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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??

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  1. Creative2xmom says

    Kris V is one of our pastors. I’ve heard Moral Revolution is good. Loving Your Kids on purpose is one of my top favs and I just finished it again in August. I have Siblings without Rivalry on my nightstand, but I may have to return it to the library before I get to it.

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