I love to read, but I have felt so overwhelming busy for the past few years that I haven’t read nearly as many books as I would have liked to! With the start of a new season of life and more time at home, I have made it my goal to begin reading regularly again over the next 6 months.
I wanted to share a few books that I’ve recently finished and some that I’m currently reading. Our days for the past month have been filled with lazy mornings, afternoons, and evenings by the water with family- the best place to read! We spent a week with my husband’s family two weeks ago at Lake Lure, NC. It is breathtakingly beautiful- and only 30 minutes from our house! This was our view from the boathouse…
Isn’t that gorgeous? I was able to read two books while at the lake. One has been on my reading list for ages and the other is a book I saw on Facebook a few months back and knew I had to read.
The Nesting Place
Do you read the Nester’s blog? It was the very first blog I ever started reading back in 2008. I love her philosophy and mantra, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”. The Nesting Place was a good reminder to appreciate where you live and what your space provides for your family. I recommend this book if you struggle with making decorating decisions or if you just want some quick encouragement to make your house a home. If you are a frequent reader of her blog, the book is very in line with the overall theme of her blog. The information wasn’t new, but it was lovely to have it all organized into one place. I’ve had this book on my Kindle for quite a while, and it was nice to mark off a book from my “want to read” list.
I saw this book posted on Facebook a few months back and I knew I wanted to read it. It’s a young adult fiction book, which happens to be my favorite genre. There is a movie coming out in November based on this book, and the trailer looked awesome so I wanted to be sure to read the book before watching the movie. Because I was a Special Education teacher, this really seemed like a book I would enjoy. But you know what I appreciated most about this book? The main character has a physical abnormality, but he is not intellectually disabled. I was surprised by this because I fell into a trap but I think so many times we all do- we make assumptions about people based on their outward appearance. This book showed that just because someone looks different and may look as though they are intellectually disabled, that isn’t necessarily the case. I loved reading the inner dialogue and thoughts of the main character as he experiences and reacts to stares, looks, and negativity. This is a perfect book to use as a read aloud or independent reading for older elementary/middle school students to help teach empathy for those who have a disability or that may be different in some way. I highly recommend this book!
This week we are vacationing with my family at the beach. Here are the books that have been in my beach bag…
Present Over Perfect
I’ve read through bits and pieces of this book over the last year, but I’m finally getting a chance to read straight through. Y’all, this book is stirring my heart and speaking truth over the journey that I’ve been on the last year of understanding my limits and letting go of a job to be more present at home. This book is helping me see that it is going to be worth it! I’m also starting an online book study with the ladies at my church next week. If you are interested you can sign up here, you don’t have to go to our church to join in!
All the Pretty Things
I got this book last August when I went to the Becoming Conference. Edi Wadsworth, from Life in Grace, was one of the speakers at the conference (my FAVORITE speaker), and she was selling advance copies of her memoir, All the Pretty Things. I was able to get my copy signed, and I’ve been wanting to read it since then!
I know this book is going to pull at my heart strings and I’ve been saving it until I have the time to really savor the words and the story. It’s finally time!
More Than Just Making It
I was so excited to be selected as part of the launch team for Erin Odom’s (from The Humbled Homemaker) new book More Than Just Making It! I found Erin’s blog 4 years ago when I was expecting Savannah and found her natural pregnancy and childbirth posts super helpful. I had the pleasure of hearing her speak at the Becoming Conference last year as well. This book is part memoir and part practical tips on frugal living. But the best parts of the book are about Erin’s story with financial struggle. You can learn more about this book or pre-order a copy of the book here to get some awesome bonuses. I can’t wait to finish it, but everyone in the launch group is LOVING it as they finish! I’ll let you know my final thoughts on the book when I finish!
So, what are you currently reading? Any books that you recommend I add to my reading list for next month?