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What I’m Reading (and the Kids too) November 2017

November is here and along with it comes some busy night and company. On the other hand, the weather has also cooled down considerably, making Sunday afternoons a wonderful time to snuggle under a blanket and get lost in a book! 

My GoodReads app has been very handy in helping me track the books that I’m reading. Although I didn’t get much of one of the remaining books on my original reading list for 2017 read, I did finish one in my “extras” pile and a total of eight books overall. These last two months are dedicated to finishing the final two books in my “must read” list. 

Most afternoons I have a chance to sit down for about 15 minutes, but honestly I’ve been not focusing as much on reading as just relaxing and resting (I’m not going to get upset over that). Here are the books I’d like to focus on in November (and inevitably there will be books that manage to sneak their way onto my pile!): 

  • Abba’s Child by Brendan Manning
  • When God Seems Far Away by Joy Jacobs
  • Loving Our Kids on Purpose (re-reading this one)
  • Awaken (devotional) by Priscilla Shirer
  • Cherish by Gary Thomas (still working through this) 
  • random Kindle books (bedtime reading)

The Kids are Reading…


  • Laurianna – lots of assigned reading for her college classes
  • McKenna – finishing Count of Monte Cristo and starting Heart of Darkness
  • Zachary – finishing Treasure Island and starting Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • Kaleb – Boxcar Children book
  • Family read-aloud – Gregor the Overlander series

What I Finished in October

Here’s a peek at what I finished in the month of October. 

  • Moral Revolution by Kris & Jason Vallotton (our youth group is working through the video series based on this book)
  • Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber 
  • An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
  • random Kindle books (bedtime reading), including Marrying Miss Marshal, To Win Her Favor, A Dangerous Engagement, A New Day Rising, and An Untamed Heart

That’s it for this month – what is on YOUR reading list??

October Reading List (for Mom and Kids)

Hello, October!! This is about the point in the year when I go back to my original reading list to see how I’m keeping up with what my goals for the year were. Overall, I’m doing great – only one book remains on my “must read” list, but several have managed to sneak there way into my pile over the year as well. 

Each afternoon I have been trying to set aside at least 15 minutes to read. It doesn’t always happen, but it is a quiet time goal when the day has a bit of a lull (or needs one). With fall weather now turning cooler here, that encourages me to curl up with a cup of tea and enjoy a few moments of reading. 

Here’s the list I want to tackle during October. Yes, there are a few that have been carrying over from month to month, but I keep finding additional books I want to read that weren’t originally on my list! 


  • Moral Revolution by Kris & Jason Vallotton (our youth group is working through the video series based on this book)
  • Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber (been working on this for months)
  • Loving Our Kids on Purpose (re-reading this one)
  • An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Awaken (devotional) by Priscilla Shirer
  • Cherish by Gary Thomas
  • random Kindle books (bedtime reading)

The Kids are Reading…


  • Laurianna – a whole lot of her college texts :)
  • McKenna – Walden and Count of Monte Cristo
  • Zachary – Treasure Island
  • Kaleb – Boxcar Children book
  • Family read-aloud – Gregor the Overlander

What I Finished in September

Here’s a peek at what I finished in the month of September. The last few days I really tried to  buckle down and complete one of the non-fiction books. 

I have to say, both Finish and Come and Eat were two of my favorites so far this year. Finish is written in Acuff’s typical style – a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and really something I needed to read in this moment because it focused a lot on how we set unrealistic/unattainable goals for ourselves and then don’t end up finishing things because our goals can’t be met, then drop the ball on that and more. For people who are perfectionists (hello, me), this ends up being a huge issue. Just read it! :) 

Another one to love – Come and Eat by Bri McKoy. Mixed in with her rich storytelling and humor, Bri challenges us to open our homes and tables to develop relationships with friends, strangers, and more. Rick and I have been in training to lead a small group, and one of the things I really wanted to add in was a meal with one family each time we meet – because so much happens around the table (food is a fabulous neutral ground). 



 

  • Finish by Jon Acuff
  • Come and Eat by Bri McKoy
  • Grave Matter by Anne Lee Huber (love this series!)
  • A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah Ladd
  • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
  • a few other random Kindle books that I forgot to track…

That’s it for this month – what is on YOUR reading list??

What I’m Reading (and the Kids too) September 2017

August slipped by without my sharing a reading post, but several of the books have carried over the last few months. Time to sit and read hasn’t been something I have prioritized (at least when it comes to books with a little more meat between the pages). 

Now that we are getting back into a school routine, we’ll be adding our daily quiet time and read aloud time back into our daily loop, as well as audiobooks. The hard thing with summer for us is we have been in so many different directions with swim team, the pool, Laurianna working, and other things happening. I’d honestly rather be at home, so I’m looking forward to the fall and relaxing a bit more in that aspect. 

Here’s the list I want to tackle during September, especially since several have been in my pile for a bit (that may be bothering me a bit!!): 



  • Siblings without Rivalry by Adele Faber (been working on this for months)
  • Come and Eat by Bri McKoy
  • All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth (I’ve read one chapter!!)
  • Awaken (devotional) by Priscilla Shirer
  • Cherish by Gary Thomas
  • Grave Matter by Anne Lee Huber (love this series!)
  • random Kindle books (bedtime reading)

 

The Kids are Reading…


  • Laurianna – a whole lot of her college texts :)
  • McKenna – Robinson Crusoe
  • Zachary – Treasure Island
  • Kaleb – Zoey and Sassafras series
  • Family read-aloud – Ember Falls by S.D. Smith (with boys)

What I Finished in July and August

Reading has been a bit slow over the last bit – at least during the day, but here’s the 

  • Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  • The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller
  • The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller
  • An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
  • a few other random Kindle books that I forgot to track…

That’s it for this month – what is on YOUR reading list??

