What I’m Reading

I love books.

I also don’t always allow myself enough time to read them.  Listing what I’m currently reading keeps me aware of when I need to slow life down a bit and get lost in the pages.  I share it here in case you are looking for ideas for a new book to pick up.  I usually have several books going at the same time, and sometimes I fly through a book while other times I putter through for months before reaching the end; the titles with a * next to them are books I’ve finished.  Got a suggestion for me?  Bring it!

Summer/Fall 2014:

Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin

So gross, but so well-written. Fascinating characters, fascinating study of motivations and relationships…but crazy-gross, too.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

re-read it to teach at homeschool co-op. People either love or hate this book! Our co-op kids loved it (I’m a fan myself).

My Mother, My Self by Nancy Friday

(non-fiction) ’80s feminist exploration of female identity formation and mother-daughter bonds…much of it is silly (in my opinion) but a few thoughts are worth exploring



(moving the old stuff down!)

May 2012:

*112263 by Stephen King
*The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
Built to Last by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras
Just Say Thanks! by R.T. Kendall
Marriage on the Rock by Jimmy and Karen Evans
7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler
*Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
*Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis

June 2012:
Swords of the Six by Scott Appleton

July 2012:
*The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

August 2012:
The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection by L. Frank Baum
The Stress Answer by Dr. Frank Lawlis
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (re-reading these)

September 2012:

*The Epic of Gilgamesh
*Plato’s Republic Books I and II
*Te-Tao Ching of Lao-Tzu
*The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan

October 2012:

*Virgil’s Aeneid
*The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

November 2012:
*The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
*My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle
*Chasing Silhouettes – How to Help a Loved One Battling an Eating Disorder by Emily T. Wierenga

December 2012:

*Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (abridged, but I read summaries of the sections that were cut out via Sparknotes) – This book kills me every time I read it.  This was the third time through for me.  I was completing a study guide for 7SistersHomeschool.com as I read, and I kid you not, the morning I finished the answer key I could hardly see my computer screen I was crying so hard.  What an amazing book!

* Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson – Very interesting.  It gave me a much better picture of the treatment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor than I had before.  Well-written.  Rich historical context without the history interfering with the suspense of the trial story.

* How to Have a New Husband by Friday by Dr. Kevin Leman – Read this one with Fred while we were traveling home from Jamaica for Jacki’s wedding this month.  He agreed with Dr. Leman on most everything.  We’ve been really working this year (and especially this fall) on growing closer and stronger rather than settling for life as busy married singles.  That separateness sneaks in if you aren’t vigilant, y’all.  Marriage is worth working and thinking hard.


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