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

Thursday, November 2, 2017

What I Read in October

I set a personal goal to read 75 books in 2017. You can see how I am doing on my goal and what I have read by clicking HERE.















Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
The Floating Order and The Twenty-One Balloons


Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Praying for Sheetrock


Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
The Hundred Dresses (EVERYONE read this with your kids especially your daughters!!!) and The Secret Life of Fat


Book that I will never read again: 
Sprinkle Glitter on my Grave


Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
None

Book that I have previously read: 
I had read the first few chapters of Praying for Sheetrock but didn't really get into the book before I had to return it to the library. Although slow reading, I am glad that I tried it again and finished it this time. 

Book that I will read again someday: 
The Floating Order and The Hundred Dresses




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

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

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What I Read in September



I made a goal to read 75 Books in 2017. You can see the books that I have read to far by clicking HERE.

I think you can see that I have changed our school day/lifestyle a little to include even more reading aloud to Jojo. She is a still not reading independently, which would have freaked me completely out if she was my first. Sigh. (Deep Sigh.) Learning to parent and teach the individual child in the way that is best for her is so tricky and something I am constantly struggling with. On the bright side, I'm enjoying the extra reading time even though reading aloud is so much slower than reading to yourself!



Westward with Columbus: Set Sail on the Voyage that Changed the World by John Dyson
My Name is...Vincent Van Gogh by Carme Martin
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
The Eternal Wonder by Pearl S. Buck
I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora
Superfudge by Judy Blume




Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
The Couple Next Store by Shari Lapena *Book Club



A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles *Book Club 2






Book that I enjoyed most this month: 
A Gentleman in Moscow

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Uncle Tom's Cabin and A Gentleman in Moscow

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
Well many of them I read with one or more of my kids but I think those titles are obvious. The one I want to read and discuss with them is Uncle Tom's Cabin

Book that I will never read again: 
What the Dog Saw (I will just listen to his podcasts instead.) 

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
None but I was close with What the Dog Saw 

Book that I have previously read: 
Superfudge (We actually read my childhood copy)

Book that I will read again someday: 
Uncle Tom's Cabin and A Gentleman in Moscow



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

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

What I Read in August

I made a goal to read 75 Books in 2017. You can see the books that I have read to far by clicking HERE.

We started school this past month, so I was sure my reading time would disappear but instead as I usually do when I get a little stressed, I create time to read. (Yes, by saying "create time" I pretty much actually mean "ignore the things that I should be doing instead such as cleaning and folding laundry.") 

Often people ask me how I can read so much. There are many other small ways but one of my favorites is reading by reading young adult and children's books.

 I think some of the most beautiful, and even thought-provoking, literature is written specifically for these age groups. This month some of these "younger" books included Mockingbird, Olive's Ocean, and The Graveyard Book.

Read below your reading level because, if not, you are missing out!





Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Everything we Keep by Kerry Lonsdale







Me, Myself, & Bob: A True Story 
about God, Dreams, and Talking Vegetables by Phil Vischer

Birds: Myth, Lore & Legend by Rachel Warren-Chadd and Marianne Taylor

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders 
and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Book Club) 




Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Mrs. Bennett has Her Say by Jane Juska

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman  (Book Club) 

A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille





Book that I enjoyed most this month:
I wouldn't say I enjoyed it most but it is the one that surprised me the most, The Graveyard Book. It was one I voted to read simply because it was a Newberry Award winner. When I started and it involved murder, ghosts, werewolves, and the such I wasn't sure I would finish it. But after the first few pages I was hooked and couldn't put it down. 

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Me, Myself, & Bob and Mockingbird

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
A Thomas Jefferson Education and Birds Myth, Lore, & Legend

Book that I will never read again: 
Mrs. Bennett has Her Say

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
None

Book that I have previously read: 
Flowers for Algernon

Book that I will read again someday: 
Killers of the Flower Moon (It even included Pinkerton and other information from one of last month's Book Clubs, Girl In Disguise!) 





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

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


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

What I Read in July

I made a goal to read 75 books in 2017. This month I only finished 4 books. I have been reading several others but they aren't going to be done until August.

You can see what I have read so far this year by clicking HERE.




*Book Club 2

*Book Club









Book that I enjoyed most this month:
Camino Island

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
none of them really...

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
none of these...

Book that I will never read again: 
all of these

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
none but I was close sometimes with We Are Not Ourselves

Book that I have previously read: 
none but I had a huge fear that the John Grisham one would feel like that. That wasn't the case at all and I found the book refreshing and enjoyable. (Haven't said that about a Grisham novel in a LONG time.) 

Book that I will read again someday: 
probably none of these but I may watch Girl in Disguise if they ever make it into a Netflix series. That is sort of how the book felt... as though it was adapted from a movie. 


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

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

What I Read in June

I made a goal to read 75 books in 2017. This month I met my goal! So I am not going to read anymore books for the rest of the year.

Not really, I'm still reading. Actually this month I added Audible to my apps and so I listened and read two of these books: Beneath a Scarlet Sky and Black Beauty. That still counts right?

You can see what I have read so far this year by clicking HERE.




Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (Book Club 2)
Andy Warhol was a Hoarder by Claudia Kalb
Once Upon a Summer by Jeanette Oke
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Looking for Alaska by John Green



The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Book Club 1)
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell




The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis


If at Birth You Don't Succeed by Zach Anner
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham




Book that I enjoyed most this month:
 Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Book that still has me thinking about it: 
Beneath a Scarlet Sky, Andy Warhol was a Hoarder, Lean In and The Great Divorce...yeah, I know my brain has too many tabs open. 

Book that I will discuss with my kids: 
The Great Divorce (Nan will read it for school this year along with 8 other of Lewis' books) and Talking As Fast As I Can (because the oldest three and I watched every single episode of Gilmore Girls together) and Lean In (Because every parent should discuss this stuff with their kids...not just because I have 4 daughters)

Book that I will never read again: 
Before the Fall and If At Birth You Don't Succeed

Book that I gave up on and never finished: 
none but I seriously contemplated If At Birth You Don't Succeed

Book that I have previously read: 
Once Upon A Summer (and it inspired me to dig out all of my Jeanette Oke books from a box in the attic. Turns out I already owned a copy...actually I own the whole series in a box set. So they are now out on book shelves which means I had to buy another book shelf. You may be a book hoarder if....) 

Book that I will read again someday: 
The Great Divorce, Black Beauty, Lean In, and possibly Beneath a Scarlet Sky 


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

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