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I’ve been on a roll again the past few months. Our book club took a break for the summer, as did the mom group that I lead, which freed up quite a bit of time in the evenings. I had several books that I received last year for my birthday that I still hadn’t read, so I made it a point to finish some of them.
I’m actually going to pass my Reading Challenge on GoodReads this year! I figured picking 35 was crazy-sauce, but as of right now I’m at 31! I even managed to read a healthy mix of fiction and non-fiction.
- Different by Sally and Nathan Clarkson – NF
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton * – F
- Comes As You Are by Emily Nagoski – NF
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill – F
- The Nightingale by Hannah Kristin – F
- Roots and Sky by Christie Purifoy – NF
- The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell – NF
- The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy * – F
- Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin – NF
- The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton – F
- The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines – NF
- Life Creative by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart – NF
- Educating the WholeHearted Child by Sally Clarkson and Clay Clarkson – NF
Favorite Fiction Book
I want to say The Nightingale, but I’m not sure if that’s because I just finished it. And yes, I read a lot of WW2 fiction. I have to say though, that The Nightingale was the one that moved me the most emotionally. The Secret Keeper was very good, but it didn’t have me crying at the end.
I had also never read anything before about France during WW2, which was eye opening, even if it was fiction. I’ve had Suite Francaise on my list for a while, and just watched it on Amazon a few weeks ago. I think that will be getting bumped to my list soon.
Favorite Non-Fiction Book
Again, so hard to choose! All of the non-fiction that I read were ones that have been sitting in my pile for a while. They were all pertinent to some area of my life. I’d have to say it was a tie between Different and Life Creative. Different was so fantastic for this momma’s heart.
I loved reading about Sally Clarkson and her son, Nathan’s struggle with his being an out of the box child. While I’m not dealing with anything as extreme as they do, it was such a hope-filled book about being the mom that YOUR child needs, regardless of what other’s think your child needs.
Life Creative was another side of my momma-heart, with being creative. So often people will make disparaging comments about how moms’ should put aside themselves and their creative BECAUSE they’re a mom. Kelli and Wendy show you why it’s important that you don’t do that, but also that you invite your children INTO your creative.
The Book I Didn’t like
I’m going to say Give Your Child the World, and not because it wasn’t a good book. It was a good book, but I think I was looking for something more than a reference book with lists of suggestions. It’s a fantastic resource, but I was hoping it was going to go more into how to use the books to explore the world with your children. Granted, I think I can figure that out on my own, but still it would’ve been nice to have some suggestions. I will say, that we’ve gotten a slew of books from the library that were suggested in this one and they were all top notch!
What have you been reading?
(I’m trying something new: I’ve notated books I’ve read for my book club * and F or NF for Fiction and Non-Fiction).