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

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?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

What I Read June 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 said I was going to read Tolstoy's short stories but instead I started Anna Karenina. I believe the book was originally published more like serial or in sections. Needless to say, it is long and I have to look up lots of words because I speak neither French nor Russian, which even in a translated version contains plenty of. I am hopeful to finish it this month and begin on the short stories.

As far as Newberry Award winners this month was only Everything on a Waffle, which I read in one sitting. It was delightful and intense. It was fun and it was heavy. It also contained recipes. Surprisingly, I am so pleased to discover it is part of a series. I usually do NOT like series but am looking forward to more of these characters.

Finally, Tom and Huck...good heavens, it was good. I haven't read it since junior high. Like so many other "children's" books, this is one that is like a whole new story to read it again as an adult and parent. I actually listened to the audio version which was read by Nick Offerman (of Parks and Recs Fame). I highly recommend that!

So far this year I have read, 67 books. You can see what I have read so far by clicking HERE.




The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Beautiful Days by Joyce Carol Oates




Everything on a Waffle by Pauli Horvath
A Higher Loyalty: Truth Lies and Leadership by James Comey
Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words
 by Kimberly Harrington 
News of the World by Paulette Jiles
The Butterfly  by Patricia Polacco 
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins







Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
News of the World, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
A Higher Loyalty

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Butterfly (It is a Children's book but in my opinion needs to be read to or at least with a child. Even if you choose not read it with a child, READ IT!) 


Book that I will never read again: 
Now That You Mention It (It is just romantic fiction)

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
Lilac Girls (I didn't even list it because I attempted it several times and never got anywhere near my 100 page minimum. It was supposed to be for one of my book clubs but I missed that one anyway because we were out of town. Due to schedule changes, both my books clubs met the same week - one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. They both had picked heavy WWII novels taking place in Poland. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with Lilac Girls and I may try it again. I just couldn't stomach spending anymore time in Auschwitz.) 

Book that I have previously read: 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Books that I will read again someday: 
A Little Prince, Make Your Bed,

Books that I read for Book Clubs:
The Storyteller (and Lilac Girls) 

Book that I wished I read for a Book Club:
News of the World and A Higher Loyalty



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

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

What I Read May 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.

So far this year I have read, 58 books. You can see what I have read so far by clicking HERE



Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Your Life...
 and Maybe the World by Admiral William H. McRaven
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines





The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Persuasion by Jane Austin
White Houses by Amy Bloom
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls





The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng




The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint Exupery





Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
Little Fires Everywhere

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Capital Gaines, Make Your Bed

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
Little House, Make Your Bed, Where the Red Fern Grows

Book that will cause me to hold my sobbing 7-year old for a half hour:
Where the Red Fern Grows

Book that I will never read again: 
White Houses

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
None

Book that I have previously read: 
Little House, Little Prince, Persuasion, Where the Red Fern Grows

Books that I will read again someday: 
A Little Prince, Make Your Bed,

Books that I read for Book Clubs:
The Identicals, Little Fires Everywhere

Book that I wished I read for a Book Club:
The Female Persuasion and possibly Bel Canto.



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

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