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What I’ve Been Reading – November 2016

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My favorite fiction from the past 3 months would have to be Together at the Table (you can read my full review here). I just loved the story and the food, especially the food. It was one of those books that’s perfect to curl up with on a crummy fall day and disappear for a few hours. Since I’ve already waxed poetic in my review of Together at the Table, I’ll be picking a second favorite.

My second favorite would have to be Finding Fraser. It was nothing spectacular, but it was a quick, fun read. If you’re looking for more a beach-book, this is it. I managed to read it in less than 24 hours, because it was just that enjoyable.


Obviously, this is going to be a limited category this month, as I’ve only read one non-fiction: Teaching from Rest. It was great though! I still need to go through and transfer my notes and favorite things to my notebook. It had a lot of solid advice and really interesting thoughts on how to make homeschooling less of a chore and more of a blessing.


King Solomon’s Mines. A friend and I started a back to the classics book club in which we focus specifically on the “literary classics”. There were parts I really liked about the book, but generally speaking this book just left me flat (even more so than Frankenstein).  I think maybe if I was actually reading the book rather than an audiobook maybe it would be different. The only way I can get through most of the classics though is through an audio book (on 1.25x speed). It allows me to do something while listening.


What have you been reading?

I’m trying in the next 3 months to get more of the non-fictions, that I have piling up on my desk, read. There are so many good ones! I just started Lysa Terkeurst’s Uninvited, which when I was reading it I couldn’t put it down.

What I’ve Been Reading – August 2016

What I've been Reading August 2016

I’ve been trying so hard to be super intentional about reading! If you’re not sure about what this post is, you can read my post from May explaining it all. General idea: Every few months, I’m going to share what I’ve been reading, a fiction and non-fiction book that I’ve loved, and one book that was less than stellar (taking my inspiration from the What Should I Read Next Podcast).

Here’s what I’ve read the past 3 months, a lot more fiction than usual. I feel like it’s summer and reading was becoming a must do, so I decided on having a bit of fun with what I was reading.

What I've been Reading August 2016

*The Light Between Oceans by M.J. Stedman
*Virgins by Diana Gabaldon
*Girl Meets Change by Kristin Strong
*The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
*The Longing in Me by Sheila Walsh
*Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Shop by Robin Sloan
*A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock
*Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier
*Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
*The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell


This is a tough one! I honestly enjoyed all of the fictions that I read, each for a different reason. I’m going to have to say that Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Shop by Robin Sloan was my favorite though. It just catered to so much of my geekiness! I’m in a facebook group (SortaLiterary) and we’re doing a traveling book club (great idea and something I may do here in the future), Penumbra’s was the first book I’ve received through that.

I love geeky computer things, new technology and gadgets, but I also love old things, especially books, especially fonts. This book was the perfect marriage of the two; thrown together with a bit of mystery and it was awesome.


I didn’t read a lot of non-fiction these past few months, but my favorite had to be The Longing in Me, by Sheila Walsh. I reviewed the book here, but just generally felt that it was such a good book. I think it just hit me a lot more than either Girl Meets Change or Love Languages.

The subject matter and her discussion of David, as well as her own story was just very compelling to me. All wrapped together it was enjoyable, while also really giving me some things to think on and work through.


I didn’t really HATE any of the books that I read this go around. I did feel that Love Languages left me a little flat. I read, and loved, the original Love Languages book and expected this to be along the same lines, but different enough to not feel like a repeat, and it wasn’t. I ended up skimming vast portions of the book, because it was just reiterating each of the love languages, how they present, and how to provide them.


That’s what I’ve been reading! Of course, my birthday was the end of July, which means I now have EVEN MORE books to read. I’m sitting at my desk just looking at a stack of about 20 books, wondering when I’m going to get around to reading them. Particularly, as I’m now in another book club (in addition to the Facebook one) that is focusing solely on reading “classics”. I’ve always wanted to be in a book club and now I’m in two of them! Craziness.

What have you been reading, and enjoying, this summer?


