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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Reading Goals for 2018 (or the rest of it!)

2018 Reading Goals

I am really late at getting this posted, but I still want to set some goals for the rest of the year. Bible reading is first and foremost. This list focuses on non-fiction since I naturally gravitate to fiction. My main goal is to clean off some of my shelves, but I don't think I'm achieving it too well. Also, I will decide which are keepers and which books will leave the house.

1. God Has a Waiting Room by Kim Haney - This was on my 2017 reading list and I somehow missed reading it so here it is again.
2. Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child by Anthony Esolen - I have had this book for quite a while. I've started it several times, but my goal is to get through it this year.
3. Made to Crave (Book & Devotional) by Lysa Terkeurst - This is a re-read, but I feel I need it.
4. Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women by Susan Hunt - This book has been on my radar for awhile and last year I was able to get my hands on a copy of it.
5. Eve in Exile and the Restoraion of Femininity by Rebekah Merkle - Again another book that caught my eye. I haven't had it too long, but I'm very interested in this topic so on the list it goes.
6. A Touch of the Infinite by Megan Elizabeth Hoyt - A book about music appreciation with Charlotte Mason. I've had this book for over a year, but other books were pushed ahead it so on the list it goes.

Kindle books:
7. (un)Natural Mom - Hettie Brittz - I have so many books languishing on my Kindle, but I'm choosing one to try to get read this year. I should just focus on reading my Kindle books but for some reason that doesn't feel as productive as reading real books.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What's On Your Nightstand - March & April


Again I'm having to do two months together. Last month went right by and I forgot. So my list is longer. The next six week are going to be a big push around here to get school work finished. That shouldn't affect my reading but one never knows what will happen around here!

For May:

From March's Nightstand I read:
  • Out to Canaan by Jan Karon - Always enjoy my visits to Mitford!
  • For Woman Who Are Called By Women Who Have Answered by Kim Haney - As a pastor's wife I added this as "professional" read.
  • Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass - I love using the Charlotte Mason education in our homeschool and was excited to read this book. We have used narration in our homeschool for years and this was an excellent read to help us do it better.
  • Lion by Saroo Brierley - Last summer I saw the film Lion when I was with friends and while I found the film intriguing, but it was missing something. I decided to check out the book and see if it filled in the gap. I did enjoy it more than the film and it is a story that will stick with me for awhile.
I also read:
In April I read:
  • Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery - Just taking another round through the Anne books.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - This was a literature selection I read aloud to my older kids though my 9 year old insisted on listening in. Of course, you can't go wrong with Austen.
  • The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John LeCarre - I read this for book club. This book is a different beast than the first two in the series. I'll just put it this way--I felt I needed therapy when I finished the book. Intense and not what I was expecting (or wanted)!
  • True Grit by Charles Portis - I read this along with the Close Reads Podcast. I had watched the John Wayne film years ago but didn't hardly remember it. I enjoyed Portis' writing style, but again the ending was more intense and the ending was bittersweet.
  • Church of the Small Things:A Million Little Pieces That Make Up Life by Melanie Shankle - If you've been following my nightstand posts you will notice I've been on Melanie Shankle kick. This is her latest. A nice book to relax to.
  • A Path Through Suffering:Discovering the Relationship Between God's Mercy and Our Pain by Elisabeth Eliott - A good read about suffering with some important truths. The good thing was I figured out I wasn't suffering that bad.
I listened to:
  • For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauley - If you know anything about Charlotte Mason then you will know this is the go-to book to introduce people to a CM education. Honestly, this has never been my favorite read and I'm currently reading it with a CM book club. I found that the audio was available to download from the library so I pushed through it to help me through my slow reading. 
  • Aunt's Aren't Gentlemen by P.G. Wodehouse - Yes, I just listened to this in February but we had an errand day up in Portland and my kids wanted to listen to it. We made it through over half the book so on another trip up to Portland I finished it. I think right now this is my favorite Jeeves book.
  • Call for the Dead by John LeCarre - Book one in the Smiley Series. I really enjoyed this book.
  • Overcoming Dyslexia:A New and Complete Science-Based Reading Program for Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz (April listen) - My youngest seems to be dyslexic and I'm trying to figure out what to do. This book was always coming up in my research so I borrowed the audio through Overdrive and powered through it. Honestly, I was quite disappointed in it. There wasn't much of a solution and very much for parents who children go to government schools. I felt very frustrated with this read.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What's On Your Nightstand - February


