Oh, the bookshelf. It’s so, so full right now (the proverbial bookshelf, that it. Really, it means: Bookshelf. Kindle. Nightstand. Diaper bag. Basket by the chair. Desk.). We’ve been twice to the new used bookstore in town, Second and Charles, and I love it. Especially because I haven’t actually spent more than a dollar or two there, because of the store credit I got for bringing in books we no longer wanted. Plus the library recently got several books I’ve been waiting on. Then there’s the recent good sales on Amazon. It’s bad. So many books–I need a solid week of just reading time.
I’m linking up with the Modern Mrs. Darcy for Twitterature–short and sweet book reviews. Want to join? (Click on the book covers for links to Amazon.)
The Tiger’s Wife
Finished this one the day before yesterday. It was so incredibly good. Loved the many-faceted plots, the culture, the backstories on the characters. Deathless man and tiger’s wife. Read and find out more.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (read aloud with the kids)
Reading this one slowly. I’m loving the connections between writing and Christianity, the news we have to tell and how we tell it. Not a light read, but a worthwhile one. And the cover is beautiful.
What’s it Like to be Married to Me?
By the Shores of Silver Lake (another read-aloud)
Not my favorite of the Little House books, but still, the adventures of the Ingalls family live on to delight another generation. Plus, they’re great examples of working hard and not complaining (for my kids AND for me!)
The Joy of Less
Not your typical decluttering book, this one deals with the heart behind minimalist living, and the benefits of it. Her STREAMLINE approach is very helpful. I love the idea of this type of simple living (having what you need, not tons of excess), and am working in that direction. This book helps! Another beautiful cover, too.
Stages of Homeschooling – Enjoying the Journey
While I liked the idea of a book covering each stage in the homeschooling journey, I found the book to be pretty unhelpful. Not a lot of new ideas or encouragement, which I guess is what I was looking for. I’m not planning to finish this one.
Carry On, Warrior
Loved it. More creative non-fiction, which I gravitate toward, in essay/memoir form. The theology was pretty off, but much of what she had to say was so good. The adoption essay at the end made me cry. I know some of those families she spoke about.
Now I’ve got my kids reading multiple books at a time, too. Dangerous! We love the Chronicles of Narnia. This one isn’t my favorite, but it does introduce Reepicheep and the D.L.F. And my favorite (Voyage of the Dawn Treader) is next!
Saving the World
Actually doing this one on audiobook. I wanted to see if this book was as good as the other one of hers I’d read (In the Time of the Butterflies). It is. Intertwining stories about a woman who is dealing with a dying friend, the inability to write, and her husband’s trip to South America (don’t want to give too much away), and another woman hundreds of years ago who travels with orphans (who are being used to carry vaccinations) on a ship to the Americas.
See what I mean? So many books. Waiting in the wings: Heaven, What We Have, Deconstructing Penguins, Tinkers, The Husband’s Secret, Quiet, and many more. Oh for uninterrupted hours to read!
What’s on your bookshelf?
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