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What I’ve Been Reading – May 2016

What I've Been Reading May 2016

A while ago I shared my recent discovery of Anne Bogel‘s What Should I Read Next podcast, which I have really been enjoying. I have been meaning to share more of what I’ve been reading and realized that the format that she follows for the show is absolutely perfect for my sharing (I’m stealing the idea from her, because it was original a series on her blog, before it was a podcast).

I’m going to be doing it a bit differently though. Weekly just isn’t going to happen, I don’t read that many books (unfortunately), but I figure I can probably do this four times a year, that’s my goal: May, August, November, and February. With that schedule I think I avoid most of the busy times of year and it gives me a bit of time to have more than one book read.

Right now I’m going to cover all the books I’ve read so far this year; if you follow me on instagram (@JessicaM.White) you can check out my tag #books2016LifeintheWhiteHouse. I’ve surprisingly managed to read 11 books this year, although one of them was more of a pamphlet than a book, but I’m still counting it!

What I've Been Reading May 2016

I read a variety of books, obviously. I used to read strictly fiction…you wouldn’t catch me DEAD reading non-fiction. Maybe it was blogs or parenting, but now I read a LOT of non-fiction. Partly because I feel like I have to; that I’m going to somehow fail at this mommy and/or marriage thing if I don’t read EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. on marriage, parenting, and now homeschooling. Don’t get me wrong…some of them are fantastic! Most of them are fantastic, but they take a lot out of me to read.

We’re going to go with these 9 for the books* I’ve read the past few months.

Favorite Fiction Book

My favorite fiction book would have to have been All the light We Cannot See. I really enjoyed the story, so much so that I really didn’t like how the author ended the book. You know you have become invested in a story, in the characters, when things happen that you are just pissed about. It was almost to the point that I hated the book because of it, but it really was just that good.

The book follows to parallel story lines during WWII, one of a German boy and one of a French girl. There is a lot of jumping from one to the other and back and forth in time, which was a bit hard to follow (I had to check back sometimes to see what year I was in), but it worked well for the store. It was definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone that enjoys WWII stories, which I do.

Favorite Non-Fiction Book

Hands-down my favorite non-fiction was Big Magic, although Madame Chic was a close second. I’m honestly going to have to get my own copy of the book and re-read it so that I can mark up all the pages (darn you library copy!). For a creative who has been struggling on all levels with being creative and creating anything, it was a fantastic read, with fantastic insight and fantastic advice on embracing the life of a creative and not being paralyzed with fear.

The only other book of Elizabeth Gilbert’s that I have read was Eat. Pray. Love. which I enjoyed, but now I’m going to have to look at more of her non-fiction books, because it was that enjoyable. I so appreciated getting her perspective on writing and hearing her story of successes and failures as a writer. She was REAL, which is something I think I struggle with when it comes to the advice of successful writers.

The Book I Hated

This one will come as no surprise to you: 1984. I’m sorry. I have a B.S. in English and had NEVER read this book. The only Orwell I read was Animal Farm, and I remember NOTHING of that book; I think I may seriously have SparkNotes’d it. As a student of literature I know I should probably be in awe of this book, but I couldn’t.

I loved the story line. I loved the premise of the entire thing…big brother is watching (I’m a huge conspiracy theorists, so that’s right up my alley), but it was so…drawn…out…that I just couldn’t. I tried….really I did. It was a struggle to pick it up, to the point that I was just wasting my reading time. I admit it…I gave up. I read up to page 100, and then I just couldn’t. I wanted it done. I speed read, scanning pages, and then googled for the synopsis.


That’s it. I still have a ton on my TBR shelf. Of course, I just keep adding to it with books I get for review and books I see that I just have to have. Unfortunately, our library is extremely limited on any sort of Christian non-fiction, so those I have to buy, but I wait until they’re on sale. Then listening to the What Should I Read Next and SortaAwesome podcasts doesn’t help, because they just give me more books to read!

What have you been reading? What is your favorite book of 2016?

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