This month was a busy month with my kids getting ready to go to a competition. Our life has kind of been turned inside out. My final reading list ended up being a lot better than what it felt like it was going to be. We have another week and half before the competition begins and then maybe I can find my reading groove again. It has been a successful month though. My daughter is sewing the binding on her quilt and then it will be finished. I'm feeling quite accomplished! (All those nagging encouraging words I was giving!)

For March:
 

From February's Nightstand I read:

  • A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner - I really liked Meissner's Secret's of a Charmed Life and wanted to read more by her. I first picked up A Bridge Across the Ocean and realized it was a ghost story and so that was dropped immediately (personal preference). I can't say that A Fall of Marigold was a big hit either. Meissner did a good job telling two stories that happen in two different times, but I just couldn't relate with one of the main character so the book fell flat for me.
  • The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle - Another book from one of the hosts of The Big Boo Cast. I really enjoyed this read. Laugh out loud fun!
  • Women in the Word by Jen Wilkins - A good solid Christian book. I think the biggest thing I took away from from this book was her simple way of studying scripture. 


I also read:

  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - I read this for book club. I can't believe I have never read this book. It was sooo good! 
  • Howard's End by E.M. Forester - I read this along with the Close Reads Podcast. Reading along with them helps me broaden my reading horizons. You have to read to the end to appreciate the story which was a good thing since it put me to sleep every time I read it.
  • The Vanderbeeker's of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser - This book has a lot going for it but I only liked it. I wanted to really, really like it but I just couldn't. I read it as an e-book so I don't know if that is why I just wasn't connecting with the story like I wanted to. It could be that the story moved too fast or the characters were undeveloped. Maybe it's because I'm not a 10 year old kid! I'm just not sure.Anyways, the story is very reminiscent of The Penderwicks, The Melendys, and All of a Kind Family but set in modern day time. I don't think a kid would be disappointed in the story. I will definitely read the next book in the series maybe the magic will happen in the next story. (Whew! There are a lot of maybes happening here!)


I listened to:

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

What's On Your Nightstand - December & January


Again, I missed the Nightstand from last month which I'm blaming on Bloglovin' which quit updating the blogs I read and forced me to switch to another blog reader. Between Christmas vacation and not getting the 5 Minutes for Books in my blog reader it passed by without my knowledge. But again it could be just old age creeping up on me, or maybe it's because my life is busy with teenagers,  homeschooling, and trying to keep my sanity that blogging isn't a priority right now. Anyways, I missed it so here it is!! (My Nightstand for February is a little slim since I can't figure out what I want to read so I'm going to keep it short and sweet.)

For February's Nightstand:

 

From November's Nightstand post I read:

  • Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miller by N.D. Wilson - N.D. Wilson comes up as a favorite for kids' books though my kids didn't care for 100 Cupboards. I was in the library and this book was sitting on the shelf so I grabbed it. I guess my kids didn't fall too far from the tree, because I didn't care for this story at all. I am not a fan of fantasy though I have read some that I've enjoyed, but this story was just too far out there for me.
  • Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill - This is another book that came highly recommended, but I felt it fell short of the mark. Why I finished is beyond me. I guess I was waiting for the book to get better.
  • The Life-Giving Table by Sally Clarkson - I need a lot of help when it comes to a life-giving table since cooking isn't my forte. I found this an encouraging read, but I probably need to have it on a perpetual reading schedule to keep me encouraged.
  • Reading In the Wild by Donalyn Miller - I really enjoyed The Book Whisperer by Mrs. Miller, but it is definitely written for the classroom teacher. I was hoping this book would be more user friendly for parents, but I found this book even more inclined for the classroom teacher which is too bad because she is so passionate about getting kids to read.

