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Read. Reading. To Be Read.

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I love sharing what we’ve been reading and getting good book recommendations from YOU, so here’s some of what we’ve read, what we’re reading, and what’s up next on our reading lists.

Personally What I’ve Read so Far in 2016:

  • Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova – I really enjoyed this author’s book Still Alice, so I decided to give this one a try. It was a tough read, but one I’m glad I finished. Lots of perspective for family + health!
  • A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner – Loved the parallels in this story and how it all came together.
  • You and Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan – One of the THE BEST marriage books I’ve read. Really want to go back through this one again and soak up even more.

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What We’ve {Re}Read with the Boys: 

They read so many chapter books on their own these days, but we still love reading books aloud at the end of the day.

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  by C.S. Lewis – The boys and Brad finished this one for the second time. This time was even better, as the boys were a little older and able to grasp more of the story.
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Loyd-Jones – I think this is our 4th total time through this book. It’s always fresh and such a cherished read.

What I’m Currently Reading: 

  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger – I’m about halfway through this one and still not able to anticipate where it’s going. It had a bit of a slow start, but now I’m really into the characters and anticipating the ending.
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – This one has been on my list for some time after so many friends have loved it. I figured it’s the perfect time to dig in as we’re already in the mode of updating and organizing before the baby comes.

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What We’re Currently Reading with the Boys:

Here’s what we’ve been reading for nightly devotions… (Here’s more of our devotional favorites.)

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And Here’s What’s On My Personal To-Read List: 

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  • My Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner – I’ve always admired how Jess balances her roles in life with self-care and creativity – something I definitely want to grow in.
  • Raising Grateful Kids in An Entitled World By Kristen Welch –  I’m anxious to gain more perspective on raising our kids to be thankful and have a greater perspective for what they’ve been given – something we’re constantly working on in our home.
  • Choose Joy by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver – So many lives were touched by Sara’s life, and I’m so thankful that my dear friend Mary could continue to share her story and the beauty of choosing joy regardless of circumstances.
  • Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington – This is an area I’ve really been intentional in growing in, and I’m looking forward to gaining more wisdom from someone whom I admire so much.

What’s On the Boys’ To-Read List:

  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis – The boys are looking forward to the next book in the Chronicles of Narnia series.
  • Unbroken (Young Adult Adaptation) by Laura Hildenbrand – Brad and I both were greatly impacted by reading Unbroken and consider it one of our top 3 books we’ve ever read.  The boys have heard us talk about it over the past couple of years, and when Brooks and I found the adapted version at the library, we had to check it out. We’ll definitely preview this one before reading it aloud, but I look forward to the boys getting to hear the astounding story of Louis Zamperini.
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madelene L’Engle – I cannot wait to dive into this classic with my dudes!

Now for my favorite part….YOUR turn! What are you reading for fun? What are your reading for personal growth? What are you reading with your kids? Can’t wait to add more books for my “To Be Read” list! 

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Library Book Haul: Favorite Check-Outs from November

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Well, it’s officially December, which means it’s time to review our favorite library kids’ book check-outs from last month!  We love this monthly feature and hope you enjoy it and get some great book selection suggestions as well.  I really like the opportunity to exchange must-reads with one another – so if you have suggestions for our December book list, please let us know in the comments! 

Here Are 10 of Our Favorite Check-Outs from Our November Library Haul:

1. The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons – The artwork, details, and commentary on our moon were delightful in this book.  Enjoyable for all of us!

2. Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson – This book about two friends who have different approaches to life and methods to traveling through life.

3. If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen – We haven’t found a Chris Van Dusen book that we don’t want to own! Love the creativity and imagination in this fun read!

4. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman – Suddenly some of these classics are getting even better now that the boys can help read them! This is one of our absolute favorites.

5. Freckle Juice by Judy Blume – This was our favorite chapter book read this month. What a great read aloud to enjoy together!

6. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – This is a great rendition of a classic Aesop’s Fable. The illustrations are gorgeous.

7. Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthyCan you tell our boys are completely memorized by all things space? This was a great non-fiction read about becoming an astronaut, with lots of humor added into the informative read.

8. How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman – This is a great read about a girl’s journey around the world to gather ingredients for her apple pie. Great ways to reinforce geography and culture from around the world through this read.

9. How Many Days to America by Eve Bunting –  A beautiful read on a family who journeys by boat to America from their native island, and the celebration of freedom.

10. Doug Unplugged by Dan Vaccarino – We picked up this cute book from the new table at the library, and the boys really enjoyed this story about a robot who unplugs one day as an adventure.

So that concludes our Top 10 Library Check-Outs from November, but I can’t wait to hear what YOU recommend for us to check-out next!

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Library Book Haul: Favorite Check-Outs from October

I’m a little late in sharing our Library Book Haul, our favorite library check-outs of October with all the Halloween festivities.  However, it’s not a reflection of our enthusiasm for this month’s reads.

Out of Our 43 Books That We Read from the Library This Past Month, Here Are Our Top 10 Favorites:

 

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1. A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen We read this one twice in a row, a sign of a instant favorite. It’s one we definitely need to add to our personal library, about a family’s camping adventure. We loved the fun illustrations as well!

2. Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett I love how Jan Brett uses foreshadowing in her books to help kids predict what comes next. This was definitely one of our favorite’s by Brett, a close second to The Mitten.

3. Inch by Inch by Eric Carle This Caldecott Winner is another great classic from Eric Carle. It’s also a great tie in to measurements and comparing lengths for math enrichment.

4. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell The boys have been fascinated with owls, and we’ve been reading lots of non-fiction and fiction books on these birds. Even though this was a simple plot, the boys really enjoyed the family relationship between the owletts and the return of their mother.

5. Robin Hood by Neil Philip Hands-down the favorite read of the month! The boys were so into this classic tale, and couldn’t wait to read each chapter.  The illustrations and historical explanations in this version are fantastic.  The boys learned so much and so did I!

6. Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel This book has a great collection of bedtime stories that the father mouse tells to his son. All around delightful stories! Another one I would like to own to read time and time again (and simple enough for them to read to me soon)!

7. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo We can’t get enough of books by Kate DiCamillo books. This one was a humorous adventure of a chicken, which reinforced being content in your own circumstances.

8. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharat This book has been on our list for quite some time, and I’m glad we checked it off this month. The boys enjoyed the mystery element and of course all the pancake references.  We can’t wait to check out more from this series!

9. If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty We’ve been studying astronomy for science this year, and the boys are hooked. This book explains the perspective and aspects of the moon better than any other book we have read. It’s visually amazing as well!

10. The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman You recommend this, and now so are we! We read this book at the beginning of the month, and the boys are still talking about it. They enjoyed reading about these seven siblings and their picky eating habits, and seeing how something good came from their mess.

So that concludes our Top 10 Library Check-Outs from October, but I can’t wait to hear what YOU recommend for us to check-out next!

Want more great Library Haul suggestions? Check out these:

Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a tiny affiliate commission – so THANK YOU. Know that I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to your lives, because I genuinely care about you!
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