1/19/2016

Books Read in 2015

Disclaimer: This is VERY LONG. I'm sorry. You don't have to read it all. No one will know the difference.


I pretty much only read before bed these days (something I'm going to remedy this year!) so I didn't read as much I'd like. I read 46 books in 2015. In 2014 I read 54. I'm trying to be more picky about the books I read and savor them more; I can't do that and read much more than a book a week-ish. I'm pretty sure I'll spend the first hundred years or so in Heaven catching up on my reading.

We do read a lot of school books together too: George Washington, Understood Betsy, Wind in the Willows, etc.Those aren't included in my 46. 

The 46 are just mine. MY OWN.

I really wanted to participate in the Classics Challenge, but I only finished ONE - North and South. I started The Moonstone and The Problem of Pain but have yet to finish them. I started a lot of books. And I checked out a lot of books, but alas! I did not finish them all.

I tend to read several books at once (something I've never done until the last few years) because I love being able to read a book based on my mood. Do I want a fluffy book? Or something that will really make me think? Or maybe a book to encourage me as a mom? I love having a choice. 

The only problem with that mentality is I end up reading TOO many books at once, and many of them don't get finished. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to only have 4 (or 5?) going at once: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Parenting, and Book Study (Club) book. I'm not sure how this will go since I'm in several book studies throughout the year, but I have to set some sort of limit for myself! :)

(links are to my Goodreads review unless otherwise indicated)


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I had two favorite books this year: Miss Buncle's Book and Peace Like a River

Buncle's Book was one of the funniest and most clever books I've read. Ever. I loved this book. (by the way, if anyone wants to by me a present, this would do just fine.) 

It's about a woman who needs money so she decides to write a book. She doesn't think she's very creative so she writes a book about something she knows - her town. She doesn't expect it do well, but it ends up selling like hot cakes! The problem arises when the people of the town realize the book is about them. And some of them don't like how they're (honestly) painted. Thankfully, Buncle had written it under a pseudonym so they don't know that she wrote it, but they do know that someone that knows them well wrote it. It is hilarious to watch them try to figure out who it is! Just read it, people. You won't be sorry. (Thanks for the recommendation, Ames!)

 
Peace Like a River is the most beautiful story. It's beauty, though, is found in the unexpected. It was the first book to make me cry in a long, long time. It really spoke to me about God's love and plans for us. I don't really want to tell you much about it, you just have to read it. :)


Other favorites from the year: Understood Betsy (I read this to Oldest as part of our school curriculum and we more than loved it. It was Christmas present to her--we loved it that much.)



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Least favorite was The Actor and the Housewife. Ugh. Sorry Ms. Hale, you're a great writer (very funny!), but I wasn't sold on the Mormon-housewife's-best-friend-is-an-actor-and-we're-just-friends thing.

Exceeded my expectations: Caught Up in a Story - This is a book about why reading to our kids is so important and Sarah Clarkson BLEW ME AWAY with her insight on what reading does for a child (person). LOVED it and highly recommend it to everyone!



Most UNDERwhelming: North and South - I've seen the movie so many times (and absolutely adore it) and it seemed like the movie didn't stray from the book that much. So there was nothing new to me in the book and I found it kind of, well....boring. And THEY DIDN'T EVEN KISS AT THE END. Not that I'm bitter about it or anything. What can I say? I'm a romantic at heart.

Most Changed the Way I Think: The Lost World of Genesis One


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Most Informative: The Solution (strangely enough, Goodreads tells me that only ELEVEN other people read that book!) - it's a book about vaccine alternatives (we don't vaccinate.) and it was really informative. 

Devotionals/Bible and Book Studies:
Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson
They Shall Expel Demons by Derek Prince (haven't finished this one yet)
My Utmost for His Highest
Children of the Day by Beth Moore
The Cloud of Witness
Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason
A Philosophy of Education by Charlotte Mason

CLICK HERE for all of my Books Read in 2015. And if you're on Goodreads, please friend me! I love seeing what my friends are reading and there's always room on my To Read list. ;o)

Hello!

Just thought I'd pop on quick and say Hello! Long time, no...see? write? read?? 

Life has been very full these last few months; with the holidays, homeschooling, a cold that doesn't seem to want to leave (it's been here since Thanksgiving???) and just having wee ones, I've had to step back from the internet a bit. :) When I start to feel like life is REALLY full, the internet is the first to go! I haven't read any blogs lately either.  I think I need to pare down a bit.

I'm hoping to blog a little more now that we have a somewhat "normal" schedule again.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was nice--we had extended family here on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was spent with just the 5 of us. Mr. N made a wonderful dinner, as always, while I pretty much did NOTHING. It was loverly.

I want to post a Books I Read in 2015 and how I've been organizing my books on Goodreads here on the blog soon. I hope I can actually do it! Those of you that don't blog, posting takes A LOT LONGER than you would think! You have to make it sound half-way intelligent, upload pictures, edit the pictures, post the pictures and get them where you want them in the post and then edit some more! It's time consuming! :) But fun.

It's been REALLY cold here this last week (in the negative numbers! ack!) but the kids were able to play out in the snow before the frigid temperatures. :) 


Hope your holiday season went well! Hope to be back here soon! Blessings on you!