I challenged myself to read 40 books by the end of this year. This goal includes not only the books I read myself but the chapter books I read-aloud with the children. I thought this goal was quite lofty when I set out to begin my new reading year, but I’ve already surpassed this goal by nearly ten books!
I am keeping up with my progress on Goodreads, which is my favorite way to keep a record of what I’m reading! By the way, if you’re on Goodreads, I’d love to be friends with you! I love hearing what others are reading and adding books to my “to read” shelf that have been recommended by others. Click here and add me as a friend!
I worked my way rather diligently through my Summer Reading List, and I’ve enjoyed several other books not on the list. Today I’m going to share some of my favorites from the summer reading binge I went on. To see everything I’ve read this year, you’ll have to check out my Goodreads account. I don’t always post a full review, but I do usually rate the book on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the absolute best book I’ve ever read.
Oh, and since I’m ALWAYS asked how I get so much reading done, you can check out this post that gives you 15 of my best tips for making time to read. Okay, now for my favorite reads from the last couple of months!
What I’ve Been Reading Lately:
Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie – We officially began our homeschool journey this year, and this book has been a great reminder to prioritize what matters most to me as a homeschool mom. Much of what Sarah writes I instinctively envelope. However, doubts have their way of creeping in here and there until you forget the principals by which you built your homeschool. This is a great book for all homeschool moms.
Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic – Oh how I needed to read this book! I read this book when my first child was born, but adding a third child completely rocked my world. I didn’t expect the transition to be so difficult for me, and I spent many days pouring over the pages of this book just begging for perspective on my circumstances. This book is gospel-motivated and filled with much needed truth for the weary mom with littles underfoot. I also read her follow up book Fit to Burst, but Loving the Little Years stands as my favorite of the two.
Harry Potter Series – I read the entire Harry Potter series (Books 1-7) over the summer, and I loved them as much this time as the first five or six times I read them. I realize the controversial nature of the stories in Christian spheres, but I truly love these books. The formula by which J.K. Rowling places good and evil is impeccable, and I found it a beautiful, enthralling, and sometimes appalling way to delve the depths of Christ’s sacrifice of himself on my behalf as I entered the fictional world of Harry Potter. The last book, especially, helped me wrap my mind around some of the more difficult questions I have about good and evil, love and power, and the true sacrifice of self. Reading these books didn’t make me want to have magical powers, but instead it rallied me into greater acts of love, courage, and truth. I look forward to sharing these books with my children in a few years.
What I Read-Aloud with the Children:
We read several books together over the summer, but by far our favorite book we read was Frindle by Andrew Clements! I picked this book up after watching an Author Access at Read Aloud Revival. I fell in love with the author. Well, not him per se, but his perspective on language and reading. I immediately checked out some of the books he has written and decided to read Frindle with the boys, and boy did my kids love this book! It’s a completely delightful tale of a boy who isn’t afraid to take risks and push the limits while simultaneously enjoying a tale of a teacher who helped push him even further because of her sheer love of language. This book is short and completely addicting. So good!
What have you been reading lately? What about your favorite read-alouds with your children?
Other posts you might be interested in:
- 15 Ways to Make More Time to Read
- 5 Tips for Reading Aloud with Your Children
- 7 Books Every Christian Woman Should Read
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