What I’m Reading (and the Kids Too)

Although summer seems like it would be the optimal time for reading, it honestly seems like it is the opposite for me. I may have mentioned once or twice that I tend to get distracted easily and this year when the kids want to go to the pool, I end up working on something swim team related or chatting with a family. Which is all good, but I’d love to just curl up in a chair on the porch and read…but then the house doesn’t get clean. :)

One thing that I started using toward the end of last year was a blank journal to write down all the quotes from books that strike me as I’m reading. I have a hard time letting go of a book when there are things I’ve underlined or dog-eared, so this has been a great way to help me release more and still track the quotes I love. 

Feel free to follow along with me on the Good Reads app  as I attempt to knock a few more books off  my 2017 reading list. There are only four more books in my primary “to read” pile and another four on my “if there’s time” list, so we’ll see! It’s so much fun to see what others are reading and recommend too.

Here’s the list I want to tackle during July and hereby resolve to finish: 

The Kids are Reading…

We’ve been so busy that reading has honestly not been happening. One of the things that Kaleb and I will be doing together this month is reading the Zoey and Sassafras series by Asia Citro. There are three books in the series and they are fairly quick read-alouds that he will enjoy. 

Other than that, Laurianna has been busy working (not as much time for reading) and the other kids are enjoying time in the water whenever they can. 

What I Finished in June

The short answer is: not much. Much of what I read was teen lit (so pretty light reading). Laurianna and I read a five book series together by Kiera Cass. Some of the books in the series were better than others and we both felt the series sort of ended suddenly, but still enjoyed it overall. 

My least favorite read was Scary Close by Donald Miller. While there were some great points, overall it felt really scattered and full of name-dropping. I haven’t read any of his other stuff, but personally that turns me off. Otherwise, here’s what I finished up. 

That’s it for this month – what is on YOUR reading list??

What I’m Reading (and the Kids Too)

May seems to have flown by. As always, my idea of what I’ll have time to do vs. what I actually get done are two very different things. One of these days I’ll remember that. A few of the books in my May stack were tackled, and others were pushed to the side to read later because I was rather consumed with helping prep for our swim team season. 

BUT now that swim season has started and the pool is open I have some time to relax since the kids are old enough to be in the pool without needing me to be right there with them every moment (for those of you with younger children – it will happen one day!). 

Feel free to follow along with me on the Good Reads app  as I attempt to knock a few more books off  my 2017 reading list. There are only four more books in my primary “to read” pile and another four on my “if there’s time” list, so we’ll see! It’s so much fun to see what others are reading and recommend too.

Here’s the list I want to tackle during June and hereby resolve to finish: 

The Kids are Reading…

The kids have all finished their assigned reading and I’m giving them a wee bit of a break at the moment, but we will start a reading challenge together soon. 

Laurianna and I have been reading through a series together the last bit. It’s nothing in-depth or serious, just some light summer reading, but it’s been fun reading and talking about the books with her (and besides, teen lit is easy to read). 

What I Finished in May

The last two months are ones where I read a lot of books focused on WW2 – not intentionally, it just happened that way. Some of the books were ones I picked up because I saw them on a friend’s reading list or were recommend, so it was a whole lot of random mixed in with some I intentionally wanted to read. 

Probably my FAVORITE read of the month was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It tells the story of the women left behind in France during the German invasion during WW2. Overall it’s real, raw at times, and incredibly moving. 

That said, there were a few that I actually had to put down, either because I just couldn’t get into the story (I made it halfway through The Book Thief  because of this) or because the content was ridiculously beyond what I personally can handle (in the bedroom department – I have a fairly low tolerance). Otherwise, here’s what I finished up. 

That’s it for this month – what is on YOUR reading list??

What I’m Reading (and the Kids too) May 2017

The last few weeks, the front porch has been one of my favorite places to sit and relax. We finally purchased a new cushion for our porch swing (someone picked a hole in the old one) and now the swing is nice and cushy soft. Although there aren’t any flowers in the pots, it’s been fun watching a few birds build a nest in our hanging ferns – more definite signs that spring is here and the lovely weather is here to stay.

Although I didn’t get through quite as much of my non-fiction this past month, I did read a few other books that weren’t on my list that I’m glad not to have missed.  The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines was one of those I added because it was a Kindle deal recently and I was cracking up with some of the back story between those two. A few of the books are still in my pile to continue reading this month, and we have some more car trips coming which hopefully means some reading time (and not fielding disagreements between the backseat passengers). 

I did knock a few books off  my 2017 reading list (and again loving the Good Reads app to help me track my progress), which always is nice. Feel free to join me there and follow along! It’s so much fun to see what others are reading and recommend.

Here’s the list I want to tackle during May:

The Kids are Reading…

The girls have finished up their required reading for the year, so they are taking a bit of a breather in that area. Laurianna is working on other subjects to get caught up and McKenna needs to head to the library soon. Kaleb recently finished his first chapter book and I thought for sure he would pick an easier book to read, but he asked to read the second book in the Boxcar Children series – and I couldn’t be happier! 

What I Read in April

The best two books I read this past month by far were How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig (gave me some great talking points to use with one of our high school lit classes) and also A Fall of Marigolds  by Susan Meissner. I honestly LOVED this last one- cannot say how much, quite honestly. It wove the stories of women from two different eras (early 1900s and 2001) along with their personal losses – and it was just fabulous. 

Books I read…

That’s all for this month! I’ll share what I’ve managed to finish next month with you all. What books do you and the kids have set aside to read this month?