Friday, June 20, 2014

Making time for the things we love-book edition

I am a reader. I am happier when I have run a few miles and have a few books on my nightstand. Over the last few months reading, and running for that matter, have taken a back seat to the rest of my life. Actually, reading has been in an entirely different car altogether. I just haven't picked anything up because of school and house and life and stuff. Last week, after writing about reading, or the lack thereof, in this post, I decided I needed to carve a space for reading in my day again. It is time to prioritize a part of my life that fills me up and helps me grow and offers a chance to escape and relax.

It is summer so our school schedule has slowed down significantly. Our house is usually close to clean enough to show so I don't spend as much time cleaning in the evenings. The kids are older so they can help more around the house and Asher doesn't need my constant attention. . . Lest you think I'm ignoring him, he still needs and receives my almost constant attention. Plus I need it. So no more excuses!

Here's what I'm reading these days. Surprisingly there are no really good, really sad books on my list. Usually those are my go-to books, but I guess I'm easing back in.  I do have one on hold at the library that a friend recommended as right up my beautiful, tragic alley. Thanks, Jaclyn!

The Last First Day by Carrie Brown-I just started it so I can't comment on it much, except to say that I like the style of writing so far and it seems interesting. Not earth-shattering, but like a nice, sweet little read with likable characters and an engaging setting.

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen-This came recommended from a running and reading friend. Not only did she recommend it, she brought it over to my house and handed it to me. Just the push I needed to open a book again. It's YA so I didn't expect stellar writing, but it is an inspiring story of overcoming odds and the friends that help us along the way. Thanks, Kristen!

The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer-I'm rereading/skimming sections of this book as I prepare for Isaac to enter the second stage of the trivium, the Logic Stage. I am so excited for the upcoming school year and all the kids and I will learn. (yes, I definitely learn something new every single day!) He will start logic, which will be great for both of us, and Latin, which all the kids are looking forward to. This stage also focuses on using the information learned in grades 1-4 and forging connections and pathways. He will make new connections between historical events and leaders, notice patterns and think more abstractly in math, and use his grammar lessons in new and more challenging writing assignments. I am so excited! Thankfully he is, too.

I got a new devotional for my birthday called Trusting God: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventure that I started. It offers a bible verse and anecdotes that are very appropriate for my stage of life. The devotions are also short and to the point, so it seems I am in their target audience. Thanks, Jayne!

Reading with kids before bed has become something of an issue since baseball and softball monopolize our evenings. We are getting inventive about when we read together so sometimes it's before breakfast, after lunch, or while Asher takes a nap.

As a family (well, really, the kids and I while Jim is at work) we are reading Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers after watching the movie in the winter and loving it. This usually happens at the breakfast table. We've already done some comparing and contrasting between the book and the movie and the character of Mary Poppins in each.

Isaac and I just finished up Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling. Oh my goodness. It was the best book in the series so far. We wanted to devour it in one setting, but bedtime called and we had to take it in chapter by chapter doses. We'll take a break from Harry Potter to read a few historical fiction books we've had our eye on, but the Order of Phoenix is definitely calling our names.

Audrey and I read Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery earlier this year and just watched the movie last weekend. It was perfect. We are hooked and started Anne of Avonlea on Monday. We get such a chuckle out of those books. I miss Matthew Cuthbert more than I probably should considering it is a book, but his relationship with Anne was just the sweetest.

Elliot and I are reading the Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. It is a fun adventure book that has him on the edge of his seat. Right now he is straight up addicted to the Droon series so he usually asks to read a chapter of that instead. I oblige even though the books kind of drive me batty, but his enthusiasm for them is so infectious that I am happy to do it.

Asher's favorite books are Goodnight Moon and I Love You Through and Through. He still sees most books as a food group, but he will sit in my lap and listen to those even if I don't give him another book to chew on. That's how I know he loves them.

Oh goodness, I feel so much better with a few books going.

What books should I add to my long and ever-growing reading list? What are you reading? And, if you're not a reader, what do you make time for in your life because it fills you up and makes you happier?


  1. I also love to read - I just finished the Harry Potter series - awesome!! Percy Jackson is one of my favorites and I can't wait until August and October when the new books come out. Another series that deals with the gods and goddesses is Pegasus by Kate O'Hearn. I think Audrey would like them as she gets older as the main character is a girl. I also just finished the book First Mothers - a historical read that deals with the mothers of the presidents starting with Sara Delano Roosevelt. It was very interesting! Thanks for sharing your picks - I look forward to hearing about what you are reading!

  2. I loved the Mary Poppins books, I need to read them again soon!