I love to read and would rather sit somewhere quiet and lose myself in a good story than watch TV. BUT…when someone asks what I’ve been reading lately, I usually say “ummmmm….I can’t remember.” So, here’s my list of 2013 reading material to date! I get lots of books through E-girl reader, who sends daily e-mails out of free kids books, non-fiction and Christian fiction. I also borrow e-books from my local library by going to Overdrive.
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish This is one of those books that I will reference over and over and over again. It’s a classic parenting book and it’s awesome.
“The Second Chance Café” by Alison Kent This was a Kindle free download, and I liked the sweet story/ brownie obsessed main character.
“Small Acts of Amazing Courage” by Gloria Whelan This was a random purchase $3.99 from a book store. I loved the pretty flowers on the book cover and the cute title. Turns out it’s kinda a random story about an English girl living in India. Oh well. Not what I was expecting, but I read it anyway.
“A Virtuous Woman” by Kaylee Gibbons A random find at the library by an award winning author. About 80 pages into the story, I realized I had read it before. (not very carefully, apparently) I loved the marriage relationship between two very different “mismatched” people going through life together.
“200 years of Rochester Architecture and Gardens” by Andy Olenick and Richard Reisem” I borrowed this from the library, and loved it so much that I bought a used copy off of Amazon for $4. I’m interpreting an architectural class and this stuff fascinates me! I want to drive around Rochester to see some of the amazing places this book has documented.
“Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubs Brian recommended I read this, so I bought it on my Kindle and slowly read through it. There is a lot of scientific research, and explanations in language I could understand. The basic premise is to eat low carb, low sugar, high fat and protein to lose weight and stay healthy. I am on board with these findings but it’s not easy, so I re-read parts that I’ve highlighted when I need motivation.
“Contingency (Covenant of Trust) by Paula Wiseman A free Kindle book about an affair and how a couple worked through it to restore their relationship. A lot of Bible stuff/ church counseling, but I read the whole thing.
A Day in the Life of a Minimalist” by Joshua Fields Millburn A free Kindle download. Short essays about a guy who gave up a stressful, high paid job to live minimalistic lifestyle and found happiness. I liked what he had to say about clutter and technology taking up too much of our lives.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I grabbed this book from the kids section of the library and read it all by myself. The kids weren’t interested, but I LOVED re-reading it as an adult. Crazy Pipi.
“Happyily Married with Kids: It’s not a Fairy Tale” by Carol Ummel Lindquist This was a free Kindle download, but one I’d actually buy since I liked it so much. I loved the validation that parenting is HARD!
“Pacific Avenue” by Anne Watson A free Kindle download novel. I didn’t particularly love it, but I couldn’t stop reading it to find out what the deep dark secrets were. A horrible situation and a hard life that made me feel so grateful for my family.
“How to Dress a Pear Shaped Body and Look Fabulous by Jenna Roberts and Robyn Halston Free Kindle download, but some really great tips in there. I still think of them from time to time as I pick out clothes to wear.
Blueberries in Your Backyard: How to Grow America’s Hottest Antioxidant Fruit for Food, Health, and Extra Money by Ruppenthal, R.J. Kindle Free download and something that I’ll reference a few times as I try to get my blueberry bushes to flourish.
“How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks” by Cheryl Kayne Tardif A free download that finally helped me understand why Amazon has limited offers for free book downloads. I probably could have googled to find the answer instead of reading this entire mini book…oh well
Books in on my nightstand (or Kindle):
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