend you check it out yourself. (Trigger warning: there is some physical abuse of both animals and children)  I did read one book that I would not be surprised if it was awarded a Newberry: The Button War.

Several books this month were picked up when I was working at the library. I read one book simply because it was new, I worked at the library, and I had first dibs. (When Life Gives You Lululemons) I read another because as I was putting a book away near it, I realized that I had read every other book on the shelf. (The Wedding Dress) This book was timely because of the recently released movie and I saw it while putting away a book. (I'm Proud of You.) One book was handed to me by a co-worker because it was donated to the library by my book club in memory of a husband who recently passed away. (The Button War)

I used to count on my books clubs to put things into my hands that I wouldn't normally have picked up...I guess I am moving onto a new way of stretching my worldview. How do you pick what you are going to read?



So far this year I've read 89 books. You can see what I have read so far by clicking HERE.





When Life Gives you Lululemons by Lauren Weiserger
Family Affair by Debbie Macomber
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
by Ian Cron and Suzanne Starile
The Peacock Emporium by JoJo Moyes
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I'm Proud of You: My Friendship with Fred Rogers 
by Tim Madigan




The Wedding Dress by Carrie Young
The Button War by AVI















Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
Little Women (always), The Wedding Dress

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Sing, Unburied, Sing and The Button War and The Road Back to You

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
The Road Back to You, The Underneath, Little Women

Book that I will never read again: 
I'm Proud of You, Peacock Emporium, Family Affair 

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
none!

Book that I have previously read: 
Little Women

Books that I will read again someday: 
The Road Back to You, The Button War, The Wedding Dress

Books that I read for Book Clubs:
The Road Back to You and Sing, Unburied, Sing




Have you read any of these books? 
What did you think of them? 

What did you read in August? 
Anything you would recommend?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What I Read July 2018

I set a personal goal to read 100 books in 2018. More specifically I plan to tackle Tolstoy's short stories and continue reading Newberry Honor books.  With 3/4ths of the year over, I really need to start the short stories. It took me a few months but I finally finished Anna Karenina. I very much enjoyed it and don't regret reading it but it was sooooo, very long and changed directions and involved several foreign languages.

I only read two Newberry Honor books this month and both were, of course, good. But Inside Out & Back Again was GREAT! (Think: Rupi Kaur's The Sun and Her Flowers...but for kids)

So far this year I've read 79 books. You can see what I have read so far by clicking HERE.















Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
Inside Out & Back Again, Dragonwyck

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Anna Karenina, An American Marriage, The Souls of Black Folk

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
26 Fairmont Avenue which is the childhood story of famous children's author Tomie dePaola in his own words and drawings. 


Book that I will never read again: 
Miracle for Jen (too preachy), Anna Karenina (too long), The Story of Arthur Truluv (too much like A Man Called Ove and Our Souls at Night)

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
none!

Book that I have previously read: 
none!

Books that I will read again someday: 
Souls of Black Folk, Inside Out & Back Again, I've Been Thinking...

Books that I read for Book Clubs:
The Story of Arthur Truluv and Dragonwyck

Books that I wished I read for a Book Club:
An American Marriage, Souls of Black Folks



Have you read any of these books? 
What did you think of them? 

What did you read in July? 
Anything you would recommend?