While I occassionally post the books we are reading as a family, I rarely mention the books I am reading. Not that I have tons of time to curl up with good books meant specifically for grown ups, mind you. But, I do make time to read books that educate or inspire me, and I thought you all might be curious to know what I choose to read for me – not just for the kids.
The Bible – With every baby we add to our family, I find it harder and harder to get back in the groove of a daily time in the Word. Setting the alarm and dragging myself out of bed just doesn’t happen with an infant. Once we get beyond the infant phase, I am so used to being out of the routine that “out of the routine” is my new routine! I am happy to say that I have been faithful to rise early for the last 3 weeks, so I feel I am back in my new “normal” again.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett – I know, I know – I am woefully behind the literary times by not reading this until now. But, I had no interest in seeing the movie without having read the book first (of course), and I just hadn’t made the time. THIS WAS SO GOOD. The writing is so perfect, it is almost distracting from the storyline! And the storyline is fascinating. I stayed up far too late several nights for this one. No regrets.
Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye by Ellie Philips, DDS- Not nearly as wonderful as The Help, but I do enjoy reading non-fiction when the topic actually interests me. I had perfect teeth until I went and had 5 babies in 8 years. Now, you would think they are made of chalk. So, this topic interests me. We have changed our oral care habits based on her recommendations, and I am hopeful that I will see improvement in the pitiful state of my own dental health.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – There was a day in there around Thanksgiving where I just wasn’t feeling very well. Jason happened to be home, and he blessed me immensely by telling me to hide out in my room for a few hours. OK! I finished my meal plan, wrote my entire homeschool plan for the week, and read Of Mice and Men. It was thin (meaning I thought I could finish it in a day), and it had been a long while since I had read it. Enjoyable.
Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl – I read this all the way through this fall, and now I am working my way through it again with some amazing ladies from church. We meet once a month to discuss, share, encourage, and keep each other accountable. We don’t always like what Debi Pearl has to say, but there is certainly no shortage of discussion!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – This is the part where I am really glad you are reading this and we are not standing face to face when I tell you I have never read Little Women. I think I just heard several of you gasp. I may have heard my friend Jane hit the floor in a dead faint. I know, I know – terrible. I never wanted to read it until I was an adult, and once I was an adult I never had the time. Well, I never made the time. But, I am tired of missing out. And I am tired of feeling like I need to quietly back out of the room when references to the book are dropped into the conversation, and I am so obviously the only person that has not read this work several times and memorized most of it. No more! I believe I am on chapter 5, so don’t blow it for me. My strict policy of not watching the movie until the book is read holds true here as well. So, I have no idea what happens to these people!
I am hoping that I can find little pockets of time to invest in reading my own books during our Christmas break. Actually, as soon as I am done writing this post, I am going to fix myself a cup of tea and do just that!
What are you reading these days that doesn’t have pictures or under-age lead characters?