I also read:


In January I read:

  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles - I really, really enjoyed this slow paced story about a man who lives in a hotel for 30 years. Highly recommended! (Side note: This is not a story about Russia. This is a story about a man and the relationships he forges.)
  • The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen - I haven't picked up any Christian fiction for a while, but I found this sitting on the shelf at the library so I grabbed it. I have enjoyed other Julie Klassen books and thankfully this one didn't disappoint.
  • The Ladies of Ivy College by Julie Klassen - The sequel to the previous book. My only disappointment is that this book just came out and I have to wait a long for the next book in the series.
  • King Alfred's English by Laurie White - This was an interesting book about where we got our English language from. I really enjoyed it.
  • Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine by Kat Lee - Mornings are not my favorite. I appreciated the author's passion for encouraging women have successful mornings with a focus on prayer, health, and planning. I can see this being a great book to give to mom's with young kids--that's when you need to extend yourself all that grace. By the time the kids are teenagers you're an old pro at extending yourself grace (especially in certain areas).
  • A Mother's Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother by Jean Fleming - This was a re-read. I remember really loving this book when I read it the first time. I can't say it was as meaningful this time, but again I am at a different place in life. That being said I still get a few jewels to apply right now.
  • Sparkling Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle - I have had this book on my Kindle for years. Last year I started listening to The Big Boo Cast Podcast and Melanie Shankle is one of the co-hosts. I decided to check out this book. When I opened the book I had at one point in my life read the first 10 chapters, but that had been all so I set out to finish it. An enjoyable and funny memoir. Not deep, but still fun.

I listened to:

  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (December) - I love to buckle down and listen to audio books during the Christmas holidays so I picked a book I was already familiar with. I absolutely love these books. I have never been a fan John McDonough as a narrator, but I have to admit he does a great job with the Mitford books.
  • A Light in the Window by Jan Karon (December) - same as above
  • Who's Body? by Dorothy Sayers (January) - I ended up picking this book since I could download it immediately from the library. This is another re-read, but I did still very much enjoy it. Sayers mysteries have a more sophisticated feel to them compared to a Christie mystery.
  • Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt (January) - I'm always looking for ways to have my best year ever. Who knows?  Maybe this will be the year! Ha-ha! On a serious note though there are some very great points that I need to work implementing in my life.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Books Read in 2017

Books Read in 2017

Fiction: 62 books

  • All That Makes Life Bright - Josi Kilpack
  • All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
  • Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
  • At Home in Mitford - Jan Karon*
  • Audacity Jones to the Rescue - Kirby Larson
  • The Baker's Daughter - D.E. Stevenson
  • Bath Tangle - Georgette Heyer
  • Becoming a Woman of Influence - Carol J. Kent
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson*
  • Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh*
  • The Butler Did It - P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Code Woosters - P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey
  • A Dangerous Engagement - Melanie Dickerson
  • Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters
  • The Devil's Novice - Ellis Peters
  • Echo - Pam Munoz Ryan*
  • Embers Falls - S.D. Smith*
  • The Enchanted Barn - Grace Livingston Hill
  • The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien**
  • Fire and Ice - Mary Conneally
  • Forever and Forever - Josi Kilpack
  • Giant Pumpkin Suite - Melanie Heuiser Hill
  • Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
  • It Started With Goodbye - Christina June
  • Jasper and the Riddle of Jasper's Mine - Caroline Starr Rose
  • Just Enough Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Lady of the Lakes - Josi Kilpack
  • The Legend of Sam Miracle - N.D. Wilson
  • The Leper of Saint Giles - Ellis Peters
  • Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  • A Light in the Window - Jan Karon*
  • The Lost Girl of Astor Street - Stephanie Morrill
  • The Mating Season - P.G. Wodehouse
  • Miss Dimple and the Slightly Bewildered Angel - Mignon F. Ballard
  • Monk's Hood - Ellis Peters
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters
  • Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie*
  • One Corpse Too Many - Ellis Peters
  • The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
  • The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall
  • The Pilgrim of Hate - Ellis Peters
  • The Prince and Betty - P.G. Wodehouse
  • A Portrait of Emily Price - Katherine Reay
  • The Reluctant Widow - Georgette Heyer*
  • Rilla of Ingleside - L.M. Montgomery
  • Ring for Jeeves - P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Sanctuary Sparrow - Ellis Peters
  • The Secret's of Wishtide - Kate Saunders
  • Secret's She Kept - Cathy Gohlke
  • A Spy's Devotion - Melanie Dickerson
  • St. Peter's Fair - Ellis Peters
  • Straw Into Gold - Gary D. Schmidt
  • A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens**
  • The Talisman Ring - Georgette Heyer
  • To Be Where You Are - Jan Karon
  • To Have and To Hold - Mary Johnston**
  • Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson*
  • Understood Betsy - Dorothy Canfield Fisher**
  • The Virgin in Ice - Ellis Peters
  • A Viscount's Proposal - Melanie Dickerson


