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

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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??

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  • Padma Krishnan

    HI Jolanthe !,
    I am so excited about your trip next year ! We are reading # 4 in the how to train your dragon series, just finished the How to cheat a dragon’s curse by Cressida crowell.. they are funny books for kids 8-11 and we just discovered the great brain series set in a small village in Utah turn of the last century.. by JD. Fitzgerald… Please please read just the one and you will be hooked… these are such darling books about these three siblings in Adenville Utah at a time when there were no phones, and they played outside…How is your mother? and do you have any baking blogs for thanksgiving.. we are working on some simple baking with kids here….

  • I’ll have to check into those books – thanks so much for the recommendation, Padma! :) My mom has been doing much better (thanks for asking). And hmmm….

    If you are looking for fun desserts: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/ideas/thanksgiving-desserts-for-kids-6192?c=14760
    and these: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/topic/thanksgiving-kid-friendly


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