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My Books to Read in December 2014

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December book stack

Books on my nightstand – and a few are on my Kindle

My November book pile was actually a lot of fun! This is the last month of the year to finish up the books on my 12 Books to Read in 2014 list. I’m hoping I will make it, but there have been quite a few books that I’ve added to the list over the course of the year – and I’m so glad I did. Almost there! 

At one point I did try reading on the treadmill – and while that was ok, I think I’d rather save that time for catching up on my favorite shows and let that be my incentive. Somehow reading and trying to keep up with turning pages weren’t the best combination.

Books I Hope to Finish in December

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw – reading this for the high school lit class

Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn – this one has been on my bookshelf for a bit and caught my eye.

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp – I started it prior to December 1st and am really loving it, especially since it ties in so nicely with Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, which we are using as a family. Cannot say enough about the books!

The Core by Leigh Bortins – this is a homeschool-related book that talks about the Classical education model (and highly recommended to me by a friend).

Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware – this is a book that was recommended for talking to our kids about theology and ‘bigger’ issues. Looking forward to it.

Fiction reading for fun….

Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

For Elise by Sarah

Glimmer of Hope by Sarah Ladd

A Soft Breath of Wind by Roseanna White

Books finished in November

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Here’s the short list of books that I finished reading this past month.

What books have you read lately and enjoyed?

I’d love some suggestions on what you’re reading!

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  1. Great list! I want to read the Greatest Gift. I’ve had no time to read lately but my husband is home for a month so maybe now I will get back to it! :)

    • It is great for advent, but really, truly great anytime. :) I read 1000 Gifts and love this 100x  much more and it’s one of those books that will be great for years to come and re-read.

  2. Jolanthe, these are amazing. I love to read, but have trouble finding the time. I think I guilt myself into thinking that reading time is recreational only and should be done in that extra 15-20 mins here and there. I’d love to hear how you make this work being such a busy homeschooling mama too. Thanks for the encouragement to make feeding my spirit with great books a priority. :)

  3. Looks like a great list!! I just finished reading The Giver! SOOOO GOOD!! I need to sit down and read more frequently. I have been on a Netflix kick :-P

  4. Jennifer @ Milk & Honey Mommy says

    Jolanthe, I admire your commitment to reading. I hope 2015 is a better reading year for me. I collected many books and read parts of some, but I want the full experience of finishing the book. We did manage to return to read-a-louds, but that wasn’t until last month.
    Are any of the ones you read this year physical books or did you read them electronically?

    • One of the hardest things for me with non-fiction books is feeling like I need to ‘absorb’ every last little nugget of wisdom from the book, which makes me read SO much more slowly. Just sitting down and reading it – and knowing I can go back if there are things that I earmark made such a difference.

      As a family we are just getting back into the read-aloud season. The kids finished up swim team, so they are home evenings now. The last few months we’ve been listening to audiobooks for them, which has been great! We have read two books together, but otherwise we’ve relied on audiobooks for our together books just because we’ve been in the car all.the.time. And reading while I’m driving – well, that’s never good. :)

  5. I love to read. I try to keep a book with me all the time. I enjoyed looking at your list. Glimmer of Hope is on my reading list, but I had never heard of For Elise. A couple of my favorite books I have read lately are Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma, All God’s Children by Anna Schmidt, With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin, Night Song by Tricia Goyer, and Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot.

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