Non-fiction: 40 books

  • All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot*
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful - James Herriot*
  • All Things Wise and Wonderful - James Herriot*
  • The Bait of Satan - John Bevere
  • A Basic History of the United States Vol. 1: The Colonial Experience 1067-1774 - Clarence B. Carson*
  • Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin
  • Birds, Beasts, and Relatives - Gerald Durrell
  • Different - Sally Clarkson
  • Evidence Not Seen - Darlene Diebler Rose**
  • Ex-Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader - Anne Fadiman
  • Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned from a Little Golden Book - Diane Muldrow
  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Disney Little Golden Book - Diane Muldrow
  • Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book - Diane Muldrow
  • Fauna and Family - Gerald Durrell
  • Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer - Priscilla Shirer*
  • A Fine Romance - Susan Branch
  • Give Your Child the World - Jamie C. Martin
  • A Handbook for Morning Time - Cindy Rollins
  • Home Run: Learn God's Game Plan for Life and Leadership - Kevin Myers
  • How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind - Dana White
  • Killing Patton - Bill O'Reilly
  • Letters to My Daughters - Barbara Rainey
  • The Life Giving Table - Sally Clarkson
  • Living Forward - Michael Hyatt*
  • The Lord God Made Them All - James Herriot*
  • My Life in Middlemarch - Rebecca Mead
  • Make Your Bed - William H. McRaven
  • A Million Little Ways - Emily Freeman
  • The Mindset of Organization - Lisa K. Woodruff
  • Norms and Nobility - David V. Hicks
  • Nurse Come You Here! - Mary J. Macleod
  • Own Your Life - Sally Clarkson
  • The Power of a Praying Church - Stormie Omartian
  • Reading in the Wild - Donalyn Miller
  • Reading People - Anne Bogel
  • The Road Back to You - Ian Morgan Croan
  • Simply Classical - Cheryl Swope
  • Sing - Keith Getty
  • The Time Mom Met Hitler, Frost Came to Dinner, and I Heard the Greatest Story Ever - Dikkon Eberhart
  • What He Must Be...If He Wants to Marry My Daughter - Voddie T. Bauchman

Total: 102 books
*Audio: 14 books
** Read-alouds: 5 books



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

What's On Your Nightstand - October & November


I ran out of time last month to get my Nightstand posted so you get a two for one this month.
I did quite a bit of reading in October and a fair share in November. I did put four books on my Nightstand for December, whether I read them all or not will remain to be seen. Nevertheless, something will be read!

