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5 Books I’m So Glad I Read in 2013…

I’ve had some downtime over these long days, which has given me a little time to do some reading. In the busyness of the end of the year, my beloved Kindle had been neglected on my nightstand. Although these have been some of the most difficult of days, I’m thankful to find a little quiet reading time, which I didn’t realize I had been missing so much.

However, I did read most of my reading list for 2013, and handful more.

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Here Are My Top 5 Favorite Reads From 2013:

1. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

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This book was a beautiful recipe memoir of why we gather around the table, and how food serves as a comfort, a place for community, nourishment, and tradition. I started using the recipes from this book immediately, and continue to do so.

2. Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by David Platt

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We have been unpacking this read with my small group and it has been so convicting and provoking.  It’s definitely a book that requires action and application, and gives you a heart for global missions as well as those within your everyday circles.

3. Sparkly Green Earrings: Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle

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Definitely the funniest read of 2013, but this memoir by Melanie Shankle was so much more than just laughs.  It was so easy to relate to her writing and her heart, and I am so anxious to read her next book that comes out in February!

4. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriaty

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It’s not often that a fiction book sticks with you and makes you think long after you’ve flown through its chapters, but this one did just that.

5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

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I was instantly hooked to the characters, circumstances, and the mystery of this novel, and the strength of love through tragedy and loss.

I’ve already made my way through 2 1/2 books in 2014, and I’m still up for suggestions to add to my list!  So what did YOU read in 2013?  What’s a must-read for my list this year?  Stay tuned and I’ll share what books I’m looking forward to sticking my nose in during 2014…

 

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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!

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