For December:
 

From September's Nightstand I read:

  • Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson - This was a great read and one that I probably need to re-read in a few months just to take everything in.
  • Reading People by Anne Bogel - I love to read about personalities and at first I thought this book was going to be redundant from things I knew, but she went into quite a few different personality finders and really piqued my curiosity to look into them more. 

Still reading:

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - I am reading this with an online book club and they are reading it slower than I had anticipated so thus I'm still reading it.

I also read:

  • Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson - I dived into a little bit of kid's fiction this month. This was a cute read.
  • Bath Tangle by Georgette Heyer - When I get into a reading slump I read a Heyer or Wodehouse. This time it was Heyer. This isn't probably one of her best books, but still enjoyable.
  • A Dangerous Engagement by Melanie Dickerson - Well, I found I was having a hard time believing in this story. I found myself laughing and it wasn't at the characters in the book, but rather the book itself.
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson - I read this along with the Close-Reads podcast. I read Robinson's Housekeeping years ago and HATED it, so I was quite hesitant to read Gilead. Thankfully, this was a very thought provoking read and a story I could like.
  • Jasper and the Riddle of Riley's Mine by Caroline Starr Rose - I'm always on the look out for a good adventure story for my son. Unfortunately, I didn't pass this on. It was an okay read and that was about it.
  • The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer - Another Heyer book. Any story that she puts siblings is always a fun book. 
  • The Talisman Ring by Georgette Heyer  - Somehow I have never read this book and my daughter recommended it. This was an excellent read. It's like reading a comedy instead of watching it.

I listened to:

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson - My co-op class is doing Reader's Theater this year and we are working on this story. Of course, that required some research. Such a fun Christmas story.
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan - If you haven't read this book I highly recommend you add it to your list. It is kid's fiction, but such a great read. I do highly recommend the audio since it adds a lot to the story. 
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie - Another Close Reads book. I listened to the audio with David Suchet as the narrator. (He is Poirot, right?) Murder isn't one of my favorite Christie stories so I'm not sure if I'll watch the new film or not.

For November I read:

  • A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside by Susan Branch - Do you need a vacation but don't have time or money? I highly recommend you search out this book. It is a vacation in a book! Not only is the book beautiful on the inside and out, but I felt like I was traveling with the author and taking in the all sights and experiences. Highly recommended!
  • A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay - I have really enjoyed Katherine Reay books. I did find the end of this story left me hanging a bit. 
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - I have been reading this book with my kids over the last 12 weeks. It is my first time through and oh my, what a story! Dickens is a master story teller. (Yes, my kids had to hand me Kleenex as we finished the book.)
  • To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon - Karon is another master story teller. I was not disappointed in the latest Mitford book.
  • Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher - Another book that I read aloud with my youngest daughter for school. Such a great little story.
  • Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven - Can I just rave about this book? I absolutely loved it! Such great advice and given in short little blurbs with some great stories interspersed throughout. I may or may not have a couple of kids getting copies for Christmas.
  • Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church by Keith & Kristyn Getty - Such a great reminder about the importance of singing. As a song leader and a musician I found it a great reminder of why I do what I do.


Monday, September 25, 2017

What's On Your Nightstand - September


Well, I had to laugh when I saw my pitiful number of books I read this month. You can tell I was focused on other things like school planning, which I always put off to the last minute, and then getting our homeschool year off to a good start. So hopefully, this next month I will be able to find more time for more reading.

For October:



I also read:

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - I read this for book club. I was aware of the movie but have never watched that or read the book before. I was pleasantly surprised by this story and ended up really enjoying it.
  • A Spy's Devotion by Melanie Dickerson - I read the second book in this series last month and finally got the first book from the library. This was a fluffy read which is sometimes necessary.

I listened to:

  • A Basic History of the United States, Vol 1: The Colonial Experience 1607-1774 by Clarence B. Carson - I listened to this while preparing for our school year. My highschoolers are delving into a year long study of American History which is quite thorough. I really, really enjoyed this book though it did have some dry moments. Now if I can find a way to squeeze it into our schedule--every homeschool mom's dilemma!

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